Dr. Anna Sailer

Anna Sailer is working in the DFG-project 'Modern India in German Archives' (MIDA). She completed her PhD at CeMIS (History Department) in 2016, studying the colonial jute industry in Bengal between the 1870s and the 1930s. The main concerns of her thesis include changes in the organization of work at the site of production, as well as strikes and conflicts, which emerged as a response to these changes.

Prior to her PhD, Anna Sailer studied History, History of South Asia and Sociology at the Humboldt-University, Berlin. She completed her degree with a thesis on the indologist Walther Wüst in the time of National Socialism.

Research interests

  • social history
  • history of colonization and de-colonization
  • labour history
  • history of racism and race-theories


  • 2013-2014 Göttinger Graduiertenschule für Geisteswissenschaften
  • 2013 Visiting Fellowship, German Historical Institute, London
  • 2011-2013 PhD-Scholarship, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation
  • 2010-11 Research-Scholarship, ERASMUS Mundus Programme, External Cooperation Window Lot 13 (India)


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