Gender in History series welcomes new editor – Dr Arunima Datta

Gender in History series welcomes new editor – Dr Arunima Datta

Posted by rhiandavies - Tuesday, 19 Mar 2024


I am thrilled to join the Gender in History Series at Manchester University Press. Books published in this series have influenced my research, and now I am honored to share this space with my esteemed colleagues to move forward discussions on gender in history. I remain invested in bringing diverse voices and topics into the series to ensure we remain dedicated to decolonizing our studies of the past. In particular, as a historian focusing on modern British empire, South and Southeast Asian histories, I welcome proposals from scholars working in these related time periods and regions.  

Dr Arunima Datta

We are happy to announce the newest addition to the Gender in History series editorial team, Dr. Arunima Datta. As a distinguished historian specializing in British Empire and Asian history, Dr. Datta brings a wealth of expertise and a fresh perspective to the series. Her contributions to the field, coupled with her dedication to uncovering marginalized narratives, make her an invaluable asset to our editorial board.

Dr. Datta’s research delves into the tapestry of everyday experiences within the British Empire, with a keen focus on labour, women’s history, food, and emotions. Her work challenges conventional narratives by centring on the often-overlooked stories of South Asian women labour migrants. Through her acclaimed publications such as “Fleeting Agencies” and “Waiting on Empire,” Dr. Datta sheds light on the nuanced dynamics of migration, agency, and resilience, offering a deeper understanding of historical processes.

The Gender in History series aims to investigate the social and cultural constructions of gender in historical sources, as well as the gendering of historical discourse itself. It explores the configuration in the past of gender identities and relations between the sexes, investigates the history of sexuality and family relations, and analyses ideas and ideals of masculinity and femininity. 

You can explore more from the series here.

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