Newsletter No. 16 - Winter 2018/2019


With this holiday season 2018 Newsletter we bid goodbye to the “old” team of directors of the CEIAS (Ines G. Županov, Corinne Lefèvre, Marie Fourcade and Caterina Guenzi) who pass over the helm – with joy and enthusiasm – to the “new” team (Michel Boivin, Zoé Headley, Rémy Delage and Emmanuel Francis).


Purushartha 34 | Mathieu Claveyrolas and Rémy Delage

Focus On

ECSAS 2018 - The 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies

The 25th ECSAS 2018 took place from 24 to 27 July, 2018 at École des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociale [EHESS] in Paris. The conference was organized by the Centre d’Études de l’Inde/Asie du Sud [CEIAS], 54°Boulevard de Raspail, 75006, Paris.

The exhibition “PORTRAIT DRAVIDA,” A Century of Studio Photography

The exhibition “Portrait Dravida,” A Century of Studio Photography, organized for the 25th ECSAS (European Conference on South Asian Studies), opened to the public on the 5th of July at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.

Sociology of Elites in Contemporary India

This special issue of SAMAJ, focused on economic elites, arose out of a conference entitled “Sociology of Elites in Contemporary India,” which was organized by Surindher Jodhka, Jules Naudet and Gilles Vernier; it took place on January 4th and 5th 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

Read more (Report by Jules Naudet)

Monastic Wanderers

“Monastic wanderers”: the words sound like an oxymoron. However I think that it is a meaningful one! Obviously, we think of monasteries as more visible, their history can be studied as well as their organization and their relationships with the surrounding society; their inhabitants are also more easily approachable than the itinerant and evasive solitary ascetics.

From the Field

Plain Tale from the Hills: A Stay at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla

India is currently endowed with several Institutes of Advanced Studies, such as the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bengaluru set up on the initiative of J. R. D. Tata in 1988, and the Jawaharlal Nehru University Institute of Advanced Studies in New Delhi, which received its first Fellows in 2008.

Looking for the “Jewelry of Pondicherry” throughout the City

The “Foyer du Soldat” is a yellow and white building among others in the French colonial style, located in the “white town area’’ in Pondicherry, with the French flag floating over it. Having in hand some selected pictures of jewelry, taken from my fieldwork database, I visited this place during a two-week stay in December 2016.

Mr Invisibles, Making off of a documentary film on art labor

The idea to make a documentary film on Indian contemporary art labor has gradually emerged in parallel with my thesis writing work. For the past five years, I have been working on the contemporary art scene, mainly in the city of Mumbai, and my research progressively took me beyond the conventional galleries, museums and auction houses of the art spaces.