Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

16th HIP Workshop: July 03, 2015

You are cordially invited to participate in the 16th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshop which will take place on the 03rd of July 2015, Invalidenstr. 118, Room 217, 2:00–7:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th HIP Workshop

 

HIP brings together Berlin's academic competence on South Asia

 

When?  

03rd July 2015
2:00-7:00 pm

 

Where?

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

 

Programm

2:15 - 3:00 pm

Stefan Binder, Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University:

Non-religious Movements in South India:

Social Imaginaries of Religious Critique and Cultural Revolution

3:00 - 3:45 pm Stephan Beutner, IAAW, HU-Berlin:
3:45 - 4:15 pm Coffe/Tea Break
4:15 - 5:00 pm

Mujtaba Isani, University of Münster:

Feudalism’ in Sindh: Observations from the Field and Survey Data

5:00 - 5:45 pm

Amit Prakash, Centre for the Sudy af Law and Governance, JNU, New Delhi/ DAAD Guest Professor, SAI Heidelberg:

Political Economy of Conflict and Peace: Governmentality of Participation and Strategic Veto in Bihar and Jharkhand.

5:45-6:00 pm Coffee/Tea Break
6:00 - 6:45 pm

Archita Vajpayee, Historical Anthropology, FU Berlin:

Classroom Rituals: Mimetic Learning, Gestures and Identity in Transition

 

 

Contact

If you have any questions, please email: sadia.bajwa@asa.hu-berlin.de


 

Abstracts

 

Non-religious Movements in South India: Social Imaginaries of Religious Critique and Cultural Revolution

Stefan Binder, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University

This presentation gives an overview of my current PhD project on atheist, rationalist, and humanist move-ments in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. I will use ethnographic material to highlight a particular genea-logy of atheism in India as well as the interface of social imaginaries and affective economies within the atheist movement.

 

Baigas Reconsidered: Baigas Representation in Literature and New Ethnographic Data from the Maikal Hills, Chhattisgarh.

Stephan Beutner, IAAW, HU Berlin

Introducing the major publications about Baigas and relating their findings and way of representation with new ethnographical data from my field research in the Maikal Hills among them. These relationships are used to criticize old ethnographical and theoretical presen-tations of Baigas with the help of current ethnogra-phical information.                                                                 

 

‘Feudalism’ in Sindh: Observations from the Field and Survey Data

Mujtaba Isani, University of Münster

The persistence of ‘feudalism’ in southern Pakistan, especially Sindh, Balochistan and Southern Punjab has been seen as the root of all evils in the region. It is alleged that large landowners do not let development projects, educational institutions and health facilities to thrive in the region. Rounds of land reforms have proven unsuccessful whether under military rule or under a democratically elected government. Drawing on a representative survey carried out by Fair, Malhotra and Shapiro (2009), I aim to give a general outlook of the factors affecting support for land reforms, to proxy for support for ‘feudalism’ in Sindh. Through interviews and observations gathered through field-work in the summer of 2014, I look at the persistence of ‘feudal’ structures in Sindh.

 

Political Economy of Conflict and Peace:  Governmentality of Participation and Strategic Veto   in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Amit Prakash, JNU, New Delhi / DAAD Guest Professor, SAI Heidelberg

The practice of citizenship in marginalised parts of India has been subject to a ‘judicious veto’ of the administrative apparatus ever since the colonial times, the formal legal rights notwithstanding. The gover-nance processes thereby attain salience in under-standing the complex and multifarious conflicts generated in these parts, which include a variety of contestations around caste and tribe; resource control (both public and societal); and, rationalities of gover-nance.  Drawing from a recent intensive field study in Bihar and Jharkhand, the paper will analyse the imply-cation of the above-mentioned processes for politics, governance and citizens’ rights.

 

Classroom Rituals: Mimetic Learning, Gestures and Identity in Transiton.

Archita Vajpayee, Historical Anthropology, FU Berlin

The research focuses on conceptualizing 'the process of identity-formation', and mediation & negotiation of personal agency in classrooms, mainly from an educational-anthropological perspective by using two concepts: mimetic-learning and ritual-action. The re-search sample is 15-16 year old students in a private school in Delhi, India. By a comparative analysis with a German school sample of the same age-group, the research attempts at analysing transcultural- class-room rituals.