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Dr. Sudipa Topdar

Associate Professor
History
Office
Schroeder Hall - SCH 333
Office Hours
12:30pm-2:30pm Monday
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Current Courses

104.001History Of South & Southeast Asia

104.002History Of South & Southeast Asia

300.004Senior Seminar In History

Teaching Interests & Areas

• Colonial and Modern South Asian History • Gandhi and Non-Violence • Colonial Education in India • Culture and British Empire • History of the Body

Research Interests & Areas

• Education and schooling in colonial India • Colonial childhoods • Children’s literature in colonial India • Nationalism and citizenship • History of the body, gender and masculinity

Ph D South Asian History

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

M Phil Modern Indian History

Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi

MA Modern Indian History

Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi

BA History Honours

Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University
New Delhi

Honor Roll, Barbour Fellowship

University of Michigan

National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi (India)

University Grants Commission

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant

American Historical Association
2018

CAS International Travel Grant

Illinois State University
2014

Pre-tenure Initiative Grant

Illinois State University
2014

CAS International Travel Grant

Illinois State University
2013

CAS International Travel Grant

Illinois State University
2013

CAS International Travel Grant

Illinois State University
2013

New Faculty Initiative Grant

Illinois State University
2012

Department of History Research Grant

Illinois State University
2011

Book Review

(Book Review) Sudipa Topdar, Empire, Education and Indigenous Childhoods: Nineteenth-Century Missionary Infant Schools in Three British Colonies ed. by Helen May, Baljit Kaur, and Larry Prochner, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 2015, pp. 321-323.

Journal Article

Sudipa Topdar, "Duties of a 'Good Citizen': Colonial School Textbook Policies in Late Nineteenth Century India," South Asian History and Culture 6 (3) (July 2015): 417-439.

Presentations

Native Children and The Politics of Imperial Schoolbooks in Late Colonial India. BASAS Annual Conference. (2017)
School Textbook Policies and the ‘Seditious’ Student. Annual South Asia Conference. (2015)
The Body as a Political Space: Physical Education and Contestation in Colonial Schools in Bengal. Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. (2014)
‘Ideologies of Colonial School Curriculum, Citizenship and Childhoods in Late Nineteenth Century India’. Childhoods in South Asia: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. Australian National University. (2013)
Knowledge and Governance: School Curriculum and the British Empire in late Colonial India’. International Seminar Series. Illinois State University. (2013)
Anxieties of Masculinity: The Nation and the Child’s Body in Bengali Children’s Magazines. 22nd European Conference for South Asian Studies, ISCTE-IUL. (2012)
‘Duties of a “Good Citizen”: Colonial School Textbook Policies in Late Nineteenth-Century India’. Annual Association of Asian Studies. Annual Association of Asian Studies. (2012)
‘Anxieties of Masculinity: The Nation and the Child’s Body in Early Twentieth-Century Popular Bengali Children’s Magazines’. Second International Conference on Popular Culture and Education. Hong Kong Institute of Education. (2011)
Why the History of Childhood Matters?. Eisenberg Institute. University of Michigan. (2011)
The India-Pakistan Conflict: Genesis and Conflict Resolution’. Spring Arbor University. (2010)