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Benjamin Zachariah, Dr.

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Benjamin Zachariah, Dr.

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  • Research fellow

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Über Benjamin Zachariah

Research interests and areas:

Transnational revolutionary networks. Global fascisms. The Cold War and decolonization. Historical theory and the historiography of postcolonialism. The world wars and interwar political movements. The intellectual history of ‘development’ in its late colonial, postcolonial and Cold War contexts. Political rhetoric and standards of political legitimacy; global movements of ideas. Nationalisms and constructions of identity in the colonial and postcolonial world; the political economy of imperialism and the post-war Commonwealth; international connections among socialists; sectarian conflicts in colonial South Asia; the social and intellectual history of South Asia.

https://uni-heidelberg.academia.edu/BenjaminZachariah

 

Lebenslauf

Education after school:

Presidency College, University of Calcutta, 1990-1993;

Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 1994-1999.


Qualifications:

  • PhD, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, 1999.

Thesis title: ‘Beyond Economics: Ideas of Developing India, c. 1930-1950’, supervised by Professor Geoffrey Hawthorn. Examiners: Professor CA Bayly, Professor Sudipta Kaviraj.


  • MPhil, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, 1995.


  • BA (Honours), History, Presidency College, University of Calcutta, 1993.

First Class, ranked first in the University of Calcutta.

Subsidiary subjects:

Philosophy

English literature



Academic appointments:

  • Senior Research Fellow, Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe’, Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, July 2012-present

  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations Professor of South Asian History, Institut für Orientalistik, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, October 2013-March 2014

  • Professor of History, Presidency University, Calcutta, August 2012-June 2013

  • Reader in South Asian History, Department of History, University of Sheffield, 2008-2012

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in International History, Department of History, University of Sheffield, 2001-2008

  • Senior Research Fellow, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, 2008-2012.

  • Visiting Professor, Indian Ocean Studies, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, November 2009-February 2010

  • Visiting Professor of Intellectual History, Heidelberg University, Summer Semester 2009, on the programme ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’

  • Senior Research Fellow, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, August 2001

  • Lecturer in History, Department of Cultural Studies, University of East London, January 2000-July 2001

  • Lecturer and Tutor in History, University of Sussex, January-May 2001, and January-March 1998

  • Tutor in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1999-2000

  • Visiting Professor, Presidency College, Calcutta, 1996-2011

  • Lecturer in History, St Xavier’s College, Calcutta, 1993



    Doctoral students:

    Matthew Carnell, PhD (Sheffield University) on Indian foreign relations, decolonisation and Asian Cold War politics. Completed 2012.


    William Avis, PhD (Sheffield University) on (sub)-national identity formation and internal colonialism in the northeast of India. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). Completed 2011.



    Research grants:

    Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (German Research Council) project on ‘Educating the Internationalist: framing political pamphlets in India between the wars’, 2012-2015, as part of the project ‘Frames and Framings in Transcultural Interactions’, at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’, Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University.


    Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Germany (Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Germany), grant, 2008-2012, based at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies), Berlin, for the continuation of the project onIndian Exiles in Germany


    British Academy Small Grant: £7500 over two years, for beginning the Indian Exiles in Germany project.


    Arts and Humanities Research Council UK research leave, second semester, 2005-6.



    Professional activities:

  • I have been referee for international funding bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, and for research institutions such as the Historisches Kolleg, München. My regular professional duties include acting as referee for a wide range of journals of an interdisciplinary and area studies-related nature such as Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Asian Studies, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Technology and Culture, Third World Quarterly, as well as for journals of a more directly historical nature.

  • I continue to referee work for international publishers, including the University of California Press, Berkeley, Chicago University Press, Yale University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Palgrave, and Hurst.I have supervised PhD candidates to successful completion, and have also been on examination committees for PhD candidates.

