ローハン・デスーザ 教授



Rohan D’Souza(ローハン・デスーザ)教授

メールアドレス:rohand [a] asafas.kyoto-u.ac.jp CVRohanCV.pdf 講座:平和共生・生存基盤論講座



Research Theme

    Environmental History of South Asia, Technology Studies, History and Philosophy of Modern Science and Non-Traditional Security

Research Content

    1. My current research efforts are aimed at pursuing interdisciplinary themes. In brief, I explore the myriad links between concerns in
environmental history, resource politics
    1. and their implication for a range of contemporary discussions and debates on the
history and philosophy of modern science and technology
    1. . Following the publication of my first monograph in 2006 [Drowned and Dammed, Oxford University Press] — which was aimed at uncovering the complex histories of flood control in Eastern India — I have gone on to further elaborate my interests by exploring the 19th century global environmental impacts of British colonial rule [(ed.) The British Empire and the Natural World, Oxford University Press, 2011] and a second edited volume devoted to recovering what I termed as subversive and critical essays on Technology, Environment and Sustainable Development [Orient BlackSwan, 2012].
    1. Increasingly, contemporary discussions on
climate change
    1. and
global warming
    1. have pressed for a renewed urgency to reconsider afresh the complex relationships between Nature and Culture. In particular, the recent turn to re-conceptualize the nature-culture dialectic under the rubric of
Anthropocene politics
    1. . My current emphasis hence is to explore
histories of engineering
    1. [in particular 19th century colonial engineering] and
non-traditional security
    themes such as trans-boundary river conflicts.

