Dipesh Chakrabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty (born 15 December 1948 in Calcutta) is an Indian historian who has dealt with issues such as cultural imperialism, postcolonialism, human history and the labor movement in the Indian Bengal. He is " one of the pioneers of the post-colonial historiography ".


Chakrabarty attended the Presidency College at the University of Calcutta, where he earned a degree in physics. Later he received a diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, also in Kolkata. He received his PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in history. Currently ( 2011) he is a professor at the University of Chicago, at the Lawrence A. Kimpton - Chair of the History Department of South Asian Languages ​​and Cultures.

Chakrabarty writes articles in the journal Public Culture, published by Duke University and teaches at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta.

Chakrabarty is a member of the Subaltern Studies Group and deals with theories of post-colonialism and its connection to history apart. Provincialise In his most famous work, he criticized Europe that European concepts such as education, middle class (etc.) are considered as universal standards and these will be applied regardless of their attachment to the European cultural history of non-European intellectuals to their own cultural history. This discrepancy falls automatically to the detriment of non-European cultures, as by the non- achievable "Ideal" a history of the defect and the failure arises.

Since 2013 Chakrabarty is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (New Jersey) in the USA.


As Dipesh Chakrabarty his collection of essays Europe as a province. Perspectives of postcolonial historiography. out there that spiritual flow of post-colonialism has been since the mid 20th century the process to deal with how the dominant presence of a colonial power affects the colonized, even after the colonial power left the country long ago again.

Chakrabarty focuses on the problems of historiography in his native India as a trained historian. He describes that "Europe in historical knowledge acts as a tacit scale," he describes the difficulties to break away from the ubiquitous European history without does not seem to be possible that an Indian historiography. The history of India, but also other former colonies is influenced by European discourses. The terms such as capitalism, middle class or education that belong here in the toolbox of every historian seem universally applicable. On closer examination, however, it is clear that, one applies these concepts to countries outside Europe, always gives the impression that the country lacks a "real" middle class, or the "right" education. The terms is therefore a European context highlighted, whereby the former colony should always be in a situation of scarcity.

Chakrabarty encourages you to recognize and perceive so as to enable a critical examination of this issue and to give it a new look to fixed terms of this problem.


  • Collection of essays: Europe as a province. Perspectives of postcolonial historiography. from the English by Robin Cackett, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2010, ISBN 978-3-593-39262-2.
  • El humanismo en la era de la Globalization. Katz Barpal Editores, Buenos Aires / Madrid 2009, ISBN 978-84-96859-52-4.
  • Subaltern Studies with Shahid Amin (ed.): Volume 9
  • Provincializing Europe. Postcolonial Perspectives and Historial Differences. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey 2008, ISBN 978-0-691-13001-9. ( e-book: ISBN 978-1-4008-2865-4 )
  • Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois 2004 ISBN 0-226-10039-1.
  • Cosmopolitanism. with Carol Breckenridge, Sheldon Pollock, and Homi K. Bhabha.
  • Rethinking Working Class: Bengal, 1890-1940. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ 2000, ISBN 0 - 691-07030 -X.
  • Communal Riots and Labour: Bengal 's Jute Mill Hands in the 1890s. Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, 1976.