  • I have been invited to cross-disciplinary conferences, and to participate in discussions outside my discipline.
  • I was involved in Britain in the setting up of the network of scholars, ‘South Asian Studies in the North’ (SASIN), which now runs regular seminars and workshops.

  • I am a member and co-founder of a group on South Asia and transnational networks that includes academics from India, Pakistan, the Netherlands, the United States, Britain and Germany.


Keynote, Named and Memorial Lectures:

  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations Professorial Lecture, 29th January 2014: ‘Towards a More Inclusive Understanding of Fascism: Perspectives from India’, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg.

  • Keynote Address, 'Nationalisms and How to Survive Them: Notes on a Long and Circular Debate', seminar series on ‘Alternative Nationalisms in India’, Oxford University Seminar on Modern South Asian History, 4th November 2008.

  • Paradigms Lost, Paradigms Regained? The Impossibility of Nationalism and the Lost Histories of Internationalism’, Kuruvilla Zachariah Memorial Lecture, Presidency College, Calcutta, February 14, 2006.



As Invited Speaker:

  • Paper, ‘The Limits of the Postcolonial’, at University of California Irvine, 21 April 2014.

  • Paper, ‘Towards a non-Eurocentric understanding of fascism: Indian perspectives’, at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), Columbia University, New York, 10 April 2014.

  • Paper, ‘Reframing “India” in Exile: The Excentricities of Peripheral Vision and
    a View from the Centre’,
    at the Department of History, Columbia University, New York, 8 April 2014. Sponsored by the Center for International History, MESAAS, and the South Asia Institute, Columbia University.

  • Paper, ‘The Invention of Hinduism for National Use’, Jawaharlal Nehru University Forum for Mutual Learning, 15 March 2014

  • Paper, ‘Har Dayal and the Origins of the Ghadr Movement, or the Accidental Encounters of Itinerant Indians’, at the conference on The Ghadar Movement in the Context of the Freedom Struggle in the Punjab’, organised by the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi, the Institute of Punjab Studies, Chandigarh and Panjab University, Chandigarh, held in Chandigarh, 6-8 March 2014

  • Paper, ‘Theatres of War: Rhetoric and Politics among Indian Exiles and Emigres during the First World War’, at the conference on ‘War, Words and the World: Re-presenting the Great War’, organised by the Centre of Advanced Study in English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, 25-27 February 2014.

  • Paper, 18th December 2013: ‘Biography, autobiography and a history of Calcutta’, Orientalisches Seminar, South Asia section, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg.

  • Paper, ‘The Invention of Hinduism for National Use’, conference on “Putative Purities: Transcultural Dimensions of Master Narratives Religion”, Heidelberg University, 16-18 December 2013.

  • Paper, ‘Indian Engagements with Italian Fascism and German Nazism in the 1930s’, at the conference on “South Asia and the Long 1930s: Appropriations and Afterlives”, Leiden University, 5-7 December 2013.

  • Paper, ‘The Developmental Imagination and the Nehruvian State in India’ presented at the conference “Contemporary India: Challenges and Prospects”, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, 7-8 October 2013

  • Paper, ‘Nazi-Hunting in India on the Eve of the Second World War’, at the conference ‘An Imperial World at War: The British Empire, 1939-1945’, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 21st-22nd September 2013.

  • Paper, ‘And What Do They Know Of India Who Only India Know? Indian Exiles And The Travelling Of Ideas In The Interbellum Years Of The 20th Century’, Jadavpur University Department of History, 3rd September 2013

  • Paper, ‘Falling Into a Brown Study: National Socialism and völkisch Nationalism in its Indian Avatar’, at the conference "Philosophy and Science: Indo-German Dialogues and Dimensions", jointly organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, 11-13 July 2013.

  • Paper, ‘Playing the Nation Game’, Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ljubljana, 3 April 2013.

  • Paper on ‘culture’ and the Communist Party of Great Britain’s Historians’ group, at the workshop on “Social History and Marxist Practice: An Appraisal of British Historiography” at the Department of History, Calcutta University, March 8, 2013.

