• 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
  • Political economy of imperialism and the post-war Commonwealth
  • International connections among socialists
  • Sectarian conflicts in colonial South Asia
  • Social and intellectual history of South Asia



1994-1999 Trinity College, University of Cambridge
1990-1993 Presidency College, University of Calcutta

wissenschaftliche Abschlüsse

1995 MPhil, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge
1993 BA (Honours), History, Presidency College, University of Calcutta First Class, ranked first in the University of Calcutta


1999 PhD, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge Titel: ‘Beyond Economics: Ideas of Developing India, c. 1930-1950’; Supervisor: Professor Geoffrey Hawthorn. Examiners: Professor CA Bayly, Professor Sudipta Kaviraj.

beruflicher Werdegang

10/2013–03/2014 Indian Council for Cultural Relations Professor of South Asian History, Institut für Orientalistik, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg
08/2012–06/2013 Professor of History, Presidency University, Calcutta
seit 07/2012 Senior Research Fellow, Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe’, Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University
11/2009–02/2010 Visiting Professor, Indian Ocean Studies, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi
SoSe 2009 Visiting Professor of Intellectual History, Heidelberg University, on the programme ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’
2008–2012 Reader in South Asian History, Department of History, University of Sheffield
2008–2012 Senior Research Fellow, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
08/2001 Senior Research Fellow, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
01/2001–05/2001 Lecturer and Tutor in History, University of Sussex
2001–2008 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in International History, Department of History, University of Sheffield
01/2000–07/2001 Lecturer in History, Department of Cultural Studies, University of East London
1999–2000 Tutor in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies
01/1997–03/1998 Lecturer and Tutor in History, University of Sussex
1996–2011 Visiting Professor, Presidency College, Calcutta
1993 Lecturer in History, St Xavier’s College, Calcutta


Bibliographie im Aufbau

The Developmental Imagination and India: Cold War Remodellings
im Rahmen des "41st Annual Porter L. Fortune, Jr. History Symposium", Oxford/Mississippi, 03.-05.03.2016

At the fuzzy edges of fascism: framing the Volk in India
am "Department of History University of California", Irvine, 08.03.2016

The Developmental Imagination and India: Cold War Remodelings
im Rahmen des "Writing Techonoly Event" an der Universität San Diego, San Diego, 10.03.2016

The history of nationalism in India
im Rahmen des Workshops "History as a Political Category", Delhi, 18.-19.04.2016

Global Fascism?
im Rahmen des Workshops "Begriffsgeschichte as Global Concept and Travelling Theory'", Heidelberg, 20.-21.05.2016

The Violence of the State and of Non-State Actors in India
im Rahmen des Workshops "Modalities of State and Political Violence in British India", Exeter, 15.06.2016

The World in a Grain of Sand: Global Histories and Their Framing
im Rahmen der Tagung "The Contemporary History of Historiography: International Perspectives on the Making of Professional History", London, 16.-18.06.2016

Intellectual Histories and Decentred Biographies: escaping the historiography of Gandhism through the life of Gandhi
im Rahmen des Workshops "After Eurocentrism, Beyond Decentring Themes and Methodologies for an Interdisciplinary History of Ideas", Heidelberg, 01.-02.07.2016

Völkisch nationalism, Indian fascism and Indo-Nazi collaboration
an der Universität Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 30.11.2016

Imagining the volk in India
im Rahmen der Tagung "Nationalism, Empire, Knowledge", Irvine/CA, 29.03-11.04.2017

Inchoate internationalist of fascist middleman? The career of Benoy Kumar Sarkar
im Rahmen der Konferenz "Fascist Brokers: Transnational networking in and beyond Europe", Konstanz, 10.05.-12.05.2017