Kris Manjapra, an associate professor of history at Tufts University, studies global and transnational intellectual history, with a special focus on the political economy and discourses of colonialism and resulting modes of resistance. He is the author of Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectuals across Empire (Harvard University Press, 2014). It compared and connected the rise of modernism in Germany and India in the period of British world power. Prof. Manjapra’s 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. He has written on anti-colonial cosmopolitanism, trajectories of Marxism, artistic and philosophical modernism, Orientalism and the politics of cross-cultural encounter.
He is 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. He collaborates on this project with Dr. Nielesh Bose and Dr. Iftekhar Iqbal. His 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.
Manjapra earned his PhD in history from Harvard University in 2007. He was named a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and received a 2010 Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers and a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant.
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