  • Paper, 'Science, Nationalism and the State: Reflections on an Intimate and Troubled Relationship' at the workshop on “Concepts, Theories and Practices: The Changing Relationship between Science, State and Society”, at the Indian Institute for Advanced Study, Shimla, 26-27 November 2012.

  • Paper on Jawaharlal Nehru and Afro-Asian solidarity, conference on the Afro-Asian Movement, Concordia University and McGill University, Montreal, 23-24 March 2012

  • Paper, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, January 10, 2012, on 'The Developmental Imagination in India, c. 1946-1965'.

  • Conference at the Asiatic Society, Calcutta, December 21-22 2011, on the occasion of the centenary of Marie Curie's second Nobel Prize, invited speaker, paper on science, nationalism and the state.

  • 'Lives in Motion: Indian Exiles in Germany Between the Wars', paper presented as invited speaker, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies Modern South Asia Seminar Series, 24 November 2011.

  • Workshop, 'Postcolonial Dialogues', University of Amsterdam, International Institute for Asian Studies and SEPHIS, Amsterdam, 21-22 November 2011, invited discussant.

  • Workshop, University of Copenhagen, 'Measuring the Muslim', 2-4 November 2011, invited discussant.

  • Conference, 'Dag Hammarskjold and the End of Empire', Institute of Historical Research London, 1-2 September 2011, paper presented on Indian foreign policy and the Congo crisis.

  • Paper presented to the Calcutta Research Group, Calcutta, March 31, 2011, on the death and revival of postcolonial theory.

  • Workshop, 'Science and State in Modern Asia', Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, 2-3 December 2010. Paper on 'Science, Technology and the Developmental Imagination in India'.

  • Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 1-3 2010, 'Writing Post-National Histories'. Paper, 'Nationalism(')s Without'.

  • Workshop, SFB (Sonderforschungsbereich) 640, October 25, 2010, Humboldt University, Berlin, on 'Bildung und Arbeit Peronismus/ indischer Unabhängigkeitsbewegung'. Discussant.

  • Heidelberg Summer School on 'moving ideas', July 28th, 2010: Paper, 'The Promise and the Threat of a Multilingual, Transnational and Interclass History of Ideas'

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi: February 26th, 2010. Workshop, jointly held with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Paper on transcultural histories of ideas.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, February 25th , 2010, on eugenics and the developmental imagination in India.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, February 17th, 2010, on Indian nationalisms, exclusion and state ideologies.

  • Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, workshop on 'historical biography', February 11-13, 2010. Paper on (auto)biography, nationalism and national hagiography.

  • Chair and discussant, Muslim Institute, Calcutta, conference on 'the role of Muslims in the freedom struggle'. 5th February, 2010.

  • Calcutta Research Group, Calcutta, January 14th, 2010: talk on 'Development, government and the Nehru era'.

  • 'The Invention of Hinduism for Political Use', presented at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, December 1st, 2008.

  • 'The Anti-Nationalism of Jawaharlal Nehru', presented on 12th November 2008 at the conference on 'The Nehruvian Legacy in a Neo-Liberal Era', Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, 12-14 November 2008.

  • Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, workshop on the Indian Ocean, November 30th -December 3rd, 2009. Paper on 'travelling ideas'.

  • Conference: 'Transfers in Dispute', Humboldt University, Berlin and ZMO Berlin (SFB 640), November 26th-28th, 2009, paper on fascism in India.



Conferences and workshops organised:

  • Panel organiser and convenor, ‘The Longue Durée of Intellectual History’, British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) conference, Royal Holloway College, University of London, April 2-4, 2014.

  • Co-organiser (with Dr Lorenz Lüthi, McGill University, Montreal), conference on “The Sino-Indian Border War Fifty Years On”, December 14-15 2012, hosted by National Archives of India, New Delhi.

