Ms Neha Vermani

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Research interests

My work locates food practices as an integral component of discourses on authority, civility, and connoisseurship at the Mughal court. 

Research interests

History of food, medicine, emotions, senses, bodily practices and connoisseurship in early modern South Asia. 

Other work

Invited Talks

“Legitimising Food: Mughal Imperial Ideology and Food Practices,” Food History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 1 June 2017 

“Mughal on the Menu: A Probe into the Culinary World of the Mughal Elite,” South Asia Series, British Library, London, 21 November 2016 


“From the Cauldrons of History: Hidden Labors of Kitchen-Work in the Mughal Empire,” 2nd Servants’ Past International Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, April 2018.

“Mughals on the Menu: A Probe into the Culinary World of the Mughal Elite,” Symposia Iranica, Third Biennial Conference, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, UK, April 2017.

“Food in Motion: The Role of Food in Mughal-Safavid Interactions,” Symposia Iranica, Second Biennial Conference, Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK, April 2015.

“The Fetid and the Fragrant: Cultures of Food in Medieval India,” Food for Thought Conference, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, India, April 2013. 


“In Power and In Sickness: History of the Colour Yellow in Early Modern India”, in He Xiangyu (ed.), Yellow in Global Context (Berlin, 2018 forthcoming). 

“A Beautiful Mess: History of Khichdi at the Mughal Court”, Published in Business Standard Newspaper, India, 3 November 2017. ( 117110400002_1.html) 

Educational background

M.Phil. Thesis: Feasts in Mughal India (2013)

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