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Sunil Kumar
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 EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
 Phd. from Duke University, Durham, U.S.A. (1992) 
 Masters from University of Bridgeport, U.S.A (1978)
 B.A from St. Stephens, Delhi University (1975) 
 CAREER PROFILE 
 Department of History, Delhi University- Professor-(since July 2010)
Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University- Reader- (2008-2010)
Department of History, Delhi University- Professor- (2005-2008)
Department of History, Delhi University- Reader (1994-2004)
Department of History, Delhi University- Senior Lecturer (1992-1994)
Department of History, Delhi University- Lecturer (1985-1982)
St. Stephens College, Delhi University- Ad-Hoc Lecturer (1984-85) 
 AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Medieval Indian history, the medieval world, history of religion (primarily Islam), Archaeology. My work is mainly concerned with questions relating to the emergence of the Muslim community, their relationship with the state, the emergence of pietistic cultures, political cultures and their ideological and institutional manifestations. 
 SUBJECTS TAUGHT: 
 MASTERS:
 i) A Social and Cultural History of Medieval Europe and the Central Islamic lands
ii) Sufism
iii)The Provincial Sultanates in Medieval South Asia (1350-1550)
iv) The Delhi Sultanate (1192-1550);
v) History of India (1540-1605); 
vi) Urban History of Medieval India.
Delhi UniversityM.Phil Seminar Course: 
 i) The Historian's Craft 
 ii) Problems in the Historical Study of Society and Culture.
 SOAS COURSES: 
 Undergraduate: 
 i) The Making of Medieval India
 ii) Structures of Authority: Islam, the Delhi Sultans and the Mughals. 
 Graduate: 
 i) Islam in South Asia 
 ii) Third year Post Graduate Writing 
Workshop in History 
 RESEARCH GUIDANCE: 
 Phd.
2011: Hardip Singh Syan, “Peace, Love and War: The Development of Sikh ‘Militancy’ in the Seventeenth Century”. Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies.
2001: Nandita Sahai, “Artisans in a Mughal Province: A Study of 18th Century Marwar”. Department of History, Delhi University.M.Phil (all at Delhi University)
2010: Ashutosh Kumar, “Coparceners, Genealogies and the Yaa: Framing Mughal Authority in the Sixteenth Century” 
 2009 :Anu Saini, “Soldiering and its Reportage in five Sultanate Texts”
2008 : Sushmita Banerjee, “The Usages of the Past: History and its Possibilities in the Fawa’id al-Fu’ad and the Ta’rikh-i Firuz Shahi” 
 2006 : Shalini Sinha, “Succession to High Office in the Lodi Dynasty”
2005 : Jyoti Gulati, “Stature, Social Relations and the Piety-Minded: Reading Amir Khwurd’s Siyar al-Awliya”.
2001 :Sneh, “’My kingdom for a horse’: an analysis of the narrative structures in the Baburnama”
1999 : Pratibha, “Making an Impression: A study of the Khair al-Majalis and the dargah of Nasir al-Din Chiragh-i Dehli”
1998 : Pankaj Jha, “Sharafuddin Maneri’s Khwan-i Pur Nimat: Studying Bihar through a 14th Century Malfuz”. 
1997: Samita Roy, “Everyday life and the evidence of the Fawa’id al-Fu’ad”
1997 : P. Ajitha, “The ideology of faqr and futuh : an analysis of the Fawa’id al-Fu’ad and the Khair al-Majalis”1996: Yeshi Seli, “Reinterpreting Mira’s Bhakti”
1995: Ruby Lal, “Women and the ‘way’ of the Sufi – Studying the Nizamiyya tariqa”

M.Phil (Research Guidance Delhi University) 
2010: Ashutosh Kumar, “Coparceners, Genealogies and the Yaa: Framing Mughal Authority in the Sixteenth Century” 
 2009 :Anu Saini, “Soldiering and its Reportage in five Sultanate Texts”
2008 : Sushmita Banerjee, “The Usages of the Past: History and its Possibilities in the Fawa’id al-Fu’ad and the Ta’rikh-i Firuz Shahi” 
 2006 : Shalini Sinha, “Succession to High Office in the Lodi Dynasty”
2005 : Jyoti Gulati, “Stature, Social Relations and the Piety-Minded: Reading Amir Khwurd’s Siyar al-Awliya”.
2001 :Sneh, “’My kingdom for a horse’: an analysis of the narrative structures in the Baburnama”
1999 : Pratibha, “Making an Impression: A study of the Khair al-Majalis and the dargah of Nasir al-Din Chiragh-i Dehli”
1998 : Pankaj Jha, “Sharafuddin Maneri’s Khwan-i Pur Nimat: Studying Bihar through a 14th Century Malfuz”. 
 1997: Samita Roy, “Everyday life and the evidence of the Fawa’id al-Fu’ad”
1997 : P. Ajitha, “The ideology of faqr and futuh : an analysis of the Fawa’id al-Fu’ad and the Khair al-Majalis” 
 1996: Yeshi Seli, “Reinterpreting Mira’s Bhakti”
1995: Ruby Lal, “Women and the ‘way’ of the Sufi – Studying the Nizamiyya tariq

