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Dr Aditya Sarkar

Aditya Sarkar   

Office Hours:


H025, ground floor of the Humanities Building
+44 (0)24 76151050 (x51050) 
Wednesdays 10.15 am - 11.15 am and Thursdays 11.15 am - 12.15 am EXCEPT :

Term 1 Week 3: Tuesday 1pm - 2pm and Wednesday 10.15 am - 11.15 am

Term 2 Week 6: Friday 1pm - 3 pm (extended office hours)


Academic Profile

I am a social historian working on the history of modern South Asia, with specific expertise and interest in the social histories of labour and capitalism. My PhD dealt with the establishment, elaboration and crisis of a regime of industrial relations in late nineteenth-century India, specifically in the context of Bombay’s cotton mills. My current research focusses on two different areas; firstly the social history of bubonic plague in late nineteenth-century Bombay, and secondly the long history of labour movements and the changing place of industrial labour in the politics and discourses of twentieth-century India, with a special focus on post-colonial transformations.

Academic Career

  • Sept 2013-present: Assistant Professor of South Asian History, University of Warwick
  • 2009-2013: Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Goettingen
  • 2008: Teaching Assistant, Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
  • 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
  • 2004-2005: Guest Lecturer in Modern Indian History, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, Delhi University
  • 2002-2004: M.A. in Modern History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi



Academic Articles

  • (2013) (in press) ‘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:Tulika
  • (2012) (with Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk and Ulbe Bosma), Introduction: Mediating Labour, International Review of Social History, vol. 57, Special Issue S20 (Mediating Labour: Worldwide Labour Intermediation in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries), December 2012
  • (2011) (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
  • (2009) ‘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
  • (2008) Review of Prashant Kidambi, The Making of An Indian Metropolis: Colonial Governance and Public Culture in Bombay, 1890-1920, in Urban History (2008), 35, Cambridge

Miscellaneous Publications (selected)

  • (2007) 'Nandigram and the Deformations of the Indian Left', in International Socialism, 115.
  • (2006) Review, NCERT History Textbooks, in Contemporary Education Dialogue, 4,1, Monsoon 2006, Bangalore