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:

“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. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14746689.2019.1565323.

“Buying Happiness: The Emergence of Consumer Consciousness in English Canada by Bettina Liverant (review).” Histoire sociale/Social History, 2019. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/725861.

“A Historical and Anthropological Comparative of the Family Planning Strategies of India and China.” China Report 51, no. 4 (November 2015): 293–310. https://doi.org/10.1177/0009445515597796

Article titled ‘Trance Takes Mental Health Support For Men Seriously,’ Feminism in India, March 4, 2020, https://feminisminindia.com/2020/03/04/film-review-trance-mental-health-support-men-seriously/


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