RESEARCH PROJECTS (MAJOR GRANTS/ RESEARCH COLLABORATION) 
 Medieval Delhi Digital Humanities Research Collective, is a Canadian-led international team of historians and art and architectural historians that includes leading scholars from the United Kingdom and Japan. The aim of the project is to develop a digital infrastructure that will make the study of Medieval Delhi more cost effective for Indian and international researchers and position the field so that it is able to take advantage of new emerging forms of computational analysis for humanities research.Another goal is to develop a general researcher-oriented IT tool that helps relate and analyze historical relations between material and social phenomena and is of use to the wider scholarly community. The pilot project will develop a prototype for a sustainable, researcher-driven and internet accessible, relational database or set of databases populated with spatial, three-dimensional model, photographic and textual data pertaining to Delhi’s historic Quwwat al- Islam mosque.Participants include: Dr. Hussein Keshani, who is with the Art History Program at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan (UBCO) and is also the principal investigator. Other collaborators include Dr. Anthony Welch with the University of Victoria’s History in Art Program; Professor Sunil Kumar at the Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Dr. Tomoko Masuya at the University of Tokyo and Dr. Naoko Fukami, currently with Waseda University, Tokyo, the principal architects of the IOC website on Medieval DelhiAWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS:HONOURS AND VISITING POSITIONS:March 2010: Visiting Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, March 26 – April 9February 2008: Townsend Scholar in Residence, Townsend Center, University of California at Berkeley.March 2007: Presidential Address, Medieval India Section, Punjab History Congress, Patiala, March 16.May - June 2006: Visiting Professor, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, University of Paris, France.March 2001: Visiting Professor, CEIAS, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France1993 – 2009: Visiting Professor, Lewis and Clark College, Portland. Summer Program.1994: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Duke University. Summer 1994.1992, 1988: Visiting Instructor, Department of History, Duke University.

EDITORIAL POSITION: 
 2010 – Editorial Advisor to the peer reviewed journal, South Asia Research, School of Oriental and African Studies 
 2001 – Managing Editor, of the peer reviewed journal, The Indian Economic and Social History Review
1997 – 2001: Associate Editor, of the peer reviewed journal, The Indian Economic and Social History Review. 
 HONORARY POSITION:
2007- Co-organiser of the IESHR Annual Lecture held every December at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre.
2006: Advisor, Textbook Development Committee, NCERT, Class VII textbook: “Our Pasts II”.
2006: Co-Organiser of Conference: “Expanding Frontiers in South Asian and World History – Honouring John F. Richards”, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Sept. 29-30.
1995 – 96: Research consultant, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH): Humayun Tomb project.
1993 – 94: Research consultant, Theatre in Education Company, National School of Drama, New Delhi. “Raziyya Sultana”, directed by Maya Krishna Rao.1989 – 92: Research consultant, Land Use and Vegetation changes in South Asia, 1800-1980.

Articles as Chapters in Books

2011 “Courts, Capitals and Kingship: Delhi and its Sultans in the 13th and 14th centuries” in Jan-Peter Hartung and Albrecht Fuess, eds., Court Cultures in the Muslim World, London: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East.

2010 “The Pir’s barakat and the Servitor’s Ardour: the contrasting history of two Sufi shrines in Delhi” in Pami Singh ed., Celebrating Delhi, (Delhi: Penguin and Ravi Dayal).

2010 “Reflections on the Past and Present of two Sufi Shrines in Delhi” in Sunil Kumar, The Present in Delhi’s Pasts, Delhi: Three Essays Collective, 2nd edition, pp. 103-138.

2008 “Politics, the Muslim Community and Hindu-Muslim Relations Reconsidered: North India in the early Thirteenth century”, in Rajat Datta ed. Rethinking a Millennium: Perspectives on Indian History from the Eighth to the Eighteenth century: Essays for Harbans Mukhia, (Delhi: Aakar Books, pp. 139-167.

2007 “Raziyya, Sultan” in Encyclopaedia of Women in World History, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 585-86.

