Abgeschlossene Veranstaltungen

Online book discussion “Borders of an Epidemic: COVID-19 and Migrant Workers in India”

Book duscussion 1.0

With Ranabir Samaddar (editor, Calcutta Research Group), Ritajyoti Bandhyopadhyay (author,
IISER Mohali), Ravi Ahuja and Camille Buat (both CeMIS)

Thursday 30 April 2020, 4pm German time / 7:30pm Indian time

CeMIS and the Centre for Global Migratiun Studies at Göttingen University

After the sudden announcement by the Indian government of a complete lockdown aimed at arresting the spread of the novel coronavirus, migrant labourers from different parts of India trekked back hundreds of kilometres to reach home. While scenes of migrant workers walking in long processions caught the cameras of the journalists, the collection of essays brought out by the Calcutta Research Group takes a look at what lies behind the long marches. How do caste, race, gender, and other fault lines operate in governmental strategies to cope with a virus epidemic? If the fight against an epidemic has been compared with a war, what are the forces of power at play in this war against the pandemic? What indeed explains the sudden visibility of the migrant workers in the time of a public health crisis?
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Wintersemester 2019/20

Contact: IndianHistory.CeMIS@sowi.uni-goettingen.de
Venue: CeMIS board room (2.112), Waldweg 26

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29.10.2019 – 16.00 – 18.00

Razak Khan (Erlanger Zentrum für Islam und Recht in Europa, Erlangen University): Entanglements in the
Colony: Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in South Asia

Soheb Ur-Rahman Niazi (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin): Social
Stratification of Muslims at a Qasbah in Colonial India: The Production and Contestation of Social
Hierarchy at Amroha

05.11.2019 – 16.00 – 19.00

Rohan Dominic Mathews (Institut für Soziologie and CeMIS, Göttingen University): Dynamics of
Production and Labour: The Case of Building Construction

Priyanka Srivastava (Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst): Beyond the Industrial
Paradigm: Non-Factory and Service Labour in Bombay City in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

Aardra Surendran (Centre for Study of Developing Societies, School of Development Studies, TISS
Mumbai): Technological Upgradation in the Indian Public Sector: Impacts on Labour Process and Labour

12.11.2019 – 16.00 – 18.00

Josefine Hoffmann (CeMIS, Göttingen University): Reading Representative Rhetoric: Bosch India in the
German Archive

Atem Lemtur (CeMIS, Göttingen University): Locating the ‘Porter Servant’ in the ‘Archiv des Deutschen

03.12.2019 – 16.00 – 19.00

Maria Framke: National Self-Assertion and Global Civil Society: Humanitarianism in Colonial British India
Svenja von Jan (CeMIS, Göttingen University): Non-elite, Subaltern, Lower Class - How to Productively
Categorize Socio-Economic Affiliation in South Asian Migration History

Vishal Singh Deo (Delhi University/CeMIS Göttingen): Playing Rent in the Khadar: The Construction of
Colonial Political Economy in the North West Provinces 1813-1860

Wednesday, 11.12.2019 - 18.15 – 19.45

Matthias van Rossum (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam): Local and global slaveries –
the Dutch East India Company empire and coerced labour in South and Southeast Asia, 1600-1800

07.01.2020 – 16.00 – 18.00

Mufsin Puthan Purayil (IIM Calcutta/(CeMIS, Göttingen University): Communitarian Ties as a Strategic
Economic Resource: A Study of Job Seeking and Mobility Among Kerala Emigrants

Catharina Hänsel (CeMIS, Göttingen University/Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa): Trusteeship and
Wages - Ahmedabad as a Site of Industrial Wage Policy in the Making

21.01.2020 – 16.00 – 19.00

Maria Pomohaci (CeMIS, Göttingen University): Cleaning up the City: Health, Hygiene and Sanitation
Workers in Late Colonial Calcutta

Saeed Ahmad (CeMIS, Göttingen University): Settlement & Placemaking: The Case of Jangpura-Bhogal,
Delhi (1920-47)

Debangana Baruah (TISS Mumbai/CeMIS, Göttingen University): Migration Amidst the Citizenship Crisis:
An Everyday Struggle of Bengali-Speaking Muslim Migrant Workers from Assam in South Mumbai

04.02.2020 – 16.00 – 19.00

Christian de Vito (Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, Bonn): Studying the Entanglements
Among Punishment, Labour and Dependency

Nabhojeet Sen (Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, Bonn): Punishment, Labour and
Dependency: Western India, c. 1720-1820

Michaela Dimmers (CeMIS, Göttingen University): How Does Labour Work? Prison Labour in Colonial

CeMIS Colloquium Winter Term 2019/20

Wednesdays 4.15pm – 5.45pm
CeMIS Board room, 2.112, 2nd floor
Waldweg 26, 37073 Göttingen (Map.)

