Dr Christopher Harding
BA, MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS
Senior Lecturer; Asian History
Other contacts: My personal website is www.christopher-harding.comI can also be found on Twitter: @drchrisharding
- Deputy Director of Research (Knowledge Exchange & Impact)
- Course Organiser for History in Practice and Approaches to History
Affiliated research centresCentre for South Asian Studies, Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History
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 was one of AHRC/BBC's ten New Generation Thinkers for 2013-14, with contributions to Radio 3's Free Thinking programme beginning in June 2013. I now mix my research and teaching with broadcast journalism for BBC Radio 3 and 4, including a four-part series on global cultures and mental health: The Borders of Sanity.
The summit of Mount Fuji after a night-time 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.
i. 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
- Academic publishers, including Routledge.
ii. AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker 2013-14.
iii. 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).
Personal website: www.christopher-harding.com