Rohan D’ Souza（ローハン・デスーザ）准教授メールアドレス：rohand [a] asafas.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Environmental History of South Asia, Technology Studies, History and Philosophy of Modern Science and Non-Traditional Security
My current research efforts are aimed at pursuing interdisciplinary themes. In brief, I explore the myriad links between concerns in environmental history, resource politics and their implication for a range of contemporary discussions and debates on the history and philosophy of modern science and technology. Following the publication of my first monograph in 2006 [Drowned and Dammed, Oxford University Press] — which was aimed at uncovering the complex histories of flood control in Eastern India — I have gone on to further elaborate my interests by exploring the 19th century global environmental impacts of British colonial rule [(ed.) The British Empire and the Natural World, Oxford University Press, 2011] and a second edited volume devoted to recovering what I termed as subversive and critical essays on Technology, Environment and Sustainable Development [Orient BlackSwan, 2012].
Increasingly, contemporary discussions on climate change and global warming have pressed for a renewed urgency to reconsider afresh the complex relationships between Nature and Culture. In particular, the recent turn to re-conceptualize the nature-culture dialectic under the rubric of Anthropocene politics. My current emphasis hence is to explore histories of engineering [in particular 19th century colonial engineering] and non-traditional security themes such as trans-boundary river conflicts.
Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood control in Eastern India (1803-1946), Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2006.
Deepak Kumar, Vinita Damodaran and Rohan D’Souza (ed.), The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2011.
(ed.), Environment, Technology and Development: Critical and subversive essays [Economic and Political Weekly Series], Orient BlackSwan: Hyderabad, 2012.
‘Pulses against Volumes: Trans-boundary Rivers and Pan-Asian Connectivity’ in Sumit Ganguly and Karen Stool Farell (ed.), Heading East: The Dynamics of Security, Trade, and Environment between India and Southeast Asia, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2016, pp.240-253.
‘Mischievous Rivers and Evil Shoals: The English East India Company and the Colonial Resource Regime’ in Vinita Damodaran, Anna Winterbottom and Alan Lester (ed.), East India Companies and the Natural World 1600-1850, Palgrave Macmillan: UK, 2014, pp.128-146.
‘Towards an Environmental History of the Indus Water Treaty’ in N. Jayaram (ed.), Ideas, Institutions, Processes: Essays in Memory of Satish Saberwal, Orient BlackSwan: Hyderabad, 2014, pp.157-70.
‘Filling Multi-Purpose Reservoirs with Politics: Displacing the Modern Large Dam in India in Marcus Nusser (ed), Large Dams in Asia: Contested Environments between Technological Hydroscapes and Social Resistance, Springer Academic Publishers: New York , 2014, pp.61-74.
‘Sustainable Development’ in B.S.Chimni and Siddharth Mallavarapu (ed.), Handbook of International Relations, Pearson: India, 2012, pp.180-194.
‘Hydropolitics, the Indus Water Treaty and Climate Change: writing a new script for the Indus rivers’ in Lydia Powell and Sonali Mittra (ed.), Perspectives on Water: Constructing Alternative Narratives, Academic Foundation: New Delhi, 2012, pp.25-38.
‘From Damming Rivers to Linking Waters: Is this the Beginning of the End of Supply-Side Hydrology in India?’ in Terje, T., Chapman, G. and Hagen, R. (ed.), A History of Water: Water, Geopolitics and the New World Order, Series II Volume 3, I.B. Tauris: London, New York, 2010, pp. 356-73.
‘Seeing Like a River: The Bengal Presidency’s Hydraulic Transition’, in Arun Bandopadhyay (ed.), Science and Society in India 1750-2000, Manohar: New Delhi, 2010, pp. 169-182.
‘River- linking and its Discontents: The Final Plunge for Supply-Side Hydrology in India’ in Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt & Robert J. Wasson (ed.), Water First; Issues and Challenges for Nations and Communities in South Asia, Sage: New Delhi, 2008, pp. 99-121.
‘From Natural Calamity to Natural Resource: Flood Control and the Politics of Natural Limits’, Amita Baviskar (ed.), Waterscapes: The Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource, Permanent Black: Ranikhet, 2007, pp.248-80.
‘Environmental Discourses and Environmental Politics’ in Smithu Kothari et al, (ed.), The Value of Nature: Ecological Politics in India, Rainbow Publishers: New Delhi, 2003, pp.23-38.
‘Nations without Borders: Climate Security and the South in the Epoch of the Anthropocene’, Strategic Analysis (forthcoming, November, 2015)
‘Framing India’s Hydraulic Crises: Politics of the Modern Large Dam’, Monthly Review Press, 60 (3), July-August 2008, pp.112-24.
‘Making Backwardness: How to Imagine the North-East as a Development Deficit’, Eastern Quarterly, 4( III&IV), October 2007-March 2008, pp.207-217.
‘Water in British India: The Making of a ‘Colonial Hydrology’”, History Compass (Blackwell Publishers, UK) 4/4. May, 2006, pp.621-8.
‘Rigidity and the Affliction of Capitalist Property: Colonial Land Revenue and the Recasting of Nature’ Studies in History, 20 (2), 2004. pp.237-72.
‘Canal Irrigation and the Conundrum of Flood Protection: The Failure of the Orissa Scheme of 1863 in Eastern India’, Studies in History, 19 (1), 2003, pp.41-68.
‘Damming the Mahanadi River: The Emergence of Multi-Purpose River Valley Development in India (1943-46)’, Indian Economic and Social History Review. 40 (1), 2003, pp. 82-105.
‘Supply-Side Hydrology in India: The Last Gasp’, Economic and Political Weekly, 38 (36) September 2003, pp. 3785-3790.
‘Crisis Before the Fall: Some Speculations on the Decline of the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals’, Social Scientist, 30, (9-10), September-October 2002, pp.3-31.
‘Colonialism, Capitalism and Nature: Debating the Origins of the Mahanadi Delta’s Hydraulic Crisis (1803-1928)’, Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (13), March 30th, 2002, pp. 1261-72.
‘Re-Evaluating Multi-Purpose River Valley Projects: A Case Study of Hirakud, Ukai and IGNP’, Rohan D’Souza, Ashish Kothari and Pranob Mukhopadhyay, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 33 (6), February 7-13, 1998, pp.297-303.