Vidhya Raveendranathan

Email: vr1081@nyu.edu

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Vidhya Raveendranathan is a doctoral fellow at the Centre for Global Asia and her dissertation titled Fabricating labour in the Port City of Madras. c 1780-1840 examines how the port city in contrast to the historically contained spatial units such as the factory, ship or the plantation emerged as the key site for the growth of modern labour relations. Taking into account the interaction of heterogeneous groups of labour navigating the quays, beach, markets, streets and households, the thesis shows how port cities became the epicentre for various colonial projects to legally constitute, classify and calibrate a whole range of labour relations. Prior to joining the Center for Global Asia, her research was funded by the German Research Council, the German Historical Institute fellowships and the European Research Council stipendiums in Goettingen and Berlin. She completed her Master’s and MPhil degrees at the History Department of Delhi University. Vidhya has also published articles in journals such as the History Compass, Transfers, and Journal of Mobility Studies, and has co-authored pieces for the news online portal called the Wire. She has also contributed a book chapter to an edited volume by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Rana Behal entitled, The Vernacularisation of Labour Politics (Tulika Books, Delhi, 2016). She is also currently editing a forthcoming special issue on port cities in the Indian Ocean for the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies.

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