SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

David Lunn

BA (Cantab); MA, PhD (London)
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David Lunn
South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Simon Digby Postdoctoral Fellow

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Dr David Lunn
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David Lunn is the Simon Digby Postdoctoral Fellow at SOAS, University of London. He is working on the published and unpublished works of the late Simon Digby, and editing these for a new collected works series of this renowned scholar's many significant writings.

David received his PhD from SOAS in 2012, following an MA from SOAS and BA from Clare College, University of Cambridge. He rejoined SOAS in 2015, after two years on the European Research Council project Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean, based at King's College London.


Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society



David is particularly interested in literary and cultural production in Hindi-Urdu, including cinema and theatre as well as poetry and prose, especially in the early 20th century. He also works on 19th-century cultural and intellectual transformations in India and the Malay world.



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Lunn, David and Byl, Julia (2017) '‘One Story Ends and Another Begins’: Reading the Syair Tabut of Encik Ali'. Indonesia and the Malay World, (45) 133, pp 391-420.

Byl, Julia and bin Raja Halid, Raja Iskandar and Lunn, David and McCallum, Jenny (2017) 'The Syair Tabut of Encik Ali: A Malay account of Muharram at Singapore, 1864'. Indonesia and the Malay World, (45) 133, pp 421-438.

Lunn, David (2016) 'Across the divide: Looking for the common ground of Hindustani'. Modern Asian Studies. [Forthcoming]

Lunn, David (2015) 'The Eloquent Language: Hindustani in 1940s Indian Cinema'. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, (6) 1, pp 1-26.

Book Reviews

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Lunn, David (2016) 'Review of Shobna Nijhawan, Women and Girls in the Hindi Public Sphere: Periodical Literature in Colonial North India (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012)'. South Asia Research, (36) 2, pp 290-292.


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