The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) is an Indo-German research collaboration of six Indian and German institutions funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2015 as one of their Maria Sibylla Merian Centres.

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Call for Papers (CfP) for a workshop on ‘(Re)constituting a South Asian Environmental Humanities’; Krea University & ICAS:MP

ICAS:MP and Krea University invite scholars, writers and those working with alternative forms (art/ fiction/film/ image) to think alongside new (and old) archives, methods, regions, concepts and categories within their disciplinary training.

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Traveling Academy « De-Colonizing Knowledge – Views from India and Tunisia », New-Delhi; 21-25 November 2022

The Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) (Tunisia), the Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies (India) and the M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) (India) jointly organize a conference on the topic of “Decolonizing knowledge- Perspectives from India and Tunisia”.


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TM7 Workshop “Media aesthetics/Political aesthetics”; 5-7 January 2023; Kochi, Kerala

The workshop is initiated by ICAS:MP’s  media module: ‘Media and the Constitution of the Political (TM7)’. Apart from the workshop, we are looking to have two public platforms in the evening in collaboration with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

It looks at the interfaces of media and the political in the context of an expansive twenty-first century technological aesthetics, following the pandemic and the global rise of populist technics.

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ICAS:MP – Cambridge University Press Series ‘Metamorphoses of the Political: Multidisciplinary Approaches’

This series seeks to publish new books that both expand and de-centre current perspectives on politics and the ‘political’ in the contemporary world. It examines, from a wide array of disciplinary and methodological approaches, how the ‘political’ has been conceptualized, articulated and transformed in specific arenas of contestation during the ‘long twentieth century’. 

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ICAS:MP – SAGE series ‘Politics and Society in India and the Global South’

The series is a collaboration of SAGE and the M. S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP). It aims to publish books that explore core issues that are of concern in modern globalized societies.

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CSDS – Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies Special Issue with contributions from ICAS:MP members 

ICAS:MP module members have contributed towards the special issue of Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies which is a screen media research journal for the South Asian region brought out by Sarai project of CSDS in collaboration with the University of Westminster, London. This special issue, called “The Keywords Issue”, will be available in a few days as open access for a 60 day period.

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Latest Media

ICAS:MP Book Launch

Launch of Cordial Cold War: Cultural Actors in India and the GDR by Anandita Bajpai

ICAS:MP launched Open Access book under the Sage Series – Politics and Society in India and the Global South edited by Anandita Bajpai. Ravi Vasudevan and Ravikant were the discussants.

ICAS:MP Special Lecture

ICAS:MP Special Lecture by Faisal Devji on ‘The Childhood of Politics’

On 20 October 2020, Professor Faisal Devji (Oxford) gave a lecture on ‘The Childhood of Politics’, which was a part of our ‘Special Lecture’ series. Professor Mary E John (Former IAB Chairperson, TM 5 Member) was the discussant.

ICAS:MP Dialogue Series

Dialogue with Charles Taylor, Hartmut Rosa and Rajeev Bhargava

ICAS:MP launched a new series of virtual talks titled ‘ICAS:MP Dialogues’.
The kick-off was on 8 February 2021 with Charles Taylor, Hartmut Rosa and Rajeev Bhargava on the topic: Deep Diversity in Politics, Religion and Selfhood – And a Shared Sense of Belonging.

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