Dr Nicholas Evans was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the ERC-funded project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic.
Nick joined CRASSH in May 2014 to investigate how the plague, which arrived in Bombay in 1896, was represented through a variety of visual media in colonial South Asia.
In 2017, he took up a position as a Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the LSE. He is a specialist in the anthropology of India, with interests in the anthropology of religion, the anthropology of visual media, and the historically embedded ways that people experience doubt and uncertainty.
Nick completed his PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2014. His previous work examined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, followers of a nineteenth century Messiah who see themselves as the one true Muslim sect, but face much persecution for their beliefs. Based on ethnographic work in Punjab, India, his PhD is an account of the role of structure, hierarchy, and discipline in the ethical lives of the Ahmadiyya Muslims. Nick’s broader theoretical interests include the question of how a focus on responsibility might help us to understand ethical projects that valorise subordination.
As part of his work at CRASSH, he is currently developing a new project on Commissions of Inquiry in pre- and post-independence India.