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. 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’.  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

Nationalism is among the most influential ideas that has shaped the ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ in the long twentieth century. The book focusses on exclusivist Indian nationalism and identifies its distinction from inclusivist nationalism. It highlights shifts in ‘another nationalism’ over the last two centuries as the geopolitical context has transitioned from the Pax Britannica to the Pax Americana and its war on terror. For more information about the book, please click here.

Shail Mayaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. With Indra Sengupta, she coordinates the thematic module on history for the International Centre for Advanced Studies: Metamorphoses of the Political (ICAS:MP). Some of her publications include Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins (2003), Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity (2016, 2nd edition) and Israel as the Gift of the Arabs: Letters from Tel Aviv (2015).


Sebastian Schwecke: Debt, Trust, and Reputation. Extra-legal Finance in Northern India

Starting in the late nineteenth century, colonial rule in India took an active interest in regulating financial markets beyond the bridgeheads of European capital in intercontinental trade. Regulatory efforts were part of a modernizing project seeking to produce alignments between British and Indian business procedures, and to create the financial basis for incipient industrialization in India. To read more about the book, kindly click here

Sebastian Schwecke writes on South Asia history, economy, and society, combining a broad spectrum of disciplines. His recent works include the co-edited Rethinking Markets in Modern India: Embedded Exchange and Contested Jurisdiction (Cambridge University Press, 2020). He is the founding director of the Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies, Delhi.



Our forthcoming titles with CUP are:

  1. Sushmita Pati: Properties of Rent: Community, Capital and Politics in Globalising Delhi (2022)
  2. Thomas Blom Hansen and Srirupa Roy (eds): Saffron Republic: Hindu Nationalism and State Power in India (2022)
  3. Amrita Basu and Tanika Sarkar: Women, Gender and Religious Nationalism in India (2022)
  4. Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay: Streets in Motion: The Making of Infrastructure, Property and Political Culture in Calcutta in the Twentieth Century (2022)
  5. Rajan Krishnan, Ravi Sriramachandran and VMS Subagunarajan: Rule of the Commoner: DMK and Formations of the Political in Tamil Nadu, 1949-1967 (2022)

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