TM1 Module Committee

Module Coordinators

Andreas Gestrich took over as Director of the German Historical Institute London (MWS/GHIL) in September 2006. He studied History and Latin in Berlin (Frei Universität, FU) and Tübingen, and received his PhD from Tübingen University (1983). He completed his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) at Stuttgart University where he was a lecturer from 1983 to 1997. He was appointed professor of Modern History at Trier University in 1997. His main research interests are the history of family, childhood and youth, the history of poverty and poor relief, media history and the social history of religious groups. He was instrumental in setting up the Transnational Research Group (TRG) of Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) on ‘Poverty and Education in India’ and the India Branch Office of the MWS in 2014. The TRG later on was to become the parent module for the Thematic Modules of ICAS:MP, and the ICAS:MP project, as a whole.  GHIL website 

Shail Mayaram is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. Her publications include Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan 2004); Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity (OUP 1997); she co-authored, Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanmabhumi Movement and the Fear of Self. E dited volumes are The Other Global City and Philosophy as Samvada and Svaraj: Dialogical Meditations on Daya Krishna and Ramchandra Gandhi (2009) and coedited, Subaltern Studies: Muslims, Dalits and the fabrications of history (2005). She has worked on subaltern pasts and moral imaginations of peasant, pastoral and forest-based communities, living together in the city and on decolonising knowledge. Israel as the gift of the Arabs: Letters from Tel Aviv is her most recent book; Transitions in Indian nationalism is forthcoming and Non/ Political Islam is in the making.  CSDS website 


Members of Module Committee (in alph. order of last name)

Prathama Banerjee is an Associate professor based at CSDS. As a historian she was trained at JNU, New Delhi and SOAS, London. Her current work is on histories of the ‘political’ in colonial and post-colonial India. Her work seeks to tell the story of how the political emerged as a distinct domain and/or mode of thought, action, and subjectivity in modern times. Banerjee’s earlier work was on the Politics of Time, looking at the emergence of the modern discipline of history in colonial Bengal from an encounter with ‘peoples without history’ (tribes, aborigines, primitives – as they were variously called). Along with other colleagues, she is currently involved in an exploration of the history of concepts in modern Indian languages – a project that brings together questions of theory, literariness, language, and translations around the life of concepts in India. CSDS website 

Martin Baumeister is Chair of Contemporary European History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) of Munich. Since 2012 he holds the post of Director of the MWS/German Historical Institute in Rome. His main research interests include the history of fascism and the era of the two world wars, urban history, and the Mediterranean and Southern Europe as imagined spaces and historical regions. Among his recent publications are Southern Europe? Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece from the 1950s until the present day (co-ed. with R. Sala 2015); 16 ottobre 1943. La deportazione degli ebrei romani tra storia e memoria (co-ed. with Osti Guerrazzi and Procaccia 2016) and Cities Contested. Urban Politics, Heritage, and Social Movements in Italy and West Germany in the 1970s (co-ed. with B. Bonomo and D. Schott, forthcoming 2017). MWS/GHI Rome website

Berber Bevernage (Ghent University, Belgium)

Neeladri Bhattacharya is Professor of Modern History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University of New Delhi. His research and publications have been on the making of the colonial rural order, on custom, law and colonialism, on colonial power and discourse in India, and on the politics of history writing. He has been co-editor of the series Themes in Indian History (Oxford University Press) and the journal Studies in History (Sage) and editor of Tracts for the Times (Orient Longman), a series on issues of contemporary concern. He is Chief Advisor of the new series of history text-books for schools in India published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training. His publications include Commercialization of Indian Agriculture, OUP, 1986 (co-edited), Labouring Histories: Agrarian Labour and Colonialism (2004) as well as numerous articles on colonialism and agrarian society, and the representation of history. His forthcoming publications include The Great Agrarian Conquest: the Making of a Colonial Rural Order (Permanent Black). He has been Agatha Harrison Fellow, St Anthony’s College, Oxford University, and Visiting Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes En Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. JNU website  

