Directors & Staff

ICAS:MP is headed by two Directors, one each from the side of the Indian and German consortium members. They are supported by the team at the Delhi Office, and the admin teams at the Indian and German partner institutions.

Current Directors

Prof. Srirupa Roy Prof. Ravi Vasudevan

Prof. Srirupa Roy

Srirupa Roy is Professor of Political Science and the “State and Democracy” Chair at the University of Göttingen’s Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS). Prior to joining the Centre in September 2011 Roy was associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has also held postdoctoral and visiting positions at New York University and Yale University. She has been Senior Advisor for International Collaboration at the Social Science Research Council (New York), and she currently serves on the steering committee/advisory board of the Inter-Asia Program at the SSRC, and the editorial boards of Critical Asian Studies and Contemporary South Asia. Srirupa Roy is author of Beyond Belief: India and the Politics of Postcolonial Nationalism (Duke University Press, 2007) and co-editor of Violence and Democracy in India (Seagull Books, 2006) and Visualizing Secularism: Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, India (University of Michigan Press, 2012). She has published in Comparative Studies in Society and History; Media, Culture & Society; Journal of Asian Studies; Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics; Theory & Event; Perspectives on Politics; Identities; Television and New Media; South Asia; Contributions to Indian Sociology; Economic and Political Weekly and in several edited volumes.

Prof. Ravi S. Vasudevan

Ravi Vasudevan studied modern history at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. He directs the CSDS media and urban studies programme Sarai with Ravi Sundaram. He is guest faculty in Film Studies at School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Ambedkar University Delhi. He has held Fellowships at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library; the School of Oriental and African Studies; the Shelby Cullom Davis Centre for Historical Studies, Princeton; Smuts Fellowship Cambridge; Institute for Advanced Studies, Nantes. He has also taught on Indian Cinema at Chicago and Northwestern Universities and the Oberlin College. Vasudevan is editorial advisor to the film studies journals Screen, Cinema and Cie, and Reframe and co-founder/editor of the journal BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. He has curated and organised film screenings, lecture series and conferences, including The Many Lives of Indian Cinema, 1913-2013 and Beyond: Disciplines, Histories, Technologies, Futures (Sarai/CSDS January 2014) and the current Sarai Wager on Cinema series. His publications include (ed.) Making Meaning in Indian Cinema (Delhi, OUP, 2000), (co-edited) Sarai Reader 02: The Cities of Everyday Life, (2002), (co-edited) Sarai Reader 03: Media/Crisis (2003), The Melodramatic Public: Film Form and Spectatorship in Indian Cinema (Ranikhet, Permanent Black, 2010, 2016), and, forthcoming, (guest editor) Documentary Now, Marg, July-September 2018. He is working on non-fiction film infrastructures, the film archives and questions of historiography; post-cinema media artefacts and political imaginaries; contemporary stardom and political discourse; and the dispersed urban imaginaries of contemporary cinema.
For ICAS: MP, Vasudevan has been involved in shaping the thematics of ICAS Thematic Module 1, History as Political Category, and has designed and inaugurated a new thematic module, Media and the Constitution of the Political. With Tapati Guha Thakurta, Vasudevan coordinates research in the ICAS project Objects, Media Practices, Aesthetics and Politics: Material Histories and Cultural Imaginaries in India, c.1940-1960. In March 2018 he curated ICAS: MP’s first cross-modular workshop, Populism and the Shifting Coordinates of the Political.

Former Directors

  • Prof. Sanjay Srivastava, Institute of Economic Growth (TM 3; July 2015 to June 2018)
  • Prof. Martin Fuchs, Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt (TM 4; January 2017 to July 2018)
  • Prof. Ravi Ahuja, CeMIS, Göttingen University (TM 2; July  to December 2016)
  • Prof. Andreas Gestrich, German Historical Institute London (TM 1; July 2015 to June 2016)

Office Team

Dr. Laila Abu-Er-Rub  (Head of Administration)

works for ICAS:MP since November 2017. After a vocational training in advertising and music publishing, Laila Abu-Er-Rub studied Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies (both at Heidelberg University) and Media Studies (University of Mannheim). During her study programme, she worked as a freelancer in event management, public relations and music marketing. From autumn 2009 to 2017, Laila coordinated one of the Research Areas of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ at Heidelberg University (‘Public Spheres’, 2012-2017) and the EU-funded HERA SINGLE project ‘Creating the “New Asian Woman” – Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi’.
Contact Details  // (+ 91) 11 4007 1150 // abu-er-rub@mwsindia.org

Himanshu Chawla  (Programme Officer Event)

joined ICAS:MP in December 2015. He manages all ICAS:MP events and assists the Head of Administration. Before that, Himanshu Chawla completed his bachelors and masters in German Studies at Delhi University and worked in the field of research and development cooperation for a German Political Foundation.
Contact Details // (+ 91) 11 4007 1146  // chawla@mwsindia.org

Nikita Jaiswal-Shankar (Programme Officer Finance)

joined ICAS:MP as Programme Officer Finance in September 2018. She is in charge of all finance-related matters, and works closely with the programme officer event, Himanshu Chawla. Formerly, she headed the finance department of the German Embassy School in New Delhi where she gained extensive experience in budget administration. Nikita Jaiswal-Shankar completed her Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis University, Pune.

Contact Details // (+ 91) 11 4007 1147 // jaiswal-shankar@mwsindia.org

Prateek Batra (Programme Assistant)

completed his bachelors in Science (specialization – Physics Honours) at Delhi University, and is currently pursuing his MBA from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi. He has previously worked for an event management company in the field of operations and administrative tasks where he used to take care of various accounts including German organisations and other industries across India. He joined ICAS:MP as a programme assistant in August 2018. His tasks include the co-management of ICAS:MP events, procurement and assisting in running the ICAS:MP office.
Contact Details  // (+ 91) 11 4007 1149 // batra@mwsindia.org
List of former  Office Team Members with Links