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Dr Indra Sengupta

Indra Sengupta is Academic Coordinator of the Transnational Research Group Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century at the German Historical Institute London. She holds a PhD in History from Heidelberg University. Her research interests include the production and practice of knowledge on India in colonial India and Europe, German Orientalism, and monument-making practices in colonial India. Her current research is on monument making in late colonial India, incorporating local, colonial, and metropolitan perspectives. She has held the position of temporary professor of Indian history at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen as well as a visiting fellowship at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University.

She is the author of From Salon to Discipline: State, University and Indology in Germany, 1821–1914 (Heidelberg, 2005). She also edited a special issue called Memory, History, and Colonialism: Engaging with Pierre Nora in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London, Supplement 1 (2009) and jointly with Daud Ali Knowledge Production, Pedagogy, and Institutions in Colonial India (New York, 2011).

Recent articles include "Monument Preservation and the Vexing Question of Religious Structures in Colonial India". In From Plunder to Preservation. Britain and the Heritage of Empire, c. 1800-1940, eds. Astrid Swenson and Peter Mandler, Oxford, 2013, 171-85, and “A Conservation Code for the Colony: John Marshall’s Conservation Manual and Monument Preservation between India and Europe”. In Archaeologizing Heritage?, eds. Michael Falser and Monica Juneja, Berlin, 2013, 21-37.

Email: isengupta(ghi)