Dr. Naina Dayal

FACULTY PROFILE


Personal Details

Name: Naina Dayal
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of History
Email: dayalnaina@gmail.com

 

Degrees/ Examinations Passed

  • 2010: Ph.D., Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
    Title of dissertation: ‘Tellers of Tales: Pauranikas, Sutas, Kusilava, Vyasa and Valmiki’.
    Supervisors: Professor Romila Thapar and Professor Kunal Chakrabarti.
  • 1999-2002: Junior Research Fellowship to conduct doctoral research, awarded by the
    University Grants Commission.
  • 1997-1998: M. Phil. coursework, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru
    University, New Delhi.
    CGPA: 8.14. I Division.
  • M. Phil. dissertation requirement waived. Was permitted to switch to a Ph.D. after a
    year of coursework.
  • 1997: Passed the National Eligibility Test conducted by the University Grants
    Commission.
  • 1997: M.A. in Ancient History, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru
    University, New Delhi.
    CGPA: 7.34. I Division. First in the class.
  • 1995: B.A. History (Honours), St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi.
    Percentage: 62.1% . I Division. Stood first in Delhi University in History (Honours).

 

 

Prize/Fellowship

  • 2014: Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of
    California, Berkeley (August 2014 – May 2015).
  • 1999-2002: Junior Research Fellowship to conduct doctoral research, awarded by the
    University Grants Commission (see above).
  • 1995: The Dip Chand Memorial Prize for being the best candidate in the B.A.
    (Honours) Examination in History held in 1995.

 

Teaching Experience

  • 2010 – till date: Assistant Professor, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi.
  • 2006- 2010: Lecturer, Lady Shri Ram College for Women (University of Delhi), New
    Delhi.
  • 1998-1999: Lecturer, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Delhi.

 

Courses Taught

  • At St. Stephen’s College (2010 – till date): Two courses on ancient Indian history, a
    course on early modern Europe, a course on environmental issues in India, a course
    on cultures in the Indian subcontinent, a course on Indian history and culture, a
    course on ancient Delhi, a course on early medieval India.
  • At Lady Shri Ram College (2006-10): Two courses on ancient Indian history, a course
    on social formations and cultural patterns of the ancient and medieval world, and a
    course on the cultural history of modern India.
  • At St. Stephen’s College (1998-1999): Two courses on ancient Indian history and part
    of a course on medieval Indian history.

 

Publications 

Books

  • Kumkum Roy and Naina Dayal, eds, Questioning Paradigms, Constructing Histories: A
    Festschrift for Romila Thapar, New Delhi: Aleph Book Company, 2019. ISBN: 978-93-
    88292-34-4.
  • Religious Traditions and the Ideology of Bhakti (Vol. 3 of the Indira Gandhi National Open
    University’s M.A. Course on Religious Thought and Belief in India), New Delhi: Indira
    Gandhi National Open University, 2003. ISBN: 81-266-0992-3.

Forthcoming from Permanent Black

Working title of book: ‘The Premier Performances of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata’

 

Articles

  • Questioning Paradigms, Constructing Histories: A Festschrift for Romila Thapar, New Delhi:
    Aleph Book Company, 2019. ISBN: 978-93-88292-34-4.
  • ‘Teaching early Indian history in 2015’, Chapter 9 in Nation Building through Higher
    Education, New Delhi: New Delhi Publishers & Centre for Professional Development
    in Higher Education, UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, University of
    Delhi, Delhi, 2016, pp. 47-50. ISBN: 978-93-85503-20-7.
  • Roy, Kumkum, Romila Thapar, and Naina Dayal, ‘Asoka’, in Richard Payne, ed.,
    Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN:
    9780195393521.
  • ‘On the premier performances of the Ramayana of Valmiki’, in Kumkum Roy, ed.,
    Insights and Interventions: Essays in Honour of Uma Chakravarti, Delhi: Primus Books,
    2011, pp. 117-142. ISBN: 978-93-80607-22-1.
  • ‘Cities in early historic north India’, in Hindi: Language, Discourse, Writing, Vol. 1, No. 2,
    2000, pp. 266-276. R.N.I. ‘No. DELENG 11726/29/1/99-TC.

 

Academic Book Reviews

  • Review of Himanshu Prabha Ray, The Return of the Buddha: Ancient Symbols for a New
    Nation, in The Book Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2016, pp. 9-10, ISSN: 0970-4175.
  • Review of Simon Brodbeck and Brian Black, eds, Gender and Narrative in the
    Mahabharata, in Culture and Religion, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2010, pp. 169-171. ISSN: 1475-
    5610 (Print) 1475-5629 (Online).
  • Review of Alf Hiltebeitel, Rethinking the Mahabharata: A Reader’s Guide to the Education
    of the Dharma King, in The Book Review, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2004, pp. 8-9. ISSN: 0970-4175.
  • Review of Shereen Ratnagar, Understanding Harappa: Civilization in the Greater Indus
    Valley, in The Hindu, 3 June 2001/16 June 2001 (International Edition). No.
    28171/75.
  • Review of Paula Richman, ed., Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asian Tradition, in The
    Book Review, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2001, pp. 35-36. ISSN: 0970-4175.

