Christopher Harding BA, MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS
Lecturer; Asian History
- Head of Asia, Africa, Australasia Section;
- Deputy International Director;
- Director of Studies;
- Course Organiser, Asia, Africa, and Australasia 2a/b
Room 2.23, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot PlaceTelephone: +44 (0) 131 650 9960
Other contacts: My personal website is www.christopher-harding.com and I very much welcome comments and contributions to my blog. I can also be found on Twitter: @drchrisharding
Office hours: (Currently on leave)
Affiliated research centresCentre for South Asian Studies
I grew up in London before heading ‘up north’, as it seemed at the time, to Oxford University. Following an undergraduate degree in History I was the co-founder of a company producing music for the computer games industry, before being lured back into academia via an MSt in Historical Research and then a DPhil in South Asian history, both at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
In 2004 I had the opportunity to go to Japan for a couple of years on a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship, studying the language intensively, working on some comparative South Asia – Japan research, and training and working as a journalist with Tokyo’s Asahi Shimbun.
I returned to the UK at the start of 2007 to take up a post at Edinburgh University, where I now research and teach on both South Asia and Japan. Please see my research and teaching pages, and my personal website, for more.
In April 2012 I was privileged to be the recipient of the EUSA Teaching Award for Best Course (Pioneers of Cultural Communication 4MA) and to receive the Runner Up award for Innovative Teaching.
I am one of AHRC/BBC's ten New Generation Thinkers for 2013, with contributions to Radio 3's Nightwaves beginning in June 2013. For further details, plus podcasts, etc, please see my website or my Twitter feed.
This is the summit of Mount Fuji after a nighttime climb. Our fellow climbers were equipped with hats and lights, except for a stray Japanese businessman with suit and briefcase – either climbing for charity or very, very lost following some after-work drinks.
Book and peer review for History of Psychiatry; Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry; English Historical Review; Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Journal of Asian Studies; funding bodies including AHRC; publishers, including Routledge.
AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker 2013-14.
Member of RSA [Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce] Working Group on ‘Spirituality, Tools of the Mind, and the Social Brain’ (2013/14).
Occasional consultancy work for BBC, Sky, Asahi Newspapers.
Personal website: www.christopher-harding.com