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?

Applications for the german-language B.A. in "Moderne Indienstudien" are going to open on 1 June 2019 (for a "Zulassungsbeschränktes Zweitfach" and for a "Zulassungsfreies Zweitfach").


Dr. Sebastian Schwecke is returning to CeMIS with a new DFG-funded research project “Work in the Bazaar. The Organization of Work in a Social Milieu beyond State Regulation: India, 1930-2000”

Dr. Schwecke had previously been at CeMIS as “Akademischer Rat”, working on informal financial markets in northern India. His work on labor in the bazaar analyzes the efforts and the failure of attempts to transform the conditions of work in a commercially dominated segment of the Indian informal sector through unionization. Based on unique source materials from private local archives in the north Indian city of Banaras (Varanasi), the project discusses the resilience and reproduction of socio-spatial structures as an essential component of informality, and their repercussions on the processes of formalizing labour.


Fresh off the press: new book by CeMIS professor Patrick Eisenlohr

CeMIS professor Patrick Eisenlohr's new book "Sounding Islam" has just been released by University of California Press. "Sounding Islam" provides a provocative account of the sonic dimensions of religion, combining perspectives from the anthropology of media and sound studies, as well as drawing on neo-phenomenological approaches to atmospheres. Using long-term ethnographic research on devotional Islam in Mauritius, Patrick explores how the voice, as a site of divine manifestation, becomes refracted in media practices that have become integral parts of religious traditions. At the core of his concern is the interplay of voice, media, affect, and listeners’ religious experiences. "Sounding Islam" sheds new light on a key dimension of religion, the sonic incitement of sensations that are often difficult to translate into language.

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