Dr Anandaroop Sen

Anandaroop SenI received my PhD in 2016 from the Centre for Historical Studies (CHS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. My dissertation looked at the entangled histories of colonial law, economy and violence in the eastern frontiers of British India, a cusp region spread across contemporary India, Bangladesh and Burma. Building on the dissertation my current research looks at the structures of legal governance in the British Empire through exceptional, indemnity and martial law procedures. I am interested in the range of juridical techniques used to manage colonial violence in the British Empire over the nineteenth century; the forms of legal subjects these techniques harvested, the economic and biopolitical questions generated around such productions and the reconfigurations, residues of these forms in contemporary global governance . My ongoing book project charts out such a route by following histories of violence embodied in colonial military expeditions of the British Empire in South, South East Asia & Southern Africa through the late nineteenth and early twentieth 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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