Academic Departments
Department of History
Contact


Alipore Campus
1, Reformatory Street, Kolkata - 700027
Phone : 2439 8645

Year of Establishment

1919
UGC Department of Special Assistance since 1977

The Department of History University of Calcutta was upgraded as Centre for
Advanced Study by the University Grants Commission in May 2007.

Courses Offered

Programme Level of Study Cut-off Mark at entry Intake Capacity
M.A. Post Graduation B.A. Hons. In order of Merit. 158
M.Phil. Research M.A. ( 55% CU Gen/ 50% CU SC ST/ 60%
Other Universities)
with Admission Tests .
( *Subject to updation)
24
Ph.D. Research M.A. Degree

Faculty Members

Name Phone E-mail Specialisation
PROFESSOR

Dr. Suranjan Das
VICE CHANCELLOR
C.U.

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2358 2389 Suranjan2000@yahoo.co.in Modern Indian Social and Political History, Contemporary World Politics
PROFESSOR

Dr. Arun Bandyopadhyay

Nurul Hasan Professor of History

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2472 3238 aruman@vsnl.com Modern Indian Economic / Agrarian /Environmental History

PROFESSOR

Dr. Hari Sankar Vasudevan

2337 3659 hsv@vsnl.net Modern European and Russian History
PROFESSOR

Bhaskar Chakraborty

Centenary Professor of International Relations
2466 2504 bchak53@rediffmail.com Modern Indian and European History / Nationalism and Contemporary History
PROFESSOR

Dr. Nirban Basu
2400 6358 basu_anindya2004@yahoo.com Indian Labour History/ 20th Century Bengal Society and Politics
PROFESSOR

Dr. Suparna Gooptu

Director, The Gandhian Studies Centre.
2359 9985 suparna_caluniv@yahoo.co.in Women's History and Gender Studies
PROFESSOR

Dr. Amit Dey

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2425 4645
Res:
(After 9PM)
profamitdey@gmail.com Mediaval Indian History/Islamic Thought

PROFESSOR

Dr. Rachana Chakraborty

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2431 9948
onlyrachana@gmail.com History of Education in Colonial Bengal &
Gender Studies colonial period.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Shireen Maswood
+919831287405 shireen.maswood@gmail.com Society and Economy in Mughal lndia
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Dr. Rajsekhar Bose

*Presently on lien as ICCR
visiting Professor to Mykolas
Romeris University, Vilnius,
Lithuania.

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2438 3067
ON LIEN
rajsekharbasu2001@yahoo.com Modern Indian History/Caste
Movement/History of Medicine

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Dr Sanjukta Das Gupta


*Presently on lien as ICCR
visiting Professor to Sapienza,
University of Rome

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ON LIEN sanjuktadasgupta2007@gmail.com Economic & Social history of India
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Dr. Srilata Chatterjee
913323597733
9433006114
srilatachatterjee@yahoo.co.in Political History of India History of Medicine
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Dr. Santanu Chakraborty

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2441 4509 shanchak@vsnl.com
chakrabartishantanu@hotmail.com
Contemporary History of India/Regional Cooperation/Case Studies and Conflict Resolution
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Dr. Sukla Sanyal

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2321 7133 sukla_sanyal@yahoo.com European History/FrenchRevolutionary
Studies; Political Culture of Colonial Bengal.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Dr. Shouvik Mukhopadhyay
24296073
Mob: 9432876423
mukherjeeshouvik@gmail.com Early Medieval South India, 18th
century India
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Dr. Ritwika Biswas
9432486414 ritwika.biswas@gmail.com Contemporary History of India / Political Movements
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Dr. Sarada Ghosh
2556- 7357 saradaghosh9 @gmail.com Women’s/Gender History
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Dr. Kingshuk Chatterjee

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+919831161589 kchat18@yahoo.com Political Islam; International relations of the Middle East

Research Work

Major thrust areas where Research is being actively pursued:

