Newsletter No. 11 - Winter 2015/2016


It is impossible to start our editorial without addressing the fact that, for the second time in 2015, Paris has been struck by terrorist attacks. As a community of scholars working on South Asian “area studies,” the CEIAS is particularly invested in understanding social, cultural and religious diversity. For this reason, the violence we witnessed on the 13th of November affected us both professionally and personally. We subscribe to the moto that spontaneously appeared on Parisian walls: fluctuat nec mergitur.

In tribute to Jean-Luc Chambard (1928-2015)

Jean Luc Chambard entouré de notables du village


Upcoming Events

Emotions and Mobilizations in South Asia 

Amélie Blom and Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal will host an international conference on "Emotions and Political Mobilizations in the Indian Subcontinent," February 8-9 2016 at the CEIAS (rooms 638-640).


Focus On

February 26th-27th, 2015 | Emotions and Political Mobilizations in the Indian Subcontinent

For the first time, a collective research project based at the CEIAS, ‘Emotions and Political Mobilizations in the Indian Subcontinent’ (EMOPOLIS), held its midterm workshop at the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities in New Delhi; this marked the beginning of a new phase of institutional collaboration between both centres.

March 9th-12th, 2015 |  Gender: Politics, Labor, Law, Development
17th AJEI workshop

The Association des Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI) gathers together students from the Masters’ to the postdoctoral level, working in various academic fields of the social and human sciences, and who all have a common interest in South Asia as an area of research. Every year, the AJEI holds a seminar in France and a workshop in India, both of which bring together junior and senior scholars, and enable students to present a paper—sometimes for the first time—and receive feedback and advice from experienced discussants.

April 10th, 2015 | 
Scholasticisms’ Practice, and Practices’ Scholasticism 2nd workshop

The aim of the Scholasticisms’ Practice, and Practices’ Scholasticism in India project is to renew reflection on Indian scholasticisms by emphasizing the dynamic nature of their intellectual exchanges; the ultimate goal is to publish a collection of essays.

May 11th-12th, 2015 | Subnational Economic Development in India and China – Workshop

Economic, social and political dynamics operating at subnational scales have become increasingly significant in both Indian and Chinese economic development patterns over the past decades. Special Economic Zones, industrial clusters and corridors, political initiatives that promote city-regions as new engines of economic growth, as well as fiscal decentralization coupled with increasingly autonomous subnational economic development/industrial policies, offer prominent illustrations of this general trend.

May 18th-19th, 2015 | 9th European PhD Workshop on South Asia Studies

CEIAS members Blandine Ripert (CNRS Research Fellow), Blake Smith (PhD student at the EHESS and Northwestern University) and Fabien Provost (PhD student at the University of Paris 10-Nanterre) participated in the Ninth Annual PhD Workshop on South Asia Studies.

May 28th-29th, 2015  | Counter-Culture and Indian Arts: Neo-Tantric Painting, Literature, Music and Dance in the 1960s-80s

The popularity of “Eastern spiritualties” among the hippies—and among 60s counter-culture movements more broadly—is well known. What is less known is the context of the reception of these movements in South Asia. While the young Americans and Europeans of that era constituted the post-war generation, their Indian contemporaries were born as their country achieved independence from colonial power. A fair number therefore had in common the desire to shed the normative yoke their elders lived by. 

Read more (report by Tiziana Leucci)

June 15th, 2015 | The Ages of the Hajj : Historicizing the Muslim Pilgrimage

In line with recent works and exhibitions on the Hajj and its multiple facets, especially the transformation of the pilgrimage on the global scale, the workshop brought together experts working on different periods, from medieval times to this day, and from varied regional perspectives (from the Middle East to China, including West, Central and South Asia as well as East Africa).

Read more (report by Corinne Lefèvre and Aminah Mohammad-Arif)

June 22nd, 2015 | Animal Sacrifice on Trial: Cases from South Asia

This seminar is part of the project Taking Nature to the Courtroom: Development Projects, Protected Areas and Religious Reform in South Asia, which focuses on how certain issues related to nature and the environment, and which also involve ritual practices or religious notions, are brought before the courts and how they take on a legal expression.

