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Charu Singh

Charu Singh

Adrian Research Fellow, Darwin College


Biography:

Along with Harriet Lyon and Nicki Kindersley, I am part of the Faculty of History's ECR Committee (2018-19).

I am a historian of modern South Asia, with a focus on histories of science, knowledge, language, and culture in colonial north India. Currently I am a postdoc at the University of Cambridge, where I hold the Adrian Research Fellowship in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Darwin College. I studied modern Indian history (MA, MPhil, PhD) at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. I have previously taught at Shiv Nadar University (Assistant Professor, 2016-17) and Ashoka University (Teaching Assistant, Jan-May 2016). 

I am currently working on three articles, each focused on distinct aspects of the production and circulation of the western sciences in Hindi in early twentieth century north India. The articles form part of a larger project which examines three related developments: the attempts by intellectuals to transform Hindi into a language of science; the translation of western scientific concepts into Hindi; and the shaping of emerging reading publics as modern national subjects.  

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

Departments and Institutes

Darwin College:

Research Interests

South Asia; history of knowledge and science; genre, language, and translation; cultures and technologies of print; gender and technology; concepts in circulation; colonialism and empire

Teaching

I am affiliated with the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), the World History subject group of the Faculty of History, and the Centre of South Asian Studies (CSAS). At HPS, I have co-supervised MPhil students on research papers and am currently supervising an MPhil dissertation. At the History faculty, I have taught about type, technology and print culture in South Asia for the MPhil optional course Print Cultures in World History (2018-19), led by Dr. Ruth Watson.

From January to March 2020, with colleagues in History and HPS I will co-convene an MPhil optional course at the Centre of South Asian Studies on the histories of science, knowledge and power. My own teaching for this course will include a class on the (largely missing) question of gender in histories of science, technology and medicine in colonial South Asia.

Other Professional Activities

I am keen to connect with other scholars of STM in South Asia, particularly those based in the subcontinent. I have organised two workshops in New Delhi (at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, December 2014 and at the India International Centre, March 2019) for graduate students and early career colleagues, with the aim of sharing work in progress. I aim to organise another such meeting in December 2019. Please get in touch over email if you would like to find out more about these meetings and participate in them.

Keywords

  • Histories of Colonialism