Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Arundhati Roy reading from her new novel in Göttingen

16 September 2017, 8pm
Aula der Universität Göttingen, Wilhelmsplatz 1

The award-winning author of The God of Small Things is visiting Göttingen to read from her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. The novel takes us on a journey from Old Delhi to Kashmir and back and tells the stories of the young Anjum, who would rather be a woman than a man, and of Tilo, who visits her former lover in Kashmir. Christoph Senft from Berlin will be on the podium with her. Roy won the 1997 Man Booker prize for The God of Small Things, and is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize, the 2011 Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing, and the 2015 Ambedkar Sudar award. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

CeMIS is putting on the event in cooperation with the Literarisches Zentrum Göttingen. It will be held in English and German.

Tickets : € 9/11, Abendkasse € 10/12. Buy tickets here!
Free entry with the Kulturticket (but only at the door, and only if tickets are still available)!

University of Göttingen Winter School January 8-14, 2018
Inherited Inequality and the Formation of the Modern World

Application Deadline EXTENDED to September 15, 2017!

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Social, political and economic domination in the modern world depend on the continuous production and reproduction of persons relegated to degraded forms of labour and life on the basis on allegedly inherited characteristics (Robinson, 1982). This winter school will examine processes of racialization not only in the Americas, but in a comparative framework that includes a variety of forms of descent-based subjection across the globe. Hence our use of the more capacious "inherited inequality." We thus follow recent developments in the historical and sociological study of race and racialization, arguing that racialization is a global and transhistorical process (Da Silva, 2007) that deserves far greater comparative and interdisciplinary attention, especially from scholars and students of and in the global South (Comaroffs, 2012).

Students at the school will examine how "durable" inherited inequalities shape modern political, social and economic power, on one hand, and are at once key nodes of cohesion in social and political movements for justice. Young scholars from a diverse set of educational backgrounds and areal specializations will be provided with a set of rigorous comparative tools, drawing on the historical, sociological and anthropological perspectives and foci of the faculty, to understand pervasive and enduring forms of domination—and solidarity—in the modern world.

Participants will engage in a weeklong program comprising lectures, seminars and workshops, reading and working groups, and field trips. The school is intended for experienced MA students, and PhD students in the early stages of their degrees.

Prof. Thomas Abowd, Tufts University; Prof. Demetrius Eudell, Wesleyan University; Prof. Keith Feldman, University of California, Berkeley; Prof. Peter James Hudson, University of California, Los Angeles; Prof. Jemima Pierre, University of California, Los Angeles; Dr. Nathaniel Roberts, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen; Prof. Rupa Viswanath, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

Advanced Master’s students as well as early PhD candidates from relevant humanities and social science fields are invited to apply. Applications are due by September 1, 2017.

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BA in Modern Indian Studies: Enrol now!

Migration. Populism. The changing nature of work. Social inequality. Poverty. Economic growth. Religious and ethnic diversity. Public health. Caste and class. Development cooperation. Colonialism and postcolonialism.

Are you interested in looking at current issues and challenges not only in the European context and not only from a European perspective, but in the second largest country in the world?

Would you like to learn the skills to analyze global issues in a nuanced way, analyze socio-political problems in a profound manner, and draw together historical connections?

Do you believe that complex topics require not just one but several academic perspectives - historically, politically, ethnically, religiously, economically?

Are you interested in social, political and ecological transformations in today's India, or in India’s religious, linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as the social inequality?

If you answer yes to some or all of these questions, apply now for the BA course "Modern India Studies" at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)!

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