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Dr. V.M Jha

Associate Professor
Department of History
E-mail: vishwamohanjha@gmail.com

Educational Qualification

  • BA, History Honours, Patna University.
  • MA, History, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • M.Phil., Dept of History, University of Delhi.
  • Ph.D., Dept of History, University of Delhi.
Areas of Specialization / Interest

Ancient Indian History

Publications Profile

Select List of Recent Publications and Related Academic Activities:

1. ‘A Marxist Medievalist in India’s Stone Ages’, in Prabhat Patnaik, ed., Excursus in History: Essays on Some Ideas of Irfan Habib, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2011, pp. 66-132.

2. Serfdom as a Category of Analysis Historical Analysis. Radha Krishna Choudhary Memorial Lecture. Mithila Itihas Sansthan, Darbhanga Second Biennial National Conference, April 2-3, 2011.

3. 'Rethinking Periodization and Some Related Issues in Indian History', national seminar on ‘Challenges in Writing on Ancient India and Emerging New Trends and Dimensions, organized by Dept. of Ancient Indian History, DAV College Kanpur, 14- 15, Feb 2012.

4. ‘Untouchability, Gita, and the Pursuit of Truth: Remembering Vivekanand Jha’, Economic and Political Weekly, 2 Feb, 2013, pp. 17-18.

5. ‘Caste and Class in Early India with reference to the Work of D.D. Kosambi’, Paper presented at the ICSSR-sponsored national seminar on ‘Understanding and Resisting Caste’, University of Mumbai, 11-12 March, 2013.

6. 'The Arthaśāstra and the Maurya State: Some Issues in the History of Ideas and Institutions', Paper presented a seminar on ‘The History of Ideas in pre-colonial Bihar’ on 16-17 March 2013, organised by K.P. Jayaswal Research Institute at Rajgir.

7. ‘Evolution of RS Sharma as a Historical Materialist: The Beginnings’, in the second volume of Tulika Books-Social Scientist Series on Modern Indian Thinkers, edited by K.M. Shrimali (forthcoming).

8. Book Review, Ideas and Movements in the Age of the Mauryas (With special reference to Pāli & Ardhamāgadhī sources) by S.N. Dube, in The Indian Historical Review, 41, 2 (2014), pp. 325–328.

9. ‘From Ancient to Early Medieval India: Some Issues in Social History', Professor Yogendra Mishra Memorial Lecture, Patna, 21 April, 2014.

10. Book Review, The Political Philosophies of Antonio Gramsci and B. R. Ambedkar: Itineraries of Dalits and Subalterns, edited by Cosimo Zene, in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 77(3), October 2014, pp. 609 - 610.

11. ‘The Feudalism Debate’, Lecture delivered at the UGC - Human Resource Development Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1st Refresher Course in History, 14 January 2016.

12. ‘Of Paradigms and Paradigmatic Change: Was Anant Sadashiv an Altekarian?’, Keynote Address at the First International Conference on Gender Issues, Patna, 07 February 2016, organised by Centre for Gender Studies, Patna.

13. ‘Writing Early Indian Economic History from the Buddhist Sources’, paper presented, as an Eminent Speaker, at the National Seminar on ‘Ancient Indian Economy through Literary Sources’ at SMDSM College, SNDT University, Mumbai, 28 June, 2016.

14. ‘The Making of a Historian: Ram Sharan Sharma and Early Indian History’, Lecture delivered at UGC - Human Resource Development Centre (Academic Staff College), New Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia, Refresher Course in History, 24 August 2016.

15. Houlton’s Bihar the Heart of India, edited and introduced by Vishwa Mohan Jha. Kameshwar Singh Bihar Heritage Series 21. Maharajadhiraja Kameshwar Singh Kalyani Foundation, Darbhanga. 2016.

16. ‘Communal Identities in the Historiography of Early India: A Preliminary Note’, in Teaching History (The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Calcutta, 2017), pp. 44-60.

17. ‘Professor Hetukar Jha: In Memoriam’, paper presented at the Second International Conference on Gender Issues at Patna, 17-19 November 2017, being the Seventh Annual Conference of the Centre for Gender Studies, Patna.

18. ‘Recovering the Tension between Violence and Non-Violence in Ancient India’s Political History and Thought’, Talk at the Symposium on Contemporary Classics: Reframing History, organised by the Dept. of History and Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 12 March 2018.

19. Editing, along with Professor K.M. Shrimali, volume I, part 2 of A Comprehensive History of India.