Newsletter No. 19 - Fall 2020


Since the last issue of the newsletter in Fall 2019, we were struck by the COVID 19 pandemic, which forced us into a two-month lockdown during the spring, and for a second time just a few days ago. This unprecedented health crisis has of course had a heavy impact on our scientific activities, making any travel impossible, for example. It has also had terrible consequences on our students, starting with those who already live in more than precarious conditions. Thanks to weekly meetings of the CEIAS directors and also with the DUs (Research Unit Directors) and the vice-presidency of EHESS, we have tried to answer the most urgent questions resulting from this crisis.

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Upcoming Events

Seminars taught by CEIAS members at the EHESS  - Program 2020/2021

The primary vocation of the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales—School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) is to teach the methods and results of research in the social sciences through research seminars. In this context, the courses given at the School by the professors and research fellows of the CEIAS aim to train students to conduct research in the history, anthropology, sociology, economy, geopolitics, geography and language sciences of South Asia.

Focus On

The CEIAS soon to merge with the CEH (Centre for Himalayan Studies)

A merger between the CEIAS and the CEH, prompted by the INSHS (the CNRS’s institute of Social Sciences) at the beginning of 2019, is in the making!

I-SHARE | India’s Subcontinent Shared Sacred Sites

A National Research Association (ANR) project led by Laurent Gayer, Christophe Jaffrelot, Aminah Mohammad-Arif and Grégoire Schlemmer (2018-2021).

Being a Journalist in Narendra Modi’s India

Never have Indian journalists worked in such difficult conditions and never has their work been so useful, both for public opinion and for researchers. When they are foreigners and social scientists, the latter increasingly desert the field for fear of administrative reprisals, leaving the investigative work to local journalists, whose work they then often use. The former sometimes defend the latter through petitions and in opinion pieces, but rarely know them.

From the Field

From Bangladesh to South India: Excavations and Popularization of Science in Question

As a Postdoctoral Scholar in South Asian Archaeology working as a part of the ERC DHARMA project team and affiliated with the CEIAS since October 1, 2019, I have carried out two fieldwork studies that are very different from one another but related to essential aspects of the research project: the collection of data and the dissemination of scientific data to a broader public.

Making of the Documentary Kinnaur Himalaya (Italy, India / 2020/76’)

“Jo hotā he vah acche ke lie hotā he” (“There is always a good reason for what happens”) is the incipit of the documentary “Kinnaur Himalaya” (Italy, India / 2020/76’). It bears witness to the social, religious, and economic transformations underway in the Himalayan district that bears the same name. Sixteen years of work (including interruptions) in this Indian tribal district, located between Tibet and the Gangetic Plain, have above all underscored its divinities, its spirits—both benevolent and malevolent— and its exorcism practices.


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