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Dr Christopher Harding

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

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: Tuesdays 12pm-2pm
  • Deputy Director of Research (Knowledge Exchange & Impact)
  • Course Organiser for History in Practice, Asia and Africa 2b, 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