2006 “Service, Status and Military Slavery in the Delhi Sultanate of the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries”, in Richard Eaton and Indrani Chatterjee, eds., Slavery in Indian History, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 83-114.

2006 “Mongols and Nomadic Empires, 13th-14th Centuries” in Narayani Gupta, ed., NCERT Class XI, Text-book on World History, Delhi: NCERT, pp. 104-122.

2001 “Qutb and Modern Memory” in Partitions of Memory, ed. Suvir Kaul, Delhi: Permanent Black, pp. 140-182. Reprinted in Barry Flood, ed., Politics and Piety, Delhi: Oxford University Press, Themes in Indian History Series, 2008, pp. 150-178.

2000 “Assertions of Authority: a Study of the Discursive Statements of Two Sultans of Delhi—‘Ala al-Din Khalaji and Nizam al-Din Auliya”, in The Making of Indo-Persian Culture: Indian and French Studies, ed. Muzaffar Alam, Francoise ‘Nalini’ Delvoye, and Marc Gaborieau, Delhi: Manohar, pp. 37-65

1999  “Perceiving ‘your’ Landscape: Neighbourhood Settlements and the Hauz-i Rānī”, in Perceiving Landscape, ed. R. Layton and P. Ucko, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp. 159-74.

 
Curriculum Development:

At Delhi University: 2010 – i) 2010 – Coordinator - M.Phil programme, Dept. of History, Delhi University

At SOAS, London University: 2008-2010 – i) Framed the proposal for a “Two Year M.A. Programme in South Asian history at SOAS and JNU”. Currently under review by the FLTC for implementation in 2012; ii) co-convenor of the South Asia Serminar.

At Delhi University: (i) 2006, chaired workshop of college lecturers for the teaching of ‘Medieval Delhi’ concurrent course;  (ii) 2004, framed two Medieval history concurrent courses for B.A. (Hons) non-history stream students; (iii) 2003, Chaired meeting of college teachers for implementation of the new course  B.A. History (Hons.), paper 3, History of India, 750-1550 CE;  (iv) 2002, Chaired committee for course revision of B.A. History (Hons.), paper 3, History of India, 750-1550 CE; (v) 1990, Framed the M.Phil Ordinance for the M.Phil. Committee; (vi) 1990 + involved in implementing the revised M.Phil. course.

Recent Administrative Duties at Delhi University:

(i)2008, Part of Delhi University team that visited Uzbekistan to determine possibilities of exchange programme

(ii) 2008 Executive Councils nominee on the Managing Committee of D.S.Kothari Hostel

(iii)2007, appointed member of the Governing Body, Miranda House College, Delhi University

(iv) 2007, appointed Chairperson of Screening Committee for appointments and promotions, Miranda House College, Delhi University

(v) 2007, Member Himachal Pradesh University Vice Chancellor’s Committee of Examination Experts for history

Interns

  1. Ananya Tiwari
    School/College : LSR, Delhi University
    Duration of the Project : 14-03-2017 to 25-04-2017
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  2. Yastika Sahrawat
    School/College : Hansraj College, Delhi University
    Duration of the Project : 06-02-2017 to 18-03-2017
    Research Project : Zoroastrianism in DelhiWeekl Read more

  3. Excellent Hansda
    School/College : IIT Roorkee
    Duration of the Project : 02-12-2016 to 13-01-2017
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  4. Ashwarya Samkaria
    School/College : Delhi University
    Duration of the Project : 03-10-2016 to 13-01-2017
    Research Project : Odissi in DelhiRead more

  5. Tarini Singh
    School/College : Hansraj College, Delhi University
    Duration of the Project : 22-08-2016 to 02-10-2016
    Research Project : Vasant Kunj Read more

  6. Sachi Shukla
    School/College : National Institute of Fashion Technology
    Duration of the Project : 23-05-2016 to 17-07-2016
    Research Project : Motifs Read more

  7. Gargi Chanda
    School/College : National Institute of Fashion Technology
    Duration of the Project : 23-05-2016 to 17-07-2016
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  8. Aakansha Malia
    School/College : Miranda House, Delhi University
    Duration of the Project : 23-05-2016 to 03-07-2016
    Research Project : Excava Read more

  9. Manisha Chaudhary
    School/College : Miranda House, Delhi University
    Duration of the Project : 23-05-2016 to 03-07-2016
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  10. Renu Deshwal
    School/College : Daulat Ram College, Delhi University
    Duration of the Project : 25-01-2016 to 06-03-2016
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  11. Sakshi Singh
    School/College : Miranda House, Delhi University
    Duration of the Project : 11-01-2016 to 26-02-2016
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