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Dhiraj Kumar Nite

Assistant Professor

PhD History ( JNU)

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School of Liberal Studies

Education & Research

Research Associate, University of Johannesburg (UJ)

'Labour Relations and the Wellbeing in a Comparative Perspective'; 'Business Practices'; 'A Comparative Enquiry into Experiences of the Mining Communities in the India (Jharia coalfields) and South Africa (Transvaal Coalfields)';  Methodology of Oral History, Memory Study, Historical Economics, and Historical Anthropology.

Past Employment


A List of Publications:

  • Nite, DK. 'Labor, Wages, and Living Standards of Working People: Early Modern and Colonial India, 1600–1870', in Kristina Myrvold and Soniya Billore (Eds.), India: Research on Cultural Encounters and Representations, 2017, pp. 131-161.
  • Stewart, P. and DK Nite, ‘From fatalism to Mass Action to Incorporation to Neoliberal Individualism: Worker safety on South African mines, c.1955–2016’, Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 44 (152), 2017, pp. 252-271.
  • Nite, DK and Paul Stewart, ‘Consenting to Labour Appropriation?’: The Mineworker on South African Gold and Coalmines, 1951-2011’, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Vol. 52 (2), 2017, pp. 142-156.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Worshiping the Colliery-goddess: An Exploration of the religious view of safety in Indian coalminers (Jharia), 1895-2009,’ Contribution to Indian Sociology, Vol. 50 (2), June 2016, pp. 163-186.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Labour and Development: Historical Experiences,’ in IGNOU Books for MA in Labour and Development (Block II/ Conceptualising Labour – I, Unit IV), 2016.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Refashioning Women’s Self and Mining: Homemakers and Producers on the South African Mines, 1976-2011’, Moving the Social: Journal of Social History and Social Movements, Vol. 54 (December), 2015, pp. 7-36.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Wo/men Miner and Family-oriented Labour: An Indian Colliery (Jharia), Indian History: Journal of Archive India Institute, Vol. 2, 2015, pp. 1-36.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Familist Movement and Social Mobility: Jharia Coalfields 1895-1970’, Indian Historical Review (Journal), Vol. 41, no. 2, December 2014, pp. 297-322.
  • Nite, DK and P Stewart, ‘Revisiting the Moral Economy: The Mineworker in South African Minefields, 1951-2011’, Labour and Development (Journal), Vol. 21, no. 1, June 2014, pp. 24-44.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Sharing Life-history and Other Memory: the mining persons in South Africa, 1951-2011’, South African Historical Journal, Vol. 66, No. 1, January 2014, pp. 122-141.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Reproduction Preferences and Wages: The Mineworker in the Jharia Coalfield 1895-1970’, Studies in History (Journal), Vol. 30, No. 1, February 2014, pp. 55-87.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Slaughter Mining and ‘Yielding Collier’: The Politics of Safety in Jharia Coalfields, 1895-1950’, pp. 105-128, in K Lahiri-Dutt (ed.), The Coal Nation: Histories, Cultures and Ecologies of Coal in India, (England: Ashgate, 2014). ISBN 978-1-4724-2470-9.
  • Nite, DK and P Stewart, Mining Faces: An oral history of gold and coal mineworkers in South Africa 1951-2011, (Jacana Press, Johannesburg, 2012). ISBN971920196578.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Work, Family and the Reproduction of Life: The Phase of Early Industrialisation in the Jharia Coalfields 1890—1940s’, 82-105, in Marcel Van der Linden and Prabhu P. Mohapatra (eds), Labour Matters: Towards Global Histories, (New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2009). ISBN 9788189487508.

