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Department of History
Tufts University
East Hall, room 305
Medford, MA 02155

617.627.3799
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Kris Manjapra
Associate Professor of History

Fields

Global and Transnational History
Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies
African Diaspora; Modern South Asia; Modern Europe

Specialties

Intellectual History, Transnational Studies, Postcolonial Studies
Urban History, Oral History, Digital Humanities

Biography

I joined Tufts History Department in 2008. I study global, transnational, and comparative history, and my fields of expertise include modern South Asia, modern Germany, and the modern Caribbean. I am especially interested in intellectual and social histories of the Global South. My work adopts postcolonial and critical perspectives on the study of race, colonialism, diaspora, and capitalism.

My most recent book is Age of Entanglement: German and Indian intellectuals across Empire (Harvard University Press). It explores the tangled cultural politics of Indian and German thinkers during the long nineteenth century, in the age of British world hegemony. This book, like my other previous work, deals on themes of anti-colonial cosmopolitanism, trajectories of Marxism, formations of artistic and philosophical modernism, Orientalism and Occidentalism. My forthcoming book in Summer 2020 is Colonialism in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press).

Along with colleagues, I completed a large digital humanities project focused on the genealogy of the Third World Humanities, in which we collected, digitized, and visualized oral history texts. We developed the Corpora platform as part of this work.

My new research explores global plantation histories that connect the Caribbean Sea and the Indian Ocean in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

I serve as the Chair of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. I have held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. And I am honored to be the 2017 recipient of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising of Students at Tufts.

Publications

Books

  • Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectuals across Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2014). Winner of the 2019 Merck-Tagore Award, granted by the Goethe-Institut.


    Reviews
     
  • M.N. Roy: Marxism and Colonial Cosmopolitanism (Delhi: Routledge 2010).
  • Co-edited with Sugata Bose, Cosmopolitan Thought Zones: South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas (London: Palgrave 2010).

Articles

  • Manjapra, K. "Necrospeculation: Emancipation, Finance, and Black Redress," Social Text. No. 139. June 2019.
  • Manjapra, K. 2020. "Queer Diasporic Practice of a Muslim Traveler: Syed Mujtaba Ali's Chacha Kahini" in: Johannes Feichtinger, Anil Bhatti, and Cornelia Hülmbauer eds., How to Write the Global History of Knowledge-Making. Springer Press.
  • Manjapra, K. 2019. "Anti-Imperialism and Interregnum", Cambridge History of Modern European Thought, volume 2. Edited by Peter Gordon and Warren Breckman.
  • Manjapra, K, and Lowe, Lisa. 2019. "Comparative Global Humanities After Man", Theory, Culture, Society, vol. 36.
  • Manjapra, K. 2019. "The Semi-Peripheral Hand" in: David Motadel and Christoph DeJung eds., The Global Bourgeoisie. Princeton University Press.
  • "Plantation Dispossessions: The Global Travel of Agricultural Racial Capitalism", in: Sven Beckert and Christine Desan, eds., American Capitalism: New Histories (New York: Columbia, 2018), pp 361-388.
  • "Third World Humanities from South Asian Perspectives: An Oral History Approach", South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 2018.
  • "Asian Plantation Histories at the Frontiers of Nation and Globalization", Modern Asian Studies, vol. 52, part 4, July 2018, 1-22. doi:10.1017/S0026749X17000403
  • "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.

Digital Humanities projects

Reviews and other projects

Education

  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2007
  • B.A. Harvard University, 2001

Awards

  • 2019 Merck-Tagore Award for contributions to intellectual exchange between Germany and India
  • 2017-2018 Fellow, Berlin Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2017 Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising
  • 2015-2016 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
  • 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

Projects

Courses

  • Colonialism in Global Perspective
  • Comparative Plantation Histories
  • Decolonization and the Body
  • German Imperialism
  • Modern Intellectual History
  • South Asia and the World