Project team

Aditi Bose – researcher

“I am an M.Phil research scholar at the Department of History, University of Calcutta. I pursued my Bachelors (2015) and Masters (2017) from Presidency University, Kolkata. Modern High School for Girls is my Alma Mater. The socio-cultural interconnections have always intrigued me.  The Medieval and the Early Modern periods in History have been my key interest areas. This was an excellent opportunity to work under Dr. Souvik Mukherjee who  encouraged us to give in our best efforts.”

Poulami Das – researcher

“I am an M.Phil research scholar in Calcutta University. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in History from Presidency University, Kolkata. My area of research interest lies in the medieval and early modern South Asian history, focusing particularly in the intellectual and cultural history of Islam and Muslim societies in India. I am currently working on the ‘ghazi’ (warrior) cult in Bengal, focusing particularly on the curious cult of Bara Khan Ghazi from its inception in the thirteenth century till the late nineteenth century. I intend to bring out the various socio-cultural aspect of local level religion in Bengal and how Bara Khan Ghazi shaped rituals, beliefs, customs and emotions in the folkways. The area of my general interest lies on late eighteenth and early nineteenth century modern Indian history, focusing in modern Bengal.”

Lumbini Sharma – researcher team lead

“I’m currently a doctoral student at the University of Assam. I’ve recently passed a postgraduate diploma course on Digital Humanities at the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University. I’ve completed my graduation and post graduation from Presidency University. My basic research interest is the political culture of colonial Bengal and I focus on forfeited political pamphlets and  how the Police administer these banned elements.”

Dr Souvik Mukherjee – project director

Souvik Mukherjee is currently employed as Assistant Professor of English Literature at Presidency University (formerly Presidency College), Calcutta. Souvik has been researching videogames as an emerging storytelling medium since 2002 and has completed his PhD on the subject from Nottingham Trent University in 2009. Souvik has done his postdoctoral research in the Humanities faculty of De Montfort University, UK and as a research associate at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India. He is the author of Videogames and Postcolonialism: The Empire Plays Back (Springer 2017) and Videogames and Storytelling: Reading Games and Playing Books (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). Besides Game Studies, his other interests are (the) Digital Humanities and Early Modern Literature. Souvik has been the principal investigator on two digital projects on archiving colonial cemeteries.

Besides directing the research for this project, he has also designed this website.