Job: Reader in Modern South Asian History
Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities
School/department: School of Humanities
Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH
T: +44 (0)116 207 8595
Social Media: bagichablog.com
Pippa has established herself as a scholar of colonial history, particularly the region of the Punjab, which has been shaped by the 1947 Partition. Pippa also has an interest in the South Asian Disapora in Britain and the transformation of cities such as Leicester and Coventry. She is currently working on A Very Short Introduction to Pakistan (under contract with OUP).
Pippa is currently the Programme Leader for MA History.
Click here for a full listing of Pippa Virdee's publications and outputs.
From the Ashes of 1947. Reimgining Punjab. (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
'Women and Pakistan International Airlines in Ayub Khan's Pakistan.' The International History Review (2018).
With Arafat Safdar. 'From Mano Majra to Faqiranwalla: Revisiting the Train to Pakistan.' South Asia Chronicle (2018).
Pippa’s area of academic interest is in British colonial history, the history of the Punjab, especially the Partition and its legacies, the construction of identity in colonial and post-colonial India and Pakistan, and women's history in Pakistan.
Current PhD Students:
Visiting fellowship at the Centre for Governance and Policy, ITU (Lahore, Pakistan) 2016 – 2017.
Short-term visiting research fellowship for foreign scholars, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (September – November 2016).
Two-year research project from 2012-1014. €51,512.50 provided by the Gerda Henkel Foundation on ‘Gender Politics: Islam, the State and Women in Pakistan History.’
2007: Small Research Grant of £5,760 by the British Academy on ‘Examining Muslim women’s experience of partition, migration and resettlement in the West Punjab, 1947-1962.’
I have extensive experience of examining PhDs both in the UK and abroad. I regularly provide peer-reviews for journals, manuscripts, and grants proposals.
Pippa Virdee was the academic consultant for the Royal Geographical Society exhibition on ‘The Punjab: Moving Journey’, it received very positive feedback from the South Asian population in the UK, evident in some of the comments left in the visitor’s comment book:
“Thank you for going to the trouble to put this unique exhibition together. My father served in the Punjab Frontier Force Rifles (Piffers) during World War II and held a life-long love of the country and respect for its soldiers. Fascinating history.”
“Being a British Punjabi girl I found this exhibition very insightful and it helped me find my identity and learn about my roots. This exhibition is excellent for the young Indian and Pakistani generation living here in England.”
Pippa Virdee’s work on the promotion of Punjabi culture and identity more generally was also recognized by a House of Commons award in 2009. She also manages and is the convener for Punjab Research Group, www.theprg.co.uk
I have provided assistance to a number of media outlets regarding various TV and radio programmes. These include, the BBC, BBC Radio Four, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio Leicester, ITV, and numerous foreign media outlets amongst others. Most recently my contributions were included in BBC One programme, ‘My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947’ (2017).
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