Dipesh Chakrabarthy

Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor

University of Chicago

Dipesh Chakrabarty holds a B.Sc (Physics Honors) degree from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, a Post-graduate Diploma in Management (considered equivalent to MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Ph.D. (History) from the Australian National University. He is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an Associate Faculty of the Department of English, and holds a visiting Professorial Fellowship at the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University, and an Honorary Professorial Fellowship with the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a co-editor of Critical Inquiry, and a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies. He is a Contributing Editor to Public Culture, and has served on the editorial board of the American Historical Review. He was one of the founding editors (along with Sheldon Pollock from Columbia University and Sanjay Subrahmanyam from UCLA) of the series South Asia Across the Disciplines published by a consortium of three university presses (Chicago, Columbia, and California). He also serves on the Board of Experts for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.

He has been, by invitation, a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2008-09): Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna (2010); Lansdowne Lecturer at Victoria University, Canada (2012); Katz Professor in the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle (2009); Hallsworth Visiting Professor, The University of Manchester, U.K. (2009); Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa (2007); Distinguished Visitor, Institute of Advanced Study, The University of Minnesota (2007); Visiting Professor, European Union Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania (2006); Scholar-in-Residence, Pratt Institute, New York (2005); Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Historical Sciences, Goettingen (2005); Faculty, Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory, University of California, Irvine (2005); Visiting Research Professor, University of Technology, Sydney (2005 and 2009); Visitor, Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (2005); Visitor, Humanities Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook (2004); Hitesranjan Sanyal Visiting Professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (2003); Visiting Fellow, Humanities Institute, Princeton (2002); Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, and has held other fellowships in Australia, India, and the US.

Chakrabarty was awarded the degree of D. Litt (Honoris Causa) by the University of London (conferred at Goldsmiths) in 2010 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 2011. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta (conferred on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Institute in 2011).

He is currently engaged in completing two books to be published by the University of Chicago Press. They are provisionally entitled The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and the Birth of Historical Research in India and The Climate of History: Four Theses. The Duke University Press is publishing a collection of his essays, entitled The Time of the Present. His other publications include: Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 (1989, 2000); Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000; second edn. 2007); Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (2000); He has also edited (with Shahid Amin) Subaltern Studies IX (1996); Cosmopolitanism (with Carol Breckenridge, Homi Bhabha, and Sheldon Pollock, 2000); From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition (with Rochona Majumdar and Andrew Sartori, 2007); “The Public Life of History,” a special issue of Public Culture (with Bain Attwood and Claudio Lomnitz, 2008). Provincializing Europe has been translated into Italian, French, Polish, and Spanish and is being brought out in Turkish and Korean. Habitations has been published in Arabic. A collection of two essays translated into Spanish was published in 2009: El humanismo en la era de la globalizacion and La descolonizacion y las politicas culturales. A Dipesh Chakrabarty Reader (in Chinese) was recently published from Shanghai in 2010. An assortment of his essays was published in German under the title, Europa als Provinz: Perspektiven postkolonialer Geschichtsschreibung (2010). A collection of essays written originally in Bengali was recently brought out in Calcutta - Itihasher janajibon o anyanyo probondho (The Public Life of History and Other Essays, in Bengali, 2011).