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Faculty Profile

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Dr. Rachna Mehra

Qualification

  • Ph.D in Modern Indian History from Centre for Historical Studies (CHS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, 2014.
  • M.Phil, CHS, JNU, Delhi, 2009.
  • M.A. in Modern Indian History, CHS, JNU, Delhi, 2006.
  • B.A Hons. (History), St. Stephens College, Delhi University, 2004.

Past Experience

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor in School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi (2014-2018).
  • Assistant Professor (History), Bhim Rao Ambedkar College in Delhi University (2013-14).
  • Taught MA students in School of Open Learning, Delhi University, from Dec 2010-Feb 2011.
  • Taught as a guest lecturer in Dayal Singh College, Delhi University in Sept 2009.
  • Research Assistant for an ICHR Project “Towards Freedom”1947, Volume X, from Dec 2006-Dec 2007.

Administrative Appointments

  • Deputy Dean, Academic and Governance, AUD (2018-21)
  • Member, Board of Studies, School of Global Affairs, AUD (2019-22)
  • BA Program Coordinator, SGA, AUD (2018-20)

My Zone / Area of Expertise

  • Urban history of small towns and cities
  • Partition of the Indian subcontinent
  • Gender and refugee rehabilitation policies

Courses taught at AUD

Masters

  • Urban Space and Experiences
  • Writing Seminar (Coordinator)
  • Dissertation and Internship supervision
  • Making of the Modern World
  • Partitions in South Asia

Undergraduate

  • The City in Literature
  • Claims to the City
  • Colonial Urbanism
  • Urban Worlds
  • Introduction to Social Science and Humanities
  • Understanding the Past
  • Early India
  • Modern India

Lectures to research students pursuing M.Phil/PhD

  • Historiography of the Annales School
  • Oral history and partition
  • Approaches to urban history
  • ‘Archives: Custodian of the past or past in a custody?’
  • ‘Archives: Episteme, theory and praxis’

Awards

  • One year internship with Centre for the study of Developing Societies, Delhi 2011-12
  • Qualified UGC-NET for lectureship 2009.
  • The Sanwa Bank (UFJ bank) Scholarship, for all round academic merit combined with participation in co-curricular activities, St.Stephen’s College (2003-4)
  • Asha Chatterjee Prize (2003-4), Raghuvansh K.Balbir Prize (2003-4), Vikas Dhaka Scholarship (2002), St.Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Publications

Chapters in edited volumes

  • 2021,‘Land(e)scapes of Utopia: Reconciling Old Ways of Living in New Towns in India’ in Radical City Imagining Possibilities for the Indian City (ed.) Pithamber R. Polsani, SAGE, Yoda Press, pp. 131-146,
  • 2020,‘Mapping the Core-Periphery Dynamics of Delhi Metropolis’ in Urbanism in South Asia, North East India, Outside In (ed.) Prof. Meeta Deka, Primus publications: Delhi, pp.190-212.

Educational resources

  • 2017, Resource person for MA History Urban Studies course material IGNOU,
  • (Unit 31) Cities in Eighteenth Century 2
  • (Unit 32) Lucknow: A Case Study.

Publications in Journals

  • 2020, https://www.identitiesjournal.com/the-viral-condition-virtual-symposium/invisible-virus-visible-bodies-the-biological-exposition-of-a-socio-historical-malaise published online
  • 2015, Won the Nasreen Ahmad Memorial Prize for best paper in Gender History titled ‘The Birth pangs of a divided ation: Articulating the experiences of women and children in the post partition period’, published in Indian History Congress, ISSN 2249-1937, pp.1247-1252.
  • 2015,‘Midnight’s Discarded Progeny: Articulating Experiences of Children (post 1947)’, Journal of History and Culture, ISSN 2348-3830, pp.113-123.
  • 2013, ‘A Nation Partitioned or Homes Divided? The severed relationship between the state, community and abducted women in the post partition period’, Indian History Congress, ISSN 2249-1937, pp.1391-97.

Book Reviews

  • 2020 Pondicherry under the French, Illuminating the Urban Landscape, 1674-1793 (2018), S. Jeyaseela Stephen in newbooks.asia@IIAS.
  • 2018 Urban Spaces in Modern India (2018) (ed.) Narayani Gupta and Partho Datta, (IIAS:Shimla) in Summerhill, IIAS Review Vol. XXIV, No. 1, ISSN: 0972-1452, pp.84-85.

 

    Seminar / Conferences

    PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES

    • Speaker ‘Partition: a kaleidoscope of memory, fiction and reality’, webinar conducted by department of history, Ganga Devi Mahavidyalaya, Patna, 9th March 2021.
    • Speaker ‘Literary Musings: Exploring Fictional representations of partition of India’, Intersections, Dept of Liberal Arts, IIT Bhilai, 8th March 2021.
    • Panelist in ‘The City in India: before and after COVID19’ in an online webinar organized by Indiana University Bloomington (USA) on 14th Oct 2020.
    • Presented a paper titled ‘Land(e)scapes of Utopia..’ in a National Conference on the theme Radical City’ (Art, Design and Culture) in Srishti, Bengaluru (20th-21st December 2019)
    • Presented a paper titled ‘The American Dream and Indian Realities: Community Development Program in the Post Colonial Era’ in an international conference ‘Measuring Futures: Politics of Expertise in Asia’, 10-11 Dec 2018 University of Chicago Centre Delhi.
    • Participated in a GIAN workshop on ‘Geographies of Waste: Surplus Value, Surplus Matter, Surplus Humanity’ by Prof. Vinay Gidwani held in AUD from 19-23 Dec 2017.
    • Chaired a panel on ‘Post-Colonialism Perspective from History and Literature (Hybrid spaces)’ and presented a paper titled ‘The Urban Spatial Conundrum in a Post Colonial Nation’ in a national conference in Amity NOIDA on 22nd August 2017
    • Presented a paper titled, ‘Transnational Application of Perry’s ‘Neighborhood Unit’ to Indian Town Planning: A Case Study of Faridabad (1950-1980s)’, in the 79th Urban Workshop Series organised by Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centres de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Delhi on 30 August 2016.
    • Presented a paper titled, ‘The Derailed Terrain: Memorialising the ‘Shahids’ of the Gujrat Train’ in a National Conference organised by Oral History Association of India, Mumbai 19-20 January 2015.
    • Paper titled ‘Mapping the Metropolis: Understanding the expansive dynamics between the core and the peripheral regions’ presented in an International Seminar on Understanding Urban History organised by ICHR and Guwahati University in September 2014.
    • Paper presented in a National Seminar ‘The Line that Divides- Understanding Partition from Women and/in Partition Narratives’, Shivaji College Delhi, January 2013.