Dr Souvik Naha

  • Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Post-colonial History (Economic & Social History)

email: Souvik.Naha@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: He/him/his

Room no. 208, Lilybank House, Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RT

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1010-6883

Biography

I obtained my BA in History from Presidency College (Kolkata) and my MA and MPhil in Modern History from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). 

My doctoral research at ETH Zurich, funded by a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, examined how journalists and broadcasters popularised cricket as an ideal everyday leisure activity in twentieth-century Calcutta. In doing so, it shed light on the dynamics of cultural transfer and the afterlife of colonialism in a decolonising society, integrating the histories of everyday life, popular culture, regional politics, and the transnational circulation of ideas in a postcolonial context. This research led to a monograph that explored how cricket gave the Bengalis of postcolonial Calcutta a tool to understand and form themselves as a cultural community, creating new social relationships.

After completing my PhD, I taught History at the West Bengal State University and the Indian Institute of Management Rohtak. Prior to joining Glasgow, I held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship at Durham University. This project extended my work on decolonisation by examining cricket’s significance as a tool of reshaping Indo-British relationship after India’s independence, focussing on issues of race, mobility, migration, diplomacy, and environment. This research has laid the foundation for my second monograph, which will examine the role of sport in recasting the British World and the Commonwealth in the 1940s-60s.

Research interests

  • The British Empire since the nineteenth century
  • Decolonisation and postcoloniality
  • Modern South Asia
  • Sport
  • Medicine and public health
  • Mass media, advertising and visual culture

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2022 | 2021 | 2018 | 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
Number of items: 31.

2022

Naha, S. (2022) Gender, power, and cricket spectators in Calcutta, 1960s–1990s. Historical Journal, 65(3), pp. 774-796. (doi: 10.1017/S0018246X21000406)

2021

Naha, S. and Malcolm, D. (2021) Cricket at the beginning of the long twenty-first century. Sport in Society, 24(8), pp. 1267-1273. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2021.1932307)

2018

Naha, S. (2018) Book Review: Kausik Bandyopadhyay, Mahatma on the Pitch: Gandhi & Cricket in India. South Asia Research, 38(3), pp. 350-352. (doi: 10.1177/0262728018798989)[Book Review]

Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (Eds.) (2018) FIFA World Cup and Beyond: Sport, Culture, Media and Governance. Series: Sport in the global society: contemporary perspectives. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9780815396338

Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (2018) Introduction. In: Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (eds.) FIFA World Cup and Beyond: Sport, Culture, Media and Governance. Series: Sport in the global society: contemporary perspectives. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9780815396338

Mitra, S. and Naha, S. (2018) Politics and international fandom in a fringe nation: La Albiceleste, Maradona, and Marxist Kolkata. In: Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (eds.) FIFA World Cup and Beyond: Sport, Culture, Media and Governance. Series: Sport in the global society: contemporary perspectives. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 114-128. ISBN 9780815396338

Naha, S. (2018) Sport in emerging markets. In: Hassan, D. (ed.) Managing Sport Business: an Introduction. Series: Foundations of sport management. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 115-130. ISBN 9781138291362 (doi: 10.4324/9781315265476-7)

Naha, S. and Hassan, D. (2018) Introduction: ethical concerns in sport governance. Sport in Society, 21(5), pp. 721-723. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2018.1400783)

Naha, S. (2018) Dominic Malcolm, Sport, Medicine and Health: The Medicalization of Sport? (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. x+212, £105, hardback, ISBN: 978-1-138-82645-8. Medical History, 62(2), pp. 247-248. (doi: 10.1017/mdh.2018.9)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2018) Jagmohan Dalmiya: the Prometheus of modern cricket? In: Bayle, E. and Clastres, P. (eds.) Global Sport Leaders: a Biographical Analysis of International Sport Management. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 395-415. ISBN 9783319767529 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-76753-6_15)

Naha, S. (2018) “The Russian deadpan expert” vs “America’s white hope”: the personal, the national, and the global in the “Cold War” of chess. In: Vonnard, P., Sbetti, N. and Quin, G. (eds.) Beyond Boycotts: Sport During the Cold War in Europe. Series: Rethinking the Cold War (1). De Gruyter: Berlin ; Boston, pp. 179-194. ISBN 9783110526660 (doi: 10.1515/9783110529098-010)

2017

Naha, S. (2017) ‘Over the border and the gates’? Global and transnational sport. Sport in Society, 20(10), pp. 1347-1353. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1221049)

