Shail Mayaram


Shail Mayaram’s work has been at the intersection of politics, history and anthropology and, most recently, in philosophy. She has explored subaltern perspectives on state and sovereignty, the constitution of marginality, and mobilities and identities in relation to peasant, pastoral, and ‘tribal’ peoples. She has also theorized the question of ‘living together’ in Asian cities. Her current intellectual engagements include revisiting the ‘svaraj in ideas’ debate translated as decolonizing knowledge and exploring transitions in Indian nationalism from the Pax Britannica to the Pax Americana. She is Adjunct Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, held a Visiting Chair at Tel Aviv University and has been awarded the Fulbright, Rockefeller. She has been a co-coordinator of the Muslim Studies project at CSDS and a member of the Subaltern Studies editorial collective.

Mayaram has authored Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity (1997) and Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins (2003); co-authored Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanmabhumi Movement and Fear of Self (1995); co-edited Subaltern Studies: Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History, volume 12 (2005); and edited The Other Global City (2009) and Philosophy as Samvad and Svaraj: Dialogical Meditations on Daya Krishna and Ramchandra Gandhi (2014). Her book Israel as the Gift of the Arabs: A Tel Aviv diary is forthcoming.

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