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Faculty
Department of History
Meera Visvanathan
Assistant Professor,
Department of History,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
Ph.D (Ancient History), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2015
M.Phil, Ancient History, 2010, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU
M.A., Ancient History, 2007, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU
B.A., History, 2005, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University
Research Interests
Epigraphy
Writing systems
Translation
Ancient Indian Social History
Select Publications
Articles in Books and Journals:
  • ‘Early Historic Inscriptions’, in Alf Hiltebeitel (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism’, New York: OUP, 26/6/2012, doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195399318-0031

  • ‘Before Genealogy? Marking Descent in the Inscriptions of Early Historic India’, Religions of South Asia (5.1-2), 2011, pp.245-265.

  • ‘Cosmology and Critique: Charting a History of the Purusha Sukta’, in Kumkum Roy (ed.), Insights and Interventions: Essays in Honour of Uma Chakravarti, Primus Books, Delhi, 2011, pp.143-167.

  • ‘Of death and fertility: Landscapes of Heroism in Ancient South India’; in Upinder Singh and Nayanjot Lahiri (ed.); Ancient India: New Research; OUP; Delhi; 2009, pp.174-204.
Online Learning Materials

International and National Talks and Conference Presentations
  • Organized (in association with Anna Varghese, Digvijay Singh and Mekhola Gomes) a two-day workshop on the theme ‘The Social Worlds of Premodern Transactions: Perspectives from Epigraphy and History’, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 5-6 June 2014.

  • ‘Collapsing to Order of Things: The Vajrasūcī, the Mahābhārata and the Ideology of Varṇa’ , Workshop on ‘Approaching Religion and Caste before Colonialism’, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 28th July 2012.

  • ‘Strategies of a Dissenting Brahmana: The Vajrasūcī’s Critique of the Mānava Dharmaśāstra’, 15th World Sanskrit Conference, 5th-10th January 2012, New Delhi.

  • Discussant, Student-Faculty Discussion on the censorship of Ramanujan’s ‘Many Ramayanas’, organized by the History Association, CHS, JNU , 10th November, 2011.

  • Participant, International Workshop on ‘The Archaeology of Bhakti’, Pondicherry, École française d'Extrême-Orient, 1-12 August 2011.

  • Participant, Eighth International Workshop on Tamil Epigraphy, Pondicherry and Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu, 11-22 July 2011, Mondes Iranien et Indien, Paris and Department of History, Pondicherry University.

  • ‘Before Genealogy?: Marking Descent in the Inscriptions of Early Historic India”, International Workshop on ‘Genealogy and History in South Asia’, Cardiff University, 26th-29th May, 2010.

  • ‘The Realm of the Written Word: Early Brahmi Inscriptions and their Contexts of Record’, ‘Exploring the Margins’ conference, History Association, CHS, JNU, 3-5 September 2009.

  • ‘Of Death and Fertility: Landscapes of Heroism in Ancient South India’, seminar on “Ancient India: New Research”, Manana, the Devahuti Damodar Library, September 2005.

Executive Summary
Meera Visvanathan’s dissertation research focused on the inscriptions of early historic India, and led her to examine issues of written culture, the interplay of languages and ethnic groups, and the contexts of communication involved in these early records. She is also interested in the social history of ancient India, with a focus on themes of caste and gender.
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