  • Organiser and chair, workshop, 'Ideas, Ideologies and Intellectual Histories: Problems of Methodology and Sources', with Professor Javed Majeed, Professor Dhruv Raina, Professor Joachim Kurtz, and Dr David Mervart, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin, 18 February 2011.

  • Organiser, workshop on 'the “Maoists” in India'. ZMO, Berlin, November 9th, 2010.

  • Organiser, workshop on global, transnational and international histories of South Asia, ZMO, Berlin, 3rd August, 2010.

  • Panel organiser and convenor, 'Interbellum Internationalisms and South Asia', European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Bonn, 26th -29th July 2010.

  • Co-organiser of the conference on 'Out of Place or Belonging? Exile, Hijra, Community', 30th June-2nd July 2010, ZMO Berlin.

  • Madison, Wisconsin: Annual Conference on South Asia, October 22-25, 2009: panel organiser, panel on 'The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds and World Views in the 1920s and 30s'.

  • 'India and the World from the Great War to the Cold War', workshop at Temple University, Philadelphia, October 21, 2009.

  • Panel organised at the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) conference, Edinburgh, 30 March-2 April 2009.



Recent conference papers:

  • Paper, ‘Chasing an idea’, for the panel The Longue Durée of Intellectual History’, British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) conference, Royal Holloway College, University of London, April 2-4, 2014.

  • Paper, ‘The Developmental Imagination and India’, for the panel “Planning (and) the Market: Revisiting Development and State in South Asia 50 Years after Nehru's Passing”, American Historical Association (AHA) conference, 2-5 January 2014

  • Paper, ‘Meerut and a Hanging: “Young India”, Progress and Popular Socialism, c. 1928-31’ (with Franziska Roy), panel on “the Meerut Conspiracy Case in International Perspective” at the International Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin, 17-19 October 2013

  • Paper, ‘Playing the Nation Game in India: The Invention of Hinduism for National Use’, panel on ‘Religiöse Pluralität als Herausforderung für Religionen und Politik’, Deutscher Orientalistentag (DOT), Münster 23rd-27th September 2013.

  • Paper, ‘The Indian State and the Meanings of China, c. 1946-64’, at the conference on “The Sino-Indian Border War Fifty Years On”, December 14th-15th, 2012.

  • Paper, ‘Mobilizing National Forces: Volunteers, Civil Defence and National Unity in India, 1962’ (with Franziska Roy), at the conference on “The Sino-Indian Border War Fifty Years On”, December 14th-15th, 2012.

  • Conference, Deutsche Arbeitsgesellschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO), Berlin, 6-9 October 2011, paper presented on the reification of 'Muslims' (co-authored with Katrin Bromber)

  • International Conference of Critical Geographers, Frankfurt, 19th August 2011, paper presented on peripheralisation in the north-east of India and the Nehruvian developmental state.

  • Chair and discussant, European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH) conference, London School of Economics, April 15, 2011, London, panel on development,

  • Paper, Hyderabad University Conference on 'Social Exclusion', March 25, 2011: 'Three Models of “Development” and Their Exclusions'.

  • 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences, Amsterdam 22nd-28th August 2010: panel 'Towards a World History', paper on 'India and the Developmental Imagination'.

  • Panel organiser and convenor, 'Interbellum Internationalisms and South Asia', European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Bonn, 26th-29th July 2010. Paper on Indian exiles in Berlin.

  • WOCMES (World Conference on Middle Eastern Studies), Barcelona, July 19th-24th, 2010, panel on 'Hyperrealities', chair and discussant.

  • Co-organiser of the conference on 'Out of Place or Belonging? Exile, Hijra, Community', 30th June-2nd July 2010, ZMO Berlin. Paper on Indian exiles in Germany.



Languages spoken and read:

English, German, Bengali (fluent);

Hindi (proficient);

Dutch, Italian, French (reading knowledge).