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30 October
Uditi Sen, University of Nottingham
Forging Citizens from Refugees: Rehabilitation, Nation-Building, and Postcolonial Governmentalities

06 November
Deepankar Basu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Majoritarian Politics and Hate Crimes Against Religious
Minorities in India, 2009-2018

13 November
Antia Mato Bouzas, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin
The Politics of Space and Belonging in the Kashmir

27 November
Priyanka Srivastava, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The ILO and the Quest to Improve Working-Class Lives in
Interwar Bombay

04 December
Kanchana N. Ruwanpura, University of Edinburgh / Alexander von Humboldt Fellow
(CeMIS/Development Economics )

Of Belt and Bombs: Reflective Notes on Rupturing China’s BRI
in Postwar Sri Lanka

11 December
Trina F. Vithayathil, Providence College
Counting Caste: Censuses, Politics and Castelessness in India

18 December
Ornit Shani, University of Haifa, Israel
The People and the Making of the Indian Constitution 1946-1950

15 January
Marzia Casolari, Universitá degli Studi di Torino, Italy
The Religion as a Pretext: The Non-Religious Root of Religious
Conflicts in South Asia

20 January, Monday
Prakash Kumar,Pennsylvania State University
Empire of Knowledge: American Missionary and Land Grant
Agrarianism in Colonial India

29 January
Alessandro Stanziani, EHESS/CNRS, Paris
Voice, Exit and the Law. Colonial Labor, End of the
18th Century - 1914

For more info and child care contact Birgit Primer (14 days in advance).



Germans in 18th Century
India: A Social History of Everyday Life

December 12.-13. 2019
Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
Board Room (2nd Floor, Room 2.112)
Waldweg 26, 37073 Universität Göttingen

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A Great War in South India

Donnerstag, 12.12.2019, 18 Uhr c.t.
Kulturwissenschaftliches Zentrum
Raum: 0.602 im KWZ

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International Workshop, 20 – 22 November 2019

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International Centre for Advanced Studies "Metamorphoses of the Political"
Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Georg-August-University, Go ttingen
Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut (SOFI), Goettingen

Formalisation, Informalisation and the Labour Process:
Comparative Perspectives

International Workshop, 20 – 22 November 2019,
Alte Mensa, Wilhelmsplatz 3, 37073 Goettingen

(For registration, please write to the workshop organisers at

20 November 2019

15:30 – 16:00 Registration

16:00 – 18:00 Introduction: Ravi Ahuja

Opening Lecture: Nicole Mayer-Ahuja
Formalisation, Informalisation and the Labour Process:
Insights and Blind Spots of Industrial Sociology

18:00 – 19:30 Reception

19:30 – 20:30 Film Screening and Discussion Cast in India (Natasha Raheja)

21 November 2019

9:00 – 11:00 Chair and Commentator: Jayeeta Sharma

Emma Alexander
Work places and living places in Bombay, 1850 to 1960: how
the informal allowed the formal to function and grow

Anna Sailer
The state and the factory in early 20th century Bengal

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Chair and Commentator: Aardra Surendran

Denys Gorbach
Varieties of informality and hegemony at “old” and “new”
industrial workplaces in Ukraine

Mamatha Gandham
Heterogeneity of work relations at the site of production in
the New Delhi region

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00 Chair and Commentator: Ravi Ahuja

Rosa Kösters
From segmentation to fragmentation: changing labour
relations in the Dutch formal industry sector, 1973-1985

Vinay Kumar
Restructuring (downsizing) Tata Steel: consent or coercion

Minhyoung Kang
The formalization of informal workers at Hyundai Motor

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:30 Chair and Commentator: Sumeet Mhaskar

