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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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Development economics chair returns to CeMIS

develop economics team

We are delighted to welcome Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer and the Development Economics team, making CeMIS (once again) complete, and allowing CeMIS to further develop its interdisciplinary work by incorporating economic perspectives. Prof. Vollmer’s team conduct empirical research on development economics, global health, and demographic change. The team is currently working on a number of ramdomized trials on child development, school meals, female self help groups and safe childbirth in India, Indonesia and Pakistan, a hospital evaluation in Nicaragua as well as studies on the global burden of under-nutrition among children or diabetes among adults. We are excited about developing joint projects, engaging discussions and an expanded academic and social life at CeMIS.

To find out more about the team and their research, and to keep up-to-date on their work, click here...

New research project from Prof. Eisenlohr

The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds Prof. Dr. Patrick Eisenlohr’s research project “Religious times, media genres, and their technical execution: An ethnographic investigation of audiovisual media practices among Shi’ites in Hyderabad” with a 240.000€ grant. The project is part of the DFG’s Priority programme “Proper Times of the Aesthetic. Time and Representation in Polychronic Modernity“.

The project addresses the aesthetic production of time and temporality in religious videos circulating among Shi’ite Muslims in Hyderabad, India. It will involve ethnographic research on media practices related to these videos. The project aims to explore the interrelations between the temporal structurations evident in such videos, the temporal dynamics at work in the technical reproduction of images and discourse, as well as the interpretations and experiences of time among viewers triggered by watching these videos.

The project investigates the generation of different senses of being in time through the workings of media genres, and pays attention to how the modes of operation proper to technical media influence experiences of presence and thereby experiences of time. Media production and consumption are embedded in broader media practices that are in turn part of larger social and cultural contexts that reach far beyond the engagement with media proper. This is why the projected research involves ethnographic analysis of media practices. The research will shed light on the complex interplay of video genres, technically induced time axis manipulation, the temporal dimensions of religious cosmologies, and the everyday temporalities of life in a major Indian city. The project thereby aims to foreground the media-technological conditioning of senses of being in time.

Research at CeMIS

Find out about what PhD and post-doc researchers from across the social sciences are doing at CeMIS, and why they chose to come here.

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