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Idrees Kanth

PhD candidate

M.I. Kanth
+31 71 527 2997

Idrees Kanth was born in Kashmir, and obtained his B.Sc. (Bio-Science )  and B.A. (Indian History) at the University of Kashmir.  He received his  M.Phil in Modern Indian History in  2009 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi with a dissertation entitled:  ‘Community, State and History: The Uprising of 1931 and the Emerging Discourse of Rights in Kashmir’. He has previously worked as a researcher with Oxfam on the Violence Amelioration and Mitigation Project (VMAP), and was briefly involved with the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir. He has also attended summer schools at the universities of Erfurt and Antwerp.  

Fields of interest

Idrees Kanth’s research interests are in the field of Modern history of Kashmir and South Asia and Islam. He is particularly interested in how various communities are constructed and imagined, resistance histories, and ethnic movements and ‘national’ assertions in modern South Asia. He is also interested in narratives of commemoration and the uses that the Past is put to, especially while making communal and national claims. Recent experiences have sensitised him to the problems of history writing and historical practice in conflict zones [like Kashmir], where the state makes it difficult to access archival resources. He also retains an abiding interest in social history of cricket in the Indian subcontinent, and the significance of cricket in the modern history and culture of the West Indies. 

He also retains an abiding interest in the social history of cricket in the Indian subcontinent, and the significance of cricket in the modern history and culture of the West Indies.

PhD research

National consciousness and public discourse in twentieth century Kashmir

Supervisors: Nira Wickramasinghe (LIAS) and Erik de Maaker (Social Sciences) 
Idrees Kanth’s PhD research focuses on ‘National consciousness and Public discourse in Twentieth century Kashmir’. He is trying to investigate how claims to being a national community have evolved in Kashmir, and the specificities and procedural nuances — in terms of its idioms, vocabulary, articulation — that have underscored Kashmiri nationalism.


  • DPhil., Modern History, Oxford University, 2010-2011 [de-registered]

  • MPhil., Modern Indian History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2009

  • Dissertation: Community, State and History: The Uprising of 1931 and the Emerging Discourse of Rights in Kashmir  

  • M.A., History, Leiden University

  • B.A., Indian History/ B.Sc., Bio Science, Kashmir University

Panel discussions

Discussant in the Gravensteen Lecture: ‘Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital’ delivered by Professor Vivek Chibber [Professor of Sociology, New York University], organised by Leiden Global Interactions, Leiden, 6 March, 2015.

Convener and discussant, Leiden Kashmir panel — a panel discussion on the Kashmir conflict organised by Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) and the Modern South Asia seminar, Leiden University, 23 September, 2013  http://hum.leidenuniv.nl/lucis/activiteiten/kashmir-panel.html

Discussant in the GLASS Faculty Roundtable/Panel discussion: Postcolonial Frictions? (Dis)Locating the ‘pre-modern’ in Asian Modernities with Dr. Farish Noor (Political Science, Nanynag Technological University, Singapore) Bart Barendregt (Anthropology, Leiden) and  Kiri Paramore (Japanese Studies, Leiden), Leiden, 14 June, 2013


  • ‘Archiving the Kashmir Archives’, Indian Archives, (National Archives of India journal) forthcoming
  • Book review: ‘The Untold Story of the People of Azad Kashmir’, London: Hurst Co., 2012, in  Politics, Religion and Ideology (Routledge), 14 (4): 589–591
  • ‘Writing Histories in Conflict Zones’,  Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Vol. 46 No. 26 and 27, June 25 - July 08, 2011
  • ‘Migrant Labour in Srinagar City’,  Sixth International Labour History Conference, Delhi University, November 1-3, 2006
  • The Impact of Violence on the Student Community in Kashmir, Oxfam, 2003

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS India en Tibet

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.03c



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