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Anil Domenic Paralkar

Anil Domenic Paralkar


  • PhD Candidate (GPTS-5)


Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 017
69115 Heidelberg


Über Anil Domenic Paralkar

Anil's research investigates the European encounter with South Asian foodways in 15th to 17th century. The project analyses how Europeans discussed the (cultural) purity of food in India and how that lead to a proto-orientalisation of the Indian population by European writers on the subcontinent. In consequence, this process added to the justification of the colonisation of India during the high-time of British imperialism, as South Asian nourishment was perceived as inferior to British eating habits. The project critically discusses this development and thus combines food history with approaches from postcolonial and transcultural studies.

Research Interests

  • Early Modern History
  • History of Nutrition
  • History of the European Expansion
  • Mughal History
  • Postcolonial / Transcultural Theory


2018 Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University; Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chicago

2017 Placement at the Zentrum für Wissenschaftsmanagement e.V., Speyer

2016 Prof. J. M. van Winter Stipendiary at the Bijzondere Collecties (Special Collections) of the University of Amsterdam

2014 / 2015 Extended archival research stays in London (United Kingdom), Mumbai, Panaji and New Delhi (India)

2014 Stipendiary at the German Historical Institute London

Since 2013 PhD Candidate in the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany. Supervisor Prof. Dr. Susan Richter

2013 Magister Artium in Modern and Contemporary History (major subject), Mediaeval History and Philosophy from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. Topic of the thesis: "Ralph Fitch und die Gründung der britischen Ostindien-Kompanie"

2011 - 2013 Working Student at the Editorial Office for Electronic Publishing at Verlag C.H. Beck

2008 Placement at the Bavarian State Archives

2005 Abitur from Franz-Marc-Gymnasium Markt Schwaben, Germany

1985 Born in Berlin, Germany

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Conference Reports

Anil Paralkar: Report on the 11. conference of the working group on the Early Modern period of the German Historical Association (VHD) "Globale Verflechtungen - Europa neu denken" at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. 17.-19.09.2015. Available online on the Cluster-Website (18.11.2015).

Anil Paralkar, Rudolph Ng, Daniela Gerner, Chih-Wen Kuo: Report on the 5. Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context": "Managing Empires. Cooperation, Competition, Conflict" at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. 09.-11.10.2013. Available online at H-Soz-u-Kult (09.05.2014) and on the Cluster-Website (11.07.2014) and in: Asien. The German Journal on Contemporary Asia. Nr. 133 (2014). P. 109f.

Anil Paralkar, Astrid Riedler-Pohlers, Claudia Hefter: Report on the 13. Interdisciplinary Summer Academy of the Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Renaissancestudien (ZMR): "Piraten" at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. 02.-06.09.2013. Available online at mittelalter.hypotheses.org (12.12.2013).