Book Review and other popular essays

  • Nite, DK. A Book Review of Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Rana P. Behal (Eds.), The Vernacularisation of Labour Politics, New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2016. In Labour and Development (Journal), Vol. 23 (1), June 2016, pp. 136-144.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Plantation Capitalism and the Working People’, A Review Essay on Rana P Behal, One Hundred Years of Servitude: Political Economy of Tea Plantations in Colonial Assam, Delhi: Tulika Books, 2014. ISBN-10: 9382381430. Price - Rs 900. Seminar Magazine, June 2016.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Bollywood Within and Without: A reading of Tanu Weds Manu Returns (a Feature Film),’ Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. L No. 25, June 20, 2015.
  • Nite, DK, A Book Review published in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. - XLIX No. 15, April 12, 2014: Alexander, Peter, T. Lekgowa, B. Mmope, L. Sinwell, and B. Xezwi, 2013. Marikana: A view from the mountain and a case to answer, Johannesburg: Jacana Media. ISBN 978-1-4314-0733-0. PP. 210, Rand 120.
  • Nite, DK, Book Review published inStudies in History, Vol. 28 (2) 2012: Balachandran, G. Globalising Labour? Indian Seafarers and World Shipping, 1870-1945, New Delhi: OUP, 2012.
  • Nite, DK, ‘The World of Lascars’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVIII, no 34, August 24, 2013.
  • Nite, DK, Ruhr Mining Museum: An Institution of the Post-industrial Society’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, 2, January 2, 2014.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Showcasing a Proletarian Past: The Prague Communist Museum’, Economic and Political Economy, Vol. XLVIII, 48, November 30. 2013.
  • Nite, DK, ‘The Wage Struggle at Marikana: The South African Platinum Industry, 2012,’ 24 September 2012. Published at
  • Nite, DK, ‘Premchand Ki Dalit Kahaniya: Ek Samajshastriye Adhyan,’ Jan Vikalp, March 2007.
  • Nite, DK, Book Review published in Labour and Development (Journal) , Vol. 12 (2), August 2006: Labour Geographies: Workers and the Landscape of Capitalism, New York: 2001, ISBN-10: 1572306858.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Becoming South African Citizens: An Exposition of the Formation of Political Identity between the Indian Diaspora’, April 2014. Published at

Project Report

  • Nite, DK and P Stewart, Mining Faces: An oral history of gold and coal mineworkers in South Africa 1951-2011, (A Project of South African Research Chair in Social Change (University of Johannesburg) for the 9th International Mining History Congress, Johannesburg 2012).
  • Nite, DK. ‘Precarious Life, Terrible Work: The Jharia Coalfields 1890s -1970’, A report of the Independent Research Project, submitted at the V.V. Giri National Labour Research Institute (Noida). 2008-2010.

A List of Conference Proceedings of those Attended and Organised:

  • Nite, DK, ‘Worker Housing and the Politics of Reproduction: Colliery mineworkers in India and South Africa, circa 1940s−1950s’, Presented at the Conference of French Network of South Asian Studies, Paris (France) 25-28 June 2017.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Labour, Wages, and Levels of Living: The Indian Subcontinent 1600-1870’, Presented at The Conference on Ambedkar’s Contribution to Indian Politics and Society at DAV College Amritsar, on 17 March 2017.
  • Nite, DK. ‘A Fortune Maker: Life and business of Joseph Stephens, India and Scandinavia 1860-1869’, presented at the Centre for Concurrencies in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University (Sweden), on 15 December 2016.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Labour Practice, Wage and the Wellbeing: The Construction Worker in India (Maharashtra), 1860-68’, A Talk Delivered at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Gottingen University, Germany, on 15 November 2016.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Employee Benefits and the Migrant Workers: The Indian Coalfield (Jharia), 1895-1970’, presented at the Conference of Association of Indian Labour Historians, New Delhi (Noida), 21-23 March 2016.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Claiming the Mining Sense: The Mining Persons in South African Gold and Coalmines, 1952-2012,’ Presented at the Symposium on Pushing the Boundaries, Mabula Lodge (Limpopo, South Africa), 24-26 June 2015.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Wo/men Mineworkers and Family-oriented Labour: Indian Colliers 1895-1948’, presented at the International Mining History Congress, Charters Tower (Australia), 6-11 July, 2014.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Revisiting the Labour Economy: The Mineworker in South African Minefields, 1951-2011’, presented at the ‘Symposium on Politics of Social Change and Social Change in Politics’, Johannesburg, 2-4 July 2014.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Appropriation of Labour? The Mineworkers in South African Gold and Coal Mines, 1951-2011’, presented at the International Conference on ‘Labour History: Return to Politics?’, Delhi (Noida), 22-24 March 2014.
  • Nite, DK, ‘‘This roof will collapse and offices will be closed if the woman is here’: Experiences of safety and women on the gold and coal mines in South Africa’, presented at the Digging Treasure Conference, Essen (Germany), 21-23 November 2013.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Wages for Work: An examination of the production preferences of mineworkers in Jharia Coalfields 1895-1970’, presented at the Sixth Global Studies Conference, 5-7 September 2013, New Delhi.
  • Nite, DK, Part of a team responsible for organizing the 9th International Mining History Congress (IMHC), Johannesburg 2012, April 17-20.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Whatever Happened to Work-time: An examination of the nature of the Industrious Revolution, Jharia Coalfield 1895-1970’, presented at the IMHC 2012 and Asian Historical Economists’ Congress, Hitotsubashi University (Japan), September 2012.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Narratives of Mining Life: The contribution of life history to mining history on the South African mines, 1951-2011’, presented at the International Conference of Association of Indian Labour Historians (AILH), VV Giri National Labour Institute (Noida), 22-24 March 2012.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Classifying Accidents: The Meaning of Work Hazards, Jharia Coalfields 1900 – 1970’, presented at the Interdisciplinary-Net Conference of the Value of Work, Prague: October 31- November 2, 2011.
  • Nite, DK, ‘The Foundation of Wages: an examination of the reproduction and productiveness debate, Jharia coalfield, 1890s-1970’, presented at the South Asian Conference on the Politics of Poverty and Poverty of the Politics, Goettingen University, July 5-8, 2011.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Reproduction Culture in the Coal Town: A study of family life and memory of miners, Jharia Coalfields 1920s – 1960s’, presented at the Workshop ‘Summer Academy: 'Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History’, Point Sud. Center for Research on Local Knowledge, Bamako/ Mali, November 1 - 9, 2010.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Negotiating the Mines: The Politics of Safety in the Jharia Coalfields 1890s-1960s’, International Conference of Association of Indian Labour Historians, VV Giri Labour Institute Noida (Delhi), March 2010.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Long Day, Flexible Hours: An enquiry into the Work, Time and Politics, Jharia Coalfields 1890s–1920s’, (New Delhi: Conference of Association of Labour Historians, March 2006.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Women and Work: an enquiry into the prohibition of women’s underground mining’, (New Delhi: Conference of Association of Indian Labour Historians and International Social History Review, November 1-3, 2005).

