Name: Naina Dayal
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department affiliation: Department of History
Education: Ph.D., Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Current: On leave
2010 – till date: Assistant Professor, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi. 6 years + 1 month
2006- 2010: Lecturer, Lady Shri Ram College for Women (University of Delhi), New Delhi. 3 years and almost 7 months
1998-1999: Lecturer, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi. 7 months
At St. Stephen’s College (2010 – till date): Four courses on ancient Indian history, a course on early modern Europe, a course on environmental issues in India, a course on cultures in the Indian subcontinent, a course on Indian history and culture, and a course on ancient Delhi.
At Lady Shri Ram College (2006-10): Two courses on ancient Indian history, a course on social formations and cultural patterns of the ancient and medieval world, and a course on the cultural history of modern India.
At St. Stephen’s College (1998-1999): Two courses on ancient Indian history and part of a course on medieval Indian history.
Ph.D. at Jawaharlal Nehru University and postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.
I am finishing work on a manuscript based on my Ph.D. thesis, postdoctoral research and research done while teaching. To be published by Permanent Black.
Research interests: Early Indian history, especially c. 320 BCE — 300 CE in north India; the Sanskrit epics; the Jātakas; Aśoka; Puranic Hinduism.
Religious Traditions and the Ideology of Bhakti (Vol. 3 of the Indira Gandhi National Open University’s M.A. Course on Religious Thought and Belief in India), New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Open University, 2003. ISBN: 81-266-0992-3.
Accepted for Publication by Permanent Black: Working title of book: ‘The Premier Performances of the Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata‘
Chapters in Books
‘Teaching early Indian history in 2015’, Chapter 9 in Nation Building through Higher Education, New Delhi: New Delhi Publishers & Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, University of Delhi, Delhi, 2016, pp. 47-50. ISBN: 978-93-85503-20-7.
Articles in Edited Books
‘On the premier performances of the Ramayana of Valmiki’, in Kumkum Roy, ed., Insights and Interventions: Essays in Honour of Uma Chakravarti, Delhi: Primus Books, 2011, pp. 117-142. ISBN: 978-93-80607-22-1.
Articles in Journals
‘Cities in early historic north India’, in Hindi: Language, Discourse, Writing, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2000, pp. 266-276. R.N.I. ‘No. DELENG 11726/29/1/99-TC.
Roy, Kumkum, Romila Thapar, and Naina Dayal, ‘Asoka’, in Richard Payne, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780195393521.
Three e-lessons for the ancient India course developed at the Institute of Life Long Learning, University of Delhi, Delhi. (This was part of a Ministry of Human Resource Development, India project to develop e-content for teaching history to university students. The national coordinator of this project was Professor Upinder Singh of the Department of History, University of Delhi.)
My three lessons were on
1) Early Indian notions of history
2) The making of Puranic Hinduism
3) Forms and features of Puranic Hinduism. Published in 2011.
Membership of learned bodies:
2000-2004: Editorial Assistant, Studies in History. (Studies in History is an international journal published by Sage Publications, New Delhi/ Thousand Oaks/London.)
Edited essays and reviews, communicated with authors around the world and oversaw the production of the journal.
2014-15: Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley (August 2014 – May 2015).
1999-2002: Junior Research Fellowship to conduct doctoral research, awarded by the University Grants Commission, India.
1995: The Dip Chand Memorial Prize for being the best candidate in the B.A. (Honours) Examination in History held in 1995, University of Delhi.
Invited talks, lectures and workshops conducted:
2015: ‘Aspiring to Rāmarājya? The epics and good governance in India’. Paper presented at the American University, Washington D.C. Organized by The Asian Studies Program, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C.
2015: ‘The Sanskrit epics in an age of religious plurality’. The Indu Bhatt Memorial Lecture at Yale University. Organized by the South Asian Studies Council, Yale University.
2015: ‘On the sūtas of the Mahābhārata’. Paper presented at Yale University. Organized by the South Asian Studies Council and the Department of Religious studies, Yale University.
2014: ‘On the sūtas of the Mahābhārata’. Paper presented at the University of California, Berkeley. Organized by the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
2014: Lecture on the Mauryas at the University of California, Berkeley. Organized by the History Department, University of California,Berkeley.
2012: Discussant of a paper presented by Mekhola Gomes on the representation of the kṣatriya as king in the Dharmaśāstras and Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa at the International Young Researcher’s Conference on ‘Writing histories of power/contestation’ organized by the History Association, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
2010: ‘The sūtas of the Mahābhārata‘. Paper presented at the Wednesday Faculty Seminar of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
2010: ‘The transmission of brahmanical texts in early India’. Paper presented at an international workshop on ‘Travelling cultures of knowledge’ organized by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
2007: ‘Telling the Mahābhārata: A sattra in a holy forest and a theatre of the macabre’. Paper presented at a University Grants Commission sponsored national seminar on the Mahābhārata held at the Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), New Delhi.
2007: Discussant of a paper presented by Brian Black on the Mahābhārata at an international seminar on ‘Revisiting transitions’ organized by the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
2005: ‘On the premier performances of the Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata‘. Paper presented at a seminar on ‘Ancient India: New research’ organized on behalf of Manana: Reflections on Indian Civilization by Professor Nayanjot Lahiri and Professor Upinder Singh (both of the Department of History, University of Delhi, Delhi). The seminar was held at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
2010: Editor of the e-lessons on ancient India developed at the Institute of Life Long Learning, University of Delhi, Delhi (see above).
2000- 2004: Editorial Assistant, Studies in History.
Other Academic/ Educational Work
I have reviewed articles, book manuscripts and book proposals for Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Permanent Black and Primus.
Advisor for Bharat ka Itihas: Bhag I (Trans.: History of India: Part I. Textbook in Hindi for Class VI for use in Delhi Government schools), New Delhi: State Council of Educational Research and Training, 2004.