E-lessons

Three e-lessons for the ancient India course developed at the Institute of Life Long
Learning, University of Delhi, Delhi. (This was part of a Ministry of Human
Resource Development, India project to develop e-content for teaching history to
university students. The national coordinator of this project was Professor Upinder
Singh of the Department of History, University of Delhi.)
My three lessons were on 1) Early Indian notions of history
2) The making of Puranic Hinduism
3) Forms and features of Puranic Hinduism. Published in 2011

 

Paper Presentations/ Invited Lectures  

  • 2019: ‘Sutas, nastikas and retelling the Mahabharata’. Lecture at the Ashoka History
    Spring Seminar. Organized by the Department of History, Ashoka University,
    Sonipat.
  • 2018: ‘Deconstructing Indian and Pakistani textbooks on our ancient pasts’.
    Presentation at an international conference on ‘Teaching History’. Organized by The
    Seagull Foundation for the Arts in Kolkata.
  • 2018: ‘The epics in an age of religious plurality’. Lecture at the international seminar
    series at Nalanda University. Organized by the School of Historical Studies, Nalanda
    University, Rajgir.
  • 2018: ‘Sutas, nastikas and retelling the Mahabharata’. Paper presented at an
    international conference in honour of Professor Romila Thapar at the India
    International Centre, New Delhi. Organized by The Book Reveiw Literary Trust,
    Kumkum Roy and Naina Dayal.
  • 2017: ‘The sutas of the Mahabharata’. Paper presented at an international conference
    on ‘The Mahabharata and Inter-Asian Cultures’. Organized by the Department of
    English, University of Delhi, held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
  • 2017: Discussant for papers by R.P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman on
    the Uttarakanda of the Ramayana of Valmiki. Organized by the JNU Forum for
    Mutual Understanding, held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • 2016: Lecture on the Sanskrit epics at Gargi College, University of Delhi. Organized
    by the English Department of Gargi College.
  • 2015: ‘Aspiring to Ramarajya? The epics and good governance in India’. Paper
    presented at the American University, Washington D.C. Organized by The Asian
    Studies Program, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and School of
    International Service, American University, Washington D.C.
  • 2015: ‘The Sanskrit epics in an age of religious plurality’. The Indu Bhatt Memorial
    Lecture at Yale University. Organized by the South Asian Studies Council, Yale
    University.
  • 2015: ‘On the sutas of the Mahabharata’. Paper presented at Yale University.
    Organized by the South Asian Studies Council and the Department of Religious
    studies, Yale University.
  • 2014: ‘On the sutas of the Mahabharata’. Paper presented at the University of
    California, Berkeley. Organized by the Department of South and Southeast Asian
    Studies.
  • 2014: Lecture on the Mauryas at the University of California, Berkeley. Organized by
    the Department of History.
  • 2012: Discussant of a paper presented by Mekhola Gomes on the representation of
    the ksatriya as king in the Dharmasastras and Valmiki’s Ramayana at the International
    Young Researcher’s Conference on ‘Writing histories of power/contestation’
    organized by the History Association, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru
    University, New Delhi held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • 2010: ‘The sutas of the Mahabharata’. Paper presented at the Wednesday Faculty
    Seminar of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New
    Delhi held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • 2010: ‘The transmission of brahmanical texts in early India’. Paper presented at an
    international workshop on ‘Travelling cultures of knowledge’ organized by the Max
    Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Zakir Husain Centre for
    Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi held at the Jawaharlal
    Nehru University.
  • 2007: ‘Telling the Mahabharata: A sattra in a holy forest and a theatre of the macabre’.
    Paper presented at a University Grants Commission sponsored national seminar on
    the Mahabharata held at the Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), New
    Delhi.
  • 2007: Discussant of a paper presented by Brian Black on the Mahabharata at an
    international seminar on ‘Revisiting transitions’ organized by the Centre for Historical
    Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi held at the Jawaharlal Nehru
    University.
  • 2005: ‘On the premier performances of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata’. Paper
    presented at a seminar on ‘Ancient India: New research’ organized on behalf of
    Manana: Reflections on Indian Civilization by Professor Nayanjot Lahiri and
    Professor Upinder Singh (both of the Department of History, University of Delhi,
    Delhi). The seminar was held at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

 

Editorial Experience

  • 2010: Editor of the e-lessons on ancient India developed at the Institute of Life Long
    Learning, University of Delhi, Delhi (see above).
  • 2000- 2004: Editorial Assistant, Studies in History. (Studies in History is an international
    journal published by Sage Publications, New Delhi/ Thousand Oaks/London.)
    Edited essays and reviews, communicated with authors around the world and
    oversaw the production of the journal.

 

Other Academic/ Educational Work

  • Paper setting and evaluation work at the University of Delhi since 2007.
  • Curriculum development: On the Committee to develop ‘History of India I’ &
    ‘History of India II’ (New Courses at the University of Delhi).
  • Department Research Committee for selecting PhD candidates at the Department of
    History, University of Delhi since early 2016.
  • Reviewer for the Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Permanent Black and Primus.
  • Advisor for Bharat ka Itihas: Bhag I (Trans.: History of India: Part I. Textbook in Hindi
    for Class VI for use in Delhi Government schools), New Delhi: State Council of
    Educational Research and Training, 2004.
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The self-motivated and ceaseless activities of over two dozen clubs and societies constitute a very important part of College life and offer a large variety of avenues for self expression. For each subject there is a Society that sponsors extra-curricular lectures and discussion and, in general, tries to stimulate interest in the subject. There are many other academic and cultural society and clubs covering wide range of activities, such as debating, dramatics, mountaineering, film and music appreciation, social service, photography and electronics.
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