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Publication of Dissertation by Milinda Banerjee

Mar 29, 2018

Cluster Associate member Dr. Milinda Banerjee will publish his dissertation The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India with Cambridge University Press at the end of April. It focuses on sovereignty, rulership and kingship in  19th and 20th century India, during the time of British imperialism.

The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India is a study in intellectual history, uncovering how actors in colonial India imagined various figures of human, divine, and messianic rulers to battle over the nature and locus of sovereignty. It examines British and Indian political-intellectual elites as well as South Asian peasant activists and gives particular attention to Bengal, including the associated princely states of Cooch Behar and Tripura.

The book develops global intellectual history approaches to place India within wider trajectories of royal nationhood that unfolded across contemporaneous Europe and Asia. It intervenes within theoretical debates about sovereignty and political theology, and offers novel arguments about decolonizing and subalternizing sovereignty.

Dr. Milinda Banerjee conducted his PhD at the Cluster “Asia and Europe,” where he was research fellow in the Junior Research Group “Transcultural Justice: Legal Flows and the Emergence of International Justice within the East Asian War Crimes Trials, 1946-1954”. He was also part of research project A5 “Nationising the Dynasty.” Currently, Banerjee is teaching at the Department of History at Presidency University in Kolkata and is a research fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. 


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