Iman Mitra | Department of History


Assistant Professor
Department of History
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
Block-C, Shiv Nadar University
Educational Qualifications 
Jadavpur University
Master of Science
University of Calcutta
Bachelor of Science
Presidency College, Kolkata
Work Experience 
Assistant Professor,
Centre for Development Practice and Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
Post-Doctoral Research Associate,
Max Weber Stiftung and Centre for Studies in Social Sciences,
Delhi and Kolkata
Research Associate,
Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group,
Teaching & Research Interests: 

History of the economic discipline; Economic History and Political Economy of South Asia; Urbanization, migration practices and informal economy in South Asia; State and non-state networks of dissemination of economic knowledge, especially in colonial and postcolonial contexts; Relation between economic rationalities and governmental reason

Conferences (Select): 

'The Interrupted Becoming of a City: Patna in the Census of India, 1901-31' in National Conference on Migration at the Centre for Development Practice and Reserch, TISS, Patna, on 27 May 2018.

‘Marx’s Theory of Rent: A Speculative Reading’ in ‘Capital in the East: Marx’s Capital after 150 Years’ organized by Calcutta Research Group, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata, Jadavpur University, Presidency University and the Department of Economics, University of Calcutta, on 30-31 January 2018. 

‘Between Historicity and Contextuality: Bangiya Dhanabijnan Parishad and Vernacular Economics in Early Twentieth Century Bengal’ in ‘Language, Region, Knowledge: Colonial Disciplines to Indian Social Sciences’ at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi, on 5 May 2017.   

‘The Politics of Race and Caste in P. C. Mahalanobis’ Early Writings’ in ‘Indian Social Sciences and the Vernacular/s: Disciplinary Histories and the Politics of Knowledge’ at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi, on 9 February 2017.

‘Biplob, Pratibiplob o Arthaneetir Itihas (Revolution, Counter-revolution and the History of Economics) in ‘Counter-revolution, in Theory and in History of Thought’ organized by the Bengali journal Alochona Chakra and the Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) at the Jadavpur University, Calcutta, on 31 January 2017. 

‘Rental Economy of a City: Calcutta Improvement Trust and Urbanization in the Twentieth Century’ in ‘The City as a Site of the Political: Themes in Urban History, Infrastructure and Culture’ at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, on 16 December 2016.  

‘Spatialization of Calculability, Financialization of Space: A Study of the Kolkata Port’ in the panel ‘Logistics of Asia-Led Globalization: Infrastructure, Software, Labor’ at the conference ‘InterAsian Connections V’ at the Seoul National University Asia Center, Seoul, South Korea, on 27-30 April 2016. 


Postdoctoral Fellowship with the M. S. Merian-R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (ICAS-MP) in the module ‘History as a Political Category’ at the Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi


Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta


Abhijit Raha Memorial Scholarship for securing highest marks in the paper ‘History of Economics’ at the Masters level in the University of Calcutta

Scholarly Activity

Books & Book Chapters

2018. Urban Planning, Settlement Practices, and Issues of Justice in Contemporary Kolkata. In Ranabir Samaddar (ed.), Migrant and the Neoliberal City. Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 47-73.

2018. The Reality of Economic Models: From Representation to Intervention. In Madhumati Dutta, Arpita Banerjee, Achiransu Acharyya and Kaushik Das (eds.), Reality and Economics: The Centenary Volume of the Alumni Association of Calcutta University, Economics Department. Kolkata: AACUED, 13-18.

2018. Spatialization of Calculability, Financialization of Space: A Study of the Kolkata Port. In Brett Nielson, Ned Rossiter and Ranabir Samaddar (eds.), Logistical Asia: The Labour of Making a World Region. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 47-68.   

2016. Introduction (co-authored with Ranabir Samaddar and Samita Sen). In Iman Kumar Mitra, Ranabir Samaddar and Samita Sen (eds.), Accumulation in Postcolonial Capitalism. Singapore: Springer, 2016, 1-24.

2016. Life, Labour, Recycling: A Study of the Waste Management Practices in Contemporary Kolkata (coauthored with Debarati Bagchi). In Iman Kumar Mitra, Ranabir Samaddar and Samita Sen (eds.), Accumulation in Postcolonial Capitalism. Singapore: Springer, 2016, 149-163.

2016. (Edited with Ranabir Samaddar and Samita Sen) Accumulation in Postcolonial Capitalism. Singapore: Springer, 2016. 

Journal Publications (accepted or published)

2018. Biplop, Pratibiplob o Arthaneetir Itihas [Revolution, Counterrevolution and the Histories of Economic Thought]. Alochona Chakra, Vol. 32, No. 1 (January 2018), 253-260. 

2016. Exchanging Words and Things: Verncularisation of Political Economy in Nineteenth Century Bengal. The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 53, No. 4 (October-December 2016), 501-31.

2016. Recycling the Urban: Migration Settlement and the Question of Labour in Contemporary Kolkata. Economic and Political Weekly (Special Issue on Migration and the Neoliberal City) Vol. LI, Nos. 26 & 27 (June 25, 2016), 55-62.