Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Derek Llewellyn Elliott

Derek Llewellyn Elliott

  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Status: Full-time
  • Office number : 9
  • Building : 6
  • Office phone : (+212)-535-862-474
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  • After years as a professional mountain guide and expedition leader in North and South America, Derek Elliott decided to enter the university with an aim to study the economic and social inequalities he had witnessed in his travels. Graduating with an undergraduate degree in development studies and politics, he then sought to understand better the historical background of development by pursuing graduate degrees funded by the European Commission in the Economic History Department at the London School of Economics, followed by another year in Leipzig, Germany. This led him to studying colonialism, particularly its violence and methods of imposition and maintenance. These themes featured heavily in his dissertation research at the University of Cambridge, where he studied under a SSHRC doctoral fellowship from the Government of Canada, before joining the AUI faculty full-time in 2016.
  • Degree : Ph.D. (2015) in History, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Research areas and expertise : Dr. Elliott’s research concerns the impact and violence of establishing and maintaining the British Empire, with a particular focus on South Asia and the Indian Ocean. He is currently preparing two manuscripts for publication. One is a monograph examining how torture was a regularised feature of colonial India that was perpetuated through the legal regimes and structures of the Raj. The second is an edited volume under contract with the Hakluyt Society, of an early eighteenth-century diary of a Scottish surgeon detailing a series of voyages to the Indian Ocean world, and whose writings dispel notions of European exceptionalist discourse so prevalent at the time. Dr. Elliott welcomes students interested in pursuing capstone/graduate research projects that fall under the following broad headings: India, South Asia, Indian Ocean, colonialism, imperialism, postcolonial thought and theory, maritime history, political use of violence, torture.

  • Grants and honors : Henry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship | Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Doctoral Fellowship | Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship, European Commission | Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History
Book reviews: Book Reviews (2015). “Review of Naval Resistance to Britain's growing power in India, 1660-1800: The Saffron Banner and the Tiger of Mysore,” Journal of Maritime Research, 17: 2, pp. 230-232. Other Publications “Tamil Nadu Archives,” Dissertation Reviews: Fresh From the Archives, (2013). Available at . "Nehru Memorial University & Library," Dissertation Reviews: Fresh From the Archives, (2013). Available at . “National Archives of India,” Dissertation Reviews: Fresh From the Archives, (2012). Available at . Recent Conference Papers and Invited Lectures “Colonial Violence and Moral Panic: The Madras Torture Report (1855),” Séminaire violences coloniales, XIXe-XXe siècles. 9 March 2016, Centre d’histoire, Sciences Po, Paris. “Charles Handerson and the Experience of Imperial Forced Migration, c. 1825-1854,” The World of Prisons: The History of Confinement in a Global Perspective, Late 18th to Early 20th Century, 7-10 September 2016, University of Bern, Switzerland. “Sensational Violence: Torture in the Nineteenth-Century Indian Press,” 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies, 27-30 July 2016, University of Warsaw, Poland. “Violence, Revenue and the Law in Company India,” Cultures of Colonial Violence and Warfare: From Pacification to Decolonization, 11-12 September 2015, Queen Mary University, London.
Bibliography: Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals (2013). “The Politics of Capture in the Eastern Arabian Sea, c.1700-1750,” International Journal of Maritime History, 25: 2, pp. 187-198. (2009). “The Pirate and the Colonial Project: Hero of the Malabar Coast, Kanhoji Angria,” Darkmatter Journal, 5. Special Issue: Pirates & Piracy. Chapters in Edited Volumes Co-authored with Sebastian R. Prange, “Beyond Piracy: Maritime Violence and Colonial Encounters in Indian History,” in Mann, M. and I. Phaf-Rheinberger (eds.), Beyond the Line: Cultural Narratives of the Southern Seas (Berlin: Neofelis, 2014), pp. 95-120. Other Peer-Reviewed Publications “Pirates Polities and Companies: Global Politics Along the Konkan Littoral, c. 1690- 1756,” LSE Economic History Working Papers Series, No. 136. 2010.