Bulletin N°11 Hiver 2017-2018

Ce bulletin a pour objectif de vous tenir informés de l'actualité de la bibliothèque du CEIAS, de ses dernières acquisitions, ainsi que de vous donner quelques nouvelles sur des publications récentes, des ressources numériques et en ligne qui nous paraissent susceptibles de vous intéresser et des événements liés au livre et aux domaines du CEIAS. Pour être informés de l'activité de recherche du Centre, vous pouvez consulter son site ainsi que la Newsletter.

Si vous souhaitez consulter les précédents numéros, les archives du Bulletin de la bibliothèque sont accessibles.

Nouveautés à la bibliothèque

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"Cet ouvrage est une étude de l'idéologie royale de la dynastie des Pallava qui prospérèrent dans le sud de l'Inde du IVème au IXème siècle. (...)

Ce second tome présente d'abord, dans la troisième partie, une analyse des généalogies royales et des mythes dynastiques des Pallava à partir des sources épigraphiques. Vient ensuite, dans les quatrième, cinquième et sixième parties, une analyse du contenu et du développement du panégyrique épigraphique et iconographique des Pallava au cours de trois périodes successives en lesquelles l'histoire de la dynastie peut être divisée: l'Ère du dana (ca. 300-550), l'Ère des monuments (ca. 550-730) et l'Ère du déclin (ca. 730-900)."

Emmanuel Francis est chargé de recherches au CNRS, membre du CEIAS.

Cet ouvrage ainsi que le tome I sont disponibles à la Maison de l'Asie: Le Discours royal dans l'Inde du Sud ancienne, Peeters Publishers, Publications de l’Institut Orientaliste de Louvain , [2017].

Autres nouveautés à la bibliothèque

"Prior to the nineteenth century, South Asian dictionaries, glossaries, and vocabularies reflected a hierarchical vision of nature and human society. By the turn of the twentieth century, the modern dictionary had democratized and politicized language. Compiled "scientifically" through "historical principles," the modern dictionary became a concrete symbol of a nation's arrival on the world stage.
Following this phenomenon from the late seventeenth century to the present, Negotiating Languages casts lexicographers as key figures in the political realignment of South Asia under British rule and in the years after independence."

Walter Hakala est professeur associé de langues et littérature d'Asie du Sud au département d'anglais de l'University de Buffalo, SUNY.

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l'Asie: Negotiating Languages, Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia, Walter N. Hakala, Columbia University Press, 2016.


"To Be Cared For offers a unique view into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits (“untouchables”) in the South Indian city of Chennai. Focusing on the decision by many women to embrace locally specific forms of Pentecostal Christianity, Nathaniel Roberts challenges dominant anthropological understandings of religion as a matter of culture and identity, as well as Indian nationalist narratives of Christianity as a “foreign” ideology that disrupts local communities. Far from being a divisive force, conversion integrates the slum community—Christians and Hindus alike—by addressing hidden moral fault lines that subtly pit residents against one another in a national context that renders Dalits outsiders in their own land."

Nathaniel Roberts est chercheur au Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, de Göttingen, Allemagne. 

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l'Asie: To be cared for:The power of conversion and foreignness of belonging in an Indian slum, Nathaniel Roberts, University of California Press, 2016.

"A true tour de force, this book documents the transformation of one Indian literature, Tamil, under the impact of colonialism and Western modernity. While Tamil is a living language, it is also India’s second oldest classical language next to Sanskrit, and has a literary history that goes back over two thousand years. On the basis of extensive archival research, Sascha Ebeling tackles a host of issues pertinent to Tamil elite literary production and consumption during the nineteenth century. (...) The work concludes with a discussion of the most striking literary development of the time—the emergence of the Tamil novel."

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Sascha Ebeling est Associate Professor au Département des langues et civilisations d'Asie du Sud et au Département de Littérature comparée de l'Université de Chicago.
Lire un entretien avec Sascha Ebeling paru dans la newsletter du CEIAS.