Naha, S. (2017) With or without cricket? The two lives of the English game in a decolonizing India. Sport in Society, 20(10), pp. 1405-1423. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1221074)

Naha, S. (2017) A state without a nation? Historicising India's 'conspiracy' against Bengal and its cricketers. In: Hassan, D. and Acton, C. (eds.) Sport and Contested Identities: Contemporary Issues and Debates. Series: Routledge research in sport, culture and society (88). Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 132-151. ISBN 9781138696686 (doi: 10.4324/9781315523651-8)

Naha, S. (2017) Sport, culture, nation: perspectives from Indian football and South Asian cricket, by Kausik Bandyopadhyay, New Delhi, Sage, 2015,240 pp., ₹ 695 (hbk), ISBN 9789351503026. South Asian History and Culture, 8(3), pp. 390-391. (doi: 10.1080/19472498.2017.1350402)[Book Review]

Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (2017) FIFA World Cup and beyond: sport, culture, media and governance. Sport in Society, 20(5-6), pp. 547-554. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1158475)

Mitra, S. and Naha, S. (2017) Politics and international fandom in a fringe nation: La Albiceleste, Maradona, and Marxist Kolkata. Sport in Society, 20(5-6), pp. 660-674. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1158482)

2015

Naha, S. (2015) Pataudi: Nawab of cricket. International Journal of the History of Sport, 32(11-12), pp. 1509-1511. (doi: 10.1080/09523367.2015.1058451)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2015) Cricket, entertainment, glamour industry and promotional culture in India, 1913–2013. Sport in History, 35(3), pp. 464-489. (doi: 10.1080/17460263.2015.1088463)

Naha, S. (2015) The great tamasha: cricket, corruption and the turbulent rise of modern India. International Journal of the History of Sport, 32(2), pp. 379-381. (doi: 10.1080/09523367.2014.949053)[Book Review]

2014

Naha, S. (2014) Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost? Jay Scherer and David Rowe (eds), Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost?, Routledge, New York, 2014, ISBN 9 7804 1588 6031 (hbk), 322 pp. A$140.00. Media International Australia, 153(1), pp. 170-171. (doi: 10.1177/1329878x1415300133)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2014) Of magic and mania: reflections on the fan following of Brazilian football and Pelé in Calcutta. Soccer and Society, 15(5), pp. 804-821. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2014.912021)

Naha, S. (2014) South Africa and the global game: football, apartheid and beyond. Soccer and Society, 15(4), pp. 624-627. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2013.812327)[Book Review]

2013

Naha, S. (2013) Moving pictures: rickshaw art of Bangladesh. Contemporary South Asia, 21(4), pp. 472-473. (doi: 10.1080/09584935.2013.856593)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2013) Sport controversy, the media and Anglo-Indian cricket relations: the 1977 ‘Vaseline incident’ in retrospect. Sport in Society, 16(10), pp. 1375-1385. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2013.790900)

Naha, S. (2013) Politics in the sport press: interrogating representations of the ‘battle of Eden Gardens’, Calcutta, 1967. Sport in Society, 16(9), pp. 1120-1134. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2013.790891)

Naha, S. (2013) Race, ethnicity and football: persisting debates and emergent issues. Soccer and Society, 14(4), pp. 569-572. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2013.791574)[Book Review]

2012

Naha, S. (2012) Adams and Eves at the Eden Gardens: women cricket spectators and the conflict of feminine subjectivity in Calcutta, 1920–1970. International Journal of the History of Sport, 29(5), pp. 711-729. (doi: 10.1080/09523367.2012.675204)

Naha, S. (2012) Producing the first Indian cricketing superhero: nationalism, body culture, consumption and the C.K. Nayudu phenomenon. International Journal of the History of Sport, 29(4), pp. 562-582. (doi: 10.1080/09523367.2012.658190)

Naha, S. (2012) The match: football and the BBC, 1937–82. Soccer and Society, 13(1), pp. 130-133. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2012.646147)[Book Review]

2011

Naha, S. (2011) Football fans around the world: from supporters to fanatics. Soccer and Society, 12(5), pp. 703-706. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2011.604181)[Book Review]

This list was generated on Thu Oct 6 22:08:08 2022 BST.
Number of items: 31.

