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Dr Kaustubh Mani Sengupta

Kaustubh Mani Sengupta was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the TRG from October 2013 to September 2015. He studied history at Presidency College, Kolkata and at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His PhD, titled “Planned Spaces, Intimate Places: Ordering a City and Creating a Neighbourhood in Colonial Calcutta” studied the process of urbanization of Calcutta from the middle of the eighteenth century up to the initial decades of the twentieth looking at various spaces of colonial Calcutta and trying to map the ways in which the city was imagined, perceived and shaped. His main fields of interests are colonial history with a focus on South Asia, the history of modern Bengal, spatial approaches in history, particularly focusing on urban history. He is currently engaged in a research project studying the role of education in shaping the lives of the inmates of the refugee settlements in post-colonial India.

Email: kaustubh.sengupta(ghi)gmail.com

Research Interests

History of colonial India, urban history, spatial history, history of partition and decolonisation in South Asia, history of education.

Academic Background

2003-2006 BA (History) from Presidency College, Kolkata
2006-2008 MA (Modern History) from Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2011-2012 Visiting doctoral student at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Georg-August Universitat, Goettingen, Germany
2008-2013 PhD (Modern History), Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Scholarships and Prizes

2008-2013 University Grants Commission, India, fellowship for MPhil and PhD
2011-2012 DAAD fellowship to visit the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Georg-August Universitat, Goettingen, Germany, as part of an exchange programme between CeMIS and CHS, JNU
2008-2013 University Grants Commission, India, fellowship for MPhil and PhD

Current Research

Refugee Settlement and the Role of Education in Calcutta, 1947-1967

Publications

Articles
(in Bengali) ‘Unish Satake Bangalir Madyapan ebong Battala’ [Battala and the Consumption of Alcohol in Nineteenth-century Bengal], Anustup, Battala Special Issue, year 45, issue 4, 2011; reprinted in Anil Acharya and Adrish Biswas (eds.), Bangalir Battala (vol. 1), Kolkata: 2012.