Ashoka Vardhan Manchala, M.A.
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"Extracting Coal in Hyderabad: Making of a Political and Economic Resource, c. 1871-1948" (tentative title)
My current focus is on three questions based in the princely state of Hyderabad (now in south-central India), British India and Europe: 1. How did coal become resource in Hyderabad after its first economic discovery? 2. What was the role of international finance and scientific networks in the creation of this coal’s value? 3. How did the new coal company change the landscapes? The sources are currently in English and Telugu.
2022 onward PhD candidate and Academic Assistant to the Anthropocene History Chair, Department of History, University of Zürich, Switzerland
2020-22 MPhil Modern History, Thesis: “Reporting and Discussing Poverty: The Indian Print Media, c. 1965-1995", Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
2015-17 MA Modern History, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
2012-15 BA (Hons.) History, St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India
2019-20 Research Assistant at the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi, with the Challineq Project (CNRS) studying historical changes in inequality in India through surveys.
2018-19 Worked with archive related projects at Sarai Archives, Centre for Studies in Developing Societies, New Delhi, and Archiv der Avantgarden in Dresden, Germany.