Newsletter No. 12 - Spring 2016


For most of us at the CEIAS, South Asia is not simply an object of research to which we apply our analytical tools. We have scholars with family roots in India, who currently reside in India and Nepal and who regularly visit the subcontinent for research and leisure. In brief, we have a profound emotional bond with the area we study. This is why we were deeply saddened by some of the recent events and the generally volatile situation at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

New Research Programs


Focus On

December 4th, 2015 | Workshop : Banaras as a lieu de mémoire

Benares, Banaras, Kasi or Varanasi, is probably the most famous Indian city, seen as a symbol of “eternal India,” and living in synchronicity with the flow of the Ganges River. For the “journée du Centre,” we went back over how this imaginary was formed, from the pilgrimage city and travel narratives to the present-day discourse of tourism.

Read more (report by Tiziana Leucci and Raphaël Rousseleau)

December 8th, 2015 | Seminar From Creole-ness to Hindu-ness and vice versa

This session of the CEIAS monthly seminar took place on 8 December 2015 in partnership with the research group on Hindus and Others in South Asia and Overseas, where “Creole Hinduisms” are one of the main research interests.

December 2015 | Book launch at the Goa Arts and Literature Festival 2015 and the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH).

In December 2015, during a whirlwind tour, Ines G. Županov visited Goa and New Delhi to launch her recent book, Catholic Orientalism; Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge (16th-18th c.), coauthored with Angela Barreto Xavier. The first stop was the Goa Arts and Literature Festival 2015, where the book launch took place during the evening of December 11, 2015 at the International Center Goa.

Read more (report by Ines G. Županov)

February 8-9 th, 2016 | International Conference: Mobilizing Emotions in South Asian Politics

In February 2016, the three year research program on “Emotions and Political Mobilizations in the Indian Subcontinent” (EMOPOLIS) held its concluding conference at the CEIAS. One year after the mid-term conference held in Delhi, this was a valuable opportunity to present the findings of the international, interdisciplinary team of 16 scholars who embarked, in February 2013, on this exploratory project, funded by the City of Paris' support program for fundamental research, Emergence(s).

March 2016 | Lecture Series: Brian A. Hatcher

Every year, EHESS research centers invite foreign professors for a period of one month, during which they present a series of lectures. In March 2016, the CEIAS welcomed Brian A. Hatcher.


Jean-Luc Racine

Ariane Zevaco


Postdoctoral Scholar

Affiliated Scholar


News from Elsewhere

South Asia, an Entire Continent of Cinema to Explore with Contre-Courants
We started Contre-Courants in February 2015, with the idea that it would be a platform dedicated both to disseminating and gathering knowledge on cinema from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. After four years of work and three editions as co-founders and artistic co-directors of the Festival du Film d’Asie du Sud Transgressif (FFAST), we wanted to be able to offer more to cinema lovers and South Asia enthusiasts alike.

Indian Art, Music, Archeology, Crafts, Photography, Street-Art on Google Art Project

The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world's most acclaimed and diverse art institutions. It is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. India is a very prominent theme on the site, including numerous museums, institutions, monuments or non-profit organizations that have digitized part of their collection.


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