Scholarships, Honours and Prizes:

On the final shortlist for the Gladstone Prize for the best first book by a historian, for Nehru (London: Routledge, 2004).

External Research Studentship, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1994-1998

Honorary Studentship, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, 1994-1998

Overseas Research Studentship, UK, 1994-1998.

Kuruvilla Zachariah Memorial Prize for History, Presidency College, Calcutta, 1993



Membership of Professional Associations:

Member, British Association of South Asian Studies

Member, European Association of South Asian Studies

Fellow, Cambridge Commonwealth Society

Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland



Selected public communications



Courses taught (a selection):

Undergraduate history courses:

  • Introduction to World Histories (first year)

  • The Making of the Twentieth Century (first year)

  • Nation and Empire: the emergence of imperial Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries (first year)

  • Imperialism and Resistance in South Asia, c. 1885-1947 (second year)

  • Modern Historiography (second year)

  • The Invention of Hinduism, c. 1760-2000 (third year).

  • War, Decolonisation and Independence in India, 1939-1950 (third year)

  • Gandhi: The Limits of Non-Violence (third year)

  • The Uses of History (third year)

  • Nationalist Movements in Africa and Asia (third year)

  • End of Empire: British society and culture 1945-1968 (third year).


Postgraduate history courses:

  • Nehru and the ‘Nehruvian state

  • Decolonisation, Development and the Cold War


Undergraduate interdisciplinary courses

  • ‘Societies in Development', on sociological theories of development of European and non-European societies (first year)

  • Colonialism, Culture and Resistance’, on the impact of European colonialism on subject societies (second year)

  • ‘An International History of the State’, on histories and theories of the state (second year)

  • International relations between the two world wars (second year)

  • Theories of Development’ (second year)

  • 'The Political Economy of Development in South Asia' (third year)


Postgraduate interdisciplinary courses

  • 'European Representations of Asia and Africa'

  • Empire and Images’, on the imperial imagination in art, history and literature


Earlier papers presented (a selection):

  • 'Anticolonial Nationalisms: The Case of India', presented at the international workshop on 'Security, State and Subject Formation', University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, October 26-27, 2007.

  • Modernity and its Emptiness: Some Indian Discussions from the First Half of the Last Century’, presented at the Colloquium on ‘An Indian Modern: Politics, Culture, Political Cultures’ at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, 19th-20th April 2007

  • 'The Limitations of the "Nehruvian": Politics and Legitimation in India, c. 1939-1964', presented at the conference ‘Beyond Independence: South Asia, 1947-1977’, Royal Holloway, University of London, 11-12 April 2007.

  • ‘1857 in the Nationalist Imagination’, presented at the conference on ‘The Uprisings of 1857-58’ at the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Calcutta, 21-22 March 2007.

  • ‘Anticolonial Nationalisms and the Authentic Voice’, presented at the Postcolonialism Seminar, University of Newcastle, 22 November 2006, and at the Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics, 24 November 2006.

  • ‘Rethinking (the absence of) Fascism in India, c. 1922-1945’, presented at Heidelberg University at a conference on ‘Exchanges of Ideas and Culture between South Asia and Central Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’, at Harvard and Heidelberg Universities, October 28 & 29, 2005 and October 27 & 28, 2006.

  • India 1956: Nehru, Suez, and Public Opinion’, presented at the conference on ‘1956: Year of Crisis’, at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto, 27-30 September 2006.

  • The Impossibility of Nationalism: History and Historiography in India’, presented at the Postcolonial Theory seminar, Oxford University, 4 May 2006.

  • Histories of ideas of development in India’, presented at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, February 27, 2006.

  • ‘The Impossibility of Nationalism’, presented at the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism seminar, London School of Economics, November 16, 2005.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru as anti-nationalist’, presented at the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada, October 17, 2005.

