Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
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Ph.D. 1995 Jadavpur
M.A. 1981 Jadavpur

Teaching Experience (7)
Name Of The Institution Position Held Period

Scottish Church College Lecturer October 1982 to 1.12.1983
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College Lecturer in History December 1983 to 19.1.1984
Jadavpur University Reader in History 28/11/95 to 27/11/2003
Jadavpur University Lecturer (Senior scale) in History 28/11/90 to 27/11/95
Jadavpur University Professor of History 28/11/2003 to 17/08/2009
Industrial Experience (0)
Field of Specialization
European Socialist Movements/ Russian and Soviet Studies/ Radical Politics in India/ Social History of Science and Technology/ Gender Studies
Courses Taught/Teaching
Previously: M.Phil -- History: European Revolutions (optional); Historiography (compulsory)
M.A.History -- Western Political Thought, The Industrial Revolutions, Impact of the Industrial Revolutions, Social History of Science and Technology (Special paper), European History-- 19th and Early 20th Centuries (Special Paper), Historiography
B.A. History(Honours) -- Classical Greece; Ancient Civilisations: Greece and Rome; Modern Europe I
Currently: Ph.D coursework, M.Phil. -- Literature and Language
M.A. Comparative Literature: Approaches to Comparative Literature ; Dramatic Mode II ; Literary Transactions I ; Contemporary Approaches to Literature ; Event
B.A. (Hons) Comparative Literature. Modern Bangla Literature in Translation I;Modern Bangla Literature in Translation II; Journey through Indian and Western Thought
M. Phil-- Women's Studies.
Research Area
Impact of Socialist Realism on Indian Literature.
Literary Historiography.
Marxism and Culture
History of Science and Technology
Teaching experience: 32 years including 30 years at Jadavpur University w.e.f. January 2014
Conference Papers Published (14)
Title of the paper Conference Year Role Vol Number-Page Name

Communist Autobiographies and Minority Discourses: Leon Trotsky and Alexandra Kollontai International Seminar on Minority Discourses Across Cultures 2014 Discoursing Minority: In-text and Co-Text, Ed /Anisur Rahman, , Supriya Agarwal, Bhumika Sharma-
‘Bijnaner Itihas Charcha, Marxbadi Itihas Darshan O Boris Hessen’ Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad 22nd conference 2007 Sectional Presidential Address -- Countries Other Than India Itihas Anusandhan 21-
‘Trotskyism in China: The Formative Years’ Indian History Congress 2004 Session 2006 -
‘The Stages of Globalisation and Prospects for Resistance’ India in a Globalised World 2005 -
Rus biplabe Srenir Bastabata : Ekti Uttar Adhunik Dabir Biruddhe’ (The Reality of Class in the Russian Revolution: Against a Post-modernist claim) Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad 14th Confernce 1998 Itihas Anusandhan 13-
Journal Papers Published (12)
Title of the paper Journal of publication Year Role Vol Number-Page Name

‘Colonial Rule, The Struggle Against the Bengal Partition, and national Education’ West Bengal, Special Issue on the Anti-Partition Struggle 2005 August 2005-
‘The German Reunification and the Left’ Kunal Chattopadhyay and Rila Mukherjee, eds., A Hegemony Achieved? The Identity of Europe in the Second Millennium A.D. 2005 -
‘India e Cachemira’ Pela refundacao da IV Internacional 1999 Outubro & Novembro-
Women in Attic Drama: Sexual Politics in the Athenian Democracy J.U. Journal of History 1997-98 vol. XVI-
The Communist Party of Germany, the Comintern and Hitler’s Rise to Power History: Journal of the Department of History, Burdwan University 1997 1-
Books Published (16)
Book Title Publisher Name Year Role

Leon Trotsky-- History of the Russian Revolution Aakar Books 2014
Leon Trotsky: Writings in Exile Pluto Press 2012
Rus Biplab 1905 (Edited translation of L. Trotsky -- Itogii i Perspektivi) Radical 2010
The Marxism of Leon Trotsky Progressive Publishers 2006 First Author
Christopher Hill Smarane: Samaj Rupantar O Matadarsha--Nimnabarger Aloke Itihas Charcha Paschim Banga itihas Samsad 2005
Awarded By Award Name Year