Articles

Naha, S. (2022) Gender, power, and cricket spectators in Calcutta, 1960s–1990s. Historical Journal, 65(3), pp. 774-796. (doi: 10.1017/S0018246X21000406)

Naha, S. and Malcolm, D. (2021) Cricket at the beginning of the long twenty-first century. Sport in Society, 24(8), pp. 1267-1273. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2021.1932307)

Naha, S. and Hassan, D. (2018) Introduction: ethical concerns in sport governance. Sport in Society, 21(5), pp. 721-723. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2018.1400783)

Naha, S. (2017) ‘Over the border and the gates’? Global and transnational sport. Sport in Society, 20(10), pp. 1347-1353. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1221049)

Naha, S. (2017) With or without cricket? The two lives of the English game in a decolonizing India. Sport in Society, 20(10), pp. 1405-1423. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1221074)

Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (2017) FIFA World Cup and beyond: sport, culture, media and governance. Sport in Society, 20(5-6), pp. 547-554. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1158475)

Mitra, S. and Naha, S. (2017) Politics and international fandom in a fringe nation: La Albiceleste, Maradona, and Marxist Kolkata. Sport in Society, 20(5-6), pp. 660-674. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1158482)

Naha, S. (2015) Cricket, entertainment, glamour industry and promotional culture in India, 1913–2013. Sport in History, 35(3), pp. 464-489. (doi: 10.1080/17460263.2015.1088463)

Naha, S. (2014) Of magic and mania: reflections on the fan following of Brazilian football and Pelé in Calcutta. Soccer and Society, 15(5), pp. 804-821. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2014.912021)

Naha, S. (2013) Sport controversy, the media and Anglo-Indian cricket relations: the 1977 ‘Vaseline incident’ in retrospect. Sport in Society, 16(10), pp. 1375-1385. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2013.790900)

Naha, S. (2013) Politics in the sport press: interrogating representations of the ‘battle of Eden Gardens’, Calcutta, 1967. Sport in Society, 16(9), pp. 1120-1134. (doi: 10.1080/17430437.2013.790891)

Naha, S. (2012) Adams and Eves at the Eden Gardens: women cricket spectators and the conflict of feminine subjectivity in Calcutta, 1920–1970. International Journal of the History of Sport, 29(5), pp. 711-729. (doi: 10.1080/09523367.2012.675204)

Naha, S. (2012) Producing the first Indian cricketing superhero: nationalism, body culture, consumption and the C.K. Nayudu phenomenon. International Journal of the History of Sport, 29(4), pp. 562-582. (doi: 10.1080/09523367.2012.658190)

Book Sections

Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (2018) Introduction. In: Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (eds.) FIFA World Cup and Beyond: Sport, Culture, Media and Governance. Series: Sport in the global society: contemporary perspectives. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9780815396338

Mitra, S. and Naha, S. (2018) Politics and international fandom in a fringe nation: La Albiceleste, Maradona, and Marxist Kolkata. In: Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (eds.) FIFA World Cup and Beyond: Sport, Culture, Media and Governance. Series: Sport in the global society: contemporary perspectives. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 114-128. ISBN 9780815396338

Naha, S. (2018) Sport in emerging markets. In: Hassan, D. (ed.) Managing Sport Business: an Introduction. Series: Foundations of sport management. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 115-130. ISBN 9781138291362 (doi: 10.4324/9781315265476-7)

Naha, S. (2018) Jagmohan Dalmiya: the Prometheus of modern cricket? In: Bayle, E. and Clastres, P. (eds.) Global Sport Leaders: a Biographical Analysis of International Sport Management. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 395-415. ISBN 9783319767529 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-76753-6_15)

Naha, S. (2018) “The Russian deadpan expert” vs “America’s white hope”: the personal, the national, and the global in the “Cold War” of chess. In: Vonnard, P., Sbetti, N. and Quin, G. (eds.) Beyond Boycotts: Sport During the Cold War in Europe. Series: Rethinking the Cold War (1). De Gruyter: Berlin ; Boston, pp. 179-194. ISBN 9783110526660 (doi: 10.1515/9783110529098-010)

Naha, S. (2017) A state without a nation? Historicising India's 'conspiracy' against Bengal and its cricketers. In: Hassan, D. and Acton, C. (eds.) Sport and Contested Identities: Contemporary Issues and Debates. Series: Routledge research in sport, culture and society (88). Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 132-151. ISBN 9781138696686 (doi: 10.4324/9781315523651-8)

