Samiparna Samanta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Humber White House 107
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.
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.
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
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