Jadavpur University Satish Chandra De Medal for 1981 1982
Jadavpur University P. K. Banerjee Best Graduate for 1979 1980
Ph.D. Thesis Guidance (8)
Name Of The Scholar Title Of The Thesis Co-Superviser Status Year

Shatarupa Sengupta Media Representation of the Naxalite Movement: 1967-1972 Complete 2012
Amrita Bagchi The Decline of Public Healthcare in Calcutta 1975-2007 Complete 2011
Sankar Das The Tebhaga Movement in the 24 Parganas Complete 2009
Panchali Majumdar The Communist International and Early Indian Communism – 1921-1928 Complete 2007
M.Phil. Thesis Guidance (8)
Name Of The Scholar Thesis Name Co-Superviser Year

Tanaya Saha Partition through the Eyes of Women Across Borders 2013
S Satish Kumar Ghosts of Past, Present, Future (?): Towards A Historiography of Comparative Literature in India 2013
Krishnendu Giri Yudhottor Gana Andolangulir Itihascharcha (Historiography of the Post-war Upsurge [in India 1945-47]) 2008
Sheli Datta Sachetana: Ekti Swashashito Nari Sangathaner Du Dasaker Itihas (Sachetana: Two Decades in the History of an Autonomous Women’s Organisation) 2008
Sipra Singha Roy Shater Dashaker Communist Chhatra Andolan (Communist Students’ Movement in the 1960s [in West Bengal] 2008
MASTER Thesis Guidance (0)
Project Works (1)
Project Title Worked As Funding Agency Amount Duration Period Status

White Collar Workers and the Proletarian Identity Principal Investigator Pravat Kar Endowment 1,20,000 2 years 1999 to 2001 Complete
Patents (0)
Collaborative Programs (0)
InviteLectures (14)
Title Organised By Venue Year

Social origins of Greek Tragedy Winter School, UGC-ASC JU and Department of Comparative Literature Jadavpur University 2014
The State and Class Struggles in Greece Dept. of History, Calcutta right t Calcutta University 2014
Challenges and Tasks before the Left Department of Political Science Calcutta University 2013
Refresher Course in History, Jadavpur University Department of History Jadavpur University 2013
Historiography of the Russian Revolution xxx. Refersher Course in History, Calcutta University, 2012 Calcutta University 2012
Membership Of Learned Societies (2)

International Comparative Literature Association
Comparative Literature Association of India
Orientation/Refresher/QIP CourseAttended/Organized (0)
Seminar/Conference/Workshop (27)
Program Name Organised By Venue Year Type Of Participation

Palaver XII CSALC, Jadavpur University Jadavpur University 2014 Organiser, panelist
Historical Materialism Delhi Conference HM Organising Group JNU 2013 Presented a paper
XXth Conference ICLA International Comparative Literature Association University of Paris sorbonne 2013 presented paper, chaired sessions
International Seminar on Social Systems, Science and Environment: Experience of different countries. lii. Department of History and DRS History, Jadavpur University Jadavpur University 2013 Presented a paper
International Autumn Translation Workshop CAS, Comparative Literature, JU, CENTIL, JU, University of East Anglia, University of Western Sydney Jadavpur University 2013 Organiser
Session chaired (3)
Program Name Session Title Organised By Venue Year

International Conference: Gender and Sexuality—The Indian Self and its Forgotten Doubles: Reading Rabindranath Department of English and Other Modern European languages, Visva Bharati Visva Bharati 2013
International Comparative Literature Association XXth Congress INTERMEDIA TRANSPOSITIONS AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ICLA University of Paris 2013
International Comparative Literature Association XXth Congress CONCEPTS, STRATEGIES, AND LIMITS OF COMPARAISON ICLA University of Paris 2013
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Consultancy work / Testing (0)
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