Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College

Affiliated Faculty, Department of English
Courtesy Appointment, Law School
Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Delhi (2018–2021)
Faculty Fellow, Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (2004–present)
Resource Faculty, Cinema and Media Studies and Comparative Literature

PhD'84 Australian National University

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
c/o South Asian Languages and Civilization
1130 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Foster Hall, room 208 – Office
(773) 702-8373 – South Asian Languages and Civilizations
(773) 834-3254 – Fax

Field Specialties

Modern South Asian history and historiography; subaltern, indigenous, and minority histories; theory and history; decolonization; environmental history and climate change


Dipesh Chakrabarty holds a BSc (physics honors) degree from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, a postgraduate Diploma in management (considered equivalent to MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a PhD (history) from the Australian National University. He is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College. He is the Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Delhi, a faculty fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an associate of the Department of English, and by courtesy, a faculty member in the Law School. 

He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a consulting editor of Critical Inquiry, a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies, and has served on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and Public Culture. He was one of the founding editors, with Sheldon Pollock from Columbia University and Sanjay Subrahmanyam from UCLA, of the series, South Asia Across the Disciplines, published by a consortium of three university presses (Chicago, Columbia, and California). He served on the Board of Experts for non-Western art for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin and was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Center for Global Cooperation Research (Bonn and Essen) for a few years from 2012.  He is also an Associate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney 2018-2021.

Chakrabarty is the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Foundation Prize for his contributions to global history and of the 2019 Tagore Memorial Prize awarded by the Government of West Bengal for his book The Crises of Civilization. He was awarded a DLitt honoris causa by the University of London (conferred at Goldsmiths) in 2010 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp in 2011. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (conferred on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Institute in 2011). He was elected an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2006 and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

A book of essays has been published on Chakrabarty’s work: Saurabh Dube, Sanjay Seth, and Ajay Skaria eds., Dipesh Chakrabarty and the Global South: Subaltern Studies, Postcolonial Perspectives, and the Anthropocene (London: Routledge, 2020).

In 2020, Chakrabarty delivered the inaugural lecture at The Tagore Program, University of California, Berkeley.

In 2017, Chakrabarty delivered the “Mandel Lectures in the Humanities” lecture at Brandeis University, which are to be published by the University of Brandeis Press.  He also delivered the William James Lecture at the Harvard Divinity School and the Ato Quayson Lecture, University of Toronto.  He continued as Dean’s Distinguished Visitor, The Australian National University, Canberra. In 2021, he will deliver the “Counter Currents” lectures at the University of Cambridge, which will be published by Polity Press, Cambridge.

In 2018, he was a Visiting Professor of History at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. 

In 2017, he participated in a conference on the history of Eurocentrism hosted by Peter Burke at Cambridge, delivered the Mandel Lectures in the Humanities at Brandeis, and delivered the annual "History and Theory" lecture at Harvard.  

In 2016, Chakrabarty presented a keynote on "South Asian Futures" at the University of Lund. He continued as Dean's Distinguished Visitor, The Australian National University, Canberra. He delivered the History Lecture at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, where was a visitor to the Rachel Carson Center. He also lectured at University of Wrocław; Ludwig-Maximilan University, Munich; Presidency University, Calcutta; University of Paris; Lund University; and Ohio State; and delivered the keynote at the History Association Conference, Dhaka.

In 2015, Chakrabarty delivered the Tanner Lectures in Human Values at Yale University and the Arthur L. Throckmorton Lecture in History at Lewis and Clark College. He was a Provost’s Visiting Scholar at the University of South Carolina History Center, a GLASS Visiting Scholar the University of Leiden, a guest of the University of Barcelona, and Dean’s Distinguished Visitor, The Australian National University, Canberra.

In 2014, Chakrabarty delivered the Radhakrishnan Memorial Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford, the IWM Lectures in Human Sciences in Vienna, the Wallace T. MacCaffrey Distinguished Lecture in History at Reed College, the Faculty of History Lecture at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and a lecture on Marx at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin. He was also the Principal’s Distinguished Visitor at Queens University, Canada.

