After training as a microbiologist (PhD, Biotechnology, IIT-Delhi, India) and following a stint as a science correspondent for the The Indian Express in New Delhi, I turned to history and the philosophy of science (Indiana University, USA) and later to science studies (PhD, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, 2000).
Since 2009, I have been a Visiting Professor of the history of science at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Mohali, India, prior to which I received numerous research fellowships.
I am currently interested in the cultural history of science in India, from its early beginnings to the present. During my stay at MPIWG, I hope to work on my new book project, which critically examines the various strategies for harmonization (or "hybridization," to use a postcolonial term) of scientific theories (from Copernican astronomy and Darwin’s theory of evolution to quantum physics) with spiritualist-idealist strains of Hinduism. My objective is to show how this kind of hybridization covers up contradictions and turns modern science into a source of legitimation for Hinduism and Hindu nationalism.
Nanda, M. (2016). Ambedkar’s gita. Economic and Political Weekly, 51(49), 38-45.Read
Nanda, M. (2016). Science in saffron: skeptical essays on history of science. New Delhi: Three Essays Collective.Read
Nanda, M. (2011). The god market: how globalization is making India more Hindu. New York: Monthly Review Press.Read
Nanda, M. (2010). Madame Blavatsky’s children: modern Hindu encounters with Darwinism. In J. R. Lewis (Read
Ed.), Handbook of Religion and the Authority of Science (pp. 279-344). Leiden: Brill.
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Conference, Information Technology Institute, Afker-e-Taza: Rescuing the Past, Shaping the Future, Lahore, Pakistan
Lecture, Aarhus University, Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus, Denmark
Conference, University of Vienna, Conference on Yoga in Transformation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on a Global Phenomenon
Endowment lecture, Government College for Women, Trivandrum, Kerela, India