Prachi Deshpande is Associate Professor of History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC). Her book ‘Creative Pasts: Historical Memory and Identity in Western India, 1700-1960’ was published in 2007 by Columbia University Press/ Permanent Black. Her research interests are broadly in social and cultural history, and include practices of historiography, memory and language. Her current research explores the cultural history of the Marathi language in the early modern and colonial eras, through a focus on literacy practices, scribal culture, multilingual networks, and processes of linguistic modernisation. She writes in Marathi and English, and is interested in the possibilities and challenges presented by bilingual scholarship in knowledge production in and about South Asia. CSSSC website 

Tapati Guha-Thakurta is Professor in History and the Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC). Her two main books are The Making of a New ‘Indian’ Art: Artists, Aesthetics and Nationalism in Bengal (Cambridge University Press 1992), and Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Postcolonial India (Columbia University Press and Permanent Black 2004). She is also the author of several articles on the art and cultural history of modern India, and exhibition monographs. Along with Partha Chatterjee and Bodhisattva Kar, she has co-edited the anthology, New Cultural Histories of India: Materiality and Practices (OUP 2014). In the Name of the Goddess: The Durga Pujas of Contemporary Kolkata (New Delhi: Primus Books 2015) is her latest book. CSSSC website 

Veena Naregal is Associate Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi. Her current research interests include language and Indian democracy; disciplinary agendas and institutional histories 1920-1960, framing the ‘regional’ 1905-1960. She is co-editing with Madhav Prasad a volume of essays, Language Movements, Federalism and the Democratic Imagination in India, to be published by OBS in 2017. She is also editing a series of volumes of translated primary materials pertaining to regional theatre histories in Kannada, Marathi and Tamil. Her first book, Language Politics, Elites and the Public Sphere in Colonial Western India was published by Permanent Black/Anthem Press in 2001. IEG website 

 Lutz Raphael (Dept. of History, Univ. Trier)

Indra Sengupta (DPhil, Heidelberg University) is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute London (GHIL) and in charge of its India research projects. Her research interests include the history of knowledge, especially knowledge in colonial India and Europe, German Orientalism, and preservation practices in colonial India. Her current research is on law, bureaucracy and historical preservation in late colonial India from local, colonial and metropolitan perspectives. She has held a visiting fellowship at the Excellence Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context of Heidelberg University and taught at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University and the Centre for Modern Indian Studies of the University of Göttingen. Her recent publications include ‘Culture-keeping as State Action: Bureaucrats, Administrators, and Monuments in Colonial India’ (2015), and she is presently completing a book project on ‘Preserving India’s Past: Law, Bureaucracy and Historical Conservation in Colonial India 1904-1925’, to be published by Routledge. GHIL website 

Lakshmi Subramanian is Professor of History at Centre for Studies in Social History Calcutta (CSSSC). Her research interests include the history of networks in the Indian and social history of music in southern India. She has taught and researched for more than three decades in major universities in India and overseas and has been the recipient of several prestigious fellowships, Recently she has been elected as Associate Fellow for three years at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nantes (France). Her publications include ‘The sovereign and the Pirate: ordering maritime subjects in the western Indian littoral‘ (OUP 2016), ‘Three merchants of Bombay’ (Penguin 2014), ‘A history of India 1707-1857’ (Delhi: Orient Blackswan 2010) as well as ‘Veena Dhanammal The making of a legend’ (London: Routledge 2009). CSSSC website 

Ravi Vasudevan works in the area of film and media history at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), and at Sarai, the Centre’s urban and media research programme. His work on cinema explores issues in film, social history, politics, and contemporary media transformation. He is visiting faculty at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and JNU, New Delhi. His publications include Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (ed. 2000) and The Melodramatic Public: Film Form and Spectator-ship in Indian Cinema (2010). Vasudevan is also co-founder and editor of the journal Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies (Sage 2010 onwards). His current research tracks the way film use was dispersed from the site of the cinema into a variety of practical functions that constitute a crucial archive of mediatised life and material cultures in the 20th century. He is also coordinating a Sarai project with Ravi Sundaram on media infrastructures and information, involving research into film and documentary infrastructures, video and sound cultures, and contemporary social media, data analytics and legal research.  CSDS website