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Abikal Borah

Public History Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow

Abikal Borah

Mcgraw Hall, Room 132
ab2524@cornell.edu

Educational Background

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, History

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin, History

M.Phil., University of Delhi, Comparative Literature

B.A., M.A., University of Delhi, English Literature 

Overview

Abikal Borah is a Public History Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, a position that he holds as an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow. His research examines entangled histories of race and violence in modern South Africa. He is currently working on a book project titled, Aftertaste of Empire: Amandiya and Racial Violence in South Africa, 1843-1949. It narrates a history of migration, land, and labor in the century leading to the 1949 race riots between the indigenous Zulus and migrant Indians in the port city of Durban. Moving beyond the binary of state violence and popular resistance in South African historiography, it tells a history of racial violence between two historically oppressed communities. 

Departments/Programs

  • History
  • Society for the Humanities

Research

     

Courses

Spring 2022

Publications

Edited volumes

Sotunsa, Mobolanle E. and Abikal Borah. eds. Imagining Vernacular Histories: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola. London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2020.

Borah, Abikal, Bisola Falola, and Toyin Falola. eds. Creative Incursions: Cultural Representations of Human Rights in Africa and the Black Diaspora. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2019.  

Journal articles

Borah, Abikal, Luis Picard Cataldo, and Toyin Falola. “Refashioning Gender Relations: Materiality of Love and Sex in Contemporary Nollywood.” Africa Today, 66, no. 1, (2019): 52-71.

Borah, Abikal. “Pluralizing the Narrative: Reconfiguring ‘Vernacular Modernism’ in Assamese Literary Culture.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 41, no. 3 (2018): 1-16. 

Borah, Abikal. “A Region in a Mobile World: Integration of Southeastern sub-Himalayan Region into Global Capitalist Economy (1820-1900).” Review (Fernand Braudel Center), 37, no. 2 (2014): 87-127. 

Book Chapter

Falola, Toyin and Abikal Borah. “African Philosophies of History and Historiography.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Methods, Sources, and Historiography in African History, vol. 2, edited by Thomas Spear. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019, p. 1092-1110.