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Aya Ikegame

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Dr Aya Ikegame
Honorary Fellow, CSAS
Edinburgh UK

AHRC/ESRC Research Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, School of Social & PoliticalScience. She studied Anthropology at Kyoto University and completed her PhD at theUniversity of Edinburgh in 2007. Her main research interests lie in historical anthropology,and the anthropology of political institutions (especially kingship), and religion in India.

She has extensive experience of fieldwork in Kannada-speaking areas of South India and the use of archival and oral sources. Her PhD thesis is to be published in 2010, from Routledge Press under the title Princely India reimagined: a historical anthropology of princely Mysore from 1799 to the present. Her most recent publication include ‘The capital of Rajadharma: modern space and religion in colonial Mysore’, International Journal of Asian Studies 4, pp. 15-44, 2007, and (co-edited and authored) a special issue of the Journal Indian Economic and Social History Review concerning the Indian Princely States (September 2009).

Sheis currently involved with Professor Patricia Jeffery in an AHRC/ESRC-funded research project on faith-based educational institutions in South India.