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Publications of Jessica Namakkal    :chronological  alphabetical  combined listing:

%% Books   
   Author = {Namakkal, J},
   Title = {Unsettling Utopia The Making and Unmaking of French
   Pages = {256 pages},
   Year = {2021},
   Month = {June},
   ISBN = {0231197691},
   Abstract = {After India achieved independence from the British in 1947,
             France retained control of five scattered territories until
   Key = {fds356361}

%% Journal Articles   
   Author = {Bray, M and Namakkal, J and Riccò, G and Roubinek,
   Title = {Editors’ introduction},
   Journal = {Radical History Review},
   Volume = {2020},
   Number = {138},
   Pages = {1-9},
   Year = {2020},
   Month = {January},
   url = {},
   Doi = {10.1215/01636545-8359223},
   Key = {fds352384}

   Author = {Namakkal, J},
   Title = {Decolonizing marriage and the family: The lives and letters
             of Ida, benoy, and Indira sarkar},
   Journal = {Journal of Women'S History},
   Volume = {31},
   Number = {2},
   Pages = {124-147},
   Publisher = {Project Muse},
   Year = {2019},
   Month = {January},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {This article takes up the issue of interracial marriage and
             interracial families during the time of decolonization to
             argue that, despite continued knowledge production on
             interracial social formations, interracial subjects continue
             to be obscured and marginalized in histories of
             decolonization, anticolonialism, and postcolonial nation
             making. Working with subjects from India and Austria, this
             article follows the trajectories of one family-in-the-making
             as the wars in Europe and anticolonial agitation in South
             Asia pushed them to come together in transit to the United
             States, marry in Germany, have a daughter in Italy, and
             settle in Calcutta. This article argues that in order to
             delink these subjects from the gender, racial, and caste
             norms of their historical time period, we need to take a
             decolonial approach that deconstructs coloniality and
             prioritizes the “pluriverse,” or ability to transcend
             state-based and colonial categories.},
   Doi = {10.1353/jowh.2019.0017},
   Key = {fds343798}

   Author = {Namakkal, J},
   Title = {The Terror of Decolonization: Exploring French India’s
             “Goonda Raj”},
   Journal = {Interventions International Journal of Postcolonial
   Volume = {19},
   Number = {3},
   Pages = {338-357},
   Publisher = {Informa UK Limited},
   Year = {2017},
   Month = {April},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {The colonial archives are filled with documents detailing
             incidents of arson, beatings, shootings, robberies and
             harassment that occurred along the contours of the numerous
             borders that separated French India from India following the
             departure of the British in 1947. The framing of these years
             as a period of terror wrought by “goondas” covered an
             underlying anxiety about the future of the nation-state and
             national citizenship at the moment of decolonization. India,
             though a newly independent nation-state, was in the midst of
             convincing an enormous body of diverse peoples, including
             the still separate Princely States, as well as the
             Portuguese possessions, that they should come together under
             one national flag. The notion that a group of people,
             ostensibly ethnic Indians, would choose, by a vote mandated
             by the constitution of the French Fourth Republic, to be a
             part of the French Union instead of merging with India was a
             real possibility that the Indian government took very
             seriously. This essay argues both France and India used a
             language of terror and fear and constructed the figure of
             the goonda as the Other of democracy to undermine the
             referendum and associated decolonial movements that
             questioned the inevitability of state-based
   Doi = {10.1080/1369801X.2016.1231586},
   Key = {fds318248}

   Author = {Namakkal, J},
   Title = {European dreams, Tamil land: Auroville and the paradox of a
             postcolonial Utopia},
   Journal = {Journal of the Study of Radicalism},
   Volume = {6},
   Number = {1},
   Pages = {59-88},
   Publisher = {Johns Hopkins University Press},
   Year = {2012},
   Month = {January},
   url = {},
   Doi = {10.1353/jsr.2012.0006},
   Key = {fds241923}

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