Shibi Laxman Kumaraperumal

PhD Program (He/Him)


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

South Asia; Cultural and Intellectual History; Empire, Colonialism, and Indigeneity; Book History and Print Culture; Early Modernity; Philology; Linguistic identities; Caste; Religious Studies; Translation Studies

Major and Minor Fields


  • South Asian History

Minor 1

Early Modern Philology, Translation, and Language Studies

Minor 2

Histories of Empire, Colonialism, and Indigeneity

Working Dissertation


Bhavani Raman


Shibi Laxman Kumaraperumal is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture at the University of Toronto. His Dissertation studies the encounter between Tamil Pandits, colonial philology, and European scholarship of language from 1700 to 1900 and its impact on the Tamil language and cultural history. By focusing on Colonial Philology, his research provides new insights into the history of Orientalist and modern linguistic identities in South Asia. His research interests include missionaries, translation studies, early modernity debates, Empire studies, Digital Humanities, and cultural and intellectual histories.


M.Phil, Jawaharlal Nehru University
MA, Ambedkar University Delhi
BA, Madras Christian College, Madras University