Aprajita SARCAR


Aprajita is a global historian specializing in the postcolonial history of family planning in India. Her work has been interdisciplinary. She considers herself most useful in research that requires a combination of watching films (if not co-creating them), reading archival dust, talking to people and triangulating how the three mount a multi-layered social reality. Her doctoral project was on the idea of the small family norm in South Asia (1930-60). It examined the nuclear family in the backdrop of the urbanizing cities within India. Her research interests include gender, urban histories, historical demography, oral family histories, histories of health governance, development, medicine, maternal health, and population control in Asia. She has been trained as a journalist and completed her M. Phil in Social Medicine and Community Health from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2011-2013). She received her PhD from the Department of History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

Recent Publications:

Article titled “A demographer’s urban village: Testing Demographic Transition Theory, Delhi 1950-70” – https://www.csh-delhi.com/sarcar-aprajita-2022-a-demographers-urban-village-testing-demographic-transition-theory-delhi-1950-1970-historical-geography-elsevier-76-pp-56-67/

Article titled “How a Village in Delhi Influenced Public Healthcare in India”- https://www.csh-delhi.com/sarcar-aprajita-2022-how-a-village-in-delhi-influenced-public-healthcare-in-india-the-india-forum-april-15/

Aprajita Sarcar and Mohan Rao, ‘The Pandemic as Population Check? The Dangerous Fallacies of Populationism,’ Economic and Political Weekly 56, no.13 (March 27, 2021): 17-21. ISSN (Print) – 0012-9976 https://www.epw.in/journal/2021/13/commentary/pandemic-population-check.html

“Memories of Violence: Of Emotional Geographies and Planning in Post-Partition Delhi, 1948-62.” South Asian Popular Culture 16, no. 2-3 (September 2, 2018): 119–130. ISSN (Print) – 001474-6689 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14746689.2019.1565323.


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