  • ‘Decentring Nationalism in Indian History and Historiography’, presented at the South Asian History Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, January 25, 2005.

  • ‘The Chemistry of a Bengali Life: Acharya/Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray in his Times and Places’, presented at the Sociological Studies Conference, Munich, October 6, 2004.

  • The “Masses” and the Making of the Myth of the Benign State in India’, presented at the panel on ‘Empires, Nationalisms and the Containment of Labour in South Asia: Historical and Contemporary Issues’, presented at the European Association of Modern South Asian Studies Conference in Lund, Sweden, July 6-9 2004.

  • ‘The (Un)Importance of Being Jawaharlal’, presented at the South Asia Seminar, Edinburgh University, February 27 2004.

  • The Problem of Authenticity in Indian Nationalism: Some Post-Theoretical Prejudices’. Paper presented on 15 October, 2003 at the Postcolonialism seminar, University of Leicester.

  • ‘In Search of Authenticity: The Bengali's Quest for His History and the Imperial Audience’ Paper presented on September 28, 2002 at the conference on ‘Looking at the Coloniser’, Martin Luther Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, September 26-29, 2002.

  • ‘Development as Legitimation: Roots, c. 1930-1950’. Paper presented on August 2, 2002 at the Zakir Hussain Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

  • 'Idioms of Political Legitimacy in Late Colonial India: the Place of "Development"'. Paper presented on May 2, 2001 at the South Asia Seminar, School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex.

  • ‘Issues in Writing a Biography of Jawaharlal Nehru’. Paper presented on October 11, 2000 at the South Asia Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

  • ‘The Chemistry of a Bengali Life: Synthesising the Life of Acharya/Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray’. Paper presented on September 7, 2000 to the panel ‘Beyond Identity’ at the European Association of Modern South Asian Studies Conference, Edinburgh, September 5-9, 2000.

  • ‘Development as National Discipline, c. 1930-1950’. Paper presented on 24 August, 2000 at the History Seminar, Department of History, Calcutta University.

  • ‘The Good White Man Revisited: The “Late Colonial State” and “Development” in India’. Paper presented on 18 August, 2000 at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.

  • ‘Problems of Reading Sources in Writing the Intellectual History of South Asia’. Paper presented on 19 July, 2000 at the Department of History, Presidency College, Calcutta.

  • ‘British and Indian Ideas of Development: Decoding Political Conventions in the Late Colonial State’. Paper presented on October 29, 1999 at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar, at the conference on the Late Colonial State organised by the Institute for the History of European Expansion, Leiden University, October 29-30, 1999.

  • ‘Gandhism’s “Economic” Avatar: JC Kumarappa and the Philosophy of the Village Industries Association’. Paper presented on March 2, 1999 at the History Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

  • ‘Beyond Economics: “Development” as Socialism, Science and National Discipline in India, c. 1930-1950’. Paper presented on February 18, 1999 at the South Asia Seminar, University of Edinburgh.

  • ‘Social Contexts of “Economic Development”: India, c. 1930-1950’. Paper presented on January 22, 1998 at the Commonwealth and Overseas History Seminar, Cambridge; and on February 26, 1998 at the Seminar in Contemporary South Asia, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford.

  • ‘Interpreting Gandhi: JC Kumarappa, Modernity and the East’. Paper presented on February 1, 1997 at the Annual Cultural Studies Workshop of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, held in Gwalior, February 1-5, 1997.

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Publications:

Books:

The Alchemy of a Life: Acharya/Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray (with Dhruv Raina) (Delhi: Routledge, forthcoming, 2015)


Gandhi (London: Routledge, forthcoming, 2015)


Playing the Nation Game: The Ambiguities of Nationalism in India (Delhi: Yoda, 2011)


Developing India: an Intellectual and Social History, c. 1930-1950 (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005).

(2nd (paperback) edition Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.)


Nehru (London: Routledge, 2004).


