Gurminder K Bhambra


Gurminder K Bhambra


Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies at the University of Sussex. Previously, she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and Guest Professor of Sociology and History at Concurrences Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Linnaeus University, Sweden.

She is author of Connected Sociologies (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and Rethinking Modernity (Palgrave, 2007), which won the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in 2008. She curates the Global Social Theory website and is co-editor of the free online magazine, Discover Society.

Her current research addresses colonial and postcolonial legacies within Europe and how the project of the European Union, and exit from it alike, are shaped by those legacies. |
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Gurminder K. Bhambra's research addresses how, within sociological understandings of modernity, the experiences and claims of non-European 'others' have been rendered invisible to the dominant narratives and analytical frameworks of sociology. While her research interests are primarily in the area of historical sociology, she is also interested in the intersection of the social sciences with recent work in postcolonial studies. Her current research project is on the possibilities for historical sociology in a postcolonial world. She is editor of the new monograph series, Theory for a Global Age, published by Bloomsbury Academic.

On Connected Sociologies: "Gurminder K. Bhambra takes up the classical concerns of sociology and social theory and shows how they can be rethought through an engagement with postcolonial studies and decoloniality, two of the most distinctive critical approaches of the past decades."

On Rethinking Modernity: "Arguing for the idea of connected histories, Bhambra presents a fundamental reconstruction of the idea of modernity in contemporary sociology. She criticizes the abstraction of European modernity from its colonial context and the way non-Western 'others' are disregarded. It aims to establish a dialogue in which 'others' can speak and be heard."