Dienstag, 24. Oktober 2023, 18:00 - 19:30 iCal

Nitin Varma (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Social Histories of Subalterns in South Asia in the Age of Global History

Hörsaal 9, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1.Stock
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


In Kooperation mit dem FSP Globalgeschichte und der FG Figurationen der Ungleichheit


The histories of subalterns in the historiography of South Asia have a long and chequered genealogy. The emergence of subaltern studies from the late 1970s and particularly from the 1980s, drawing insights and inspiration from the writings of Antonio Gramsci and British social history, has brought the question of subalternity to the centre of teaching, research and writing of history. Taking this as the point of departure, the presentation will revisit historical research into two distinct yet related fields, namely coolies on colonial plantations and domestic servants in colonial households, in the last two decades. A particular interest here would be to evaluate how these categories of subalterns (i.e. coolies and servants) were seen as emerging through intersecting conditions of class, gender, caste and ethnicity and how particular approaches of social history, microhistory, and a growing salience of global history have informed and shaped the writing and understanding of these fields of research.


Nitin Varma works at the Department of Asian and African Studies, HU Berlin.




Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte


Annemarie Steidl, Maria Stelle Chiaruttini
Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte
Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte