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Centre for Modern Indian Studies

Dr. Karin Klenke
Waldweg 26
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 551 39-19636/19810
Fax: +49 551 39-14215

Prof. Dr. Rupa Viswanath

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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer

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BA in Moderne Indienstudien: Bewerbung bis 30. September

Bist du auf der Suche nach einem BA, der grundlegende Fach- und Landeskundliche Kenntnisse des Modernen Indien vermittelt?

Willst Du den sozialen, politischen und ökologischen Wandel im Modernen Indien analysieren und verstehen?

Möchtest du mehr über religiöse, sprachliche und kulturelle Vielfalt sowie soziale Ungleichheit lernen?

Wenn Du diese Fragen mit Ja beantworten kannst, dann bewirb Dich jetzt für den Modernen Indienstudien BA am CeMIS.

Mehr Informationen über den BA Moderne Indienstudien finden Sie hier.

Project on social history of coffee consumption in 19th-20th century India receives funding

Led by Dr Bhaswati Bhattacharya, the project explores the trajectory of coffee as a commodity and its consumption in the domestic Indian market, a subject that has not been analyzed systematically. Although tea is considered the national drink, it is coffee that has a longer history in India. Taking the introduction of large scale production coffee in India in the 1830s as its starting point, the project aims to sketch out a long term history of consumption in order to understand where it stood in the hierarchy of hot beverages, if there was a change in social attitudes toward it, who the consumers were, and to analyze the politics of consumption in the sense of what guides the choice of a particular beverage. The hypothesis guiding this research is that as a foreign exchange earner, coffee has historically been meant for the export market, with the domestic market being systematically addressed for the first time in the wake of the stock market crash of 1929. In the post-World War II era, when new markets were opened to Indian coffee, the domestic market was relegated to the background again, until the MNC run café chains were opened. One peculiarity of the Indian coffee market is that, just as in the 1930s, in the 1990s the coffee industry focused on the urban educated Anglicized/globalized middle class. Now, when India is said to be in the grip of a “coffee culture”, the emphasis is still on its consumption in public spaces. The project will study the official records of the coffee industry and records produced by coffee planters in the colonial and post-colonial period, commercials in the media and literature in regional languages, and incorporate anthropological research among local operators in the market and urban consumers in order to find out how consumption, private and public, has featured in the coffee industry’s agenda. Exploring the role of the state, the industry, and the agency of the actors on the supply and demand side, the current project intends to contribute to the relatively new genre of the history of consumption in South Asia, with reference to the history of the consumption of coffee in India in particular, and to the larger sociological discourse on consumption and the consumer.

Five fellows arrive at Göttingen as part of new InterAsia Partnership

The University of Göttingen has been selected as the European partner and “hub” of the InterAsia Program launched by the Social Science Research Council of New York (SSRC). Other partners include Yale University, Duke University, National University of Singapore, the Hong Kong Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Seoul National University.

At Göttingen the project will be based at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) and the Global and Transregional Studies Platform link

Established in 2008, the SSRC’s InterAsia Program aims to establish new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies. The intellectual focus is the reconceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Activities include the InterAsian Connections Conference Series, a Transregional Virtual Research Institute, and various nodal activities that build on the institutional strengths of each partner, developing regional loci for important InterAsia research and teaching.

The Göttingen Hub hosts and co-ordinates the following activities
1. SSRC Global Summer Residency Click here...

2. Transregional Virtual Research Institute on “Media and the New Political”: Click here...

Professor Srirupa Roy of CeMIS is the Speaker of the InterAsia Partnership. She is also a member of the SSRC’s InterAsia Program Core Steering Committee and the SSRC InterAsia Fellowships Selection Committee.
List of InterAsia Fellows:
• Lou Antolihao
• Anna Belogurova
• Ruma Chopra
• Suma Ikeuchi
• Eloisa Stuparich

Upcoming event: International Workshop on Lineages of the People: Embedded and Transregional Histories of Contemporary Populism [details TBA]