Vikram Visana


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South Asian History; Imperial History; World History; History of Political Thought.

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1 Last updated 12 October 2020.


Dr Vikram Visana is Senior Lecturer in South Asian and Global History with a particular focus on political thought. He was awarded his PhD in the history of Indian Political Thought under the supervision of Chris Bayly at the University of Cambridge in 2016. He has taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global History, Freie Universität Berlin.

Vikram currently teaches on the first-year module 'Britons Abroad, 1500-2000', is module leader for the second-year modules 'Modern India: From Raj to Independence', 'Historical Research Skills', and the final-year research-led module 'India's "Tryst with Destiny": the Making and Remaking of the World's Largest Democracy'. Vikram is also module leader for the 'Learning Lessons: The Holocaust and Comparative Genocides' topic on the Holocaust and Genocide Studies MA.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • South Asia from c. 1780 to present
  • South Asian Political Thought/Theory
  • Global Intellectual History from c. 1780 to present
  • British Empire

Vikram's research focuses on Indian political thought and theory from the nineteenth century to the present. To date, Vikram has published on Indian iterations of liberalism, republicanism, sovereignty, peoplehood, populism, and political economy. On going research has several articles in preparation for leading political theory journals. These new publications consider contemporary Indian politial theory from the mid-20th century to the present with a particular focus on authority, multicultural justice, and majoritarianism in Indian conservative political philosophy and Hindutva.

Finally, an as yet tentative project seeks to make connections between political thought and the architecture of a path-breaking generation of 'new' Indian architects who moved beyond the Euro-American modernism of Le Corbusier and Louis Khan.


Vikram is currently supervising postgraduate projects on:

Indian Political Thought and Theory

South Asian Film in Britain

Histories of BAME migration to the UK and British multiculturalism 


Research Expertise and Interests

  • World History
  • Imperial History
  • South Asia
  • Political Thought
  • Intellectual History
  • India
  • Global History
  • 19th Century
  • 20th century
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism


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