Abgeschlossene Veranstaltungen

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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