Kalathmika Natarajan

Kalathmika Natarajan

PhD fellow

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    My doctoral research is concerned with the racial, caste and class limits of citizenship and postcolonial mobility as central to the diplomatic history of India and Britain after Empire. This is an attempt to expand the realm of ‘diplomatic history’ and foreign policy from solely being narratives of realpolitik, high-level conferences and military conflicts, and instead integrate the ways in which the movement of people shaped entangled discourses of citizenship, race and identity in postcolonial India and Britain. The problematic intertwining of race and caste - long viewed as an internal, domestic issue that was not relevant to foreign policy – is integral to my work. I seek to add to the nascent scholarly literature that rigorously interrogates the ways in which caste has been negated in histories of Indian foreign policy by studying the discretionary grant of Indian passports and the everyday diplomacy of the Indian High Commission in the UK. My PhD is supervised by Professor Stuart Ward and is part of the Embers of Empire project at the Dept of English, Germanic and Romance Studies. 

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