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Borders in Modern Asia Seminar Series


Raphaelle Khan, Harvard Asia Center and New York University

Dr. Raphaëlle Khan is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) in Paris and teaches at Sciences Po Paris. She works on the international politics of South Asia at the intersection of Global History and International Relations. Her current work focuses in particular on India’s relation to international norms and the international order, decolonization and international organizations, non-Western worldviews, and the concept of sovereignty. She also works on strategic and security issues in the Indian Ocean region and Europe-India relations.

Among her recent publications, she has co-edited a collective volume titled Theorizing Indian Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2017) and has contributed to a forthcoming volume by Cambridge University Press entitled Human Rights, Empires, and Their Ends: The New History of Human Rights and Decolonization. She is currently working on a book on India’s role in the transformation of the international order through its involvement in international fora, between the First World War and the 1960s.

Raphaëlle received a Ph.D. in History and International Relations from King’s College London, following a double Master’s degree in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining IRSEM, she was a Visiting Fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (2017) and at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi (2012).                                                 


Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University

Sugata Bose’s field of specialization is modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His books include His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011) and A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.) In A Hundred Horizons, Bose crosses area studies and disciplinary frontiers as he bridges the domains of political economy and culture. He was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997. Bose is currently writing a book titled Asia after Europe: Decline and Rise of a Continent (under contract with Harvard University Press) and working as General Editor on The Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean.

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and convened by Professor Sugata Bose; 
Co-sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University