ICAS:MP is a Centre of Advanced Studies funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as one of their Maria Sibylla Merian Centres. We offer short-term fellowships in New Delhi to distinguished scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our interdisciplinary researchers work on the theme of ‘Metamorphoses of the Political in the Long Twentieth Century’. The research, conducted by our fellows and associated scholars, is published in our two-book series.

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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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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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