Edited volume:

The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds and World Views (with Ali Raza and Franziska Roy) (Delhi: Sage, 2014).


Articles in refereed journals:

‘A Voluntary Gleichschaltung? Indian perspectives towards a non-Eurocentric understanding of fascism’, Transcultural Studies, December 2014.


‘Meerut and a Hanging: “Young India”, Popular Socialism and the Dynamics of Imperialism’ (with Franziska Roy), Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Vol. 33, No. 3 (2013), pp. 360-377.


'A Long, Strange Trip: The Lives in Exile of Har Dayal', South Asian History and Culture Vol. 4, No. 4 (2013), pp. 574-592.


'To Take Arms Across a Sea of Trouble: The 'Lascar system', Politics and Agency in the 1920s' (with Ali Raza), Itinerario Vol. 36, No. 3 (December 2012), pp. 19-38.


'The Indian State, Nehruvian (Anti-)Nationalism and the Question of Belonging', Contemporary Perspectives Vol. 3, No.2 (July-December 2009), pp. 181-204.


‘Responses to empire: “Indian” perspectives from the twentieth century’, Zeithistorische Forschungen 1/2006, pp. 14-33.

 

‘Rewriting Imperial Mythologies: The Strange Case of Penderel Moon’, South Asia vol. 24 No. 2 (December 2001), pp. 53-72.


‘Uses of Scientific Argument: The Case of “Development” in India, c. 1930-1950’, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XXXVI No. 39 (September 29, 2001), pp. 3689-3702.


‘British and Indian Ideas of “Development”: Decoding Political Conventions in the Late Colonial State’, Itinerario 1999/3-4, pp. 162-209.


‘“A Great Destiny”: The British Colonial State and the Advertisement of Post-War Reconstruction in India, 1942-45’, South Asia Research 19, 1 (1999), pp. 71-100 (with Sanjoy Bhattacharya).


‘The Development of Professor Mahalanobis’, review article, Economy and Society Vol. 26 No. 3 (August 1997), pp. 434-444.


Other journal articles:

Gandhi,

Non-Violence and Indian Independence’, History

Review,

Issue

69, March 2011, pp. 30-35.


Politics, historiography and the historical imagination: perspectives from India’, Xenopoliana XI, 1-2, 2003, pp. 96-104.


In books:

‘India: The Road to the First Five-Year Plan’, in Sekhar Bandyopadhyay (ed), Decolonization and the Politics of Transition in South Asia (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, forthcoming).


‘In Pursuit of Moving Ideas: Notes on the Chase’, in Joachim Kurtz and Martin Hofmann (ed), Knowledge On the Move (forthcoming).


'Introduction: The Internationalism of the Moment: South Asia and the Contours of the Interwar World' (with Ali Raza and Franziska Roy), in Ali Raza, Franziska Roy and Benjamin Zachariah (ed), The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds and World Views (Delhi: Sage, forthcoming, 2014).


'Internationalisms in the Interwar Years: The Travelling of Ideas', in Ali Raza, Franziska Roy and Benjamin Zachariah (ed), The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds and World Views (Delhi: Sage, forthcoming, 2014).


‘Indian Political Activities in Germany, 1914-1945’, in Joanne Miyang Cho, Eric Kurlander and Douglas T McGetchin (ed), Transcultural Encounters Between Germany and India: Kindred Spirits in the 19th and 20th Centuries (New York: Routledge, 2013), pp. 141-154.


'Postcolonial Theory and History' in Nancy Partner and Sarah Foot (ed), Sage Handbook of Historical Theory (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2013), pp. 378-396.


'Developmentalism and its Exclusions: Peripheries and Unbelonging in Independent India', in Andrea Fischer-Tahir & Matthias Naumann (ed), Peripheralization: The social production of spatial dependency and regional decline (Berlin, VS-Verlag, 2012), pp. 55-76.


