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.
Fellow Cohort 2021/2022
We have selected the next cohort of Fellows, most of whom have started their fellowship with us. Because of the ongoing pandemic, few of our fellows decided to have an on-site fellowship and the rest of them are participating virtually in our colloquia. We extend a warm welcome to our Fellows and look forward to a successful collaboration.
Launch of ICAS:MP – Cambridge University Press (CUP) Series with books by Shail Mayaram and Sebastian Schwecke
ICAS:MP’s CUP series, Metamorphoses of the Political: Multidisciplinary Approaches, seeks to publish new books that both expand and de-centre current perspectives on politics and the ‘political’ in the contemporary world. We published the following two books with CUP: Shail Mayaram: The Secret Life of anOther Indian Nationalism: Transitions from the Pax Britannica to the Pax Americana and Sebastian Schwecke: Debt, Trust, and Reputation. Extra-legal Finance in Northern India.
Open access book release: Media and the Constitution of the Political: South Asia and Beyond
We are thrilled to introduce our latest edited media volume with Sage, titled: Media and the Constitution of the Political: South Asia and Beyond. This volume features the writings of leading media scholars from South Asia and Europe on the topic of how media articulates political energies and transformational logics. The editor is Ravi Vasudevan.
Open access book release: Wage Earners in India 1500-1900: Regional Approaches in an International Context
We are delighted to reveal our next edited volume in our ICAS:MP Sage Series : “Politics and Society in India and the Global South“. The book is titled: Wage Earners in India 1500-1900: Regional Approaches in an International Context. The editors are: Jan Lucassen and Radhika Seshan.
Open access book release: Discourses on Corruption: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives
We are pleased to announce the release of the latest edited volume in our ICAS:MP Sage Series : “Politics and Society in India and the Global South“. The book is titled: Discourses on Corruption: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives. The editors are members of our thematic module on Normative Conflicts and Transformations: Kalpana Kannabiran, Florian Hoffmann and Bettina Hollstein.
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.
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 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.