Newsletter No. 14 - Winter 2016/2017

As usual our trimestral Newsletter is a mirror of achievements, projects, hopes, joy and difficulties encountered in our study and research on and in South Asia. This December 2016 issue is somewhat special. It will be the last written from our current location in the France building (in the 13th arrondissement), which has been our home for exactly six years.


Upcoming Events

2016-2017 | Research Seminar 

December 8th, 2016 |
The Fourth Perso-Indica Conference

December 8th, 2016 | Workshop

December 12th-15th, 2016 | International Conference & Film Festival

December 15th-16th, 2016 |

January 20th, 2017 | 21st Journée du CEIAS

January 9th, 2017 | Conference

March 27th-28th, 2017 | International Conference

Focus On

April 12th, 2016 | ENGIND - Engineers and the State in Colonial and Contemporary India

The three-year project, which started in 2014, is now reaching its final stage. Last April 12th, the French team held a seminar at the CEIAS where Vanessa Caru and Bérénice Girard presented their preliminary results on one of the main themes of the research project: the structural relationship linking engineers and the State since the emergence of this new profession around 1800.

May 31st- June 1st, 2016 | The Vernacularization of Muslim and Hindu Traditions: The Case of Sindhiyyat

Comparing the Vernacular in Muslim and Hindu Traditions: The Case of Sindhiyyat workshop was organized by the CEIAS research groups “Vernacular Cultures and New Muslim Elites in Colonial and Postcolonial South Asia” and “Gujarati and Sindhi Studies,”

September 12th-15th, 2016 | Summer School on “Radicalizations”

The CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique—French National Center for Scientific Research) organized at its headquarters in Paris a Summer School on “Radicalizations” that brought together about fifty speakers and some one hundred participants.

October 14th-15th, 2016 | Negotiating Technologies - The Muslim South Asia Research Forum (MUSA) Workshop

Focusing on the theme “Negotiating Technologies,” the workshop aimed to look at the different ways in which South Asian Muslims (broadly defined) have used, produced and “negotiated” technologies in their daily lives and how these technologies shape their environment, their sense of self and their interactions with the wider world.


Zahir Bhalloo

Michel Boivin

Mathieu Claveyrolas

Aminah Mohammad-Arif

Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal



New PhDs


The CEIAS is pleased to welcome two new members:

Jules Naudet (Research Fellow, CNRS)

Jules, who works on the Indian business elite, was recruited by the CNRS, section 40 (“Politics, Power, Organization”) and will be joining the Center as a Statutory Member in January 2017.

Florence Nowak (Postdoctoral Scholar)

Florence successfully defended her dissertation “Regional Music Goes Digital: Challenges of the Garhwali Music Industry (North India)” in December 2015, and was awarded Postdoctoral Scholar status last spring.


News from Elsewhere


Watching Music. Cultures du clip musical

December 2nd - 3rd, 2016

La Philarmonie, Paris
Film Series : Icons of “Parallel Cinema”
Contre courant | South Asia against the Tide

September 2016 - June 2017

Ascetics, Sultans and Maharajas
Indian pages of the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet

19 October 2016 – 13 February 2017
  Dissertation Defense

Clémence Jullien (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense)

Du bidonville à l’hôpital : anthropologie de la santé de la reproduction au Rajasthan (Inde)

From the Slum to Hospital: Anthropology of Reproductive Health in Rajasthan


Dissertation Defense

Ariane Zevaco

Les enjeux de la « tradition ». Identités, pouvoirs et réseaux dans les pratiques musiciennes au Tadjikistan.

The Stakes of ‘Tradition’: Identities, Powers and Networks in Musical Practices in Tajikistan


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

Previous issues :

Newsletter No. 10 - Spring 2015

Newletter No. 11 - Winter 2015/2016

Newsletter No. 12 - Spring 2016

Newsletter No. 13 - Summer 2016