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Dr Padma Anagol  -  BA, MA, MPhil, PhD (Lond.)

Dr Padma Anagol
Position:Senior Lecturer in History

Telephone:+44(0)29 208 76498
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74929
Location:John Percival Building, Room 5.34

My research interests include:

  1. Women’s agency and subjectivities in colonial India
  2. Hindu Right Wing Movements and Women’s roles
  3. Theory, Historiography and Periodisation of Modern India
  4. Material Cultures, Consumption and Indian Middle Classes

Visiting Fellowships

Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi India (09/2012)

Institute of Economic and Social Change, Bangalore (01/2012 to 06/2012)

Department of History, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.  (07/2007 to 09/07)

Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore India.  (12/05 to 05/06)

Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore India. (08/00 to 03/01)


Current Research Projects

Indian Women Patriots on Caste, Community, Race and the Political Economy of Nationalism

Critical edition and translation of three volumes containing the eye witness accounts of Kannadiga participants in the Indian national movement.


Research networks

I am a member of the following interdisciplinary networks:

Centre for the History of Religion in Asia (CHRA)

The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network (2010 – present)

Families, Identities and Gender Research Network (FIG).

Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster (SHARE).


Teaching Profile

I welcome undergraduate students interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge of Modern South Asia with specific reference to Modern Indian history. The contents of the courses can be found below:

Undergraduate Year One Modules

Undergraduate Year Two Modules

Undergraduate Year Three Modules


I welcome postgraduate students to work with me on aspects of British imperial history in relation to race, sexuality, women and gender. The courses listed below give a flavour of the contents and substance of the MA in Asian History. Students can also combine Modern China and Modern India in this particular pathway: MA in Asian History


Select Awards and Major Grants

AHRC (UK) One year Research Leave Award (2005-6).

Indian Council of Social Science Research, Delhi, A 5 year scholarship awarded in 1987 for a PhD in History. I declined this in favour of the Commonwealth Scholarship.

ACU Commonwealth Scholarship for PhD programme in Modern Indian History at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in September 1987.


Editorial Positions and Other External Activity

Editor, Cultural and Social History Journal (2007-2011).

Member, Editorial Board Cultural and Social History Journal (2011-  )

Member, Editorial Board South Asia Research, (2001 - )

Consultant, Advisory Panel, BBC History Magazine, (1999-  )

Member, Editorial Board of Women’s History Review, (1997- 2012)

Examiner, PGR School of Oriental and African Studies, London (2010)

Reader, UCL Press Monographs on India

Reader, Palgrave Press Monographs on Women and Gender in Asia.

Evaluator, ESRC Research Grants Scheme on Asia (2005, 2006)

Evaluator, Pasold Fund on Indian applications for grants (2010)

Reviewer, I have reviewed and continue to review manuscripts for peer reviewed history journals. including Signs, History Compass, Politics, Religion and Ideology, International Journal of Childhood Studies, Feminist Review, Gender and History, Journal of Social History, Indian Economic and Social History Review, International Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Gender Studies, Women’s History Review.


Membership of Professional Bodies and Learned Societies

Social History Society, UK (2006 - )

Women’s History Network, U.K (1994 - )

American Association of Asian Studies, USA (1994 – 2000)

British Association of South Asian Studies, (1991 - )

London Library, UK, (2000 – 06)

Royal Asiatic Society, London (1998 – 2009)

Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London, (1995-2006)

The Nehru Centre, High Commission of India, London (1994 – 2008)


Select List of Invited Talks and Recent Plenary/Key Note Addresses  

Plenary Address: ‘“In the interest of the nation ":   Women's role and participation in the birth of the Hindu Right in colonial India.’, Conference on ‘Women, State and Nation: Creating Gendered Identities’, Cardiff University, 7-9 September 2012.

‘Race, Religion & Gender: A nineteenth-century Indian woman’s treatise and the dominant themes of modern Indian history’, Centre for the History of Medicine Seminar Series. 7 Dec. 2010, Warwick University, UK

Chair of Panel, 'Narratives of Enslavement and Empowerment: Representing Gender, Family, Community, Race and Nation in Colonial India', BASAS Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 30-3-2009 to 1-04-09.

Keynote Address, ‘Indian Women and the Growth of the Hindu Right at the turn of the century’, 09-05-09, LEARN, Cardiff University.

‘What women did for Gandhi?’ Invited Talk, Howell’s School, Cardiff.16-03-08.

Plenary Lecture, ‘Women’s agency and historical change in modern India’. Invitation of and hosted by Social History Society of the UK, Annual Conference of Social History Society held at University of Exeter, 30 March to 1 April 2007.

‘Periodization, agency and change in Indian gender and women’s history’, Paper at Gender and Change’ workshop hosted by Gender and History Journal at Christ College, University of Cambridge, 16-18 April 2007.

‘Britishness and Indianness: Indian Women’s Perceptions of the Raj’, Invited Talk at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 13 Apr.2005.