In 2013, he was invited to be a Nicholson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Previously, Chakrabarty has been, by invitation, a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2008–09); Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna (2010); Katz Professor in the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle (2009); Hallsworth Visiting Professor, University of Manchester, UK (2009); Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Iowa (2007); distinguished visitor, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Minnesota (2007); visiting professor, European Union Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania (2006); scholar-in-residence, Pratt Institute, New York (2005); visiting fellow, Max Planck Institute for Historical Sciences, Goettingen (2005); faculty, Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory, University of California, Irvine (2005); visiting research professor, University of Technology, Sydney (2005 and 2009); visitor, Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (2005); visitor, Humanities Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook (2004); Hitesranjan Sanyal Visiting Professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (2003); visiting fellow, Humanities Institute, Princeton (2002); visiting assistant professor, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, and has held other fellowships in Australia, India, and the United States. He has also been associated for many years now with the Australian National University and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Chakrabarty’s most recent book is The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (in press, University of Chicago). He also has collections of translated essays forthcoming in Italian with Nottetempo, in Russian with v-a-c Foundation, and in Spanish with Edición Mimesis.  A Chinese translation of Provincializing Europe is forthcoming with Commercial Press.

Other recent books include The Crises of Civilization: Exploring Global and Planetary Histories (Delhi: OUP, 2018) and, with Ranajit Dasgupta, Some Aspects of Labour History of Bengal in the Nineteenth Century: Two Views (Delhi: OUP, 2018).  He is also the co-editor, along with Henning Trüper and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, of Historical Teleologies in the Modern World (Bloomsbury, 2015).

His other publications include Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 (Princeton, 1989, 2000), Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, 2000; second edition, 2008), Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (Chicago, 2002), and The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth, c. 1900-1950 (Chicago, 2015).  He has also edited (with Shahid Amin) Subaltern Studies IX (Delhi: OUP, 1996), (with Carol Breckenridge, Homi Bhabha, and Sheldon Pollock) Cosmopolitanism (Duke, 2000); (with Rochona Majumdar and Andrew Sartori) From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition (Delhi: OUP, 2007), and (with Bain Attwood and Claudio Lomnitz) “The Public Life of History,” a special issue of Public Culture (2008).

Provincializing Europe has been translated into Italian, French, Polish, Spanish, Turkish, and Korean and is being brought out in Chinese. Habitations has been published in Arabic. A collection of two essays translated into Spanish was published in 2009: El humanismo en la era de la globalizacion and La descolonizacion y las politicas culturales (Buenos Aires: Katz Editores, and Barcelona: Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, 2009). A Dipesh Chakrabarty Reader (in Chinese) was recently published from Shanghai (Nanfang Press, 2010). An assortment of essays was published in German under the title, Europa als Provinz: Perspektiven postkolonialer Geschichtsschreibung (Campus Verlag, 2010). A collection of essays written originally in Bengali was recently brought out in Kolkata, Itihasher janajibon o anyanyo probondho (The Public Life of History and Other Essays) (Ananda Publishers, 2011). Chakrabarty is also a regular contributor to Bengali newspapers and journals published from Kolkata.

Research Statement

Chakrabarty's research is currently focused on two areas: he is completing a book project on the implications of the science of climate change for historical and political thought (see his essay in Critical Inquiry, Win. 2009, for a beginning) and is working on two long-term projects: one on democracy and political thought in South Asia and the other on a cultural history of Muslim-Bengali nationalism.

Chakrabarty welcomes students in all areas of modern and contemporary South Asian history and in areas of his own interests. His current students in History and SALC work on a variety of topics: 20th-century Kerala, prostitution in British India, India-China relations in the 1950s, modern Islam in Bangladeshi history, epidemics in the British Empire, youth culture in colonial Bengal, history of modern Bengali music. 

Recently completed theses include work on the history of the Sino-Indian boundary, the history of the idea of “popular sovereignty” in colonial India, Yunani medicine, the politics of water in Pakistan, India reform societies in nineteenth-century Britain, slavery in south India, environmental consciousness in Hindi literature, the East India Company in the eighteenth century, the Vaishnava movement in nineteenth-century Bengal, the history of the film industry in Bengal, the history of housing in Bombay in the early part of the twentieth century, comparative indigenous histories of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, the culture-concept in Bengali history, visual aspects of the rebellion of 1857, the making of the Indian constitution, the sixties in Pakistan, low-caste politics in Bengal during the Partition, Assam tea-plantations, missionaries in Orissa, religious thought among Bengali Muslims in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, mass politics in Bangladesh, labor in Delhi, the history of the Anglo-Indian communities in India, the history of photo-journalism in Bengal, the evolution of the qazi and mufti in British India, and the intellectual history of Mughal India, and Avicennian medicine in colonial India.

