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Nitya Gundu

History, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Curiosities and Oddities: Local, Epistemic, and Material Responses to Early Modern Globalisation in Deccan and South India, 1600 - 1800

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw intensive contact between the peninsular region of the Indian subcontinent and the global world. My project explores the impact of processes of early modern globalisation on epistemological thinking, visual and material culture and production in the peninsula. It attempts to engage with the intersection of the global and the local by emphasising on local perspectives of change. A focal point of this study will be the use of little investigated sources – local historical writing, traditional forms of storytelling and material and visual culture produced in the South Indian context – as a means to recover experiences and perspectives underrepresented in or marginalised by European archives. My work will focus on multiple sites and forms of encounter – with particular spatial emphasis on local courts and port cities in the Deccan and South India.

Research Area

  • Cultural History
  • History


  • ‘Life Writing and Self-Fashioning in Fanny Parkes’ Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque’ for the ‘Transnationalism in the Long Nineteenth Century - Virtual Conference’ organised by Romance, Revolution And Reform, Journal of the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research, University of Southampton on 13th January, 2021
  • ‘Redefining Narratives of Empire in Fanny Parkes’ Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque’ for the ‘Virtual Annual Postgraduate Conference - Agency and Emotion’ organised by the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, University of Durham on 27th November, 2020

Public Engagement & Impact

  • March 2021 - June 2022 - Visiting Faculty in History at National Law School of India, Bengaluru 
  • April - June 2017 - Docent, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai 

Other Research Interests

  • Visual Culture
  • Museum Studies