Dhiraj Nite
Multiple Times, unified process: interweaving of formality
and informality on the Indian mines, 1940s-1970s

Anusha Sundar
Gasping for air: silicosis in the mica mining industry c. 1909-

Suravee Nayak
Political economy of subcontracting in the coal industry:
evidence from the Talcher coalfieds of Odisha, India

20:00 Conference Dinner (for participants)

22 November 2019

9:30 – 11:00 Chair and Commentator: Alexander Gallas

Jayaseelan Raj
Formal as informal: the social reproduction of labour in
Kerala’s tea plantations 3

Peter Birke / Felix Bluhm
Refugees at work: informality in the labour process of
migrants in German slaughterhouses

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Chair and Commentator: Priyanka Srivastava

Sanjeev Routray
'Time pass' and 'setting': The Meanings, relationships, and
politics of urban informal work in Delhi

V. Kalyan Shankar
Male transgressions into an informal female occupation: the
gender dynamics of waste collection in an Indian City

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30 Chair and Commentator: Kanchana Ruwanpura

Sona Mitra and Ruchika Chaudhary
Labour practises in India’s emerging gig economy: Case study
of women workers in mobile application-based business
models delivering beauty and salon services

Simon Yin
Taxi drivers and ride-sharing in China

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00 Plenary Discussion
Introductory Statement: Samita Sen

CeMIS Colloquium Summer Semester 2019

May 2019

08 Sangharsh. Times of Strife Film Screening
Screening and discussion
with director Nico Jaoul

15 Jairus Banaji
University of London
State and capital in the era of primitive accumulation

22 Jacob Copeman
University of Edinburgh
Names and Critique: On ‘Kaur’ and ‘Singh’ and Caste

June 2019

05 Gunnel Cederlöf
Linnaeus University
Tracking routes: Imperial competition in the
late 19th century Burma-China borderlands

12 Geert De Neve
University of Sussex
Rations, smartcards and internet centres:
how biometric technology affects social
protection in Tamil Nadu, India.

19 Jens Lerche
University of London
Ground Down by Growth. Tribe, caste
and class in 21st century India

Mon 24,Debraj Ray
-1.113 Theologicum
New York University
Similarity, Difference and Conflict

26 Eleanor Newbigin
University of London
Rethinking the end of empire?
Tracing the emergence of an Indian
national economy 1917 - 1947

July 2019

03 Alpa Shah
London School of Economicsand Political Science
Nightmarch: Among India’sRevolutionary Guerillas

Modern South Asian History Research Seminar Summer Semester 2019

Contact: IndianHistory.CeMIS@sowi.uni-goettingen.de
Venue: CeMIS board room, Waldweg 26

30 April, 16:00 – 19:00
Chandra Bhanu Murthy Nalamala (CeMIS, Göttingen): The Communists, Ambedkar and the Dalit Liberation, 1942-52
Michaela Dimmers (CeMIS, Göttingen): Transferred for Work. Convict labour in colonial India
Jana Tschurenev (re:work, Berlin): Women and Social Work in Early Twentieth Century India

14 May, 10:00 – 15:00 (break 12:00 – 13:00)
Mini-Workshop with Jairus Banaji (SOAS, London)
Registration with: michaela.dimmers@cemis.uni-goettingen.de

28 May, 16:00 – 19:00
Joanna Simonow (ETH, Zürich): After the ‘late Victorian holocaust’: Transnational responses to famines, starvation
and malnutrition in colonial and early postcolonial India, c. 1900-1955
Rukmini Barua (MPI-B, Berlin): Family, intimacy and romance in an industrial neighbourhood in Delhi
Rohan Mathews (Institut für Soziologie/CeMIS, Göttingen): Historicising Informality: Moments of Construction
Workers Organising

11 June, 16:00 – 19:00
Nokmedemla Lemtur (CeMIS, Göttingen): Understanding the construction of mountain labour in the early
twentieth century
Josefine Hoffmann (CeMIS, Göttingen): „Working with one’s hands“ – Skill and envisioning the industrial worker in
an Indo-German context
Svenja von Jan (CeMIS, Göttingen): Hardas Singh and Henry Obed - Biographies in Conversation with Archives

