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Dr Aditya Sarkar

Aditya Sarkar   

Office Hours:


Rm 3.71, third floor, Faculty of Arts Building
+44 (0)24 76151050 (x51050)

Thursdays 18.10-19.10 (in person)

Fridays 14.00-15.00 (online)

TERM 3: Office hours online.


Academic Profile

Research Interests: Labour history and industrial struggles; the social history of bubonic plague in late 19th century/early 20th century India; intellectual history; the history of left-wing politics; authoritarian populism and the contemporary Right.

Academic Career

  • Sept 2013-present: Associate Professor of South Asian History, University of Warwick
  • 2009-2013: Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Goettingen
  • 2005-2009: PhD in History, School of Oriental and African Studies, London (Thesis Title: Regulated Labour, Unruly Workers: The Making of Industrial Relations in Late Nineteenth-Century Bombay)
  • 2004-2005: M.Phil in History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  • 2002-2004: M.A. in Modern History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  • 1999-2002: B.A. in History, Delhi University




Trouble At The Mill: Factory Law and the Emergence of the Labour Question In Late Nineteenth-Century Bombay, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018

Academic Articles

"Pandemics, Labor Relations And Political Regimes: The Bubonic Plague And COVID-19 Crises in India", Labor: Studies In Working Class History, 20:2, May 2023

"Roundtable: The politics of class, past and present" (with Julia Laite, Laura Schwartz and George Stevenson), Renewal: A Journal Of Social Democracy, 30:1, 2022 (

'Pandemic and Labour Relations: Then And Now', in Labour Dialogue 2020: Work Relations And The Pandemic - An Anthology (published by the Centre for Education and Communication, New Delhi and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, South Asia), December 2020

'The Emergence of a "Modern" Urban-Industrial Workforce in India, 1860-1914', in Maria Framke and Harald Fischer-Tiné (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the History of Colonialism in South Asia (2021)

'History And Philosophy In The Mirror of the Commodity: Frank Perlin's Reflections on Difference And Universality' (foreword to Frank Perlin, City Intelligible: A Philosophical and Historical Anthropology of Global Commoditisation before Industrialisation, Brill, 2020)

(with Pepijn Brandon) 'Labour History And The Case Against Colonialism', International Review of Social History, April 2019

'The Tie That Snapped: Bubonic Plague And Mill Labour in Bombay, 1896-1898', International Review of Social History, August 2014

'The City, Its Streets, And Its Workers: The Plague Crisis in Bombay, 1896-1898', in Ravi Ahuja, ed., Working Lives And Worker Militancy: The Politics of Labour in Colonial India, Delhi, 2013

(with Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk and Ulbe Bosma), Mediating Labour: An Introduction, International Review of Social History, vol. 57, Special Issue S20 (Mediating Labour: Worldwide Labour Intermediation in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries), December 2012

(with Angad Chowdhry) ‘Indian Haunting: Representing Failure as ‘Change’ in Contemporary Mumbai’, in Batyabal, Chowdhry and Gaur, eds., Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, Delhi: Routledge, 2011

‘The Work of Law: Three Factory Narratives from Bombay Presidency’, 1881, in van der Linden and Mohapatra, eds., Labour Matters: Towards Global Histories (Essays in Honour of Sabyasachi Bhattacharya), Delhi: Tulika, 2009

Miscellaneous Publications (selected) 

Public talks (available online):

Pandemic And Labour Relations: Then And Now, organized by the Centre for Education and Communication, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (South Asia), 22 December 2020, available on Youtube.