Associate Professor Kama Maclean

Associate Professor
BA PhD La Trobe, Grad Dip L & T UNSW
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 3665
366 Morven Brown
Fields: Historical Studies, Asian History
Tags: Religion and society, Understanding Asia's Past

Dr Kama Maclean is Associate Professor of South Asian and World History in the School of Humanities (FASS) and editor of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, published by the South Asian Studies Association of Australia.

Kama's first book, Pilgrimage and Power: the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, was published in New York by Oxford University Press in 2008, and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Kentish Anand Coomaraswamy Prize, by the Association of Asian Studies in the USA.

In 2009, Kama took up a one year appointment as Professorial Research Fellow at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, where she began to research and write about anticolonial activism in interwar India, a project which focuses largely on the ways in which the actions of what the British called 'the violence movement' impacted on the broader nationalist movement. She has written several articles on this topic and her book, A Revolutionary History of Interwar India: Violence, Image, Voice and Text was published by Hurst & Co (London) and Oxford University Press (New York), 2015 and Penguin (New Delhi, 2016).

In 2012, Kama was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant to complete a project on the extent and impact of social and political relationships between Indians and Australians in the early twentieth century.



    Book Chapters

    • Maclean K, 2018, 'Naming Charlie: Inscribing British Indian Identities in White Australia, 1901-1940', in Bandyopadhyay S; Buckingham J (ed.), Indian and the Antipodes Networks, Boundaries and Circulation, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp. 94 - 128
    • Maclean K, 2017, 'On the Art of Panicking Quietly: British Expatriate Responses to “Terrorist Outrages” in India, 1912-33'', in Fischer-Tine H (ed.), Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, edn. Cambridge Imperial and Postcolonial Studies Series, Springer, pp. 135 - 166,
    • Maclean K, 2016, 'The Art of Panicking Quietly: British Expatriate Responses to 'Terrorist Outrages' in India, 1912-33', in FischerTine H (ed.), ANXIETIES, FEAR AND PANIC IN COLONIAL SETTINGS: EMPIRES ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, edn. Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series, SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG, pp. 135 - 167,
    • Maclean K, 2013, 'Situating the Role of Religion in the Rebellion: The Case of the Prayagwals in the Allahabad Uprising', in Bates C (ed.), Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857, edn. 1st, Sage Publications, New Delhi, pp. 149 - 168,
    • Maclean K, 2012, 'India in Australia: A recent history of a very long engagement', in Hosking R; Sarwal A (ed.), Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions, edn. 1st, Monash Asia Publishing, Clayton, Victoria, pp. 20 - 35
    • Maclean K, 2008, 'Hybrid Nationalist or Hindu Nationalist? The Life of Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861-1946)', in Tall Tales and True: India, historiography and British Imperial Imaginings, edn. Original, Monash Asia Institute, Clayton, pp. 107 - 124
    • Maclean K, 2007, 'On the Modern Kumbh Mela', in Mehrota AK (ed.), The Last Bungalow: writings on Allahabad, edn. Original, Penguin Books, New Dehli, pp. 285 - 306

    Journal articles

    • Maclean K, 2019, 'Comrade Ryan, International Trade Unionism and White Australia: Global Communism, Trade Unionism and Empire in Interwar India', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History,
    • Maclean K, 2018, '‘A Colonial in the Colonies: Casey, Gandhi, and the Endgame of Empire’,', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 19,
    • Maclean K, 2017, 'The fundamental rights resolution: Nationalism, internationalism, and cosmopolitanism in an interwar moment', Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 37, pp. 213 - 219,
    • Maclean K, 2016, 'Revolution and Revelation, or, When is History Too Soon?', South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies, vol. 39, pp. 678 - 694,
    • Maclean K, 2015, 'Examinations, access, and inequity within the empire: Britain, Australia and India, 1890–1910', Postcolonial Studies, vol. 18, pp. 115 - 132,
    • Maclean K, 2014, 'Imagining the Indian nationalist movement: Revolutionary metaphors in imagery of the freedom struggle', Journal of Material Culture, vol. 19, pp. 7 - 34,
    • Maclean K;Daniel Elam J, 2013, 'Reading revolutionaries: Texts, acts, and afterlives of political action in late colonial South Asia: Who is a revolutionary?', Postcolonial Studies, vol. 16, pp. 113 - 123,
    • MacLean K, 2013, 'What Durga Bhabhi did next: Or, was there a gendered agenda in revolutionary circles?', South Asian History and Culture, vol. 4, pp. 176 - 195,
    • MacLean K, 2012, 'The history of a legend: Accounting for popular histories of revolutionary nationalism in India', Modern Asian Studies, vol. 46, pp. 1540 - 1571,
    • Maclean K, 2012, 'Australia India Relations and the Economy of Ideas', East Asia Forum Quarterly, vol. 4, pp. 20 - 22
    • MacLean K, 2011, 'The portrait's journey: The image, social communication and martyr-making in colonial India', Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 70, pp. 1051 - 1082,
    • Maclean K, 2009, 'SEEING, BEING SEEN, AND NOT BEING SEEN Pilgrimage, Tourism, and Layers of Looking at the Kumbh Mela', CROSS CURRENTS, vol. 59, pp. 319 - 341,
    • Maclean K, 2003, 'Making the colonial state work for you: The modern beginnings of the ancient Kumbh Mela in Allahabad', JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES, vol. 62, pp. 873 - 905,
    • Maclean K, 2001, 'Conflicting Spaces: The Fort of Allahabad and the Kumbh Mela, 1801-1860’', South Asia - Journal of South Asian Studies, vol. 24, pp. 135 - 159

    Edited Books

Teaching and Supervision

Kama Maclean coordinates and teaches two courses, Modern India: British Raj to Bollywood (second year) and Powerful India (third year). She also teaches History and Asian Studies Honours.

Honours and prizes

Prizes, Awards and Fellowships
Professorial Research Fellow, University of the United Arab Emirates, 2009
Honorable mention, Anand Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize, Association of Asian Studies, 2009
Association of Asian Studies (AAS) First Book Subvention, 2007
Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) Fieldwork Fellowship, 2004
Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Presidents’ Prize, 2004

Engagement and Professional contributions

Association of Asian Studies (AAS)

South Asian Studies Association (SASA), member, executive committee

Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)

Editor,South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

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