18 June, 16:00 – 19:00
Camille Buat (CeMIS, Göttingen/Sciences-Po, Paris): Mobility, Urbanity, Respectability: Sketching a history of the
working class family between Northern India and Bengal (1950s-1980s)
Pratyay Nath (Ashoka University, Sonepat): What is Military Labour? Perspectives from the Mughal Empire
Bhaswati Bhattacharya (CeMIS, Göttingen): The better half in your cup? The role of chicory in coffee marketing in

25 June, 16:00 – 18:00
Arnaud Kaba (EHESS, Paris/CeMIS, Göttingen): Trajectories of daily metal workers from Bhopal and the question
of class in India's contemporary informal sector
Elijia Horn (TU, Braunschweig): "Natural India" and "natural childhood". Indophilia amongst German New
Educationists, 1920s & 1930s

27 Juni, 19:30 – 21:00
Ravi Ahuja (CeMIS, Göttingen): The 'Natives' of the S. S. ‘Egypt': Steamship labour and racial management in the
British Empire
Venue: Roter Buchladen, Nikolaikirchhof 7, Göttingen

2 July, 16:00 – 19:00
Gayatri Rathore (Sciences-Po, Paris/CeMIS, Göttingen): State, Sanitation and Labour: Making and Unmaking of
Sanitation Worker Identity
Maria Pomohaci (CeMIS, Göttingen): Between Bustees and Mehtar Barracks: The 'Scavengers' of Late-Colonial
Anandita Bajpai (HU, Berlin): "Tuning in to "the Voice of the GDR": Registers of Friendship and Radio Berlin
International in India."

16 July, 16:00 – 19:00
Anna Sailer (CeMIS, Göttingen): British Trade Unions and Workers in India
Vidhya Raveendranathan (NYU, Shanghai/CeMIS, Göttingen): TBA
Catharina Hänsel (CeMIS, Göttingen/Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa): “The Emerging World-Wide Society of
Industrial Man” - Industrial Relations Theory, Development and the Emergence of Management Studies in India

CeMIS Colloquium Summer Semester 2018

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April 25
CeMIS/University of Toronto
Spiritual and Material Development: The Politics of Islamic Charitable Work in Uttar Pradesh, India

May 2
University of Toronto
Minimum Government, Maximum Governance: Modi’s Statue of Unity and the Sense of Scale

May 9
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/New York University
The Empire of Economics

University of Leiden/InterAsia Fellow, Göttingen
Can Clientelism be democratic? A View from the Shops of Power in India

St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore/InterAsia Fellow, Göttingen
Giving Back: Reciprocity, Obligation and Transnationalisation of Caste in Coastal Andhra

May 30
Stanford University
Respect your neighbour as yourself: Ethics, Neighbourliness and Caste in Kerala

June 6
Indian Institute of Technology-Madras
Instruments of Development: Indo-German Scientific Collaboration and Engineering Practices at IIT Madras

June 13
University of Cincinnati
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and the "Prostitute" Question

June 20
University of Edinburgh/CeMIS
Spectacle of Inversion and a Counter Public: The Case of Immanuel Sekaran Guru Puja

Modern South Asian History Research Seminar Summer Semester 2018

Contact: IndianHistory.CeMIS@sowi.uni-goettingen.de
Venue: CeMIS board room, Waldweg 26

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Tuesday 24 April, 4.15pm Special Lecture
SENTHIL BABU (French Institute of Pondicherry): How can we do History of Science and History of Labour together in India?

Tuesday 5 June, 4.15pm Special Lecture
PRASANNAN PARTHASARATHI (Boston College): Labor and Environment in Nineteenth-Century Tamilnad

Tuesday 12 June, 4.15pm – 6.15pm CeMIS Research in Progress
ROHAN MATHEWS: Construction Workers and Real Estate: A Survey of Case Law and Legal Developments
SEBASTIAN SCHWECKE: Work in the Bazaar: The Organisation of Work in a Social Milieu beyond State Regulation: India, 1930s to 2000s
6.30pm – 8.00pm Special Lecture
ALI RAZA (Leibniz Zentrum Modern Orient, Berlin): Revolutionary Dreams and Revolutionary Lives in South Asia, c. 1910s - 1950s

