Sumita Mukherjee

Independent researcher, London

Contact: sumita.mukherjee[at]


2007-2010 (October): Research Fellow, English Faculty, University of Oxford, Oxford (UK) – project entitled ‘Making Britain : South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950’

2004-2007: DPhil in Modern History, Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford (UK) – thesis title ‘The Experience of the “England-Returned”: The Education of Indians in Britain in the Early Twentieth Century and its Long-Term Impact’

2003-2004: Master in Studies in South Asian History, Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford (UK)

Academic & professional profile

2010: Organised Conference ‘Bharat Britain’ at the British Library, September 2010

2010: Curated British Library public panel exhibition ‘South Asians Making Britain, 1858-1970’, which is touring Britain 2010-11 and India 2011-12

2010 : Curated public exhibition: ‘Indian Traces in Oxford’ at Bodleian Library, Oxford, March 2010

2007: ‘“The Land of Gold and Silver”: Indian Students and their Perceptions of Britain, 1907-1939’ at Irish Conference of Historians, Queen’s University Belfast, May 2007

2007: ‘“Rediscovering” India: The Impact of Travel on Indian Students in Britain, 1900-1939’ at BASAS conference, Cambridge, March 2007

2006: ‘The Majlis and other Indian student societies in British Universities 1904-1947’ at ‘Social Networks in World History’ Workshop, Oxford University, November 2006

2006: ‘“Hybrid University-Trained Mules”: The Anglicisation of Indian Students in Britain, 1900-1947’ at ‘Researching the Colonial and Postcolonial’ workshop, Bristol University, September 2006

Recent publications 

2011:  with Rehana Ahmed (eds), South Asian Resistances in Britain, 1858-1947, London, New York: Continuum

2011: with Elleke Boehmer, ‘Re-Making Britishness: Indian Contributions to Oxford University, c.1860-1930’ in Catherine McGlynn, Andrew Mycock and James  W. McAuley (eds), Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: The View From Abroad, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien : Peter Lang, pp 95-112

2009: Nationalism, Education and Migrant Identities: The England-Returned, London, New York: Routledge

2009: ‘“The Land of Gold and Silver”: Indian Students and their Perceptions of Britain, 1907-1939’ in Robert J. Blyth & Keith Jeffery (eds), The British Empire and Its Contested Pasts, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, pp 136-50

2006 : ‘Using the Legislative Assembly for Social Reform: The Sarda Act 1929’, South Asia Research, 26.3, pp 219-233


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