Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Abhilash Medhi — Land economy and the production of frontiers in colonial India: Indo-Afghan borderlands and the northeast in comparative perspective

Friday, February 8, 2019

4:30pm – 6:00pm

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer St

Abhilash Medhi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Brown. His dissertation, set between 1840 and 1930, is a comparative spatial history of the Indo-Afghan borderlands and northeast India. Engaging three sites of the colonial intervention—land legislation and taxation, changes in agrarian practices, and the extension of railway infrastructure—it examines how these areas were incorporated into a colonial state space at the same time as they were shaped as frontiers. Abhilash received the SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship in 2016. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and, in a previous avatar, conducted research on local governance in Afghanistan.