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Jessica Namakkal, Assistant Professor of the Practice and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Jessica Namakkal

My current research focuses on the era, and theories, of decolonization in the 20th-century. I have researched and written about the colonial, decolonial, and postcolonial relationships between England, France, and India, paying particular attention to how the experiences of the people in the French colonies in India challenged the dominant narrative of Indian independence and the "end" of the colonial era. My research shows that the colonial borders the British constructed during their period rule in South Asia were adopted and reinforced by the Indian state, subsuming many movements for post-colonial autonomy that emerged on the ground in French India.  I also work on the question of how decolonization has shaped modern life in Western Europe, through experiences of postcolonial migrations and global tourism.  My manuscript in progress, Minor Borders: The Making of Global France and India, seeks to expand understandings of decolonization from an isolated relationship between metropole and colony to a global context. I also write about the state and sexual violence, the criminalization of colonized bodies, and the intersections of race, class, caste, and gender in the colonial and post-colonial context.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  210-C East Duke Building
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4353
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

Fall 2016

Tuesday 3 - 4:30

Education:

PhDUniversity of Minnesota2013
Ph.D.University of Minnesota, Twin Cities2012
BAUniversity of Southern California2001
Research Interests: South Asia, France, Empire, Migration, Global and Postcolonial History

My research focuses on the era, and theories, of decolonization in the 20th-century. I have researched and written about the colonial, decolonial, and postcolonial relationships between France and India, paying particular attention to how the experiences of the people in the French colonies in India challenge the dominant narrative of Indian independence and the "end" of the colonial era. I also work on the question of how decolonization has shaped modern life in Europe, through experiences of postcolonial migrations and global tourism. The manuscript I am currently working on seeks to expand understandings of decolonization from an isolated relationship between metropole and colony to a global context.


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