M.S. Merian R.Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies "Metamorphoses of the Political" (ICAS:MP)

Topic of the research project: Metamorphoses of the Political in the Long Twentieth Century

Names of cooperation partners (lead of the cooperation project):  The German partners include the Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) with its German Historical Institute London (GHIL), the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Göttingen, the Max-Weber-Kolleg (MWK) at the University of Erfurt, and the Centre for Modern India at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg (WCMI). The two Indian partners are the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi, and the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi.

Project funding organisations: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany and German Aerospace Centre (DLR)


Project description

ICAS:MP combines the benefits of an open, interdisciplinary forum for intellectual exchange with the advantages of a cutting-edge research centre. Located in New Delhi, ICAS:MP critically intervenes in global debates in the social sciences and humanities. At the core of ICAS:MP’s research activities are its short-term stipends for senior and postdoctoral fellows. Between nine and fifteen fellows are hosted at the office in New Delhi for 3–7 months each academic year.

ICAS:MP generates sustainable research cooperation among leading social science and humanities scholars from India, Germany and other countries who investigate similar research problems rather than necessarily the same region. Scholarly exchange and joint exploration within ICAS:MP are defined by a shared interest in examining the shifting boundaries, historically contingent content, and intellectual lineages of the twentieth-century ‘political’. It is thus not another initiative to strengthen ‘Area Studies’, but rather serves as a centre of advanced international research.

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