Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Presidency University
Milinda Banerjee is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata (India). He defended his doctoral dissertation at Heidelberg University in 2014: the dissertation (now forthcoming as a book) dealt with ideas of rulership and sovereignty in late 19th and early-mid 20th c. India, examining the construction of various strands of British colonial, Indian nationalist, and subaltern/peasant political thought. Banerjee's work draws methodologically on the intersections of global intellectual history, critical theory, and political theology. At present he is engaged with two main research projects. The first (in association with Heidelberg University) focuses on a global intellectual history of the Tokyo Trial (1946-48), interrogating debates on legal philosophy, empire, and sovereignty that animated the trial. The second (partly in association with the University of St Andrews) maps late precolonial/early modern Bengali discourses on divine and human rulership within transregional contexts and transcontinental Euro-Asian spheres of circulations of ideas. Banerjee is the author of two monographs and several essays on early modern and modern Bengali intellectual history, and is currently also co-editing a book on transnational/global histories of the nexus between monarchies and nation-construction across the 19th and 20th centuries.