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


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Dr Vikram Visana joined the history team as Lecturer in World History in September 2018. 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' and the second-year modules 'Modern India: From Raj to Independence' and 'Historical Research Skills'. From January 2020 he will offer a new third-year module called 'India's "Tryst with Destiny": the Making and Remaking of the World's Largest Democracy', which will allow students to explore the uniqueness of the democratic revolution in India between 1947 and 2000. Using tracts of Indian political thought alongside Bollywood movies and an array of other written and visual sources, this module will approach the topic from the perspective of Indian elites but also that of the average Indian citizen. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • South Asia from c. 1780 to present
  • Global Political Thought from c. 1780 to present
  • Imperial History
  • World/Global History

Vikram is happy to supervise undergraduate dissertations, masters theses, and PhD theses on topics which fall under the themes listed above.

Vikram's research has centred on the global intellectual history of liberalism in Britain's colonies during and after empire. His PhD thesis on the political thought of Dadabhai Naoroji offers a new account of the foundational nature of political economy to Indian ideas of liberty in their most universal form. This thesis is currently being expanded and adapted for publication as a monorgraph. A new project extends the study of Indian liberalism and political economy into the post-colonial era by examing the political thought of members and supporters of India's Swatantra Party from the 1950s to 1970s. Vikram has also conducted research on Indian ideas of sovereignty and populism which are forthcoming in a journal article and book chapter.

Research Expertise and Interests

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

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Research Output

  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Article
  • 2 Book/Film/Dance Article review

Beyond Citizen and Subject: New Perspectives on Political Thought, 'Tribe' and 'Indirect Rule' in Africa

Visana, V., Mar 2019, In : History Compass. 17, 3, 13 p., e12525.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Beyond the Polis

    Visana, V. & Urbinati, N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) A Cultural History of Democracy : A Cultural History of Democracy in the Modern Age . Biagini, E. & Gerstle, G. (eds.). Bloomsbury Academic, Vol. 6.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Decolonizing Capital: Indian Political Economy in the Shadow of Empire

    Visana, V., 18 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Economics of Empire: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter . Fadem, M. (ed.). Routledge, (Postcolonial Politics).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Reordering the World: Essays on Liberalism and Empire

    Visana, V., 9 Jul 2019, In : Journal of World History. 30, 1&2, p. 260-264 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

    Vernacular Liberalism, Capitalism, and Anti-Imperialism in the Political Thought of Dadabhai Naoroji

    Visana, V., Sep 2016, In : Historical Journal. 59, 3, p. 775-797 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Publication Peer-review
    • 1 Invited talk

    Decolonising Capitalism: The "Bombay School" and the Comparative Political Economy of India and Ireland

    Vikram Visana (Speaker)
    1 Nov 20192 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Africa in Global Intellectual History

    Vikram Visana (Organiser)
    25 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Modern Intellectual History (Journal)

    Vikram Visana (Reviewer)
    30 Oct 201812 Dec 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Never say die!: Dadabhai Naoroji’s Indianisation of British politics

    Vikram Visana (Speaker)
    22 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk