Newsletter No. 10 - Spring 2015


With the first year of the new "collegial" team of directors coming to a close, we thought we would say "business as usual." Our small community of South-Asian specialists has been immensely productive, organizing conferences and lectures at the Center as well as attending others in the four parts of the world. Read more


Prof. Davesh Soneji (McGill University, Montréal, Canada)

Upcoming Events

There are several international conferences organized by our members which are scheduled for the upcoming weeks.

Schedule of activities

Focus On

October 2-4, 2014 : 8th European PhD workshop on South Asia Studies in Edinburgh

The Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS), University of Edinburgh, hosted the 8th European PhD workshop on South Asia Studies from October 2-4, 2014. As every year the Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (CEIAS) has sent two PhD student, Florence Nowak and Clémence Jullien, as well as one senior scholar, Tiziana Leucci.

Read the report by the organizers : Crispin Bates and Roger Jeffery

Read the report by a participant : Florence Nowak


November 5-7, 2014 : 1st Ethnography Meeting at the EHESS (High School Studies in Social Science)

This year, the EHESS organized its first Rencontre Annuelle d’Ethnographie which will now be a regular event held by this institution, serving to foster collaboration between members.

Read more (report by Florence Nowak)


December 8-12, 2014 : Winter School in Pondicherry | Methodological Approaches in Social Sciences

In December 2013, Christophe Jalil Nordman (economist, IRD), Thanuja Mummidi (anthropologist, Pondicherry University) and myself, Remy Delage (geographer, CNRS) formulated the idea of designing a multi-year program of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social science research.

Read more (report by Rémy Delage)


February 17th, 2015 : Conference - Hindus and Others in Sri Lanka and in the Diaspora

The "Hindus and Others in South Asia and Overseas" research program, coordinated by Mathieu Claveyrolas & Pierre-Yves Trouillet organized, jointly with Delon Madavan and the Centre d’Études et de Recherche sur l’Inde, l’Asie du Sud et sa Diaspora (CERIAS) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM, Montréal), a conference entitled Hindus and Others in Sri Lanka and in the Diaspora, it took place on February 17th, 2015.

Read more (report by Mathieu Claveyrolas)


March 18-19, 2015 : Workshop - Urban dynamics, economic strategies and governance in contemporary India and China

Comparing and contrasting urban dynamics in contemporary India and China was the aim of an exploratory workshop held on March 18-19 at the EHESS. It was co-organised by three CNRS researchers with financial and logistical support from their respective centres: François Gipouloux (Centre Chine, Japon, Corée) and Loraine Kennedy (Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud), both at the EHESS, and Éric Denis (Géographie-Cités), jointly located at Paris 1 and Paris 7 universities. The initiative also received generous support from the héSam programme Dynamiques asiatiques.

Read more (report by Loraine Kennedy)


 India (Tamil Nadu)

Zoé E. Headley

Émilie Ponceaud-Goreau


Églantine Gauthier



New members

The CEIAS is pleased to welcome new associate members

Anne CASTAING - Research Fellow, South Asian literature

Joël CABALION - Sociologist

Delon MADAVAN - Geographer


Visiting scholars

The EHESS invite every year, in its research centers, foreign teachers for a period of one month during which they present a series of lectures. In May and June 2015, the CEIAS welcomes four guests.

Nile GREEN - Professor of History ‐ Director, Program on Central Asia ‐ Department of History, UCLA

Davesh SONEJI - Associate Professor of South Asian Religions in the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University

M VIJAYABASKAR - Assistant Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai

Jorge FLORES - Vasco da Gama Professor,  European University Institute, Florence [invited by Antonella Romano, EHESS, Centre Alexandre Koyré]


Selected Publication

New & forthcoming publications


News From Elsewhere

Workshop / International conference

March 9-12, 2015 : Gender: Politics, Labour, Law and Development - 17th AJEI workshop (Organizers: Adrien Bouzard and Fabien Provost)


Online resources


Tamil studio portraiture - A Street exhibition by Zoe Headley (CEIAS/CNRS - IFP) on the outer wall of the Institut francais de Pondichery.


South Asia's Hub - A monthly program on a webradio that will focus on South Asia and its diasporas hosted by Delon Madavan (CEIAS/CERIAS) and Cheon Mak.

Géopolitique de l'indignation - Amélie Blom was one of the guests on France Culture Radio program "l'Atelier du pouvoir."


Perso-Indica - An Analytical Survey of Persian Works on Indian Learned Traditions

Going Global in Mughal India - Digital Muraqqa’ (Curator: Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History and International Comparative Studies at Duke University)

Digital Archives of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (New Delhi)


Editorial Committee: Aarthi AJITZahir BHALLOONadia GUERGUADJ ; Blake SMITHInes G. ŽUPANOV

Design/Conception: Nadia GUERGUADJ

Language revision: Francie CREBS

Directorial Committee: Ines G. ŽUPANOV ; Marie FOURCADE ; Caterina GUENZI ; Corinne LEFÈVRE