Newsletter No. 15 - Summer 2017


We have continued our scholarly activities uninterruptedly, some of which you will be reading about in this issue of our Newsletter in spite of the fact that right in the middle of this semester in the month of April we had to move our offices from the “France building” in the 13th district back to our original building at 54 Bd. Raspail, in the heart of the elegant Rive gauche.

Upcoming Events

June 8th-9th, 2017 | International Conference

June 2017 | Lecture Series

Every year, EHESS research centers invite foreign professors for a period of one month, during which they present a series of lectures

Daud Ali
Associate Professor and Chair of the South Asian Studies Department, University of Pennsylvania

Ali Anooshahr
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis

June 15th-16th, 2017 | Workshop

Focus On

November 8th, 2016 | Perfumes and Odors. A Pluridisciplinary Approach

The aim of this first workshop was to focus on the recent field of research concerning the study of odors, smells and perfumes in contemporary and ancient societies, through a pluridisciplinary approach.

December 8th, 2016 | Translation and the languages of Islam: Indo-Persian tarjuma in a comparative perspective (The Fourth Perso-Indica Conference)

The ambition of this workshop was to compare the Indo-Persian movement of translation that took place in the subcontinent from the 13th century onwards with other processes of translation operating primarily from and to non-Muslim languages and, secondarily, between different languages of Muslim societies.

December 12th-15th, 2016 | Whats'up in the Sindhi Devotional

Pushing the boundaries of Sindhi studies through literature and media, "Whats'up in the Sindhi Devotional" included a conference, a visual media exhibition and a film festival.

December 15th-16th, 2016 | Religious Identities in the Construction of Communal Khoja Historical Memory

The Khōjā Studies conference was the first international conference to develop a rigorous transdisciplinary international program of research on the history of Khoja peoples through a recherche scientifique on manuscripts, printed texts, oral traditions, and the material culture of the community. Panelists came from diverse academic backgrounds and locations from Santiago to Mumbai.
January 20th, 2017 | Reassessing Caste in South Asian Diasporas - 21st Journée du CEIAS

The ambition of this one-day conference was to bring together several specialists of caste in diaspora—and put them in dialogue with discussants who were specialists of caste in India.

February 22th-24th, 2017 | DATAH - Exploring the Digital Archive of Tamil Agrarian History 1650-1950

During the month of February, the CEIAS and the Social Science Department of the IFP funded a 3 day workshop on the preliminary exploration of the five year DATAH project which was coordinated by S. Ponnarasu and Zoé Headley.

March 3rd, 2017 | Does art matter? Evaluating the impact of community art & public art projects

While the number of art community and public art projects has been rapidly increasing for the past years in India, there are hardly any studies on their contribution within local communities and neighborhoods. This absence of literature leads to a vicious circle where art is not recognized as participating in various forms of sustainable development.

March 27th-28th, 2017 |
Engineers and Society in India, from c.1850 to Present Times

Structured around five sessions, the objective of the conference was to question and analyze the role of engineers in the capitalist development of India, and their place in the social structure and its dynamics from a socio-historical perspective.

April 3rd-5th, 2017 | 19th AJEI Workshop in Goa: Commons in South Asia

The 19th AJEI workshop, held from the 3rd to the 5th of April 2017 in Goa, in the State Library in Panjim and in association with the Goa University, was a successful experience in creating a collective dynamism, both within the premises of the conference hall and outside it. This edition addressed the question of “Commons in South Asia today.”

April 4th, 2017 | The Languages of Love. Words and Gestures in Indian Dances and Dramas

An inter-disciplinary workshop of the CEIAS research group ‘Love, between Norms and Transgression: Art, History, Fiction’ in collaboration with the Indian Dance Festival ‘Mouvements Emouvants’. 



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Delphine Thivet (Visiting scholar)


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