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Dr Jana Tschurenev

Jana Tschurenev is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen, as part of the Transnational Research Group “Poverty and Education”. She gained her PhD from the Comparative Education Centre, Humboldt University Berlin, with a thesis on educational reform and the circulation of pedagogical knowledge in the early nineteenth century British Empire. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as a lecturer with the Chair for “History of the Modern World” at ETH Zürich, and as a guest lecturer at the University of St Gallen and the University of Braunschweig, where she taught courses on the history of global civil society, gender history, women’s movements, subaltern studies and intersectionality. Her post-doctoral research focus is on the history of anti-alcohol campaigns, international anti-vice activism, and educational reform movements.

Email: jana.tschurenev(ghi)

Research Interests

History of South Asia, Global History (19th and 20th centuries); History of Social Inequality; History of Education; History of International Reform Movements; History of Gender and Sexuality

Academic Background

1996-2002 M.A. student at Humboldt University and Free University Berlin, in Indian Philology, History of South Asia, Eastern European Studies, and Media and Communication Studies
2004-2009 Ph.D. Comparative Education Centre, Humboldt University Berlin
2008-2009 Guest Lecturer at the Technical University Braunschweig
2009-2013 Lecturer at ETH Zurich, with the Professorship History of the Modern World
2012 Guest Lecturer at the University of St Gallen
2013-2015 Research Fellow at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen
Oct 2013-Sept 2014 Parental Leave
Since Dec 2014 Principal Investigator with the TRG „Poverty and Education“, at CeMIS, Göttingen

Scholarships and Prizes

2010 PhD thesis Prize of the German Historical Institute, London for the thesis Imperial Experiments in Education: Monitorial Schooling in India, 1789-1835

Current Research

Gender, Education, and Inequality


With Judith Große and Francesco Spöring (eds.): Biopolitik und Sittlichkeitsreform. Kampagnen gegen Alkohol, Drogen und Prostitution 1880-1950. Campus 2014.

With Harald Fischer-Tiné (eds.): A History of Alcohol and Drugs in Modern South Asia. Intoxicating Affairs. Routledge, Abingdon 2013.

With Sumeet Mhaskar (2017): „Bildung und politische Mobilisierung im kolonialen Indien. Die Anti-Kasten-Bewegung in Maharasthra, 1848-1882.” In: Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, H.5, 2017, 561-581.

(2014) “A Colonial Experiment in Education: Madras, 1789-1796.” In Bagchi, Barnita, Eckhardt Fuchs, and Kate Rousmaniere (eds.): Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational Exchanges and Cross-Cultural Transfers. Bergbahn Books.

Jana Tschurenev, Judith Grosse, and Francesco Spöring (2014): Einleitung: Biopolitik, Sittlichkeitsreform und Globalisierung. In: Große, Judith, Francesco Spöring, and Jana Tschurenev (eds.): Biopolitik und Sittlichkeitsreform. Kampagnen gegen Alkohol, Drogen und Prostitution, 1880-1950, Campus.

with Michael Maschke (2014): „Von der Philologie zur Gesellschaftswissenschaft? Berliner Südasienforschung in der Zeit der DDR.“ In Framke, Maria, Hannelore Lötzke and Ingo Strauch (eds.): Indologie und Südasienforschung in Berlin: Geschichte und Positionsbestimmung, Berlin: trafo-Verlag.

(2013) „Schulreform im imperialen Bildungsraum. Das Modell des wechselseitigen Unterrichts in Indien und Großbritannien.“ In: Möller, Esther, and Johannes Wischmeyer (eds.): Transnationale Bildungsräume: Wissenstransfers im Schnittfeld von Kultur, Politik und Religion, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

(2013) „Intersectionality, Feminist Theory, and Global History”. In Kallenberg, Vera, Jennifer Meyer, and Johanna M. Müller (eds.): Intersectionality und Kritik. Neue Perspektiven auf alte Fragen. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Jana Tschurenev and Harald Fischer-Tine (2013): „Indian anomalies? – Drink and drugs in the land of Gandhi.“ In: Fischer-Tine, Harald, and Jana Tschurenev (eds.) A History of Alcohol and Drugs in Modern South Asia. Routledge.

(2011) „Incorporation and Differentiation: Popular Education and the Civilizing Mission in the Early Nineteenth Century India.” In Mann, Michael, and Carey Watt (eds.): Civilizing Missions in Colonial and Postcolonial South Asia. From Improvement to Development, London: Anthem Press.

(2011) „‘Pathsalas into Schools’: Das monitorial system of education in Bengalen (ca. 1815-35).” In Jahrbuch Historische Bildungsforschung 16, 2011.

With Maria Framke (2010): „Umstrittene Geschichte. (Anti-)Faschismus und (Anti-) Kolonialismus in Indien“. In Prokla 158: Postkoloniale Studien als Kritische Sozialwissenschaft 40, 1.

(2008) “Diffusing Useful Knowledge: The Monitorial System of Education in Madras, London and Bengal, 1789 – 1840.” In Paedagogica Historica XLIV, 3.

(2004) “Between Non-interference in Matters of Religion and Civilizing Mission: The Prohibition of Suttee in 1829.” In Fischer-Tiné, Harald and Michael Mann (eds.), Colonialism as Civilizing Mission: Cultural Ideology in British India, London: Anthem Press.

(2002) „Die Debatte um Suttee im postkolonialen Indien.“ In Beiträge des Südasieninstituts, HU Berlin, 11/2002.

Working Papers
with Amadio, Massimo, and Truong, Nhung (2006): Instructional Time and the Place of Aesthetic Education in School Curricula at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century. IBE Working Papers on Curriculum Issues No. 1.

(2016) Review of de Haan, Francisca et al. (eds.): Women's Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present. Routledge 2013; in: Traverse 2/2016, pp. 165-68.

(2010) Review of Alaimo, Stacy, u. Susan Hekman (eds.), Material Feminisms, Indiana University Press, Bloomington/IN 2008; in: Das Argument 287, pp. 414-16.

With Simone Holzwarth (2009) Review of Suzy Harris, The Governance of Education. How Neo-liberalism is Transforming Policy and Practice; in: Comparative Education Review 53/1, pp. 154 - 159.

Conference Reports
(with Jane Frances Lobnibe) Report on Winter Academy and Conference “Inequality, Education and Social Power”, Berlin, 17-25 November, in: H-Soz-Kult 03.04.2015.

Conference Report: Rethinking Inequality in South Asia. 21.07.2014–22.07.2014, Zürich, in: H-Soz-Kult 12.11.2014.