Dr. Aparna Balachandran

I am a historian of modern India, and my research and teaching interests include early British colonialism in South India, legal history, urban history and histories of visuality and commemorative practices. I also have an interest in the politics and practices of archiving in colonial and post-colonial India, I did my BA and MA in History from the University of Delhi, MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and PhD from Columbia University, New York.

I have co-edited a volume entitled “Iterations of Law: Legal Histories from India”

( Oxford University Press, 2018), and co-written a book, Archives and Access ( The Centre for Internet and Society, 2011). I am currently in the process of completing a monograph on early colonial law and urbanism in the city of Madras, and am co-writing a book on collective memory, materiality and history. Over the years, I have received a variety of grants to facilitate my research including from the Charles Wallace India Trust, the British Academy, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History and the University of New South Wales. I am currently the Books editor for South Asian Studies ( the journal of the British Association of South Asian Studies).

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