Tuesday 19 June, 4.15pm CeMIS Research in Progress
MARTIN CHRISTOF-FÜCHSLE: German Writings on the Mysore Wars of the Eighteenth Century: Three Perspectives
5.30pm – 7.00pm Special Lecture
INDIVAR KAMTEKAR (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi): War Mobilisation: the Colonial State and the Independent State in India

Tuesday 26 June, 4.15pm – 8.00pm CeMIS Research in Progress
BHASWATI BHATTACHARYA: Coffee Marketing and Consumption in South India, 1900-1940
RAZAK KHAN: Archive of Ideas: Rethinking Translation as Entangled Intellectual History
CATHARINA HÄNSEL: Trusteeship of Welfare? Business and Universal Basic Income in India

Tuesday 3 July, 4.15pm – 8.00pm CeMIS Research in Progress
MICHAELA DIMMERS: Guarded by Convicts: Convict Officers in Colonial Central Jails of the North-Western Provinces
VIDHYA RAVEENDRANATHAN: Masula Boatmen and the Production of the Urban Coast in Nineteenth Century Madras
SVENJA VON JAN: Hamburg-Indian Entanglements in British Archives

Workshop: Religion, pride, and recognition: The making of religious minorities

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Workshop: Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases

The aim of the Conference is to generate international awareness of the collaborative project, “HPACC“ (Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases), share findings, and further develop the path forward toward addressing the ever growing global burden of age related non communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. We have a very limited understanding of the health system performance for these diseases in the context of low and middle income countries; this is the gap that HPACC is addressing in order to inform evidence based policies and interventions to extend healthy, active years of life. In order to pursue this exciting, high impact line of inquiry, research efforts from both universities have been combined in an integrated approach that is including professors, postdocs, PhDs as well as student assistants. The workshop provided a valuable framework in which an extensive and lasting cooperation between the University of Göttingen and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health was further reinforced
The specific objectives of the Conference were: presenting the HPACC findings and efforts up to date; team building between our research collaborators; grant proposal writing as the foundation for an ongoing cooperation; connecting the joint program with external collaborators; as well as outlining and streamlining the current and future research plan.

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International Summer School: Global Health and Poverty

May 28 to June 8, 2018

The International Summer School welcomed 29 advanced international students (Masters or PhD level) working in global health or development economics. The summer school addressed the central health challenges of the world today, focusing particularly on their many intersections with poverty. Participants delved into the central question of the complex interplay of a person’s health status and economic prosperity or deprivation in the context of low- and middle-income countries.
Over the two-week program, students became more familiarized with the most important global health challenges and explored the role health economics and policies play in tackling these. Students benefited from a range of theoretical courses, research-orientated lectures, and practical activities. Theoretical and empirical courses were held by renowned speakers from leading universities and institutes in global health. The practical activities included a two-day excursion to Berlin including a visit of the German Parliament and meetings with political decision-makers. In addition to that, the summer school provided the opportunity of visits to other health institutes and health technology firms. In order to further foster group dynamics between attendees and give an insight into German cultural and historical heritage, a social program including an excursion to Wartburg was part of the summer school.
Summer school programme


Das Centre for Modern Indian Studies der Universität Göttingen freut sich, mit Bezwada Wilson von NGO Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), einen legendären Aktivisten der Antikastenbewegung in Göttingen begrüßen zu können. Bezwada Wilson ist eine zentrale Person in dem Kampf der Kaste der Latrinen- und KanalarbeiterInnen gegen den brutalen Rassismus in Indien, der die Angehörigen dieser Kaste dazu zwingt, menschliche Fäkalien manuell zu entfernen. Die indische Regierungen nennt diese Praxis beschönigend „manual scavenging“ (manuelle Müllabfuhr). Diese Praxis hält sich hartnäckig, obwohl es längst verboten ist, Menschen zu dieser Tätigkeit zu zwingen. Die kastenbasierte indische Polizei und Politik weigern sich, gegen Städte vorzugehen, die diese Praxis fortführen, und machen keine Anstalten, die Angehörigen der Kaste der Latrinen- und Kanalarbeiterinnen vor dieser gefährlichen, menschenverachtenden Tätigkeit zu schützen, die menschliches Leben und Potentiale brutal zerstört.

