Exeter Fellow Nandini Das appears on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4
Professor Nandini Das, Tutorial Fellow in English at Exeter College, has recently featured in two separate BBC Radio 3 programmes in advance of the publication of her debut book, Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire.
Professor Das’ first recent radio appearance took place on 19 February, on the BBC Sunday Feature, where she discusses Will Kemp’s departure from Shakespeare’s acting company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, at the end of the 16th century. In 1599, Kemp set out to Morris dance, or jib, from London to Norwich. Alongside scholars Tracey Hill, Daisy Black, and former Olympian Peter Radford, Professor Das locates Kemp within an English theatrical tradition of physical entertainment as business. In her second recent radio feature, on the show Free Thinking, Professor Das discusses the relationship between climate change and empire building with reference to her new book.
Professor Das also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour to discuss how the origins of Empire and the British arrival in India in the 17th century were shaped by two often overlooked groups of people, women and children, in the Mughal Harem. The interview starts 40 minutes into the programme.
As a BBC New Generation Thinker, Professor Das regularly presents on television and radio programmes. She also is well-acquainted with public-facing work as the Project Director of the ‘Travel, Transculturality and Identity in Early Modern England’ (TIDE) project, funded by the European Research Council.