Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

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Interested in India today? In vital social, political and economic issues around inequality and development, migration, work, populism, religious diversity, caste and (post)colonialism? Want to understand these issues more deeply? To learn how to look at them from different perspectives – historical, political, anthropological, religious, economic? To look beyond Europe and European thinking?

Then apply to study at CeMIS now!

Applications for the german-language B.A. in "Moderne Indienstudien" close on July 15 (for a "Zulassungsbeschränktes Zweitfach") or September 30 (for a "Zulassungsfreies Zweitfach"). The online portal for applications opens on June 1.


CeMIS anthropologist Dr. Nathaniel Roberts wins the Bernard Cohn Prize of the Association for Asian Studies

Dr. Nathaniel Roberts was awarded the 2018 Bernard Cohn Prize for his book "To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and the Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum" (2016, University of California Press). To Be Cared For offers a unique view into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits (“untouchables”) in the South Indian city of Chennai. Focusing on the decision by many women to embrace locally specific forms of Pentecostal Christianity, Nathaniel Roberts challenges dominant anthropological understandings of religion as a matter of culture and identity, as well as Indian nationalist narratives of Christianity as a “foreign” ideology that disrupts local communities.


CeMIS anthropologist Dr. Stefan Binder receives the Gerardus van der Leeuw Prize 2018 for dissertation

Religious anthropologist Dr. Stefan Binder has received the 2018 Gerardus van der Leeuw Award from the Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap (NGG, Netherlands Society for Religious Studies) for the most “original and innovative” doctoral thesis. Dr Binder completed his dissertation, “Total Atheism: Making mental revolutions in South India”, at Utrecht University.

According to the NGG statement published on their website: “In addition, the dissertation was also considered to contribute the most to religious studies as an academic discipline, balancing carefully between ethnographic data and theoretical debates. Binder’s study shows that theories in religious studies are thoroughly impregnated by Western concepts, and he proposes non-Eurocentric critical epistemology of secularity, faith and unbelief. He moreover presents his work in a very clear, coherent and consistent way.”

In its ethnological analysis of an organized atheist movement in Telugu-speaking South India, the dissertation investigates intellectual debates, biographical narratives, oral practices, family ideologies and wedding practices, and programmes to overcome so-called "superstition" and the caste "system".

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