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Medford, MA 02155
Email Prof. Manjapra
Associate Professor of History
Program Director, Colonialism Studies
Modern South Asia
Intellectual History, Transnational Studies, Postcolonial Studies
Urban History, Oral History, Digital Humanities
I joined Tufts History
Department in 2008. My research is in modern South Asian and German history, and
I am especially interested in transnational approaches and postcolonial critical
perspectives. My most recent book is Age of Entanglement: German and Indian
intellectuals across Empire. It compared and connected the rise of modernism
in Germany and India in the period of British world power.
My work crosses national and imperial boundaries and pursues a multi-focal study
of intellectual history, the history of science and scholarship, and the history
of nineteenth and twentieth imperialism and international politics. I have
written on anti-colonial cosmopolitanism, trajectories of Marxism, artistic and
philosophical modernism, Orientalism and the politics of cross-cultural
I am now engaged in two projects. The first, based on a large oral history
archive developed over the past ten years, studies the intellectual history of
Bengal and Bangladesh in the latter twentieth century, and seeks to historicize
the rise of South Asian postcolonial thought. I collaborate on this project
with Dr. Nielesh Bose and Dr. Iftekhar Iqbal.
My second, larger, concern is the global history of plantations, and
the trans-continental entanglements that made industrial
agricultural possible. Focused especially on the circuits of
labor, capital, culture, and resistance, that developed between the
Caribbean and South Asia over hundreds of years, it also
triangulates the special place of German-speaking Europe in the
emergence of plantation complexes.
As the co-director of the
Digital Humanities Lab at Tufts, I organize the
Corpora multimedia archiving
project that aims to create an indexed repository of oral histories,
lectures, and other educational audio-visual materials across disciplines.
I teach courses on intellectual history in global perspective, South Asia in the
world, Germany in the world, colonialism and anti-colonialism, modern European
intellectual history, and postcolonial thought.
- "Transnational Approaches to Global History: A View from the Study of
German-Indian Entanglement", German History, 2014, vol. 32, no. 2, pp 274-293."
- "The Impossible Intimacies of MN Roy",
Postcolonial Studies, 2013, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp 169-184.
- "Knowledgeable Internationalism and the Swadeshi Movement, 1903-1921",
in: Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 47, no. 42, October 20, 2012.
- "Stella Kramrisch and the Bauhaus in Calcutta", in:
The Last Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore.
Edited by R. Siva Kumar (Ahmedabad: Mapin, 2011), pp 34-40.
- "From Imperial to International Horizons: A Hermeneutic
Study of Bengali Modernism," in: Modern Intellectual History,
vol. 8, no. 2, August 2011.
- "Introduction" to Cosmopolitan Thought Zones:
South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas.
Edited by Sugata Bose and Kris Manjapra (London: Palgrave 2010).
- "Communist Internationalism and Transcolonial
Recognition" in Cosmopolitan Thought Zones, edited
with Sugata Bose (London: Palgrave 2010).
- "The illusions of encounter: Muslim 'minds'
and Hindu revolutionaries in First World War
Germany and after," in: Journal of Global History,
vol. 1, no. 3, November 2006.
Reviews and other projects
to an editors' forum on
The Practices of Transnational Studies"
in New Global Studies New Global Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, March 2010.
- Contribution to Forum on "Asia, Germany, and the Transnational Turn".
Edited by Bradley Naranch in German History, vol. 28, no. 4, December 2010.
Ph.D. Harvard University, 2007
B.A. Harvard University, 2001
- Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Emerging Scholar 2015
- Tufts University Teaching with Technology Award, 2012
- Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship,
Free University, Berlin, 2010-2011
- NEH Collaborative Research Grant Recipient, 2010
- Berger Family Digital Humanities Research Grant, 2009
- Neubauer Faculty Fellow, Tufts University, 2009-2010
- Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, UCLA, 2007-2009
- Krupp Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2004-05
- DAAD Fellowship for Research in Germany, 2004-05