Dr. Meera Visvanathan | Department of History


Dr. Meera
Associate Professor
Department of History and Archaeology
E 375
Block-Library Building, Shiv Nadar University
Uttar Pradesh
Profile Summary 

Dr. Meera Visvanathan’s dissertation research focused on the inscriptions of early historic India, and led her to examine issues of written culture, the interplay of languages and ethnic groups, and the contexts of communication involved in these early records. She is also interested in the social history of ancient India, with a focus on themes of caste and gender.

Meera is currently working on two book projects: an edited volume entitled The Social Worlds of Premodern Transactions as well as a translation of a Buddhist Sanskrit text called the The Vajrasūci. Additionally, she is working on devising an individual research project on the history of the land-grant, since land-grants comprise one of the key texts of Indian epigraphy.

Her teaching engagements reflect an interaction with the concerns of her research since one of the key methodological issues she focuses on is the question of communicating how historians say what they do about the ancient past. 


Educational Qualifications 
Ph.D. (Ancient History)
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
M.Phil. (Ancient History)
Jawaharlal Nehru University
M.A. (Ancient History)
Jawaharlal Nehru University
B.A. (History)
St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Epigraphy, Writing Systems, Social History

Scholarly Activity

Journal Publications (submitted)

‘Early Historic Inscriptions’, in Alf Hiltebeitel (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism’, New York: OUP, 26/6/2012, doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195399318-0031

‘Before Genealogy? Marking Descent in the Inscriptions of Early Historic India’, Religions of South Asia (5.1-2), 2011, pp.245-265.

Books & Book Chapters

‘Cosmology and Critique: Charting a History of the Purusha Sukta’, in Kumkum Roy (ed.), Insights and Interventions: Essays in Honour of Uma Chakravarti, Primus Books, Delhi, 2011, pp.143-167.

‘Of death and fertility: Landscapes of Heroism in Ancient South India’; in Upinder Singh and Nayanjot Lahiri (ed.); Ancient India: New Research; OUP; Delhi; 2009, pp.174-204.