M.I. (Idrees) Kanth

  • PhD Fellow, Asian Modernities & Traditions (AMT)
  • South Asian History and Politics

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2997
E-Mail: m.i.kanth@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS India en Tibet
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.03c

Fields of interest

Idrees Kanth’s research interests are in modern history of Kashmir and South Asia.

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 (CA/DS) 


  • 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

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

Last Modified: 11-12-2015