South Asia, Bengal
|1958||born in Kharagpur (West-Bengal) on January 26|
|1982||MA modern history, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan|
|1983-1984||B.Ed. course, Calcutta University|
|1985-1989||PhD reserach at Visva Bharati and National Archives in The Hague|
|1990-1991||guest lecturer, department of history, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal|
|1993||PhD degree at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan|
|1993-1994||post-doctoral fellow, International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden|
|1994-1995||translation project, the International Centre for Bengal Studies|
|1995-2000||project of Leiden University and the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|2000-2001||affiliated fellow, Centre for Studies in Social Science, Kolkata|
|2001-2003||lecturer (part time), Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata|
|2002-2004||post-doctoral research fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi|
|2003-2004||research fellow, Department of South Asian Studies, Leiden University.|
|2004-2005||project fellow, Department of Asian Languages, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam|
|2006-2009||project fellow and part-time lecturer, Leiden University|
|2008-2009||lecturer (part time), Erasmus University, Rotterdam|
|2007-2010||project co-ordinator, Plants, People and Work, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam|
|2010-present||Thyssen Foundation fellow, Center for Modern Asian Studies at Göttingen University|
Special activities and positions
- Member of the European Association of Modern South Asian Studies
- Member of the European Social Science and History Conference
- Member of the Indian History Congress
- Review editor of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 2005-10
- personal webpage Göttingen University
1989 Review of: S. Arasaratnam, Merchants, companies and commerce on the Coromandel coast, 1650-1740, Delhi 1986. Itinerario 13,2: 123-127.
1993 The Dutch East India Company and the Coromandel Coast 1740-1780: a story of its decline. – Unpublished PhD thesis Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan.
1994 “The textile trade of the Dutch East India Company on the Coromandel coast, 1730-1780.” International Institute of Asian Studies Year Book 1994: 187-206.
1995 “The Bay of Bengal, seminar 16-20 December 1994, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi,” IIAS Newsletter 5.
– “The Dutch East India Company and the trade of the Chulias in the Bay of Bengal in the late 18th century.” In: K.S. Mathew (ed.), Mariners, merchants and oceans: studies in maritime history, New Delhi, pp. 347-361.
1996 Transl. Shunya-garbha company: Banglay Belgiamer aini ebong be-aini banijya (J. Parmentier’s De holle compagnie: smokkel- en legale handel van de Zuid-Nederlanders in Begalen, 1720-44, transl. from Dutch into Bengali with an introduction), Dhaka, 118 p.
– “Porto Novo and the shipping in the Bay of Bengal in the mid-18th century.” In: J. Everaert and J. Parmentier (eds), Shipping, factories and colonization, Brussels.
– “A note on shipbuilding in Bengal in the late eighteenth century.” Itinerario 19,3: 167-174.
1998 “The hinterland and the coast: the pattern of interaction in Coromandel in the late eighteenth-century.” In: Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Lakshmi Subramanian (eds), Politics and trade in the Indian Ocean world: essays in honour of Ashin Das Gupta, Delhi [etc.]: Oxford University Press, pp. 19-51.
1999 “The Chulia merchants of southern Coromandel in the eighteenth century: a case of continuity.” In: O. Prakash and D. Lombard (eds), Commerce and culture in the Bay of Bengal: 1500-1800, Delhi, pp. 285-305.
– Review of: G. Knaap, Shallow waters, rising tide: shipping and trade in Java around 1775, Leiden: KITLV 1996. Itinerario
2001 “Nagapatnam and the commercial revolution in the Bay of Bengal.” In: J. Parmentier and S. Spanoghe (eds), Orbis in orbem: liber amicorum John Everaert, Gent, pp. 77-90.
– Review of: Vahe Baladouni and Margaret Makepeace (eds), Armenian merchants of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries: English East India Company sources, Philadelphia, [PA] 1998. JESHO 44,2: 234-237.
– Review of: Hugo K. s’Jacob, The Rajas of Cochin, 1663-1720: kings, chiefs and the Dutch East India Company, New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal 2000. Itinerario 22: 146-148.
2002 “Commerce in the Bay of Bengal in the 18th century.” Indian Association of Asian and Pacific Studies, Lecture Programmes I to IV, 2002: 33-44.
– Review of: Jos Gommans, Lennart Bes and Gijs Kruijtzer, Dutch Sources on South Asia c. 1600-1825, vol. 1: Bibliography and Archival Guide to the National Archives at the Hague (The Netherlands), New Delhi 2001. JESHO 45,3: 412-414.
2003 “Between fact and fictions: Khoja Gregory alias Gurgin Khan, the “Evil Genius” of Mir Qasim.” In: Jos Gommans & Om Prakash (eds), Circumambulations in South Asian history : essays in honour of Dirk H.A. Kolff, Leiden [etc.] (Brill’s indological library 19), pp. 133-158.
2005 “Armenian European relationship in India, 1500-1800: no Armenian foundation for European empire?” JESHO 48,2: 277-322.
2007 & Gita Dharampal-Frick and Jos Gommans, “Spatial and temporal continuities of merchant networks in South Asia and the Indian Ocean (1500-2000).” JESHO 50,2/3: 91-105.
2008 “Bhuj: a little-known corner of Dutch heritage in India.” In: [Neelam D. Sabharwal, ambassador of India, ed.], Changing images: lasting visions: India and the Netherlands [collection of 35 essays published on the occasion of 400 years of Indo-Dutch relations] , Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam, pp. 59-62.
– “The book of will of Petrus Woskan (1680-1751): some insights into the global commercial network of the Armenians in the Indian Ocean.” JESHO 51,1: 67-98.
– “Making money at the blessed place of Manila: Armenians in the Madras-Manila trade in the eighteenth century.” Journal of Global History 3,1: 1-20.
2010 “Mutual heritage of the Low Countries and South Asia [review article of two books pertaining to Dutch sources on South Asia, especially India, from the 1600s in particular].” JESHO 53,4: 653-660.
2014 “Local history of a global commodity: production of coffee in Mysore and Coorg in the nineteenth century.” Indian Historical Review 41,1: 67-86.
– & Alied de Cock, Hanneke ’t Hart, Dory Heilijgers (red.), ‘Mijn Reis in India’, de dagboeken en foto’s van Jan Kornelis de Cock in India en Sri Lanka, 1909-1910, met een inleiding door Bhaswati Bhattacharya, Leiden-Groningen (Kern Institute Miscellanea 14).
2017“Smallholdings versus European plantations: the beginnings of coffee in nineteenth-century Mysore (India).” In: Willem van Schendel (ed.), Embedding agricultural commodities, using historical evidence, 1840s-1940s, London [etc.]: Routledge, pp. 55-77.
–Much ado over coffee: Indian Coffee House, then and now. New Delhi: Social Science Press.