Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

10th HIP Workshop: 7th February 2014

You are cordially invited to participate in the 10th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshop which will take place on the 7th February 2014, Invalidenstr. 118, Room 217, 4:00–7:00 pm.


7th February 2014
4:00-7:00 pm 


Department of South Asia Studies
Institute of Asian and African Studies 
Invalidenstr. 118, Room: 217

Call for Presentations : "Theory matters!?"

In this workshop, we want to address the question of modernity as one of the most decisive theoretical challenges for the humanities until date. Critically discussed since decades, terminologies and contextualization remain hazy. Focusing on South Asia as a crucial point of reference for the formation of European modernity and its claims, we want to examine the impact of altering theories of modernity for the academic as well as the public/political sphere.


Diverging from our usual format, this workshop will open with short introductory presentations by the two moderators, after which everyone attending is invited to prepare a 3-5 min presentation, addressing one or more of the following questions:

  • One modernity or many? How do we define and where do we locate modernity?
  • Is there a difference between the content and the form of modernity?
  • Do we (still) need one or more theories of modernity?
  • Does the theory of modernity matter for its practice?
  • Does 'the' modernity have an agency?
  • What is the relationship critique of society and the critique of modernity?
  • Does an up-to-date academic contribution require the engagement with modernity?
  • How do we deal with modernity's discontents?
  • Is 'classical' modernity theory a European / German enterprise?
  • Where is the place for a critical academic today?
  • Does / in how far does gender matter?


Speakers will have the chance to intervene with their contributions at any time in the workshop. A speakers' list will be moderated. All those interested are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion (no registration required unless you are preparing a short presentation).






Dr. Hanna Werner, Dr. Georg Berkemer



If you wish to contribute a presentation, please send in your name and question(s) to

by the 5th of February 2014.


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