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Department of History pres.

The Making of the Cambridge History of the Modern Indian Subcontinent

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This conference celebrates the upcoming publication of the two-volume Cambridge History of the Modern Indian Subcontinent (co-edited by David Gilmartin, Prasannan Parthasarthi, & Mrinalini Sinha). The texts will mark the centenary of the original Cambridge History of India (published in 5 volumes between 1922-1937) as well as the 75th anniversary of the Independence and Partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

The new volumes will comprise approximately 70 commissioned essays, covering the history of the modern Indian subcontinent from the founding of the Mughal Empire to the early 21st century. The two-volume Cambridge History of the Modern Indian Subcontinent will both reflect the changing contours of the region’s historiography since the 1980s and suggest openings for new directions.

The conference is open to the public.
The conference is made possible by the generous support of the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, and the Center for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan.

Conference Schedule
1014 Tisch Hall

Sept 23

9:00-9:15 Welcome

Session One (9:15 – 11:15) Contours of a Colonial Order

Mithi Mukherjee, “Evolution of the colonial state”
Kaushik Roy, “The Indian Army and the Garrison State, 1830-1918”
Gopal Balachandran, “India, the ‘World Economy,’ and the Emerging World Order”

Tea and Coffee Break

Session Two (11:30-1:30) Genealogies of the Social

Sumathi Ramaswamy, “Schooling India”
Prachi Deshpande, “The Making of Regions, Regional Languages, and Regional Identities in South Asia”
Rachel Sturman, “Social Hierarchies: Changes and Continuities”

Lunch 1:30 -2:30

Session Three: (2:45 -4:45) Political Economy

David Ludden, “Empire and Agriculture”
Sanjay Sharma, “Famines, Crises and Disasters”
Mahesh Rangarajan, “Remaking the Wild: Fauna and Forest in Transition 1870s to 1920s”


Sept 24

Session One (9:30- 11:30) Home and the World

Samita Sen, “World of Labor, 1830-1918” [virtual from Cambridge, U.K]
Subho Basu, “Mobility and Migration: Indian Labor and the World, 1830-1918”
Abigail McGowan, “Leisure and Consumption”

Tea and Coffee Break

Session Two (11:45-1:15) Aspects of the Political

Projit Mukharji, “Health, Disease, and Medicine: Betwixt the Biomoral and the Biopolitical”
Manu Goswami, “Political Thought and the Ideas of India”

Lunch 1:15- 2:30

Session Three (2:30- 4:30) Publics and Institutions

Sandria Freitag, “The Emergence of the “Public” as Practice and Idea”
Rohit De, “Worlds of Law”
Nitin Sinha, “Infrastructures of Transport and Communication, 1760-1900s”

Final Discussion (4:30-5:30)

*Unable to participate
Chandra Malampalli, “Making Religious Communities, 1830-1918”
Tanika Sarkar “The Making of the Domestic, circa 1830-1918”
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