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19.07: 13th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Lecture

  • Wann 19.07.2019 von 13:00 bis 15:00
  • Wo Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstraße 118, 2. Etage, Raum 217
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13th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Lecture 
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
the Department of South Asia Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin cordially invites you to the 13th Humboldt India Project Lecture:
We are pleased to announce that Professor IFTEKHAR IQBAL will be giving the lecture on July 19, 2019.
So, do join us and spread the word!
Friday, 19th of July, 13:00 – 15:00 hrs.
Department of South Asia Studies
Institute of Asian and African Studies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstr. 118, Room: 217
From Zomia to Holon: Rivers and Transregional Encounters in South and Southeast Asia, 1840-1950

The paper seeks to secure for the river a larger berth in the recent macro-historical turn. Exploring the life-world of the Brahmaputra, Irrawaddy, Salween, Mekong and Yangtze rivers, it suggests that despite different fluvial itinerary and topography, these rivers together formed a connected waterspace. They engendered conversations between multi-agentive mobility and large-scale place-making and were at the heart of inter-Asian engagements until the formal end of empires. Being both a subject and a sponsor of transregional crossings these rivers epitomized the connections across parts of the Zomian uplands to the expansive plain land and the vast coastal rim of the Bay of Bengal and the China Seas. A connection that could be best examined from the vantage point of the concept of Holon.

IFTEKHAR IQBAL is Associate Professor of History and International Studies at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei. His research interests include Bengali intellectual history and Asian environmental his¬tory. Iqbal's monograph, The Bengal Delta (Palgrave 2010), examines agrarian economy and wellbeing of colonial Bangladesh and West Bengal from a political-ecological perspective. As a visiting fellow (July-August 2019) at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at HU Berlin, being sponsored by von Humboldt Foundation, Iqbal continues to work on a book project on the Tibetan-Himalayan rivers as a site of transregional mobility of commodities as well as human and non-human actors. Iqbal is holder of Georg Forster Fellowship of Humboldt Foundation (2012-13) and British Academy Visiting Fellowship (2008). He has published extensively including in leading journals in historical studies. 


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We hope to see you at the event! 
Best Regards,
Anandita Bajpai on behalf of the Humboldt India Project Team