Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
ICAS:MP Inaugural Conference: "Changing Contours of the Political"
The inaugural conference of the International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) will be held in Berlin on October 9 and 10.
The conference, "Changing Contours of the Political", will focus on the distinction between ‘politics’ and ‘the political’, which seem to have become a key precept of modern social science, philosophy, and cultural history. The reason for this shift has still to be explored and attempted explanations focus on the changing role of the nation state as actor and object of political science, and the broadening of the field of politics. Today, ‘the political’ modifies its ‘aggregate state’ continually, encompassing new fields of social practice as it withdraws from others, frequently appearing as ‘antipolitics’. This has triggered an intensive and interdisciplinary debate on the contours and content of ‘the political’.
More information about the conference and the speakers can be found on the ICAS:MP website.
Arundhati Roy reads to full house in Göttingen
On Saturday 16 September, Arundhati Roy read in the Alte Aula in Göttingen. The Aula, the symbolic heart of academic life in Göttingen, was sold out.
Introduced by Nate Roberts from CeMIS, Arundhati Roy read from her new novel "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" in English, while Andrea Strube from Deutsches Theater in Göttingen read from the German translation.
The readings were interspersed with lively conversations between Arundhati Roy and Christoph Senft (Berlin) about the process of writing, the return to the literary stage 20 years after "The God of Small Things", the relationship between fiction and reality and the current situation in India.
It was a fantastic night with an enthusiastic crowd and we thank everybody who participated - especially Anja Johannsen, Gesa Lindemann and the volunteers at the Literarisches Zentrum Göttingen, our cooperation partner - for making it a big success.
Read a review in the Göttinger Tageblatt (German only).