Christopher Harding

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Welcome to my website! I’m a cultural historian of Japan, India and East-West connections, based at the University of Edinburgh.

I cover a wide range of topics in my writing, including history, politics, religion and pop culture, for publications including BBC History magazine, The Guardian, The Telegraph, UnHerd and The New York Times. My substack newsletter, IlluminAsia, is free to read and subscribe (links below).

I am also a presenter on BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme Free Thinking, and a documentary-maker for Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service.


👉 IlluminAsia main site

👉 IlluminAsia podcast

👉 Staff profile at the University Edinburgh (academic research and teaching)

👉 Twitter/X (@drchrisharding)


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