Research & Publications
I am at the beginning of a new research project. The principle aim of this project is to investigate the nature and causes of famines in colonial India, based on a comparative analysis of three famines in North India. I am about to leave the comfort zone of my disciplinary setting as I intend to take the ecological factors that triggered these famines seriously. I am also interested in how private and public institutions, i.e. markets and the goverment, functioned in these famines and whether their actions worsened or improved the crisis.
Also, I am working on a volume on agricultural work, which aims at connecting labour history with rural history. The volume will be published in the Studies in Global Social History Series (Brill).
Until 2019 I was primarily researching the peasant production of opium in 19th century India – my PhD project, which resulted in a monograph (with Brill) and two papers (see below).
“Bürokratie und koloniale Herrschaft. Das Opium Departement in Britisch Indien.” Under Review for Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften.
“‘Der Anbau von Schlafmohn bringt mir Verluste ein.’ Warum indische Bauern trotzdem Opium produzierten.” Historische Anthropologie 25,2 (2017), 233–57.
Review of A Local History of Global Capital. Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta, by Tariq Omar Ali. Princeton University Press, 2018, 272pp. Historia Agraria 78 (2019): 49–52.