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Rajeshwari Mishka Sinha

Rajeshwari Mishka Sinha

PhD Student, Indian Studies


After graduating in English from St. Xavier's College, Bombay, I took an M.Phil in English Literature from 1890 to the present, from the University of Oxford. For my M.Phil thesis I focused on the place of Indian philosophy in the work of T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats. In 2006, I came to Cambridge to study Sanskrit and work towards a PhD under the supervision of Dr Eivind Kahrs.

Subject groups/Research projects

Indian Studies:

Research Interests

My PhD thesis is on the cultural history of the transmission, translation and reception of Sanskrit texts, and ideas of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy, in Britain and America from 1830-1939. It questions conceptions of academic and cultural knowledge about India and Sanskrit in twentieth century theories of orientalism and post-colonialism. It also addresses the lack of any sustained engagement with ideas of India and empire within intellectual and cultural histories of early twentieth century Britain, arguing for a heterogeneous, multiple and dialogical history of the translation and interpretation of Indian ideas and knowledge in the West.

Other Professional Activities

Together with Tom Green, PhD student at the Faculty of Divinity, I am organising an interdisciplinary workshop on 'Ideas of India in Britain: 1857-1947' on the 14th and 15th of May at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH). My article on the trans-national history and reception of the Bhagavad-Gita in Britain from 1785-1945 will be published in a special issue of the journal Modern Intellectual History in August 2010.