Short CV

Aloy Buragohain works as Doctoral Research Fellow at the Darmstadt University of Technology in the project “A Global History of Technology, 1850 – 2000” which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). His current research focuses on tensions behind representations of Indian craft and technology in colonial exhibitions, and the social life of exhibits. Aloy is a native of Assam (India), and a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He was awarded a master’s degree in Development Studies in 2016 upon completion of a thesis titled “State within an Estate: A Political Economy Perspective on Tea Enterprise in Assam”. Besides History of Technology, Aloy harbours a keen interest in problems of epistemology and intellectual history. Moreover, he is eager to collaborate with other scholars (from fields across the Humanities and Social Sciences) on articles/presentations touching upon colonial exhibitions, colonial discourse analysis, and critical studies of craft.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Background

2017: Doctoral Research Fellow in the project “A Global History of Technology, 1850–2000”, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (funded by the European Research Council)

2016 – 2017: Expert Member in project to construct Museum & Study-centre at Lakhimpur, Assam

2011 – 2016: 5-year Integrated M.A. in Development Studies (concentration in Economics), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras


  • 2018: Participated in the ICOHTEC Summer School “Does Technology drive History? Theoretical Concepts and Historical Examples” held at Jean Monnet University, Saint-Étienne, France.
  • 2018: Participated at the Conference on “Generation and Dissemination of Technical Knowledge in Japan from Edo- to Meiji-Period” held at the Centre Européen d’Études Japonaises d’Alsace (CEEJA) in Alsace, France, as part of the Three-Year Research Project “From Craftsman to Engineer”.
  • 2018: Presented a paper titled “India: Going Beyond the Grand Narratives” at the 2018 ICOHTEC (International Committee for the History of Technology) Conference in Saint-Étienne, France.
  • 2015: Delivered a presentation-based lecture (titled “Insulation of Meta-Ideational Complexes from Populist Political Rivalry”) at “Ideas4TN – Sculptors of a New Era”, a mega students conclave hosted in by Arunai College of Engineering, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • 2013: Presented two Academic research papers titled “Farmer Suicides in India and Microfinance” and “Violence of Selective Identity in a Secular State: Obstacle in the Path of Human Development” respectively at two National-level Seminars sponsored by University Grants Commission (UGC), India during May and June 2013.