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Designation Assistant Professor
Department Name HISTORY
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Educational Qualification              
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
PH.DJawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi2012
M.Phil.Jadavpur University, Kolkata2005
MAJawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi2002
Career Profile / Teaching Experience        
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Vidyasagar University since 30 April 2012
Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
Insanity and Asylums of Bengal in the Nineteenth Century
History of Medicine in India
Gender History
History of Psychiatry; History of Mental Health
History of Pharmacy in India
Course/ Subject Taught 
History of Medicine in Colonial India (M.A History Department)
Socio Religious Reform Movements in Colonial India (M.A History Department)
Women in Colonial India (M.A History Department)
An Introduction to Women’s History (M.Phil & PhD History Department)
Tribal History in Colonial India: A Historiographical Survey (M.Phil. & PhD History)
Research Methodology in History (M.Phil & PhD History Department)
Feminism: Theories and Debates (Women's Center)
Women in Indian History (Women's Center)
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Gender and Insanity: Situating Asylums in Nineteenth Century BengalSociety, Medicine and Politics in Colonial India, Mark Harrison and Biswamoy Pati eds.2018Oxon: Routledge

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Contributed two Chapters in the District Gazetteer of Purba Medinipur on ‘History’ and ‘Medical and Public Health Services’District Gazetteer of Purba Medinipur (Forthcoming)2019Government of West Bengal
BhumikaMedinipur: Nana Chokhe edited Ajay Kumar Mandal2015Kabitika, Page Nos. 11-17, January 2015
Book review: Calcutta in the Nineteenth Century: An Archival ExplorationJournal of History, Volume III2015Department of History, Vidyasagar University
Is Insanity a Female Malady? Lunatic Women in the Asylums of Bengal in the Nineteenth CenturySocial Scientist, Volume 39, Numbers 5-6, pp 23 - 47, May - June2011Social Scientist

Other Publication

Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
Houses of Madness: Insanity and Asylums of Bengal in Nineteenth Century IndiaNew Delhi: Oxford University Press2015Author
Project Work

Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Medical Health and Healing Practices among the Adivasis of MedinipurPrincipal CoordinatorUGC Innovative Project2740002 year20152017
Audio - Visual Documentation, Translation and Analysis of the Santali Folk Narratives & Performances in Select Districts of West Bengal, Jharkhand & OdishaJoint Coordinator with the Department of SanthaliICSSR30000002 year20142016
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
‘Methods in Asylum History and History of Mental Hospitals in 19th Century Bengal’Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, BangaloreNIMHANS, BANGALORE2016
Book discussion on Houses of Madness: Insanity and Asylums of Bengal in Nineteenth Century IndiaWellcome Trust Documentation Centre on History of Medicine in collaboration with the Department of History, Calcutta UniversityDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY2016
‘Space, Architecture and ‘Cure’: Military Hospitals in Nineteenth Century India’Department of History, Jadavpur UniversityDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY2014
‘Moral Treatment and Architecture: Asylums of Bengal in the Nineteenth Century’Welcome Trust Documentation Centre on History of Medicine in collaboration with the Department of History, Calcutta UniversityDEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, CALCUTTA UNIVERSITY2014
‘Within a Boundary of Their Own: The Lunatic Hospitals of Calcutta in the Nineteenth Century’Centre for Archaeological Studies & Training, Eastern India on Archaeology of Greater CalcuttaNANDAN, KOLKATA2014
Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
‘From Moral Treatment to Psychological Therapies: Psychotherapeutics from the York Retreat to the Present Day’2013PAPER PRESENTERCentre for the History of Psychological Disciplines, University College London, London

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
Issues in Environmental History in India: Pre colonial and Colonial Times2014Joint Co ordinatorICHR
State, Society, and, Economy in Pre colonial and Colonial India2013Joint Co ordinatorState University Network, Kolkata and UGC Unassigned Grant
Historicising the Peripheries: Ethnicity, Science, Gender, and Environment2013Joint Co ordinatorUGC Unassigned Grant
Award NameAwarded ByYear
Fulbright Nehru AwardFulbright2017
Charles Wallace India Trust AwardCharles Wallace India Trust2010
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