Dr. Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay
Assistant Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences

Email ritajyoti(AT)iisermohali.ac.in
Fax +91 172 2240124
Personal Page                                                               
Research Area
Urban History, Informal Economy and Infrastructure Studies

Research Focus

I am a historical anthropologist of the Present. My earlier and ongoing research projects explore themes in informality, infrastructure technologies and governmentality studies in late-colonial and postcolonial India. I am particularly invested in studying the materiality of mass politics as India transitioned from imperial sovereignty to popular sovereignty. I am also interested in the genealogies of Marxism and Fascism infested in popular consciousness in South Asia.

My current projects are as follows:

1. The Rule of the Street: Institutions and Informalities in Calcutta 1911-2011 (book manuscript under preparation, commissioned by the Cambridge University Press)

2. Governing Calcutta in the Twentieth Century: A Legal- Institutional History

3. Technopolitics of Identification: Aadhaar and the Regimes of Risk under Neolibaralism

4. Urban Food Provisioning in Contemporary West Bengal: The Emerging Frontiers of Retail

5. War and Urbanity in South Asia in the Long-Twentieth Century.

I have taught courses on urban history, property, infrastructure studies, and social policy during my prior academic assignments. I am looking forward to develop courses on the understandings of capitalism, crisis, science and technology in the contemporary world. I wish to work and supervise projects on the trajectories of capitalist accumulation, social policy, rent and tenancy relations in South Asian cities and mass political formation under neoliberalism.

Selected Publications

  • Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay & Ranabir Samaddar, 2016 "Caste and the Frontiers of Postcolonial Accumulation", in Iman Kumar Mitra, Ranabir Samaddar and Samita Sen (eds), Accumulation in Postcolonial Capitalism: India and Beyond, Springer, DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-1037-8 (Forthcoming, August, 2016).
  • Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay, 2016, " Institutionalizing Informality: The Hawkers' Question in Postcolonial Calcutta" , Modern Asian Studies, 50 (2), Cambridge University Press.
  • Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay, 2015, "Counter-pedestrianism", Seminar, 674 (October).