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Samiparna Samanta

Samiparna Samanta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
115 Humber White House
Phone 478-445-2179

Current Vita


Modern South Asia, Colonialism, British Empire, History of Science, Medicine and Disease, Animal Studies, Urban History, Environmental History, Postcolonial Studies


My dissertation, entitled “Cruelty Contested: The British, the Bengalis and Animals in Colonial Bengal, 1850-1920,” evaluates the nature of cross-cultural interface between the British and the Bengalis in nineteenth and twentieth-century Bengal as studied through the lens of animal cruelty. It analyzes how discourses of cruelty against domestic animals – in veterinary, culinary and transport registers – became a ground on which the ethics of colonial relations were worked out in Bengal between 1850 and 1920. Linking the subject of animal protectionism to veterinary medicine, colonialism and knowledge-formation, my research brings together environmental history, colonial history and history of science in the South Asian context.



Journal Articles:

 Samanta, Samiparna. “Questioning the Unkindest Cut in the Calcutta Slaughterhouse: Colonial and Post-colonial Experiences.” Economic and Political Weekly 41, no. 20 (20-26 May 2006): 1999-2007.

Samanta, Samiparna. “Situating Animal in History: An Invitation to Calcutta Slaughterhouse.”

Bengal, Past and Present: The Journal of Calcutta Historical Society 124, no. 238-239 (January-December 2005): 113-126.

Book Chapters:

Samanta, Samiparna. “Mughal Empire,” “British Influence,” “Medicine,” “Indian Rebellion".

(Mutiny) of 1857.” In Edward Ramsamy, Andrea L. Stanton, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn Elliott, eds. Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Sage Publications, January 2012.

Satpathi, Sayantani and Samanta, Samiparna. “Digging the Underworld Narrative: Revisiting

Masculinity in Indian Films.” In Swaralipi Nandi and Esha Chatterjee eds., The Gory Third Screen: A Study of Violence and Masculinity in Postcolonial Films. New Delhi: Zubaan Books in collaboration with University of Chicago Press, July 2012.

Samanta, Samiparna and Samanta, Tannistha. “Our Culture, Their Culture: Discourses on

History, Identity and Imperialism.” In Parashar. S & Wong. Y, eds. Inequality in a Globalizing World- Perspectives, Processes and Experiences. Kendall-Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, IA, 2011.

Samanta, Samiparna. “Imperialism.” In Kathleen A Brosnan, ed. Encyclopedia of American

Environmental History. New York: Facts on File, 2011.



Major Themes in Asian History

World Civilization II

A Survey of Indian History

Western Heritage


History of Asia, Pre-modern and Modern South Asia

The Modern World/Global Studies  

Disease and Empire


Environmental History of South Asia/World

History of Science and Medicine

Colonialism, British Empire, Power and Knowledge Formation

Science and Social Constructivism

Historical Methods, Theory





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