Dr. V.J. Varghese, teaching at the Department of History, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has joined the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, U.K, as a Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) Fellow. The tenure of the fellowship is for three months starting from September 2018. He would be participating in events relating to IASH’s research and engagement activities, alongside pursuing his own research on the history of land reclamation and agrarian expansion in modern Kerala. He would also be working through the archival resources at the National Library of Scotland, apart from talking at Edinburgh and a few other universities in the U.K. He has recently completed the Research Excellence Visiting Fellowship at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest.
Dr. Varghese has done his Doctoral Research from UoH and has joined the Department of History in 2014. His areas of interest include modern South Asian history, transnational migrations from South Asia and making of regional modernities in South Asia, with a focus on Kerala in South India and Punjab in North India. He has co-authored ‘Dreaming Mobility and Buying Vulnerability: Overseas Recruitment Practices in India’ (Routledge) and co-edited ‘Anjuru Varshathe Keralam: Chila Arivadayalangal’ in Malayalam (Tapasam/DC Books), ‘Migration, Mobility and Multiple Affiliations: Punjabis in a Transnational World’ (Cambridge University Press) apart from writing in reputed journals and contributing chapters to many edited volumes. He held visiting fellowships at the University of Sussex (2010-11), the National University of Singapore (2014) and CEU Budapest, prior to the present one.