Lectures (selected)

Tagore in Our Times and His,” Inaugural Lecture, The Tagore Program, University of California, Berkeley, Feb. 22, 2020.

The Planet: An Emergent Matter of Spiritual Concern?” William James Lecture, Harvard Divinity School, May 1, 2019.

The Collegium Lecture, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, May 17, 2018.

The Fifth Annual Mandel Lectures in the Humanities, Brandeis University, Mar. 13–16, 2017.

"Talk on Climate Change and the Humanities," Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, Mar. 1, 2016.

Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Yale University, Feb. 18–20, 2015.

Lecture 1: "Climate Change as Epochal Consciousness"
Lecture 2: "Decentering the Human? Gaia"
Roundtable: "The Human Condition in the Anthropocene"

"Rethinking Working Class: Postcolonial Perspectives on a Revolutionary Concept," Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Berlin, Oct. 29, 2014.

The Anthropocene Project: An Opening, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Jan. 10–13, 2013


"Interview with Bernd M. Scherer

"The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and the Birth of Historical Research in India," Annual B.N. Ganguli Memorial Lecture, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, Oct. 30, 2012: Part 1 and Part 2.

"In Retrospect: Subaltern Studies and Futures Past," Subaltern Studies: Historical World Making Thirty Years On, Australian National University, Canberra, Aug. 3–5, 2011.

"Indian Modernity: Once Colonial, Now Global," Demystifying India conference, University of Rhode Island, Sept. 29, 2009.

Publications (selected)

Books in press

The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (The University of Chicago Press, 2021)

Books in preparation

The Holocene Lost? Provincializing Europe in a Warming World (Mandel Lectures, Brandeis University, to be published by University of Brandeis Press).

Books published

Some Aspects of Labour History of Bengal in the Nineteenth Century: Two Views, with Ranajit Dasgupta. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018.

The Crises of Civilization: Explorations in Global and Planetary Histories. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Historical Teleologies in the Modern World, coedited with Henning Trüper and Sanjay Subrahmanyam. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition, coedited with Rochona Majumdar and Andrew Sartori. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Cosmopolitanism, co-edited with Carol Breckenridge, Homi Bhabha, and Sheldon Pollock. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002 [2000].

Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000; second edition, 2008.

Subaltern Studies IX, coedited with Shahid Amin. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890–1940. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989, 2000.

Forthcoming articles

“The Dalit Body: A Reading for the Anthropocene,” in The Empire of Disgust: Prejudice, Discrimination, and Policy in India and the US (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018), edited by Martha Nussbaum and Zoya Hasan.

Recent articles

“The Human Sciences and Climate Change: A Crisis of Anthropocentrism,” Science and Culture 86, nos. 1-2 (January–February, 2020), pp. 46-48.

“The Planet: An Emergent Humanist Category,” Critical Inquiry 46, no. 1 (Autumn 2019), pp. 1-31.

“Between World History and Earth History: Anthropocene Time.” History and Theory 57, no. 1 (Mar. 2018): 5–32.

"Afterword." In "Climate Change and the Production of Knowledge," special issue, South Atlantic Quarterly 116, no. 1 (2017): 163–68.

"The Politics of Climate Change Is More Than the Politics of Capitalism." Theory, Culture, and Society 34, nos. 2–3 (Mar.–May 2017): 25–37.

"The Future of the Human Sciences in the Age of Humans: A Note." In "Anthropocene and Social Theory Twentieth-Anniversary," special issue, European Journal of Social Theory 20, no. 1 (Feb. 2017): 39–43.

"Humanities in a Warming World: The Crisis of an Enduring Kantian Fable." New Literary History 47, nos. 2–3 (2016): 377–98.

"The Human Condition in the Anthropocene." In The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, vol. 35, edited by Mark Matheson 137–88. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2016.

"Soundings and Echoes: Introduction." South Asia 39, no. 1 (2016): 183–89 [Interview of David Anthony Lowe].

