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Dr Pritipuspa Mishra 

Lecturer in History (Modern India); Deputy Director of Programmes

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Dr Pritipuspa Mishra is a Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton.

I work on cultural and intellectual history of India from 1800 to the present. My current focus of interest is the history of language politics and literary culture in colonial India. I am particularly interested in the relationship between unitary Indian nationalism and cultural difference in India.

Research interests

I am currently working on my first book manuscript, Vernacular Homeland: Language and Territory in the Making of Modern Orissa, that describes the creation of Orissa Province as a discrete, linguistically organised territory within India during the period from 1866 to 1936. Through this history I call attention to the way in which regional territories were produced by privileging certain languages as the primary indices of identity in provincial India. By grounding the cultural politics of language in an account of how the region of Orissa was formed, Vernacular Homeland illustrates that there are additional stakes in language politics beyond communally held affect for a powerless mother tongue.

Apart from this focus on language politics in India, I am also interested in the social history of popular citizenship in India. To this end, I am in the early stages of researching a second book length project that explores anti-colonial and anti-feudal politics in Princely states of Orissa from 1932 to 1948.

Research project(s)

The Pioneers Project

This project, funded by the University of Southampton, UKRI India, and the Asian Media Group, will create a ‘living history resource’ which documents and analyses the lives of successful South Asians who have made Britain their home, achieved visibility in various sectors, and have made an economic, sociocultural, political and intellectual contribution to its modern society since the 1960s. The project has policy implications in the realm of the social integration of established ethnic minority communities, social cohesion, and multiculturalism in a diverse and globalised Britain.

Language in Post Colonial Nations

We often assume that one of the primary features of a modern nation is that it has a common language.

Heritage, Religion and Diaspora

The Pioneers Project, a project of the University of Southampton’s India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.

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I welcome any enquiries from potential masters or PhD students who are interested in working on cultural and intellectual history of colonial India and the politics of development in post-colonial India.

Dr Pritipuspa Mishra
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