June 9th, 2015 | Temple, Court, Salon, Stage: Crafting Dance Repertoire in South India

The ‘classical’ dance known as bharatanāṭyam is among the most popular and widely circulated cultural forms of modern South India. While many scholars have developed critical social histories of the form in recent times, the historicizing and contextualizing of the sources for the repertoire of bharatanāṭyam remain largely untackled.

August 3rd-14th, 2015 | The Bhakti of Minor Dynasties – The Archaeology of Bhakti III

The third scholarly gathering in the series The Archaeology of Bhakti, co-organized by Charlotte Schmid (EFEO, Paris), Valérie Gillet (EFEO, Pondicherry) and Emmanuel Francis (CEIAS), took place at the EFEO center in Pondicherry. This year’s theme was “The Bhakti of Minor Dynasties.” The focus was on all sorts of smaller dynasties that never rose to “imperial” status, but mainly remained subordinated to more powerful kings.

September 9th-11th, 2015 | 5th Congress of Asia and Pacific Studies

Presenting in 140 panels, nearly 500 scholars participated in the Congress, which was held over three days at INALCO. Over a dozen panels dealt specifically with the societies and diaspora of South Asia, covering a large range of topics and cutting across multiple disciplines.

September 29th, 2015 | Of Patients, Practitioners and Walls: Thinking Well-being in Hospital in India and Elsewhere

The concept of this workshop grew out of discussions between the organizers about the way well-being, while it is a strong driver of transformation within hospitals in India, still remains a distant dream for most patients. India’s hospital sector is demonstrating renewed capacity for bold medical and service innovations aimed at improving patients’ well-being and welfare. Nevertheless, the sector is still weighed down by corruption, medical malpractice, limited human and financial resources in the public hospital sector, and poor regulation in the private sector.

October 6th, 2015 | South Asian Religions in Diaspora: Transformations, Impermeability, Cohabitations, Syncretisms

South Asian diasporas encompass a great variety of religions, castes and social classes, a fact that attests to the long history and diversity of the encounters between religious groups that have occurred in South Asia as well as overseas. As part of the transformations inherent in every religious tradition—but which are undoubtedly exacerbated by migration—this conference examined several cases of the religious cohabitation, (im)permeability or syncretism that characterize South Asian religions in diaspora. Particular attention was paid to Hinduism in diaspora, and especially to its transnationalisation and its development in Creole contexts.


For this issue, the CEIAS has chosen to showcase the fieldwork conducted by two of the Center's PhD student's. Caroline Michon and Hamzi Khateb both received grants in 2015 to support their research.



News from the CEIAS Library at the Maison de l'Asie

CEIAS librarians Thomas Corpet and Marielle Morin are very proud to announce the inauguration of the 'Bulletin de la Bibliothèque du CEIAS.' The vocation of this online publication, which includes information on recent acquisitions and other news, is designed to make it easier for library users to keep up-to-date on what is happening at the library, as well as to suggest other resources that users may find interesting.

Also on offer at the Maison de l’Asie is the exhibit 'L’Asie en fêtes.' Just in time for the holidays, come and see how Asia celebrates through this panorama of rites, celebrations and other festivals!

Le bulletin de la bibliothèque :

Exhibit Les fonds de la Maison de l'Asie

News From Elsewhere

Online resources / Podcast

Comment l'Inde change-t-elle le monde ? - Jean-Luc Racine and Philippe Cadène  were guests on the France Culture Radio program "Planète Terre," October 14th, 2015 [in French]

Insécurité alimentaire en Inde : à qui la faute ? - Frédéric Landy and Émilie Crémin were guests at Les Cafés Géographiques de Limoges - UMR 6042 Géolab,  Nobember 5th, 2015 [in French]


Editorial Committee: Francie CREBSNadia GUERGUADJ ;  Ines G. ŽUPANOV

Coordination, Language revision/Translation: Francie CREBS

Design/Conception, Online publication: Nadia GUERGUADJ

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

Special contributors: Catherine CLÉMENTIN-OJHA Marc GABORIEAU ; Jean-Claude GALEY ; Livia et Marius HOLDEN ; Catherine SERVAN-SCHREIBER

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Newsletter No. 10 - Spring 2015