South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Indrani Chatterjee

ProfessorPh.D., History, 1996, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


‘Women, Monastic Commerce and Coverture in Eastern India 1600-1800’, Modern Asian Studies.

‘Monastic Governmentality, Colonial Misogyny and Postcolonial Amnesia’, History of the Present, 3:1, 57-96.

‘When “Sexualities” Floated Free of Histories in South Asia’, Journal of Asian Studies, 71: 4, 1-18.

‘Slaves and Households in the Near East: A Response’ in Slaves and Households in the Near East ed. Laura Culbertson. Chicago: Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

‘Captives of Enchantment: Gender, Genre and Transmemoration’ in History in the Vernacular eds. Raziuddin Aquil and Partha Chatterjee. Delhi: Permanent Black.

‘Renewed and Connected Histories’, 17-43, and ‘Slavery, Semantics and the Sounds of Silence’, 287-315 in Slavery in South Asian History ed. Indrani Chatterjee and Richard M. Eaton. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

‘The Muslim Family in South Asia’ in Encyclopedia of Islamic Women’s History eds. Afsaneh Najmabadi and Suad Joseph. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

'Abolition by Denial: the South Asian example’ in The Aftermath of Abolition in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia ed. Gwyn Campbell. New York and London: Routledge.

'Slavery and Kinship among the Indian Gentry in the Late Eighteenth Century’ in Islam in India: The Impact of Civilizations ed. Asghar Ali Engineer. Delhi: ICCR and Shipra.

'Genealogy, History and Law: the case of the Tripura Rajamala’ in History and the Present eds. Partha Chatterjee and Anjan Ghosh. Delhi and London: Permanent Black and Anthem Press.

'Alienation, Intimacy and Gender: Problems for a History of Love in South Asia’ in Queering India: Same Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society ed. Ruth Vanita. New York and London: Routledge.

'A Slave's Search for Selfhood in Eighteenth - Century Hindustan’, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 37, no.1.

Co-authored with Sumit Guha, ‘Slave-Queen, Waif-Prince: Slavery and Social Poverty in Eighteenth Century India’, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 36, no. 2.

‘Colouring Subalternity: Slaves, Concubines and Social Orphans under the East India Company’ in Subaltern Studies, vol. X. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

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Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India

Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India

Indrani Chatterjee

Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India
February 2002
Oxford University Press

Forgotten Friends: Monks, Marriages, Memories of Northeast India

Unfamiliar Relations: Family and History in South Asia

Slavery in South Asian History

Indrani Chatterjee, Richard M. Eaton

Slavery in South Asian History
October 2006
Indiana University Press


Indrani Chatterjee on Pre-Colonial Indian Monasteries

Not Even Past: Monasteries and Memory in Northeast India

Prof Chatterjee discusses her work on pre-colonial monasteries, the sometimes surprising roles of women, the structural similarities among various religious communities, and the denigration of these communities and erasure of their histories by British imperial administrators. She also shares the fascinating story of her own discovery of these histories.


Decolonizing the History of Slavery

Institute For Humanties Research: Gender. Region. Slavery.

The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at UC Santa Cruz is a laboratory for theorizing and implementing new visions of Humanities via faculty research projects, graduate and undergraduate education, and public programs. Professor Indrani Chatterjee talks about decolonizing the History of Slavery.