Associate Professor and Head of the Department
I view myself primarily as a student of postcolonial and postmodern theory. My doctoral thesis, which is now a book, was on the representational dynamics of three Third-World intellectuals (Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha) in the First-World academy. My research has led me to an analysis/problematization of the discipline of history and historiographical constructions, from a postmodern perspective, and how they may be viewed through the lenses of contingency and agency. My more current engagements have been to look into literatures of the holocaust and other forced migrations (histories, memoirs, films) and locate them within/without the framework of cosmopolitanism by using postmodern analytical tools (contingency, irony, arbitrariness, strategic essentialism). It is perhaps due to my engagement with postcolonialism and postmodernism that I have developed a keen interest in culture studies. In the near future I plan to develop a major research project on the cultural history of colonial clerks in 19th century Bengal.
BA English (University of Calcutta, 1997)
MA English (University of Calcutta, 1999)
PhD English (Jadavpur University, 2008)
Sumit Chakrabarti received his PhD in December, 2008 from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the Department of British and Commonwealth Studies, University of Lodz, Poland, from February 2009 to February 2011. He was a United States, Department of State sponsored academic visitor at The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA from June to August, 2009. At present he is working on two volumes on literary theory as Series Editor for Orient Blackswan.
Research / Administrative Experience+
At present I am working simultaneously on three volumes, one each on Postcolonialisms,Masculinity and Lacan as a Series Editor for Orient Blackswan.
In the near future I plan to develop a major research project on the cultural history of colonial clerks in 19th century Bengal.
Teaching / Other Experience+
My teaching interests include postcolonialism, postmodernism, culture studies, absurd theatre, and current British fiction.
Someday I'd love to offer a course on R.S. Thomas as a ''Welsh' poet.
Post Graduate Supervision+
I have supervised M.Phil dissertations on the fiction of Amitav Ghosh, Renaissance Bengal, and Harold Pinter. Currently I'm supervising a PhD dissertation on Holocaust narratives.
Member, Postcolonial Studies Association, United Kingdom.
Member, Indian Association for the Study of Australia (Eastern Region)
Member, Advisory Board, "Piedra de Toque" edited by the Research Group on World Literatures (Grupo Investigador de Uteraturas en el Mundo) of the University of Los Andes (Merida-Venezuela).
The Impact of the Postcolonial Theories of Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, and Homi Bhabha on Western Thought: The Third-world Intellectual in the First-world Academy (New York: Edwin Mellen, 2011).
Feminisms by Arpita Mukhopadhyay (Orient Blackswan, 2015) [series editor]
The Post-Marked World: Theory and Practice in the 21st Century. Eds. Krystyna Kujawinska-Courtney, Sumit Chakrabarti and Izabella Penier (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2013).
Articles in Edited Volumes:
‘White But Not Quite: Mimicry as Strategy in Doris Pilkington’s Under the Wintamarra Tree’ in David Dunstan, D.N. Bandopadhyay, Shibnath Bannerjee (eds.) Australian Studies: Reading History, Culture and Identity, (New Delhi: Worldview, 2010), pp 202-210.
‘Reclaiming Postcolonial Identity: Cultural History as Enunciation in the Writings of Homi Bhabha’ in Kacper Bartczak and Malgorzata Myk (eds.), Theory That Matters: What Practice After Theory (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, 2013), pp 69-78.
‘Towards a Critique of Foundational Historiography: A Brief Look at Gerald Vizenor’s Hiroshima Bugi’ in In Other Words: Dialogizing Postcoloniality, Race and Ethnicity, (eds.), Ewa Luczak, Justyna Wierzchowska, Joanna Ziarkowska, (Franfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013), pp.125-36.
Papers in Journals:
'Space of Deprivation: The Nineteenth Century Bengali Kerani in the Bhadrolok Milieu of Calcutta' in The Asian Journal of Social Science 45 (2017), pp.55-72.
‘Scattered Reflections on Exile: A Critique of Nussbaum’s Cosmopolitanism and Derrida’s “City of Refuge”’ in The Visva-Bharati Quarterly, Vol.22, Nos. 3&4, Oct.2013-March2014, eds. Tapati Mukhopadhyay and Amrit Sen, (Shantiniketan: May 2014), pp.32-41.
‘Moving Beyond Edward Said: Homi Bhabha and the Problem of Postcolonial Representation’ in International Studies: Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal (Åodz: University of Åodz Press, 2012), pp 5-21.
‘The Public Intellectual as Exile: Representing the Self in Mourid Barghouti’s I Saw Ramallah’ in the Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen (Vol.V, Issue 1, Autumn, 2011), pp.119-32.
‘A Postmodern Subalternity: Towards a Critique of Foundational Historiography’ in the Journal of the Department of English, University of Calcutta (Vol. XXXIV, Nos. 1&2, 2007-2008), pp 16-25.
‘Re-Locating the Woman: Gayatri Spivak and the Politics of First World Feminism’ in the Journal of the Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University, (Vol. IX, 2005-06), pp12-19.
Review of Labyrinths of Language: Philosophical and Cultural Investigations by Franson Manjali in Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research,Volume 32, Issue 2, pp. 279-282. (Springer: 2015),