Lectures Delivered

  • Nite, DK. ‘A Fortune Maker: Life and the Business Practice of Joseph Stephens: India and Scandinavia 1860-1868’, A Talk delivered at Huseby Estate Museum (Sweden), on 11 December 2017.
  • Nite, DK. ‘Labour Practices, Wages, and Living Standards: The Indian Subcontinent 1600-1870’, A Talk Delivered at Rajdhani College (University of Delhi), on 29 March 2017.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Memory, Sources and Historical Analysis’, Five Lectures Delivered at Tezpur University (Sociology Department), 12-16 October 2015.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Globalisation and Liberalisation: Impacts on Labouring Life and Labour Movement’, Mahendergarh: Central University of Haryana (Law Department), May 1, 2015.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Approach to ‘A New Labour History’ in South Asia’, at Academic Staff College, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 13 October 2014.
  • Nite, DK, ‘Nelson Mandela: Gandhi of South Africa’, at St Froebel Higher Secondary School, Paschim Vihar, Delhi, 18 October 2014.
  • Nite, DK, ‘The Rise of Industrial Elites in India: A discussion on three forms of entrepreneurship’, at Indian Institute of Management Rohtak (PhD Programme), 21-22 July 2014.

 Dissertation and Thesis Supervised :

  • Nabhojeet Sen, ‘Convict Labour Regime in Colonial India, 1820-1870’, M.Phil. Dissertation submitted at Ambedkar University Delhi 2017.
  • Peeyush Gaur, ‘From a Duck-Shooting Site to a National Park: A Study of Socio-Ecological Relationship at the Keoladeo Ghana Park’, M.Phil. Dissertation submitted at Ambedkar University Delhi 2015.
  • Ruby Saini, ‘Claiming a Respectable Status: the Malis and Sainis in the Punjab, 1910-1970’, M.Phil. Dissertation submitted at Ambedkar University Delhi 2015.


Professionl Activities/Awards

Professional Pursuit:
Post-doctoral research in Sweden (Linnaeus University, Vaxjo): the project titled as 'Business Practice and the Labour Managment Relationships in the Construction Sector, India 1860s'.
Post-doctoral Research and Weekly-workshop Coordination Experiences in South Africa (University of Johannesburg): Post-doctoral research project titled as ‘Mining Auto/biographies: An oral history of the southern African mining people 1951-2011’. Doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi: Thesis title ‘Work and Culture on the Mines: Jharia Coalfields 1890s-1970’.


Other Academic Distinction/Award
Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg (UJ), from November 2012 onwards. Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Linnaeus University (Vaxjo, Sweden) 2016.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Johannesburg (South Africa) 2010-2012. Awardee of Sasakawa Young Leadership Fellowship (SYLFF) 2006-2009 (A fellowship managed at the J.N.U. in the form of ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Young Leadership Fellowship’) Recipient of Junior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) 2004-2006.
Independent Urban Research Scholarship from SARAI (CSDS) 2013-2014. Short-term Urban Research Stipend from SARAI (CSDS) 2012-2013.

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