"A Field to Work In: Finding Labor History in Calcutta and Canberra." South Asia 39, no. 1 (2016): 251–54

"Interview with Dipesh Chakrabarty." South Asian History and Culture 7, no. 3 (2016): 301–3

"The Human Significance of the Anthropocene." In Reset Modernity! edited by Bruno Latour and Christophe Leclercq. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016.

"Whose Anthropocene? A Response." In "Whose Anthropocene? Revisiting Dipesh Chakrabarty's Four Theses on Climate History," edited by Thomas Laken and Robert Emmett, special issue, Rachel Carson Center Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2 (2016): 103–13.

"Reading (the) Late Chris Bayly: A Personal Tribute." South Asian History and Culture 7, no. 1 (2016): 1–6.

"Foreword." In Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches, edited by Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Jill Didur, and Anthony Carrigan. New York: Routledge, 2015.

"My Life in History: Communing with Magpies." History Australia 11, no. 3 (Dec. 2014): 194–206.

"Climate and Capital: On Conjoined Histories." Critical Inquiry 41, no. 1 (Aut. 2014): 1–23.

“Friendships in the Shadow of Empire: Rabindranath Tagore’s Reception in Chicago, c. 1913–1932,” Modern Asian Studies 48:5 (September 2014), pp. 1161–1187.

"Marx after Marxism." In Contemporary Marxist Theory: A Reader, edited by Jeff Diamanti et al., 141–48. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014, (reprint).

"A Tryst With the Past: Interview with Dipesh Chakrabarty." In The Kindle Biannual 1, 79–86. Calcutta: Ink Publications, 2014.

"Baucom's Critique: A Brief Response." Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 1, no. 2 (Jul. 2014), 245–64.

"The Geophysical Agency of Humans and Climate Change." Global Energy Affairs (Jun. 2014): 16–17.

"Quelques Failles Dans la Penséesur le Changement Climatique." In De l’univers clos monde infini, edited by Émilie Hache, 107–46. Paris: Éditions Dehors, 2014.

"Dipesh Chakrabarty in Conversation with Paweł Marczeski." Krytyca Polityczna (2014): 32–34.

"Europa provicialisieren: Postkolonialitaet und die Kritik der Geshichte." In Jenseits des Eurozentrismus, edited by Sebastian Conrad, Shalini Randeria, and Regina Roemhild, 134–61. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2013 (reprint).

"The Lost Causes of E. P. Thompson." Labour/Le Travail: Journal of Canadian Labour Studies (Fall 2013): 207–12.

"Die Gewalt und die Zivilisation: Dipesh Chakrabarty im Gespraech."Geo (Nov. 2013): 55–58 [interview with Gabriele Riedle].

"Subaltern Studies in Retrospect and Reminiscence." Economic and Political Weekly (Mar. 23, 2013): 23–27.

"Gandhi's Gita and Politics as Such." In Political Thought in Action: The Bhagavat Gita and Modern India, edited by Shruti Kapila and Faisal Devji, 67–87. Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2013 [reprint; with Rochona Majumdar].

"Foreword/Calcutta: In Memories and Photographs." In Redeeming Calcutta: A Portrait of India's Imperial Capital, edited by Steve Raymer. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Subaltern Studies, Post-Colonial Marxism, and 'Finding Your Place to Begin from': An Interview with Dipesh Chakrabarty." In Dialogues with Contemporary Political Theorists, edited by Gary Browning, Raia Prokhovnik, and Maria Dimova-Cookson, 58–72. London: Palgrave, 2012.

"Interview: On Climate Change." La Revue des Livres (Nov.–Dec. 2012).

"Museums in Late Democracies." In The Visual Culture Reader, 3rd ed., edited by in Nicholas Mirzoeff. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.

"Community, State, and the Body: Epidemics and Popular Culture in Colonial India." In Medical Marginality in South Asia: Situating Subaltern Therapeutics, edited by David Hardiman and Projit Mukharji, 36–58. London: Routledge, 2012.

"Postcolonial Studies and the Challenge of Climate Change." New Literary History 43, no. 1 (Winter 2012): 1-18.

"From Civilization to Globalization: The West as a Signifier in Indian Modernity." Inter-Asian Cultural Studies 13, no. 1 (2012). French translation in La Revue des Libres (Jan. 31, 2012).

"Australian Lessons." In India and Australia: Bridging Different Worlds, edited by Brian Stoddart and Auriol Weigold, 8–15. Delhi: Readworthy, 2011.