'Jawaharlal Nehru o tnar bharatrashtra' in Parimal Ghosh (ed), Amader adhunikatar koyekti dik (Calcutta: Setu, 2012), pp. 121-154 [in Bengali]


'The Nehruvian State, the Developmental Imagination, Nationalism and Government', in Ranabir Samaddar and Suhit K Sen (ed), Political Transition and Development Imperatives in India (Delhi: Routledge, 2012), pp. 53-85


'On Not Understanding the Stranger: Histories, Collective Victimhood and the Futility of Postcolonialism', in Barbara Weber, Karlfriedrich Herb, Eva Marsal, Takara Dobashi and Petra Schweitzer (ed), Cultural Politics and Identity: the Public Space of Recognition (Berlin: Lit, 2011), pp. 101-116.


'Transfers, Formations, Transformations? Some Programmatic Notes on Fascism in India, c. 1922-1938', in Jörg Feuchter, Friedhelm Hoffmann and Bee Yun (ed), Cultural Transfers in Dispute: Representations in Asia, Europe and the Arab World since the Middle Ages (Frankfurt: Campus, 2011), pp. 167-192.


‘The Creativity of Destruction: Wartime Imaginings of Development and Social Policy, c. 1942-1946’, in Heike Liebau et al (ed), The World in the World Wars (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 547-578.


Rethinking (the Absence of) Fascism in India, c.1922-1945’, in Sugata Bose and Kris Manjapra (ed), Cosmopolitan Thought Zones: South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 178-209.


‘Anti-colonial nationalisms: the case of India’, in Anna Yeatman and Magdalena Zolkos (ed), State, Security and Subject Formation (New York: Continuum, 2010), pp. 133-156.


‘1857 in the Nationalist Imagination’, in Subhas Ranjan Chakraborty (ed), Uprisings of 1857: Perspectives and Peripheries (Calcutta: The Asiatic Society, 2009), pp. 107-140.


‘Residual nationalism and the Indian (radical?) intellectual: On indigenism, authenticity and the coloniser’s presents’, in Debraj Bhattacharya (ed), Of Matters Modern (Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2008), pp. 330-359.


‘The Chemistry of a Bengali Life: Acharya/Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray in his Times and Places’, in Crispin Bates (ed), Beyond Representation: Constructions of Identity in Colonial and Postcolonial India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 322-352.


‘In Search of the Indigenous: JC Kumarappa and the Philosophy of “Gandhian Economics”’, in Harald Fischer-Tiné and Michael Mann (ed), Colonialism as Civilising Mission: the Case of British India (London: Anthem Press, 2004), pp. 248-269.


‘In Search of Authenticity: Bengali Narratives of Their Past and the Coloniser’s Ubiquitous Presence’, in Beate Eschment and Hans Harder (ed), Looking at the Coloniser (Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2004), pp. 225-250.


‘Interpreting Gandhi: JC Kumarappa, Modernity and the East’, in Tapati Guha Thakurta (ed), ‘Culture’ and ‘Democracy’: Papers from the Cultural Studies Workshops, Vol. 1 (Calcutta: Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, 1999), pp. 1-25.


‘Presidency College, Calcutta: an Unfinished History’ (with Subhas Ranjan Chakraborti and Rajat Kanta Ray), in Mushirul Hasan (ed), Knowledge, Power and Politics: Educational Institutions in India (New Delhi: Roli Books, 1998), pp. 304-388.


‘Imperial Economic Policy for India, 1942-44: Confusion and Readjustment’, in Biswamoy Pati (ed.), Turbulent Times: India, 1940-1944 (Bombay: Popular Prakashan, 1998), pp. 185-213.


Published Lecture:

‘Paradigms Lost, Paradigms Regained? The Impossibility of Nationalism and the Lost Histories of Internationalism’, Kuruvilla Zachariah Memorial Lecture, Presidency College, Calcutta, February 14, 2006 (Calcutta: Presidency College, 2007).


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