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Dr Shrikant Botre

Research Interests

I work on the socio-cultural history of medicine, specifically on how late-colonial and post-colonial Indian representations of modernity were shaped by the cultural constructions of science. Broadly informed by the politics of progressivism unleashed in the modern age, my research interests encompass the intermeshed colonial histories of caste and sexuality, colonial print networks and the modern Indian history of food. Supervised by Dr. Sarah Hodges and generously funded by the University of Warwick, my doctoral thesis, entitled "The Body Language of Caste: Marathi Sexual Modernity (1920-1950)" mapped the range of discourses addressing "reproduction" in modern Maharashtra. In focusing on popular Marathi sex literature, I have problematized its construction of scientific sexuality and sexual reform; I attempt to read these as modes of reproducing deeply ingrained arguments for maintaining caste hierarchies. After completing my doctoral thesis in the Centre for the History of Medicine, I worked as an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick.

Education
  • Ph.D. History, University of Warwick, 2013-2018.
  • M.Phil. History, University of Pune, 2005.
  • M.A. History, University of Pune, 1998.
  • B.A. History, University of Pune, 1995.
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards
  • Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science, 2019-2022
  • Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, 2017-2018.
  • Chancellor’s International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Warwick, 2013-2017.
  • Fellow, Advanced Centre of Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, 2014.
  • Fellow, Leslie Centre for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, Hanover, 2013.
  • Dr. Arvind Deshpande M.Phil. Dissertation Award, History Teachers’ Association, Pune, 2007.
Publications
Monograph (Marathi)
  • Maharashtratil Nagarikaran ani Telugu Samaj, 1850-1926 (Urbanisation in Maharashtra and the Migrant Telugu Communities). Diamond Publications, Pune, 2006.

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • "Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Anxieties: Middle-Class Males in Western India and the Correspondence in Samajswasthya, 1927-1953". Co-authored with Douglas Haynes, Modern Asian Studies. March 2017.
  • "Sexual Knowledge, Anatomy and the Body of Caste: Making Modern Marathi Sexology, 1920-1950", Journal of the History of Sexuality, special issue (Race and Sexual Knowledge in the Global South, 1800-2000), currently in submission.

Book Chapters

  • "Understanding R.D. Karve: Brahmacharya, Modernity, and the Appropriation of Global Sexual Science in Western India, 1927-1953", Co-authored with Douglas E. Haynes. In Douglas Haynes, Veronika Fuechtner and Ryan Jones, eds., A Global History of Sexual Science, University of California Press, 2018.
Invited Lectures
  • "Sex Education Legacy in Western India: Problem of a Progressive Quest", S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai, November 2018.
  • "Archives and the Historian", Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, October 2016.
  • "Understanding R.D. Karve: Brahmacharya, Modernity, and the Appropriation of Global Sexual Science in Western India, 1927-1953" with Prof. Douglas Haynes. Plenary presentation at the workshop "What is the History of Body?", Institute of Historical Research (IHR), London, March 2014.
  • "Historicising Modern Maharashtra: Beyond Dominant Frames", Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, October 2014.
Conference Presentations and Panel Discussions
  • " A Global History of Sexual Science and Asia", Roundtable Discussion Organised at the New England Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover (U.S.), December 2019.
  • "The Brahminical Impossibility of Meat: Protein Politics in Late Colonial Western India (1890-1950)." Presented at the New England Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover (U.S.), December 2019.
  • "Nutrition and the Making of Marathi Sexology, 1920-1950." Presented at the Workshop "Caste-ing Nutrition: The Politics of Health and Food in Modern India", University of Warwick, June 2018.

