Professor Partha Chatterjee
(Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata & Columbia University, New York)
Date: 12th April 2021, Time: 3.00 PM
About the Author
Professor Partha Chatterjee is an Indian political scientist and anthropologist. He was the Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata from 1997 to 2007 and continues as an honorary professor of political science. He is also a Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University, New York.
His major areas of research are Colonialism, the Political, Destabilizing Difference, Economy, Culture of Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion, Postcolonial Democracy, Capitalism in Agrarian Societies etc. He is the author of more than twenty books, monographs and edited volumes and is a founding member of the Subaltern Studies Collective. He was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009 for outstanding achievements in the field of Asian Studies.
His books include: The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World (2004), A Princely Impostor?: The Strange and Universal History of the Kumar of Bhawal (2002), A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism (1997), The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories (1993), and Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse (1993). His work on global practices of empire since the eighteenth century has resulted in the book The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power (2012).
He is also a poet, playwright, and actor. In the Mira Nair film The Namesake (2007), he played the role of “A Reformed Hindoo.”