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Dr Christopher Harding

BA, MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS

Senior Lecturer; Asian History


Contact information
Address: Room 2.23, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 9960

Other contacts: My personal website is www.christopher-harding.com

I can also be found on Twitter: @drchrisharding
Office hours: Fridays 4.15pm-6pm
  • Deputy Director of Research (Knowledge Exchange & Impact)
  • Course Organiser for History in Practice and Approaches to History 
Affiliated research centres
Centre 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.

For further details, plus podcasts, etc, please see my website or my Twitter feed.

 Mount Fuji

 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.

External appointments

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).

Useful Links

Personal website: www.christopher-harding.com

Blog: www.theboredomproject.com