Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

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

Application Deadline: September 1, 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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Press release: Development of populism around the globe

International workshop in Göttingen, August 17-18

Populism is not only on the rise in the USA, the United Kingdom, but seemingly throughout the world – in Turkey, the Philippines, India, China, Russia, Egypt, Australia. But what are the historical roots of these populist movements? And why are they so effective today? What does it mean for democracy? And the world? To answer these urgent questions, leading social scientists from around the globe are meeting for the “Lineages of the people: Embedded and transregional histories of contemporary populism” conference in Goettingen on August 17 and 18.

Going beyond superficial explanations for the emergence of populism, these scholars seek to understand its roots by looking at popular understandings of the “true people”, of the people versus the elite, of the economic reforms since the 1990s, and the development of today’s (social) media landscape.

In bringing together international scholars with thematic concerns that go beyond the USA and Europe to include Asia and the Middle East, fundamental new questions, insights and understandings arise, turning the received popular and academic wisdom about the emergence of populism on its head.

The conference will be held in English.

International workshop: "Lineages of the people: Embedded and transregional histories of contemporary populism"
August 17-18, 2017
Alte Mensa, Wilhelmsplatz 1, University of Göttingen, Germany