Kama Maclean

Associate Professor

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. 

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Maclean K, 2015, A Revolutionary History of Interwar India: Violence, Image, Voice and Text, Hurst & Co; Oxford University Press, London/New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217150.001.0001
2015
Maclean K, 2008, Pilgrimage and Power: the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, 1765-1954, Oxford University Press, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338942.001.0001
2008
Book Chapters
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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
2018
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45136-7
2017
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45136-7_6
2016
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, http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book241487?productType=Books&subject=500&sortBy=defaultPubDate%20desc&fs=1
2013
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
2012
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
2008
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
2007
Journal articles
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Amstutz A; Elam D; Choudhury R; Banerjee M; De R; Silvestri M; Maclean K; Ghosh D, 2019, 'New histories of political violence and revolutionary terrorism in modern South Asia', South Asian History and Culture, vol. 10, pp. 340 - 360, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19472498.2019.1649942
2019
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, pp. 1 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2019.1576834
2019
Maclean K, 2018, '‘A Colonial in the Colonies: Casey, Gandhi, and the Endgame of Empire’,', Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cch.2018.0022
2018
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-4132833
2017
Maclean K, 2016, 'Revolution and Revelation, or, When is History Too Soon?', South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies, vol. 39, pp. 678 - 694, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2016.1191536
2016
Maclean K, 2015, 'Examinations, access, and inequity within the empire: Britain, Australia and India, 1890–1910', Postcolonial Studies, vol. 18, pp. 115 - 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13688790.2015.1044483
2015
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359183513502408
2014
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13688790.2013.823259
2013
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. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19472498.2013.768843
2013
Maclean K, 2012, 'Australia India Relations and the Economy of Ideas', East Asia Forum Quarterly, vol. 4, pp. 20 - 22
2012
Maclean K, 2012, 'The History of a Legend: Accounting for Popular Histories of Revolutionary Nationalism', Modern Asian Studies, vol. 46, pp. 1540 - 1571, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X12000042
2012
Maclean K, 2011, 'The Portrait's Journey: The Image, Social Communication and Martyr Making in Colonial India', Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 70, pp. 1 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021911811001562
2011
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-3881.2009.00082.x
2009
Maclean K, 2003, '‘Making the Colonial State Work for You: the Modern Beginnings of the Ancient Kumbh Mela’', Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 62, pp. 873 - 906, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3591863
2003
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
2001