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Dr. Philip Constable

Senior Lecturer in History & Research Degrees Tutor

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH320

+44 (0) 1772 89 3843

pconstable@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: History

Dr Philip Constable is Senior Lecturer in History. He lectures on the history of modern Asia and the Asia-Pacific, with a particular focus on the history and politics of South and South-east Asia.

His main research interest focuses on Dalit history, culture and politics in 19th and 20th-century India. He is also involved in an inter-university research project on Buddhism, society and politics in Asia and the Asia-Pacific.

Philip is a member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching.

Full Profile

Dr Philip Constable lectures on the history of modern Asia and the Asia-Pacific. He teaches a range of modules on the history, religion and politics of Asia, including Nations and Empires in Asia 1800-1947, Gandhi, Jinnah and the End of Empire in India 1857-1947, Cold War in Asia 1945-89, and India, Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1947. His research focuses on Dalit history, culture and politics in 19th and 20th-century India, with a particular emphasis on western India. He is also involved in an inter-university research project on Buddhism, society and politics in Asia and the Asia-Pacific.


Qualifications:

  • B.A. (Hons)/M.A. History, University of Cambridge.
  • M.A. History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
  • Ph.D School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Research Activities

  • Dalit History, Culture and Politics in 19th and 20th-century Western India
  • Buddhism, Society and the State in 19th and 20th-century Asia.

Projects

  • Dalit History, Culture and Politics in 19th and 20th-century Western India (AHRC, Leverhulme Trust and British Academy)
  • Buddhism, Society and the State in 19th and 20th-century Asia (British Academy South-east Asia).

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Nations and Empires in Asia 1800-1947
  • Gandhi, Jinnah and the End of Empire in India 1857-1947
  • The Cold War in Asia 1945-89
  • India, Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1947.
  • Ph.D supervision on South Asian history and politics.

Publications

Selected publications:

  • ‘Early Dalit Literature and Culture in Late 19th and Early 20th-Century Western India’, Modern Asian Studies, 31, 2. 1997, pp. 317-338
  • ‘The Marginalization of a Dalit Martial Race in Late 19th and Early 20th-Century Western India’, Journal of Asian Studies, 60, 1, 2001.
  • ‘Accounting for the Nation-state in mid 19th-century Thailand’, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 20. 4, 2007, pp. 574-619.
  • ‘Scottish Missionaries, ‘Protestant Hinduism’ and a Scottish Sense of Empire in 19th and 20th-century Western India’, Scottish Historical Review, 4, October, 2007, pp. 278-313.
  • ‘The Cosmology of Accounting in mid 19th-century Thailand’, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 35, 2010, pp. 596-627.
  • ‘Sitting on the School Verandah’: The Ideology and Practice of Untouchable Educational Protest in Late 19th-century Western India’, in Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar (eds.) Caste in Modern India, Delhi, Permanent Black, 2013.
  • ‘Alexander Robertson, Scottish Social Theology and Low-caste Hindu Reform in Early 20th-century Colonial India’, Scottish Historical Review, 94, 2, 2015.
  • ‘The Kashmir Dispute since 1947’ in G. Martell (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Diplomacy, London, Wiley-Blackwell Books, (2017).

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