Dr. Douglas T. McGetchin   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "The Boycott or the Bullet: Debates over Nonviolence in
Indo-Western Anti-Imperialist Struggles, 1893-1964"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Host Institution in India: Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, West Bengal  
Start date/Month in India: November 2013
Duration of grant: Four months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Douglas McGetchin specializes in historical connections between modern Europe and South Asia. After graduating with a BA in history and political science from the University of Rochester in New York, he earned an MA and PhD in history at the University of California, San Diego. He currently conducts research and teaches classes at Florida Atlantic University in the history of South Asia, Germany, Europe, the world, and connections between them.

His publications include Indology, Indomania, Orientalism: Ancient India's Rebirth in Modern Germany (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009), which examines the historical context of Indology (the study of South Asian texts, literature and culture) and the diffusion of this knowledge about ancient India within modern Europe in the period 1790-1914. He is the co-editor with Peter K. J. Park and Damodar SarDesai of Sanskrit and "Orientalism": Indology and Comparative Linguistics in Germany, 1750-1958 (Manohar, 2004), as well as several articles including "Indo-German Connections, Critical and Hermeneutical, in the First World War," The Comparatist (2010), "Wilting Florists: The Turbulent Early Decades of the Société Asiatique, 1822-1860," Journal of the History of Ideas (2004), and "The Whitney Müller Conflict and Indo-German Connections" in Mapping Channels Between Ganges and Rhein: German-Indian Cross Cultural Relations (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

Dr. McGetchin's Fulbright project will investigate interconnections between the network of international activists involved in three interrelated cases of political turmoil and struggles for social justice. Internationalist anti-imperial politics in Europe (particularly Great Britain and Germany), the Indian Independence movement, and the pan-African movement that included the Civil Rights struggle in the US. Though geographically diffuse, all shared important challenges, experimented with parallel solutions, and shared a common network of ideas and activists. Scholars have examined these movements separately in depth, yet have only recently begun to examine the connections this study will further illuminate.