Book Reviews

Naha, S. (2018) Book Review: Kausik Bandyopadhyay, Mahatma on the Pitch: Gandhi & Cricket in India. South Asia Research, 38(3), pp. 350-352. (doi: 10.1177/0262728018798989)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2018) Dominic Malcolm, Sport, Medicine and Health: The Medicalization of Sport? (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. x+212, £105, hardback, ISBN: 978-1-138-82645-8. Medical History, 62(2), pp. 247-248. (doi: 10.1017/mdh.2018.9)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2017) Sport, culture, nation: perspectives from Indian football and South Asian cricket, by Kausik Bandyopadhyay, New Delhi, Sage, 2015,240 pp., ₹ 695 (hbk), ISBN 9789351503026. South Asian History and Culture, 8(3), pp. 390-391. (doi: 10.1080/19472498.2017.1350402)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2015) Pataudi: Nawab of cricket. International Journal of the History of Sport, 32(11-12), pp. 1509-1511. (doi: 10.1080/09523367.2015.1058451)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2015) The great tamasha: cricket, corruption and the turbulent rise of modern India. International Journal of the History of Sport, 32(2), pp. 379-381. (doi: 10.1080/09523367.2014.949053)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2014) Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost? Jay Scherer and David Rowe (eds), Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost?, Routledge, New York, 2014, ISBN 9 7804 1588 6031 (hbk), 322 pp. A$140.00. Media International Australia, 153(1), pp. 170-171. (doi: 10.1177/1329878x1415300133)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2014) South Africa and the global game: football, apartheid and beyond. Soccer and Society, 15(4), pp. 624-627. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2013.812327)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2013) Moving pictures: rickshaw art of Bangladesh. Contemporary South Asia, 21(4), pp. 472-473. (doi: 10.1080/09584935.2013.856593)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2013) Race, ethnicity and football: persisting debates and emergent issues. Soccer and Society, 14(4), pp. 569-572. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2013.791574)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2012) The match: football and the BBC, 1937–82. Soccer and Society, 13(1), pp. 130-133. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2012.646147)[Book Review]

Naha, S. (2011) Football fans around the world: from supporters to fanatics. Soccer and Society, 12(5), pp. 703-706. (doi: 10.1080/14660970.2011.604181)[Book Review]

Edited Books

Bandyopadhyay, K., Naha, S. and Mitra, S. (Eds.) (2018) FIFA World Cup and Beyond: Sport, Culture, Media and Governance. Series: Sport in the global society: contemporary perspectives. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9780815396338

This list was generated on Thu Oct 6 22:08:08 2022 BST.

Teaching

In addition to contributing to team-taught courses, I teach the following:

ESH4088 The British Empire and India, 1757-1947 (Hons)

ESH5070 Sport in the Global Economy (MSc)

Professional activities & recognition

Research fellowships

  • 2019 - 2021: Marie Curie Fellowship (IF-MSCA-EU-H2020)
  • 2013 - 2017: Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship

Editorial boards

  • 2019 - -: Sport in Society
  • 2019 - -: Sport in History
  • 2013 - -: Soccer & Society
  • 2019 - -: Asian Journal of Sport History & Culture

Professional & learned societies

  • 2020 - 2023: Panelist for Lord Aberdare Literary Prize, British Society of Sports History

Selected international presentations

  • 2022: Sport and Social Justice (Leeds Beckett University)
  • 2022: British Society of Sports History (De Montfort University)
  • 2022: Sport, Power and Politics (University of Aveiro)
  • 2022: Medical Identities in Global History (University of Oxford)
  • 2019: The Olympics and the Asian Century (Zhejiang Normal University)
  • 2019: Rise Up, Take a Knee: Popular Culture and Protest in Decolonising Societies (Utrecht University)
  • 2019: What’s Sex Got to Do with It? Gender, Sexuality, & Eugenics (Oxford Brookes University)
  • 2019: India and Pakistan: The Formative Phase, 1947-c.1960 (University of London)
  • 2019: British Association for South Asian Studies (Durham University)
  • 2018: Moments, Metaphors, Memories: Defining Events in the History of Soccer (University of Oxford)
  • 2017: Golden Games: Sport and Diplomacy in East Asia and beyond (National University of Singapore)
  • 2017: British Society of Sports History (University of Worcester)
  • 2016: Transnational Working Group for the Study of Gender and Sport (Ruhr University)
  • 2016: The President, The Secretary and The Minister: Selected Biographies from International Sports Leaders (Olympic Study Centre Barcelona)