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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 for a year. In 2015, he received an MA in History from UT, Austin. Currently, he is working on a social and intellectual history of ethnic violence in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. His doctoral dissertation, titled The Aftertaste of Empire: AmaNdiya and Ethnic Violence in South Africa (1860-1949), seeks to explore multiple sites of racialized politics that shaped the tensed social relationship among the Zulus and Indians in the late nineteenth and twentieth-century Natal. This project is an exercise in rethinking the histories of ethnic violence in relation to histories of global capitalism and the postcolonial conditions of being and belonging. 

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