Prof. Dr. Shail Mayaram

Fellow (Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien)


Max-Weber-Kolleg (Steinplatz 2) / Raum 407c (3. OG)


Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt


Universität Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Curricula Vitae

Shail Mayaram is a scholar trained in the disciplines of history, social anthropology and political theory at the Universities of Rajasthan, Chicago and Delhi.

She has held both teaching and research appointments including as Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi and worked as its Acting Director during 2009-2010 and 2011 and later as Co-Director of the M. S. Merian-R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities – Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century (ICAS-MP). She is also Module Co-Coordinator of ICAS’ Thematic Module on History as a Political Category (2015-) and Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies, University of Heidelberg (2020-). She has received Fulbright and Rockefeller fellowships and held the Indian Council of Cultural Relations visiting chair at the Tel Aviv University in 2010.


The research interests of Shail Mayaram have included state, sovereignty and subaltern pasts of peasant, pastoral and forest-based communities; nationalism, religion and heresy; cosmopolitanism and cities; decolonizing knowledge and non-western philosophical traditions. She is currently working on Non/Political Islam.

Ausgewählte Publikationen (Bücher)

  • 2022 (forthcoming). The Secret Life of AnOther Indian Nationalism: Transitions from the Pax Britannica to the Pax Americana. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, print and ebook.
  • 2021. Edited. Modernity, its Pathologies and Reenchantments: Essays in honour of Ashis Nandy. Delhi: Orient BlackSwan.
  • 2017 (1997). Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2nd edition.
  • 2015. Israel as the Gift of the Arabs: A Tel Aviv Diary. Delhi: Yoda.
  • 2014. Edited. Philosophy as Samvad and Svaraj: Dialogical Meditations on Daya Krishna and Ramchandra Gandhi. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Delhi: Sage.
  • 2009. Edited. The Other Global City. New York and London: Routledge; Delhi: Yoda.
  • 2005. Coedited with Ajay Skaria and MSS Pandian, Subaltern Studies: Muslims, Dalits and the Fabrications of History vol 12. Delhi: Permanent Black.
  • 2003. Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins. New York: Columbia University Press; Delhi: Yoda.
  • 1995. Coauthored with Ashis Nandy, Shikha Trivedi, Achyut Yagnik, Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanmabhumi Movement and the Fear of Self. Delhi: Oxford University Press.