Dr Anandaroop Sen

Anandaroop SenI received my doctorate in 2016 from the Centre for Historical Studies (CHS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. My dissertation looks at the entangled histories of colonial law, economy and violence in the eastern frontiers of the British India, a cusp region spread across contemporary India, Bangladesh and Burma. I am interested in histories of violence, capital, law and indigeneity; how these intersect and come together. At present I am working on a book project that explores the legal forms and functions of colonial expeditions in the British Empire in South, South East Asia & Southern Africa across the nineteenth century.

Journal Publications:

A Lost Population? East India Company and Arakanese ‘Refugees’ in Chittagong’, Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, Issue No. 46. December 2015, pp. 1-20.

Early Years of East India Company rule in Chittagong: Violence, Waste and Settlement c.1760-1790, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 55, 2 (2018): 1–35.       

(Under Review) Law and Life: A Case of Two suicides from the Chin-Lushai Expeditions (1872-1898) Modern Asian Studies.                

Book Chapters:

'Sutured landscapes: The Making of an Imperial Frontier in Tripura (1848-1854)’ in  Melanie Vandenhelsken, Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh and Bengt G. Karlsson edited  Geographies of differenceIdentity, Society and Landscape in Northeast India, London  & New York: Routledge, 2018, pp.53-72.

'Conquest and the Quotidian: Forms of Violence and the Making of Tripura (1761-1808)’ in Lipokmar Dzüvichü and Manjeet Baruah edited, Modern Practices in North East India: History, Culture, Representation, London and New York: Routledge, 2018, pp. 56-88.

‘The Law of Emptiness: Episodes from Lushai and Chin Hills (1890-98)’ in Neeladri Bhattacharya and Joy L K Pachau edited Landscape, Culture and Belonging: Writing the History of North East India, Cambridge: Cambridge University,  Press, 2019, pp. 222-251.

Media Publications:

‘Chetan Bhagat's pitting 'chaotic' DU against 'efficient IITs' is absurd and ignorant’in Daily O. (March 2017).

‘How the Left Lost the Tribal Plot in Tripura’ in The Wire. (March 2018)

Contact details:


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