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l'Asie: Colonizing the realm of words: the transformation of Tamil literature in nineteenth century South India, SUNY, 2010.

"India, Modernity and the Great Divergence is an original and pioneering book about India’s transition towards modernity and the rise of the West. The work examines global entanglements alongside the internal dynamics of 17th to 19th century Mysore and Gujarat in comparison to other regions of Afro-Eurasia. It is an interdisciplinary survey that enriches our historical understanding of South Asia, ranging across the fascinating and intertwined worlds of modernizing rulers, wealthy merchants, curious scholars, utopian poets, industrious peasants and skilled artisans."

Kaveh Yazdani est post-doctorant au Center for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l'Asie: India, Modernity and the Great Divergence: Mysore and Gujarat (17th to 19th C.), Brill, 2017.

Chez les éditeurs

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Murty Classical Library of India12, In Praise of Annada, Volume 1, Bharatchandra Ray, Translated by France Bhattacharya

In 1752, the Bengali poet Bharatchandra Ray completed a long narrative poem dedicated to the glory of Annada, Shiva’s consort and the divinity who, as her name proclaims, “bestows the bounty of rice.” A poet well versed in Sanskrit, Persian, and Hindi—all of which enrich his work—Bharatchandra took up the literary performance genre maṅgalkāvya and thoroughly transformed it, addressing the aesthetic tastes of the court rather than of the traditional village audience. He added depth and sensitivity to well-known legends, along with allusions to his own experiences of poverty, and more than a dash of mischievous wit. (...)

This translation, the first into English, accompanies the original text in the Bangla script. Lively and entertaining, In Praise of Annada was regarded as a major achievement in its own time and remains a treasure of Bengali literature.

Autres nouveautés chez les éditeurs


Coolies of the Empire: Indentured Indians in the sugar colonies, 1830-1920, Ashutosh Kumar, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

"This book studies Indian overseas labour migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which involved millions of Indians traversing the globe in the age of the empire, subsequent to the abolition of slavery in 1833. This migration led to the presence of Indians and their culture being felt all over the world. This study delves deep into the lives of these indentured workers from India who called themselves girmitiyas; it is a narrative of their experiences in India and in the sugar colonies abroad."


A Muslim Conspiracy in British India? Politics and Paranoia in the Early Nineteenth-Century Deccan, Chandra Mallampalli, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

"As the British prepared for war in Afghanistan in 1839, rumours spread of a Muslim conspiracy based in India's Deccan region. Colonial officials were convinced that itinerant preachers of jihad - whom they labelled 'Wahhabis' - were collaborating with Russian and Persian armies and inspiring Muslim princes to revolt. Officials detained and interrogated Muslim travellers, conducted weapons inspections at princely forts, surveyed mosques, and ultimately annexed territories of the accused. Using untapped archival materials, Chandra Mallampalli describes how local intrigues, often having little to do with 'religion', manufactured belief in a global conspiracy against British rule."

"Colonising, Decolonising, and Globalising Kolkata offers an extended analysis of the architecture of Kolkata from the earliest days of colonialism through independence and on into the twenty-first century, all set in the larger context of Indian cities and architecture. What Siddhartha Sen shows is the transformation of a colonial city into a Marxist one—and ongoing attempts to further transform it into a global city. Richly illustrated, the book carefully situates architecture, design, and urban planning within Kolkata’s political economy and social milieu."


Cityscapes of violence in Karachi: publics and counterpublics, Nichola Khan (Ed.), Hurst, 2017.

"Karachi is a city framed in the popular imagination by violence, be it criminality and gangsterism or political factionalism. That perception also dominates literary, cinematic and scholarly representations and discussions of this great metropolis.

By commenting in different ways on the trials and tribulations of Karachi and Pakistan, the contributors to this innovative book on the city build on past writings to say something new or different – to make their reader re-think how they understand the processes at work in this vast urban space."