Nabhojeet Sen
PhD Candidate

Nabhojeet Sen

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Group
Punishment, Labor and Dependency
Adenauerallee 18–22
D-53113 Bonn


Punishment and Labor Regime
The Indian Subcontinent, 1750s–1870s

My Research looks the multiple entanglements between punishment and labour in early modern and colonial India. My project looks at this along three interrelated axis: (1) punishment of labourers, (2) labour as punishment and punitive pluralism and simultaneously looks at (3) multiple relations that emerged because of this: convict transportation, corporal and capital punishment, incarceration (penal reform), forced labour on public works and their connection with other forms of coerced labour.

By locating these at the time when the Indian subcontinent was undergoing wide range economic and social transformations and dislocations caused by the advent of colonial rule, my research questions twin liberal paradigms of labour and punishment: that multiple labour relations were replaced by wage labour and incarceration came to replace the different punitive experiences along with the march to capitalism and modernity.


  • 2019–2022                 Ph.D. in History, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2014–2017                 M.Phil. in History, Ambedkar University Delhi, India
  • 2009–2014                 B.A. and M.A. in History, University of Delhi, India 

Academic Position

  • 2019–present             Research Associate in Research Group Punishment, Labor and Dependency, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2017–2018                  Research Associate in the book project Hindu Nationalism in India: The 20th Century Journey, Vinay Sitapati, Ashoka University (Sonepat)
  • 2014–2015                  Research Associate in the Oral History Division (OHD), Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, India

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

  • Member of the Working Group Free and Unfree Labour of the European Labour History Network (ELHN)

Recent Publications

  • Book Review, Victor Bailey: The Rise and Fall of the Rehabilitative Ideal, 1895–970. In: International Review of Social History, 64(3), December 2019, (Routledge: London, 557–559.
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