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PhD projects

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

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Dr Vikram Visana is a Senior Lecturer interested in South Asian and Global History with a particular focus on political thought. He was awarded his PhD 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', the second-year modules 'Modern India: From Raj to Independence' and 'Historical Research Skills', and the final-year module 'India's "Tryst with Destiny": the Making and Remaking of the World's Largest Democracy'. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • South Asia from c. 1780 to present
  • Global Intellectual History 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 Indian 'conservatives' within the Indian National Congress in the first half of the Twentieth Century and also in India's Swatantra Party from the 1950s to 1970s.

Vikram has also conducted research on Indian ideas of sovereignty, republicanism, and populism in the political thought of V. D. Savarkar and K. M. Munshi which are forthcoming in a journal article and book chapter.

An as yet tentative third 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.


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 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Article
  • 2 Book/Film/Dance Article review

Beyond the Polis

Visana, V. & Urbinati, N., 2020, (Accepted/In press) A Cultural History of Democracy : A Cultural History of Democracy in the Modern Age . Biagini, E. & Gerstle, G. (eds.). 1st ed. Bloomsbury Academic, Vol. 6. (The Cultural Histories Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Decolonizing Capital: Indian Political Economy in the Shadow of Empire

Visana, V., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Economics of Empire: Genealogies of Capital and the Colonial Encounter . Fadem, M. E. R. & O'Sullivan, M. (eds.). Routledge, (Postcolonial Politics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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

  • 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