Bulletin N°8 : hiver 2017


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. Les archives du Bulletin de la bibliothèque sont accessibles ici. Si vous souhaitez être ajouté à la liste des destinataires, écrivez-nous.

Nouveautés à la bibliothèque

Hindi film songs

“Since their beginnings in the 1930s, Hindi films and film songs have dominated Indian public culture in India, and have also made their presence felt strongly in many global contexts. (…) Anna Morcom addresses many of the paradoxes eccentricities and myths of not just Hindi film songs but also of Hindi cinema by analysing film songs in cinematic context. (…) This book demonstrates that in terms of the production process, musical style, and commercial life, it is most powerfully the parent film that shapes and defines the film songs and their success rather than the other way round.”

Anna Morcom enseigne la musicologie au Royal Holloway, Université de Londres.

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l’Asie : Hindi Film Songs and the Cinema, SOAS Musicology Series, Ashgate.

Lines of caste

“What does it mean to be a Brahmin, and what could it mean to become one?. (…) There is (…) one notable figure in the Hindu mythological tradition who is said to have transformed himself from a king into a Brahmin by amassing great ascetic power, or tapas: the irascible sage Visvamitra. (…)
Using a performance-centered approach to situate the production of the Visvamitra legends within specific historical contexts, Crossing the Lines of Caste reveals how and why mythological culture has played an active, dialogical role in the construction of Brahmin social power over the last three thousand years.”

Adheesh A. Sathaye enseigne au department d’Asian Studies de l’University of British Columbia.

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l’Asie : Crossing the Lines of Caste: Visvamitra and the construction of Brahmin Power in Hindu Mythology, Adheesh A. Sathaye, OUP, 2015.

Mughal painting

“The first specialized critical-aesthetic study to be published on the concept of hybridity in early Mughal painting, this book investigates the workings of the diverse creative forces that led to the formation of a unique Mughal pictorial language.”

Valerie Gonzalez enseigne les "Islamic studies" au Leighton House Museum de Londres.

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l’Asie : Aesthetic Hybridity in Mughal Painting, 1526-1658, Valérie Gonzalez, Routledge, 2015.


"Hindu devotional traditions have long been recognized for their sacred geographies as well as the sensuous aspects of their devotees’ experiences. Largely overlooked, however, are the subtle links between these religious expressions. Based on intensive fieldwork (...), this book discusses the diverse and contrasting ways in which Bengal‑Vaishnava devotees experience sacred geography and divinity."

Sukanya Sarbadhikary enseigne la sociologie à la Presidency University de Kolkata.

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l’Asie :  The place of Devotion : Siting and experiencing divinity in Bengal-Vaishnavism, University of California Press, 2015.


"Hidden behind the much-touted success story of India’s emergence as an economic superpower is another, far more complex narrative of the nation’s recent history, one in which economic development is frequently countered by profoundly unsettling, and often violent, political movements. In Democracy against Development, Jeffrey Witsoe investigates this counter-narrative, uncovering an antagonistic relationship between recent democratic mobilization and development-oriented governance in India."

Jeffrey Witsoe enseigne l’anthropologie à Union College, Schenectady, NY. 

Cet ouvrage est disponible à la Maison de l’Asie : Democracy against development : lower-caste politics and political modernity in postcolonial India, Jeffrey Witsoe, University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Chez les éditeurs


Europe’s India : Words, People, Empires,1500–1800, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Harvard University Press, 2017.

"When Portuguese explorers first rounded the Cape of Good Hope and arrived in the subcontinent in the late fifteenth century, Europeans had little direct knowledge of India. (…)
Europe’s India tracks Europeans’ changing ideas of India over the entire early modern period. Sanjay Subrahmanyam brings his expertise and erudition to bear in exploring the connection between European representations of India and the fascination with collecting Indian texts and objects that took root in the sixteenth century. (…) Europe’s India is as much about how the East came to be understood by the West as it is about how India shaped Europe’s ideas concerning art, language, religion, and commerce."

colonial lahore

Colonial Lahore : A History of the City and Beyond, Ian Talbot and Tahir Kamran, Hurst, 2017.

"A first general history of one of the greatest cities of South Asia, examining the impact of colonialism: socially, architecturally and politically. (…)

This first synoptic history moves away from the prism of the Great Divide of 1947 to examine the cultural and social connections which linked colonial Lahore with North India and beyond. In contrast to portrayals of Lahore as inward looking and a world unto itself, the authors argue that imperial globalisation intensified long established exchanges of goods, people and ideas."

South Asian Islam

Reform and Renewal in South Asian Islam: The Chishti-Sabris in 18th–19th Century North India, Moin Ahmad Nizami, OUP, 2016.

“Of the many Sufi orders that have operated in South Asia, the Chishtī order is the oldest and the most popular. This book examines the traditions, rituals, experiences, and legacy of the Sābrī branch of the Chishtī order. (…)

By locating Sufi traditions and institutions within the discourse of Islamic scholars (‘ulamā), the book contends that the boundaries often drawn between ‘Sufi’ and ‘scholarly’ Islam were in reality far more blurred and porous than is admitted in the literature on modern reformist movements.” 


Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya, edited by Megan Adamson Sijapati, Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, Routledge, 2016.

“Religion has long been a powerful cultural, social, and political force in the Himalaya. Increased economic and cultural flows, growth in tourism, and new forms of governance and media, however, have brought significant changes to the religious traditions of the region in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This book presents detailed case studies of lived religion in the Himalaya in this context of rapid change to offer intra-regional perspectives on the ways in which lived religions are being re-configured or re-imagined.”


A New Statistical Domain in India: An Enquiry into Village Panchayat Databases, Jun-Ichi Okabe and Aparajita Bakshi, Tulika Books, 2016.

“A new structure of local government, the contemporary village panchayat, has emerged in rural India as a consequence of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992. This new statistical domain requires databases for the development functions that have been allocated to it. This book is a study of panchayat-level databases and their potential use in local-level administration, planning, and policy implementation (…) The study attempts to understand the current and potential use of such records in decentralized development planning, the periodicity at which the records are updated, and the reliability and accuracy of such records.”