Kelli Kobor (Alexandria, Virginia)
submitted: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 13:38:39 -0500
Kelli M. Kobor, PhD
2611 Foundry Way, #102
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Affiliation: May 1998 graduate (Ph.D. in History), Duke University
Description of work:
Dissertation: "Orientalism, the Construction of Race, and the Politics
of Identity in British India, 1800-1930." My focus is on the interplay
between Indology, race-theory (especially related to Aryan and Dravidian
consciousness), and socio-political movements in colonial-era South
Asia. A central argument is that Orientalism's most enduring legacy has
been the reinforcement and legitimation of pre-colonial
ethnic/regional/"racial" divisions among South Asians.
Current projects: Revising and expanding dissertation for publication.
I am especially interested in the relationship between Indology and
Hindu Nationalism in contemporary, BJP-led India.
Interests: Colonial and post-colonial South Asian cultural,
intellectual, political history; Orientalist theory; Aryan and Dravidian
ideologies; history of archaeology, anthropology, linguistics in South
Asia; comparative imperialisms.