Book Launch: ‘Colonial Terror: Torture and State Violence in Colonial India’, by Deana Heath

Date / time: 26 May, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Book Launch: 'Colonial Terror: Torture and State Violence in Colonial India', by Deana Heath


Focusing on India between the early nineteenth century and the First World War, Colonial Terror examines the ways in which extraordinary violence was embedded in the ordinary operation of colonial states through exploring the centrality of the torture of Indian bodies to the law-preserving violence of colonial rule. Although enacted largely by Indians on Indian bodies, particularly by subaltern members of the police, Heath argues that torture was facilitated, systematized, and ultimately sanctioned by first the East India Company and then the Raj because it benefitted the colonial regime.

This book launch is organised by Susanne Knittel and Timothy Williams, through the Perpetrator Studies Network. The respondents will be Mayur Suresh, Senior Lecturer in Law at SOAS, and Radha Kumar, Assistant Professor in History at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and the discussion will be moderated by Professor Nandini Chatterjee, Exeter University.

This event will take place online, on Zoom, at 6:00 p.m. Central European time (that’s 5:00 p.m. in the U.K..). Please register via this link: