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Nabhojeet Sen

Doctoral Researcher

Nabhojeet SenUniversity of Bonn 

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

Genscherallee 2

D-53113 Bonn


E-Mail: nsen[at]




My Research looks the multiple entanglements between punishment and labour in early modern and colonial India. The Projects looks at this along three interrelated axis- punishment of labourers, labour as punishment and punitive pluralism and simultaneously looks at 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 & modernity.


  • 2009-2014: BA and MA in History, University of Delhi, India

    2014- 2017: MPhil in History, Ambedkar University Delhi, India

Academic Positions

  • 2014-2015: Research Associate in Oral History Division (OHD), Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi
  • 2017-2018: Research Associate in the book project “Hindu Nationalism in India: The 20th Century Journey”, Vinay Sitapati, Ashoka University (Sonepat) 

Additional Academic Activites

Member of the working group Free and Unfree Labour of the European Labour History Network (ELHN).

Paper Presentations

  • ‘Cost of Punishment or the Price of Labour?: Convict Labour in India, c. 1830-1860’, presented at the IV Seminario Internacional Mundos Do Trabalho/ VIII Jornada Nacional de Historia do Trabalho, Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), Brazil, 22-25 November 2016.
  • ‘Cost of Labour or the Price of Punishment: Convict Worker in India, c. 1820-1860’, presented at the annual Research Scholars Workshop at Department of History, University of Delhi, 6-8 March 2017
  • ‘Cost of Production or the Price of Punishment: a study of convict labour regime in India, c. 1830- 1870’, presented at the annual Young Scholars Conference, organised by the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 9-11 March 2017.
  • ‘Coercion, Commodification and Transformation: The Convict Worker in India, c. 1820-1860’ at the UGC-SAP National Seminar on Culture, Commerce and Empire: Exploring the Coromandel Coast’ Pondicherry University, 8-9 February 2017.
  • ‘Labour, Punishment and Reform in India: Convict Labour Regime, c. 1820-1870’, presented at Ambedkar University Delhi- Indiana University, Bloomington joint symposium cum workshop, Ambedkar University Delhi, Kashmere Gate, 11-12 August, 2017.
  • ‘Incarceration, Labour and Pedagogy of Punishment: Working inside Prisons in Colonial India, c. 1820s-1870s’, presented at the Global Prison Conference, organised by Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg, 16-18 November, 2017.
  • ‘Histories of Work and Transnational connections: Punishment, Labour and Reform in Colonial Asia and Africa’, to be presented at ICAS conference: Africa- Asia ‘A New Axis of Knowledge’ Second Edition, University of Dar Es Salam, Tanzania on 20-22 September, 2018.
  • ‘Resistance, Subversion and Labour: Prison Riots in Colonial India, 1830s-1870s’, to be presented at Workshop- Riot as a Global Political Concept, Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales (IDAES), Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Argentina on 25-26 October, 2018.

Courses Attended

  • Attended course on “Research Methods in Labour Studies’, organised by V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, 14-25 September, 2015 at the Institute’s campus, Noida (India).
  • Attended Course on Methods in Historical Research in Labour, organised by V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, 11-15 September, 2017 at the Institute’s campus, Noida (India).

Conferences/ Lectures Organised

  • Played a key role in organizing a yearlong weekly/fortnightly lecture series entitled “Social and Methodological Concerns of History: Topical Concerns of History in Our Times” with Ambedkar University Delhi, during 2014-2015.

Research Experience

  • Worked as Research Associate, Oral History Division (OHD), Nehru Memorial Museum and Library between August, 2014- July, 2015.




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