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Abikal Borah


MA (History), The University of Texas at Austin

Abikal Borah

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19th and 20th Century Southern Africa, Africa and the Indian Ocean Realm, Global and Transnational History, History of Migration, History of Violence, Postcolonial Theory

Biography


Abikal Borah received an MA in English Literature (2008) and MPhil in Comparative Literature (2011) from University of Delhi. Before entering the graduate program at UT, Austin, he taught at Kaziranga University (India) for a year. In 2015, he received an MA in History from UT, Austin. His articles have appeared in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African HistoryReview (Fernand Braudel Center), South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, and Economic and Political Weekly. He is the co-editor of Creative Incursions: Cultural Representations of Human Rights in Africa and the Black Diaspora (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2019) (Forthcoming). Currently, he is working on a social and intellectual history of ethnic violence in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. His doctoral dissertation, titled Aftertaste of Empire: AmaNdiya and Ethnic Violence in South Africa (1860-1949), explores multiple sites of racial politics that shaped the strained social relationship among the Zulus and the Indian diaspora in the late nineteenth and twentieth-century Natal. This project is an attempt to rethink the histories of ethnic violence in relation to histories of global capitalism and the making of the colonial habitus. 

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