Dr Priya Mirza

Email address: naik.priya@gmail.com

Institutional Affiliation:  Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi


I work primarily on historicising sovereignty in colonial and postcolonial India, with a focus on the Indian princely states. I am interested in looking at technology, and how Indian princes carved a specific space in their engagement with new technologies.

I am presently working on aviation in the Indian monarchical states, questioning the engagement of the Indian princes with the object as well, and their relationship with its symbolic and actual use. I look the terrestrial and imaginative landscape of the Indian princely states to understand what Western technology represented and meant to these Indian monarchs.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Aviation in the princely states and postcolonial India is the subject of the book I am presently working on, Airing India: Aviation in Postcolonial India.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“‘Sovereignty of the Air’: the Indian princely states, the British Empire and carving out of air-space (1911-1933)”, journal article.


LInkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/priya-mirza-73666310/

Podcast: “The Longest Constitution with Priya Mirza” https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/show/the-longest-constitution-with-priya-mirza-wr4e-RPFbATJ096CoC6i2


Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney