Dr. Soni

Research Interests: 

Childhood and youth, gender, colonial and postcolonial history

Education: 

Ph.D. Scholar July 2014 – Aug. 2020

Institute of History ETH Zurich

• Dissertation Title: Famine Orphan “Rescue” Missions: Childhood, Colonialism and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1860s–1920s

• Committee: Harald Fischer-Tin´e, Durba Ghosh and Julia Hauser

M.Phil. Scholar Jul. 2012 – Jul. 2014

Centre for Historical Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

• Dissertation Title: ”Law, Empire and Prostitution: Looking Beyond the Cantonment, 1868-1914”. (A minus)

Master’s Student May 2010 – May 2012

Modern Indian History St. Stephens’ College, Delhi University, New Delhi

Bachelor’s Student July 2007 – May 2010

History Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, New Delhi

Experience: 

Institute Postdoctoral Fellow March 2022 – Present

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences IIT Bombay

Research Assistant Sep 2016 – Aug. 2020

Institute of History ETH Zurich

Publications: 

Pande, Ishita.Sex Law and the Politics of Age: Child Marriage in India 1891-1937. London :Cambridge University Press, 2020, vii + 322pp., Rs.1,141, ISBN 9781108489744, 2021, H-S

Learning to Labour: ‘Native’ Orphans in Colonial India, 1840s– 1920s. Apr 2020

International Review of Social History 65, no. 1 (April 2020): 15–42.

Laying the Foundation of the “Native” Christian Community: Church Missionary Society and its Experiments with Orphans and Orphanages, 1840s–1920s .

South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (forthcoming, October 2022)

Sleight, Simon and Shirleene Robinson, eds. Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, xiii +328 pp., 100$, ISBN 978-1-137-48940-1 2017, H-Soz-Kult.

Manuscript in Preparation

Orphans of Famine: Childhood, Colonialism and Nationalism in Colonial India,

1860s–1920s. Under Review with Palgrave Macmillan (321 pages)



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