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Dr Nicholas Evans

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)


Biography:

Nicholas Evans is a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the ERC-funded project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic. He joined CRASSH in May 2014 and currently investigates how the plague, which arrived in Bombay in 1896, was represented through a variety of visual media in colonial South Asia.

Nick completed his PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2014. Based upon ethnographic work in Punjab, India, his PhD is an account of the role of structure, hierarchy, and discipline in the ethical lives of India’s Ahmadiyya Muslims, a minority group who are frequently labelled as unbelievers by other Muslims in the Subcontinent. Nick’s broader theoretical interests include the question of how a focus upon responsibility might help us to understand ethical projects that valorise subordination.

Research Interests

South Asia, India, Islam, ethics, responsibility, heresy, belief, history of medicine, disease, photography, colonialism, empire.