Rohan Deb Roy

(Nov 2013-Okt 2016)

PhD, Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge

I am completing my first book manuscript, which explores the cultural and political history of the co-production of knowledge about the remedy quinine and its disease malaria in British India.  Engaging with new imperial histories, constructivism in the histories of medicine, and questions about materiality of objects within and beyond science studies, it examines the entanglements of politics about plants, disease categories, events, drugs, insects and empire in South Asia and the wider colonial world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Besides, I am conducting research on a newer project, which explores metaphors and materials associated with the category "insects" in South Asian history between the late-eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.

  • Nov 2013–Oct 2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin/ Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge
  • Fall 2012: Weiss Visiting Lecturer in Histories of Science and Empire, Barnard College/ Columbia University, New York 
  • Feb 2011–October 2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • Dec 2009–Nov 2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
  • Dec 2009: PhD, University College London    

I am putting together a co-edited (with Sujit Sivasundaram) special issue on "Non-human Empires" and a co-edited volume (with Guy Attewell) titled "Locating the Medical in South Asian Histories." I am the book reviews editor of the Routledge journal "South Asian Histories and Culture."


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Imperial Insects: Entomology and Empire in British India