History of Indian Nationalism

Women’s History

Identity Politics

Agrarian, Business and Environmental History

Media History

Modern European History

Indian Foreign Policy

International Relations since 1945

Economic and Social History

Cultural and Intellectual History

History of Education

Contemporary History

History of Science and Technology

Dynamics of syncretistic traditions in colonial and Post-colonial Bengal

Academic Exchange Programme With

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK

Maison des Sciences de I'Homme,Paris, France

Uppsala University,Sweden

De Montfort University, UK

University of Rome , La Sapienza

VARIOUS CENTRES UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

GANDHIAN STUDIES CENTRE

The University Grants Commission sanctioned the establishment of a Gandhian Studies Centre in the University of Calcutta under the Tenth Five Year Plan. Located in the Department of History the Centre started functioning from January 2005 with Late Basudeb Chattopadhyay, Asutosh Professor of Medieval and Modern Indian History and Director, West Bengal State Archives, as its Director and Prof. Suparna Gooptu, as its Deputy Director. The Gandhian Studies Centre commits itself to undertake new research on Gandhi’s life and work, to make a reappraisal of what is considered by many, a failed vision, and to highlight those aspects of Gandhian thought which are relevant not only for nation building in India, but also for the enrichment of wider human civilization.

Organising seminars, workshops, lectures involving students, research scholars and teachers of universities and colleges.

Conducting Orientation/ Refresher Courses for teachers, functionaries of Non-Governmental Organisations and other sections of the civil society on the contribution of Gandhi to Indian freedom struggle and the relevance of Gandhi’s ideas on nation-building in post-colonial India.

PEACE STUDIES GROUP

The Peace Studies Group of the Department of History, University of Calcutta, was established in 1995 with a financial grant from the Ford Foundation and infrastructural support from the University. It has emerged as a nodal agency in the eastern Indian region for coordinating policy analysis and research, teaching, formulating alternative strategies for Peace Studies and influencing opinion on issues relating to regional peace, sub-regional cooperation and traditional and non-traditional security issues. The Centre draws upon the continuing financial support of the Ford Foundation and the University Grants Commission's Special Assistance Programme in the University's History Department.

Public Awareness Exercise

The Group is involved with programmes to enhance public awareness. This is being done through undertaking of research projects, organising meetings/workshops and seminars and involvement of the members in Track II diplomacy and other civil society related regional peace initiatives in coordination with other city-based research institutions. Some members of the Group are regular participants in Wilton Park Conferences on Track-ll diplomacy and India- Pakistan Peoples' Forum conferences.

CENTRE FOR PAKISTAN AND WEST ASIAN STUDIES

Centre for Pakistan and West Asian Studies in the University of Calcutta has been set up with the vision that a community of countries comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and India, will promote mutually beneficial economic, political and cultural ties. This vision draws inspiration from the large-scale cultural, social, economic, and political interactions between these four countries and India in historical times.

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF CHINA AND HER NEIGHBOURHOOD (UGC AREA STUDIES CENTRE)

The faculty consists of three part-time teachers who teach a Basic Chinese course and Basic Chinese crash course. Two faculty members have completed their post-graduate degrees from Visva Bharati (Cheenabhavan), whereas the third member has completed his post-graduate degree from BHU. They also participated in the discussions on the New School – Kunming University – Calcutta University plans for a joint teaching program.

NEHRU STUDIES CENTRE

Established in 2005 the Nehru Studies Centre primarily undertakes research on Jawaharlal Nehru’s role in the maturing of India’s freedom struggle, his envisioning of Nation-building process in the post-colonial period and his involvement with Non-aligned Movement, which heightened the prestige of our country in world politics, especially in the eyes of the Third World.

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES : Collaboration at National and International levels

In addition to their professional responsibilities, the faculty members of the department engage themselves in academic and research exchange programmes with other universities colleges and institutions.

Collaborative research is being conducted between members of the Department and other Social Sciences Departments
through the auspices of the Centre for Social Sciences & Humanities, C.U., IDSK, Kolkata, Science & Technology Faculties of C.U.
International collaboration was undertaken with the following Universities:
_ University of Rome , La Sapienza
_ University of Uppsala, Sweden
_ University of Edinburgh, U.K. (Study India Proj.C.S.S.H)
_ National University of Singapore, Singapore
_ New School, New York, Centre for Study of China
_ Kunming University, China & Her neighborhood
_ University of Tokyo, Japan
_ School of Oriental and African Studies, UK
_ Maison Des Sciences de L’Homme, Paris
_ De Montfort University, UK
_ University of Heidelberg, Germany

Faculty and student exchange programmes are being conducted between Uppsala University, Sweden, University of Rome, La Sapienza, University of Edinburgh (Study India Programme).

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