Research Achievement

  • Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood control in Eastern India (1803-1946), Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2006.
  • Deepak Kumar, Vinita Damodaran and Rohan D’Souza (ed.), The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2011.
  • (ed.), Environment, Technology and Development: Critical and subversive essays [Economic and Political Weekly Series], Orient BlackSwan: Hyderabad, 2012.
  • Max Martin, Vinita, Damodaran, Rohan D’Souza, (eds), Geography in Britain after World War II: Nature, Climate, and the Etchings of Time, Palgrave Macmillan: UK, 2019.
  • Vinita Damodaran and Rohan D’Souza, (eds.), Commonwealth Forestry and Environmental History: Empire Forests and Colonial Environments in Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and New Zealand, Primus Books: New Delhi, March, 2020.
Book Chapters
  • ‘Source to Mouth: Engineers, Rivers, Coast and the Bengal Delta (1750-1918)’ in May Joseph and Sudipta Sen (ed.), TERRA AQUA: The Amphibious Lifeworlds of coastal societies and the maritime global South, Routledge (Ocean and Islands book series) [Forthcoming 2022]
  • ‘Was the large dam a “Modern Temple”?: Taking Stock of India’s tryst with the Bhakra-Nangal’ in Iris Borowy, Nicholas Ferns, Jack Loveridge, and Corinna Unger, (eds), Yearbook for the History of Global Development, Published online with De Gruyter Oldenbourg [Forthcoming 2022]
  • ‘Uncertainty and Environmental Change: Kutch and the Sundarbans as environmental histories of climate change’ [co-authored with Vinita Damodaran and Subir Dey] in Lyla Mehta, Hans Nicolai Adam, Shilpi Srivastava (ed.), The Politics of Climate Change and Uncertainty in India, Routledge: London, 2021, pp.55-82.
  • ‘Hindutva and the Political Citizen: Unmaking Higher Education in Modi’s India’ in Imtiaz Ahmed and Liyan Zhang (ed.), Innovation in Education, Pathak Shamabesh: Bangladesh, 2021, pp. 23-52.
  • ロハン・デスーザ(寺田匡宏訳)「炭素の森と紛争の河:南アジアの歴史叙述から見た人新世」寺田匡宏、ダニエル・ナイルズ(編)『人新世を問う:環境、人文、アジアの視点』地球研学術叢書「環境人間学と地域」、京都大学学術出版会、309-339ページ、2021年(3月刊行予定)[Rohan D’Souza (translated by Masahiro Terada) “Carbon Forest and the River of Conflict: The Anthropocene as Seen from the Historical Narratives of South Asia” Masahiro Terada, Daniel Niles (ed.) Asian Perspectives, Earth Research Institute Academic Series “Environmental Humanities and Regions”, Kyoto University Academic Press, pp. 309-339, 2021]
  • ‘Covid-19 Imaginings and the Zoom to a University Platform’ in Imtiaz Ahmed (ed.), Covid-19: the other side of living through a pandemic, Pathak Shambesh: Bangladesh, 2021, pp.135-148.
  • ‘Re-imagining the Northeast in India, Again: Did Geography Sidestep History in Vision (2020)?’ In Bhagat Oinam and Dhiren A. Sadokpam (ed.), Northeast India : A Reader, Routledge: London, 2018, pp. 436-52.
  • S. Ravi Rajan and Rohan D’Souza, ‘Environmental History of India: An Overview’ in S. Ravi Rajan and Lise Sedrez (ed.), The Great Convergence: Environmental Histories of BRICS, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2018, pp. 274-95.
  • ‘Pulses against Volumes: Trans-boundary Rivers and Pan-Asian Connectivity’ in Sumit Ganguly and Karen Stool Farell (ed.), Heading East: The Dynamics of Security, Trade, and Environment between India and Southeast Asia, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, 2016, pp.240-253.
  • ‘Mischievous Rivers and Evil Shoals: The English East India Company and the Colonial Resource Regime’ in Vinita Damodaran, Anna Winterbottom and Alan Lester (ed.), East India Companies and the Natural World 1600-1850, Palgrave Macmillan: UK, 2014, pp.128-146.
  • ‘Towards an Environmental History of the Indus Water Treaty’ in N. Jayaram (ed.), Ideas, Institutions, Processes: Essays in Memory of Satish Saberwal, Orient BlackSwan: Hyderabad, 2014, pp.157-70.
  • ‘Filling Multi-Purpose Reservoirs with Politics: Displacing the Modern Large Dam in India in Marcus Nusser (ed), Large Dams in Asia: Contested Environments between Technological Hydroscapes and Social Resistance, Springer Academic Publishers: New York , 2014, pp.61-74.
  • ‘Sustainable Development’ in B.S.Chimni and Siddharth Mallavarapu (ed.), Handbook of International Relations, Pearson: India, 2012, pp.180-194.
  • ‘Hydropolitics, the Indus Water Treaty and Climate Change: writing a new script for the Indus rivers’ in Lydia Powell and Sonali Mittra (ed.), Perspectives on Water: Constructing Alternative Narratives, Academic Foundation: New Delhi, 2012, pp.25-38.
  • ‘From Damming Rivers to Linking Waters: Is this the Beginning of the End of Supply-Side Hydrology in India?’ in Terje, T., Chapman, G. and Hagen, R. (ed.), A History of Water: Water, Geopolitics and the New World Order, Series II Volume 3, I.B. Tauris: London, New York, 2010, pp. 356-73.
  • ‘Seeing Like a River: The Bengal Presidency’s Hydraulic Transition’, in Arun Bandopadhyay (ed.), Science and Society in India 1750-2000, Manohar: New Delhi, 2010, pp. 169-182.
  • ‘River- linking and its Discontents: The Final Plunge for Supply-Side Hydrology in India’ in Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt & Robert J. Wasson (ed.), Water First; Issues and Challenges for Nations and Communities in South Asia, Sage: New Delhi, 2008, pp. 99-121.
  • ‘From Natural Calamity to Natural Resource: Flood Control and the Politics of Natural Limits’, Amita Baviskar (ed.), Waterscapes: The Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource, Permanent Black: Ranikhet, 2007, pp.248-80.
  • ‘Environmental Discourses and Environmental Politics’ in Smithu Kothari et al, (ed.), The Value of Nature: Ecological Politics in India, Rainbow Publishers: New Delhi, 2003, pp.23-38.
Journal Articles
  • ‘Environmental History of South Asia in the time of Hindutva’, ‘Environmental History, [Forthcoming, July 2022]
  • ‘Citizen, Consumer, User: Covid-19 and the Higher Education Churn in India’, The JMC Review, Vol.4, November, 2020, pp. 25-55. http://www.jmc.ac.in/the-jmc-review/content/
  • ‘Event, Process and Pulse: Resituating Floods in Environmental Histories of South Asia’, in Environment and History, Special Issue: ‘Disasters and the Making of Asian History’, Chris Courtney & Fiona Williamson (ed.), 26, 2020, pp.31-49.
  • ‘Scarcity, Environmentalism and the Politics of Pre-Emption: reconsidering the environmental histories of South Asia in the epoch of the Anthropocene’, Geoforum, 101, 2019, pp.242-49.
  • ‘Should Clean Energy be Politics as Usual? Reflections on India’s Energy Transition Quest’, Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, Vol.4, No.2, winter 2019, pp. 38-44.
  • ‘Nations without Borders: Climate Security and the South in the Epoch of the Anthropocene’, Strategic Analysis (forthcoming, November, 2015)
  • ‘Framing India’s Hydraulic Crises: Politics of the Modern Large Dam’, Monthly Review Press, 60 (3), July-August 2008, pp.112-24.
  • ‘Making Backwardness: How to Imagine the North-East as a Development Deficit’, Eastern Quarterly, 4( III&IV), October 2007-March 2008, pp.207-217.
  • ‘Water in British India: The Making of a ‘Colonial Hydrology’”, History Compass (Blackwell Publishers, UK) 4/4. May, 2006, pp.621-8.
  • ‘Rigidity and the Affliction of Capitalist Property: Colonial Land Revenue and the Recasting of Nature’ Studies in History, 20 (2), 2004. pp.237-72.
  • ‘Canal Irrigation and the Conundrum of Flood Protection: The Failure of the Orissa Scheme of 1863 in Eastern India’, Studies in History, 19 (1), 2003, pp.41-68.
  • ‘Damming the Mahanadi River: The Emergence of Multi-Purpose River Valley Development in India (1943-46)’, Indian Economic and Social History Review. 40 (1), 2003, pp. 82-105.
  • ‘Supply-Side Hydrology in India: The Last Gasp’, Economic and Political Weekly, 38 (36) September 2003, pp. 3785-3790.
  • ‘Crisis Before the Fall: Some Speculations on the Decline of the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals’, Social Scientist, 30, (9-10), September-October 2002, pp.3-31.
  • ‘Colonialism, Capitalism and Nature: Debating the Origins of the Mahanadi Delta’s Hydraulic Crisis (1803-1928)’, Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (13), March 30th, 2002, pp. 1261-72.
  • ‘Re-Evaluating Multi-Purpose River Valley Projects: A Case Study of Hirakud, Ukai and IGNP’, Rohan D’Souza, Ashish Kothari and Pranob Mukhopadhyay, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 33 (6), February 7-13, 1998, pp.297-303.