Bengali Oral Histories, 2006 -- 2013


Title: Bengali Oral Histories
Dates: 2006 -- 2013
Creator: Manjapra, Kris, 1979-
Call Number: MS165
Size: 200 Digital Object(s), 160 unprocessed digital object
Language(s): English Bengali  
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This collection contains oral histories, transcripts, and images recorded with senior intellectuals from West Bengal and Bangladesh who were born in the years from 1920 to c. 1950. This collection provides the opportunity to explore South Asian history in ways that problematize national and regional frames of historical analysis. Interviewees reflect on historical events from the era of freedom struggle to the rise of nation-states, including the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, and the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. Interviewees also speak about continuities, breaks and new developments in the intellectual history of the Bengal region, and of South Asia more generally from the 1920s to the 1970s. This project has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the Berger Family Digital Humanities Grant.


This collection is organized into three series: Bengali Oral Histories; Corpora; Unprocessed accessions.


Kris Manjapra (1978-) was born in Nassau, Bahamas on July 28, 1978. He joined the Tufts University history department in 2008 after completing his dissertation at Harvard in 2007 and a postdoctoral year at UCLA. At Tufts he teaches courses on South Asia and globalization, comparative anti-colonialism, South Asian and modern European intellectual history, and post-colonialism. Manjapra's research is on South Asian and German history, with a focus on transnational and post-colonial perspectives.

As co-director of the South Asia Digital Humanities Lab at Tufts, Manjapra organizes the Corpora multimedia archiving project that aims to create an indexed and federated repository of oral histories, lectures, and other educational audio-visual materials across disciplines.

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Collection History

Processing Notes

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Subjects and Genre Terms
  • Bangladesh
  • Oral history
  • Faculty research

Series Description

  1. Bengali Oral Histories, 2006 -- 2011
  2. Corpora, 2011 -- 2013
  3. Unprocessed accessions, 2010 -- 2011

    160 images

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