  • "Garbhadhana: the Brahminical Conception of Marathi Sexual Modernity." Presented at the symposium "The Pregnant Archive: Materializing Conception to Birth", Birkbeck, University of London, November 2017.
  • "The Body of Caste: Making of Modern Marathi Sexual Anatomy." Presented at the workshop "Sex, Race and Reproduction in Global South", Centre for the Foundations of Science, University of Sydney, April 2017.
  • "The Body of Caste: Making of Modern Marathi Sexual Anatomy." Presented at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, March 2017.
  • "India: No Country for Beef?" Panel discussion on the documentary film "Caste on the Menu Card". Another India, University of Warwick, February 2016.
  • "The Caste-d Legacy of Marathi Journalism". Delivered at the conference "Spaces of Caste: Resistance and Persistence", Another India, University of Warwick, April 2015.
  • "Sexual knowledge and the Question of Authority: Marie Stopes' India Correspondence (1920-1950)." Presented at the Post Graduate Conference, Department of History, University of Warwick, May 2014.
  • "Understanding R.D. Karve: Brahmacharya, Modernity, and the Appropriation of Global Sexual Science in Western India, 1927–1953", with Prof. Douglas Haynes. Presented at Leslie Humanities Institute "Towards a Global History of Sexual Science" Dartmouth College, Hanover, U.S., August 2013.
Conferences, Workshops and Discussion Groups Organised
  • "Caste-ing Nutrition: The Politics of Health and Food in Modern India", Workshop organised for the Centre for the History of Medicine and the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, June 2018.
  • Convener, "South-Asia Discussion Group", for Another India, University of Warwick, 2016-2017.
  • Co-Convener, "Reading Lunch", Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, 2016-2017.
  • "Archiving Caste in Maharashtra", Workshop organised for the Interdisciplinary School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Pune, in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, March 2010.
  • "Understanding Interdisciplinarity", workshop organised for the Interdisciplinary School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Pune, January 2008.
  • "Multidimensionality of Caste", conference organised for the Interdisciplinary School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Pune, January 2008.
Conference Grants
  • Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, Conference Grant, 2018.
  • Another India, University of Warwick, Conference Grant, 2018.
  • Global Research Priorities - Food, University of Warwick, Conference Grant, 2018.
  • Global Research Priorities - International Development, University of Warwick, Conference Grant, 2018.
  • Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, Conference Grant, 2018.
Conference Travel Grants
  • Warwick History Department, PG Research Grant, 2017.
  • Warwick Centre for the History of Medicine, PG Research Grant, 2017.
  • Warwick Humanities Research Fund, Conference Travel Grant, 2017.
  • Royal Historical Society, Conference Travel Grant, 2017.
Academic Memberships
  • The Royal Historical Society, UK.
  • Economic History Society, UK.
  • British Society for the History of Science, UK.
  • D. R. Gadgil Library (Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics), India.
Teaching
  • Assistant Professor, History, Marathwada Institute of Journalism (visiting), Pune, 2004-2012.
  • Assistant Professor, History, FLAME University of Liberal Arts (visiting), Pune, 2009-2010.
  • Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Pune, 2007- 2008.
  • Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Pune, 2006-2007.
  • Assistant Professor, History, S.N.D.T. Women’s University (visiting), Mumbai 2003-2004.
  • Assistant Professor, History, Tilak Maharashtra University (visiting), Pune, 2001-2003.
  • Assistant Professor, History, Fergusson College (visiting), Pune, 2002.
  • Assistant Professor, History, V.G. Vaze College, Mumbai, 1999-2000.
Research Assistance
  • Research Collaborator with Prof. Douglas Haynes, Leslie Centre for Humanities, Dartmouth, U.S., (Mumbai and Pune based research work on the early twentieth century Marathi Sexual Health journal, Samajswasthya), 2011- 2012.
  • Maharashtra Facilitator for "Pathways to Higher Education - a Ford Foundation Global Initiative to Promote Inclusiveness in Higher Education", Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, 2010-2011.
  • Project Assistant for "Social Movements in Maharashtra" (Project of archiving colonial non-brahmin publications), Interdisciplinary School of Social Science, University of Pune, 2008-11.
  • Research Assistant to Prof. Douglas Haynes, Dartmouth College. (Mumbai and Pune based archival work for "Advertisements and the Middle Class in Western India (1920-1950)", 2005-2006.
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Contact:

Shrikant.S.Botre@warwick.ac.uk

R.229, Ramphal Building

University of Warwick,

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