Dr. Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay
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Urban History, Informal Economy and Infrastructure Studies
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.