I view myself primarily as a student of postcolonial and culture studies. 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/elisions, from a postcolonial perspective with an emphasis on cultural praxes, and how they may be viewed through the lenses of contingency and agency. In the past I have engaged with literatures of the holocaust and other forced migrations (histories, memoirs, films), trying to locate them within/without the framework of cosmopolitanism by using postmodern analytical tools (contingency, irony, arbitrariness, strategic essentialism). My general interest in culture studies and particular interest in nineteenth-century Bengal has resulted in my most recent monograph on the colonial keranis of Calcutta (Routledge 2020). At the moment I am engaged in writing a monograph on Akshay Kumar Datta and Rationalism in nineteenth-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.
Research / Administrative Experience+
At present I am working simultaneously on three volumes, one each on Postcolonialisms, Body and Postsecularism as a Series Editor for Orient Blackswan.
Head, Department of English, Presidency University (October 2015 to November 2018).
Teaching / Other Experience+
My teaching interests include postcolonialism, postmodernism, culture studies, literary theory.
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 PhD dissertations on topics eclectic in their scope and possibilities.
Member, Postcolonial Studies Association, United Kingdom.
Member, Board of Studies, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University.
Member, Board of Studies, Department of Film Studies, West Bengal State University.
Member, Board of Research Studies, Department of English, University of Calcutta.
Member, Post-Graduate Board of Studies, Department of English, University of Burdwan.
Member, Post-Graduate Board of Studies, Department of English, University of Kalyani.
Member, PhD Research Committee, Department of English, Jadavpur University.
Member, PhD Research Committee, School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University.
Member, Board of Studies, Department of English (DDE), Rabindra Bharati University.
Member, Board of Research Studies, Department of History, Presidency University.
Member, Governing Board, Institute of Language Studies and Research, Kolkata.
Member, Governing Council, Vidyasagar Academy.
Member, Governing Body, West Bengal State Book Board
1. Local Selfhood, Global Turns: Akshay Kumar Dutta and Bengali Intellectual History in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2023.)
2. The Calcutta Kerani and the London Clerk in the Nineteenth Century: Life, Labour, Latitude (London and New York: Routledge, 2020).
Review of The Calcutta Kerani.
3. 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).
Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Short Stories [Oxford World's Classics] (Under contract with Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2024).
Unish Sataker Kerani Katha: Soteek Kerani Darpan o Kerani Puran (Kolkata: Ananda Publishers, 2022)
Postsecular Theory: Texts and Contexts by Shuhita Bhattacharjee (Orient Blackswan, 2022) [Series Editor]
Jacques Lacan: From Clinic to Culture by Mahitosh Mandal (Orient Blackswan, 2017) [Series Editor]
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 (Lodz: University of Lodz 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),
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