Professor Clare Anderson
Professor of History
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I am a professor of history, with interests in colonialism and colonial societies across the British Empire. I studied for an undergraduate degree in History-Sociology, and for a PhD in History, at the University of Edinburgh. I joined the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester in 1997, moving to the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick in 2007. I returned to the School of Historical Studies in 2011. My research centres on the Indian Ocean during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and I am especially interested in the history of confinement. I have worked on prisons, penal colonies, plantations, and migrant ships, and my interests also include forced labour, the history of anthropology, photography, and the body. I held an ESRC Research Fellowship between 2002 and 2006, and worked on nineteenth-century British penal settlements. Subsequently, I held the one-year Caird Senior Research Fellowship and then the two-year Sackler-Caird Research Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum. I then developed research on subaltern experiences and biographies of Indian Ocean journeying. I was PI on the ESRC funded international collaboration Integrated Histories of the Andamans (2009-13), and I am now PI on the ERC project CArchipelago (2013-18). I am a member of the British Academy Area Panel for South Asia, I have held visiting professorships on the Culture and Commerce in the Indian Ocean project, University of Technology Sydney (2009, 2011), and I am currently editor of the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.
I currently supervise students working on culture and society in British colonial Mauritius, the British legal system in treaty port China, and indigenous-settler relations in colonial Canada. I have previously supervised students working on the East India Company warehouses of London and the making of history in post-colonial Bermuda. I would be happy to take on postgraduates working across all areas of colonial and global history.
My teaching is on the history of Empire, migration and historiography.
Most Recent Publications
- (2012) Subaltern Lives: biographies of colonialism in the Indian Ocean World, 1790-1920. Cambridge University Press
- (2011) 'Introduction to Marginal Centers: Writing Life Histories in the Indian Ocean World,' Journal of Social History 45 (2): 335-344
- (2011) 'Writing Indigenous Women's Lives in the Bay of Bengal: Cultures of Empire in the Andaman Islands, 1789-1906,' Journal of Social History 45 (2): 480-449
- (2011) 'Colonization, kidnap and confinement in the Andamans penal colony, 1771-1864', Journal of Historical Geography, 37 (1), 68 - 81
- (2010) 'The transportation of Narain Sing: punishment, honour and identity from the Anglo-Sikh Wars to the Great Revolt', Modern Asian Studies, 44 (5), 1115 - 1145
- (2010) 'Empire, boundaries, and bodies: colonial tattooing practices', in A cultural history of the human body in the age of empire, Editors: Sappol, M. and Rice, S. P. Oxford: Berg