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 Myanmar (Burma). Building on the dissertation, my current research looks at the infrastructure and logistics of exceptional, indemnity, emergency and martial laws in the British Empire. I am interested in the range of juridical techniques used to manage colonial violence in the British Empire over the nineteenth century; the kind of legal subjects these techniques harvested, the economic and biopolitical questions generated around such productions, and the residues, remainders of these forms in contemporary global governance. My ongoing book project follows histories of violence embodied in colonial military expeditions primarily in South, South East Asia frontiers with some comparative insights from Southern Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. I am also keen on conversations around the challenges, possibilities and practices of teaching global history from global south locations.



Courses Taught:

- 'A History of Violence: Perspectives from the Global South' (HST 4040F/5040F)

- ‘Empires and Modernities’ (HST 1014S)


Journal Publications:

(Forthcoming) Insurgent Law: Bengal Regulation III and the Chin-Lushai Expeditions (1872-1898) Modern Asian Studies.     

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. 

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.

Book Chapters:

‘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. 207-236.

'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.

Media Publications:

'Compliance and complicity: The role of India’s judiciary in the advancement of ‘democratic totalitarianism’' (October 2020)

'India: The conspiracy of law' (August 2020)

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

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


Contact details:


Telephone: +27 (0)21 650 3878

Room 247, Beattie Building, University Avenue, UCT Upper Campus, Rondebosch, 7701