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Abikal Borah


MA (History), The University of Texas at Austin

Abikal Borah

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

Biography


Abikal Borah completed 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 Assam Kaziranga University for a year. In 2015, he completed an MA in History from UT, Austin. His current research focuses on social and intellectual history of ethnic violence in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. His PhD project provisionally titled as The Aftertaste of Empire: AmaNdiya and Ethnic Violence in South Africa (1860-1949) intends to explain the tensed social relationships among the Zulus and Indians in the late nineteenth and twentieth-century Natal. This project seeks to conceptualize history of ethnic violence in the forged social space of Natal through an analysis of the postcolonial conditions of being and belonging. 

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