"Veraendert der Klimawandel die Geschichtschreibung? Transit 41 (2011).

"The Birth of Academic Historical Writing in India." In Oxford History of Historical Writing 1900–1950, vol. 4, edited by Stuart Macintyre et al., 520–36. Oxford University Press, 2011.

"The Muddle of Modernity." American Historical Review 116, no. 3 (Jun. 2011): 663–75.

"Can Political Economy be Postcolonial?" In Postcolonial Economies, edited by Jane Pollard, Cheryl McEwan, and Alex Hughes. London: Zed Books, 2011.

"Romantic Nationalism and Its Ambivalent Legacies." Delhi: National Council of Educational Research and Training, 2011 [Sir Aurobindo Third Memorial Lecture, 2010].

"Belatedness as Possibility: Subaltern Histories, Once More. In The Indian Postcolonial: A Critical Reader, edited by Elleke Boehmer and Rosinka Chaudhuri, 163–76. London: Routledge, 2011.

"A Europe in the World? Twenty Years After 1989." Comprendre: Revue de Politique de la Culture 2 (2010) 189–196. Also published in Europa Regional 4 (2009).

"Historia subalterna como pensamento politico." In A Politica dos Muitos: Povo, Classes e Multidao, edited by Bruno Dias and Jose Neves, 281–307. Lisbon: Tinta-da-China, 2010. Reprinted as "Subaltern Studies as Political Thought." In Colonialism and Its Legacies, edited by Jacob Levy and Iris Marion Young, 205–18. New York: Lexington Books, 2011.

"Bourgeois Categories Made Global: Utopian and Actual Lives of Historical Documents in India." In Utopia/Dystopia, edited by Michael G. Cordin, Hellen Tilley, and Gyan Prakash, 73–93. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010). Also published in Economic and Political Weekly 25 (2009): 69–75.

"The Legacies of Bandung: Decolonization and the Politics of Culture." In Making a World After Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives, edited by Christopher Lee, 45–68. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010. An earlier version published in Economic and Political Weekly.

"Gandhi’s Gita and Politics as Such." Journal of Modern Intellectual History 7, no. 2 (2010): 335–53 [with Rochona Majumdar].

"Empire, Ethics, and the Calling of History: Knowledge in the Postcolony." In Unsettling History: Archiving and Narrating in Historiography, edited by Sebastian Jobs and Alf Lüdtke, 63–88. Frankfurt, New York: Campus Verlag, 2010). Another version published in Ethical Life in South Asia, edited by Anand Pandian and Daud Ali, 116–39. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

"The Home and the World in Sumit Sarkar's History of Bengal." In The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal, 1903–1908. Delhi: Permanent Black, 2010.

"Identities and Violence: Towards a Critique of Amartya Sen." South Asian History and Culture 1, no. 1 (Jan. 2010): 149-54. Also as "Possibilidades e os Limites da Interculturalidade." In Podemos Viver Semo o Outro?, 39–54. Lisbon: Gulbenkian Foundation, 2009. An earlier version was published in Meanjin 66, no. 2 (2007).

An Anti-Colonial History of the Postcolonial Turn. Melbourne: Department of History, University of Melbourne, 2009 [Greg Dening Memorial Lecture].

"The Names and Repetitions of Postcolonial History." In The Ambiguous Allures of the West: Traces of the Colonial in Thailand, edited by Rachel V. Harrison and Peter A. Jackson, vii–xvii. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010.

"Historicism and Its Supplements: A Note on a Predicament Shared by Medieval and Postcolonial Studies." In Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of "the Middle Ages" Outside Europe, edited by Kathleen Davis and Nadia Altschul, 109–22. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

"The Modern and the Secular in the West: An Outsider’s View." Journal of the American Academy of Religions 77, no. 1 (Jun. 2009): 393–409. [Review of Charles Taylor's A Secular Age; also published in German in Transit].

"The Climate of History: Four Theses." Critical Inquiry 35, no. 2 (Winter 2009): 197–222. Translated as "Le climat de l'histoire: quatre thèses." Revue Internationale 5 (Jan.–Feb. 2010): 22–31. Also carried in Eurozine (Oct. 30, 2009). Further translated into Chinese, German, Hungarian, Korean, Malayalam, and Spanish.