Nach dem Vortrag von Bezwada Wilson werden Manuela Ott (Dalit Solidarität in Deutschland), Michael Gottlob (Koordinationsgruppe Indien von Amnesty International Deutschland) und Bezwada Wilson über die Bedeutung von internationaler Solidarität und internationalen Aktionen für den Kampf der Latrinen- und KanalarbeiterInnen, die die indische Regierung zwingen möchten, das Verbot dieser Praxis endlich rigoros durchzusetzen.

Im Anschluss an die Diskussion wird Rasika Ajotikar (singer/songwriter, Musikethnologin) Lieder aus einer Antikastenbewegung in Westindien singen.

Ort/Zeit: Dienstag, 17. April, 19:30 Uhr
Buchladen Rote Straße, Nikolaikirchhof 7, 37073 Göttingen

Die Veranstaltung findet auf Englisch mit deutscher Übersetzung statt.

CeMIS Colloquium Winter Semester 2017-18

Room 6.103, Hochhaus (Tower), Waldweg 26 (unless otherwise stated)
Wednesdays 4.15pm – 5.45pm (unless otherwise stated)

October 25
Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Urban Spatial Politics: Class and Narratives of Transparency, Corruption, and Community in Delhi

November 1
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen
Democracy as Rumour: Media, Religion, and the 2014 Indian Elections

November 22
CeMIS, University of Göttingen
Democracy Interrupted? Dalit Politics, Disruption, and the Dilemmas of Representation

December 6
Department of Musicology, University of Göttingen
'Our song yearns for liberation': Examining female musicianship, caste politics and citizenship in contemporary Maharashtra

Tuesday 9 January, 6 pm, VG 4.101
University of Kassel
Body, Morality, Nation, and beyond. Framing Vegetarianism between Europe and India
Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern History

Monday 29 January, 4pm, ZESS Room AP26
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München/Presidency University, Kolkata
Sovereignty, Natural Law, and the Ironies of Decolonization: India and the Tokyo Trial
Co-sponsored by the Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS), University of Göttingen

Modern South Asian History Research Seminar Winter Semester 2017-18

Contact: IndianHistory.CeMIS@sowi.uni-goettingen.de
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Heyne Haus, Papendiek 16. 12:30-18:00, 17 November
Shangliao Sun. Hunger Strike: A closer Study of the 1946 Bombay R.N. Mutiny
Camille Buat. Going out for Work. Drafting the History of an Ingrained Practice
Vidhya Raveendranathan. Grain Infrastructure and Labour: Writing Histories of Famines in Nineteenth Century Madras
Shivangi Jaiswal. Cast(e)ing Labour: State Intervention and the Discourse on Law, 1942-52
Bhaswati Bhattacharya. TBA

Verfügungsgebäude 3.108. 16:15-17:45, 05 December
Gerdien Jonker. Reconstructing the Mosque - Archive of the Ahmadiyya Lahore Mission in Berlin, 1924-2004

Historische Sternwarte / Tagungszentrum. Workshop Time & Money. Themes in Labour Relations. 16:15-17:45, 18 & 19 December
Samita Sen. Keynote Address. Historische Sternwarte / Tagungszentrum. 4.15pm, Monday 18 December.
Workshop programme

Heyne Haus, Papendiek 16. 11:00-18:00, 20 January
Chen Nishi. TBA
Michaela Dimmers. Everyday Life in a Colonial Prison
Razak Khan. Migrant Lives and Ideas: Jewish and Muslim Intellectual Entanglements in Colonial India
Martin Christof-Füchsle. TBA
Heena. The military and Civil Administration of Delhi during the Period of rebellion, 1857
Shivangi Jaiswal. Caste and Industrialisation. A formative Decade of the Indian Labour Department, 1942-1952
Svenja von Jan. Indian presence in northern German port cities between World War I and World War II

Verfügungsgebäude 3.108. 16:15-17:45, 30 January
Kaveh Yazdani. The reasons behind the rise of Western Europe from an 'Indian perspective'

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

Applications are closed.

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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

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