"Humanism in a Global World." In Humanism in Intercultural Perspective, edited by Joern Reusen, 23–36. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2009.

"Nation and Imagination." In Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader, edited by Ira Livingston, 285–300. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009 [reprint of a chapter from Provincializing Europe].

"Aboriginal and Subaltern Histories." In Frontier, Race, Nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian History, edited by Bain Attwood and Tom Griffiths, 55–70. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009. 

L'Humanisme En Una Era Global. Barcelona: Center for Contemporary Culture, 2008 [published lecture].

"In Defense of Provincializing Europe: A Response to Carola Dietze." History and Theory 47, no. 1 (2008): 85–96.

"The Public Life of History: An Argument Out of India." Public Culture 20, no. 1 (Winter 2008): 143–68. [Co-edited special issue on "The Public Life of History" with Bain Attwood and Claudio Lomnitz.]

"Greg Dening: A Personal Tribute." Postcolonial Studies 11, no. 2 (2008): 227–28.

"'In the Name of Politics': Democracy and the Power of the Multitude in India." Public Culture 19, no. 51 (Winter 2007): 35–57. Reprinted in Varieties of World-Making: Beyond Globalization, edited by Nathalie Karagiannis and Peter Wagner, 111–32. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2007.

"Mangal Pandey: Film and History." Economic and Political Weekly 42, no. 19 (May 2007): 1771–78 [with Rochona Majumdar].

"History and the Politics of Recognition." In Manifestos for Historians, edited by Keith Jenkins, Sue Morgan, and Alan Munslow, 77–86. New York: Routledge, 2007.

"Das Wissen der Weltregionen: Birgit Schäbler im Gespräch mit Dipesh Chakrabarty." In Area Studies und die Welt: Weltregionen und neue Globalgeschichte, edited by Birgit Schäbler, 252–258. Vienna: Mandelbaum Verlag, 2007.

"Dipesh Chakrabarty: Quelle histoire pour les dominés?" Sciences Humaines (Oct. 2006): 34–36.

"A Global and Multicultural 'Discipline' of History?" Review essay. History and Theory 45, no.1 (Feb. 2006): 101–109.

“Recording the Past: How popular culture is shaping the future of history.” Biblio 10:9–10 (2006): 16-17. Translated into Malayalam in Pachakuthira (February 2006): 55–57 and into Bengali in Aitihashik (The Historian).

“A Global and Multicultural 'Discipline' of History?” Review essay. History and Theory 45:1 (February 2006): 101–109.

“Politics Unlimited: The Global Adivasi and Debates about the Political.” In The Politics of Indigeneity in India, edited by Bengt A. Karlsson and Tanka B. Subba, 235–346. London: Routledge, 2006.

“Dipesh Chakrabarty: Quelle histoire pour les dominés?” Sciences Humaines (October 2006): 34–36 (interview).

“'Quelle histoire pour les dominés?' Entretien avec Dipesh Chakrabarty.” In Histoire globale. Un nouveau regard sur le monde, edited by Laurent Testot, 225–230. Paris: Sciences Humaines, 2008.

“The Fall and Rise of Indian Sports History.” The International Journal of the History of Sport 21:3/4 (June–September 2004): 337–343. Reprinted in Sport in South Asian Society: Past and Present. Edited by Boria Majumdar and J. A. Mangan, 17. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2005.

“Romantic Archives: Literature and the Politics of Identity in Bengal.” Critical Inquiry (Spring 2004): 654–682.


—Delivers Inaugural Lecture, The Tagore Program, University of California, Berkeley, 2020
—Delivers Ato Quayson Lecture, University of Toronto, 2019
—Delivers William James Lecture, Harvard Divinity School, 2019
—Gives interview to New Eastern Europe, October 2019
—Awarded Tagore Memorial Prize, 2019
—Delivers the Annual Collegium Lecture, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2018
—Launches planetary history research project with Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, 2018
—Delivers the Mandel Lectures in the Humanties, Brandeis University, 2017
—Speaks at Franke Institute Anniversary Symposium, 2017
—Publishes The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth, 2015
—Delivers Tanner Lectures in Human Values, Yale University, 2105
—Awarded Toynbee Prize, 2014
—Deliver's Keynote Address at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2013. [video, 61 minutes]