Newsletter No. 18 - Fall 2019


We are pleased to bring you the Fall 2019 edition of the CEIAS Newsletter just in time for reading over this long holiday weekend! There is much to report since our last edition in June. We will start with the fact that the Board has seen the departure of one of its members and the arrival of a new member. Emmanuel Francis stepped down as a CEIAS Director to devote himself fully to the DHARMA research project. In his place we were therefore pleased to welcome Vanessa Caru on board.

Upcoming Events

Lecture Series | Annu Jalais (EHESS Visiting Scholar Program) - November 2019

Every year, EHESS (the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) research centers invite foreign professors for a period of one month, during which they present a series of lectures. This November, the CEIAS is pleased to welcome, Annu Jalais (Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore).

The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry - 5th edition : Heritage, Communities, and Sustainability (December 2nd to 6th, 2019)

The major thread of this 2019 edition will be to address issues at the interface between Heritage, Communities, and Sustainability through the lens of social sciences, with different thematic focus, scales of interpretation, theoretical questioning and methodological frameworks, and in interaction with various stakeholders.

Call for paper - International Symposium: Artistic Activism and the Globalization of the Art Scene

The research team ADS (Art / Design / Scenography – research laboratory MICA - EA 4426) of Bordeaux Montaigne University, CEIAS (Centre for South Asian Studies – UMR 8564-EHESS-CNRS) and CLIMAS (Cultures and Literatures of English-speaking worlds - EA 4196) of Bordeaux Montaigne University are organizing an international symposium on Monday 4, Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May 2020, at Bordeaux Montaigne University, France.

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Focus On

CEIAS Thematic workshops 2019-2023

In addition to the main axes of transversal research, which include collective and individual research, CEIAS' scientific activity is also organized around highly specialized thematic workshops, designed as platforms for exchange, debate and collaboration.

CEIAS PhD students

There are currently 30 PhD students at CEIAS. Of the 30 registered, six have now begun work on their thesis. By the end of November four others are expected to join them. In addition to the 30 students noted above, 11 associate doctoral students are also working.

RC21@Delhi Conference - In and Beyond the City (September 18th - 21st, 2019)

From September 18th to 21st Delhi hosted the annual conference of the Research Committee on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development (RC21) of the International Sociological Association. This year’s theme was “In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures”.

From the Field

Searching for the Jobber: Mapping the Living History of Mauritian Indenture.

After years of fieldwork in my native Mauritius, in 2018 I began examining  the circulation of Tamil and Telugu literatures between islands connected by the indenture system. A trip to London sparked an investigation spanning two centuries and three continents; teaching me much about the unpredictable mobility of both living and written archives.

Was Your (Great) Grandfather a Bombay PWD Engineer?

Over the past few years, I have been conducting research on the Indian staff of the Public Works Department (PWD) employed in the Bombay Presidency between 1860 and 1950.

Guyanese Hinduism in New York

I initiated this project as a third phase of my study of Hinduism, subsequent to the research I had already carried out in Benares and Mauritius, the aim being to follow Hinduism's trail through the different territories and contexts in which it is established. After having investigated an Indian temple and a Creole Hinduism , I turned to Hinduism within the context of a recent diaspora, and was particularly interested in that of the Guyanese which was further complicated by "double migration.”

Read more (Report by Mathieu Claveyrolas)




News from elsewhere

India, A Reflection of Photographs [L’Inde, au miroir des photographes]

Exhibition | Musée Guimet (November 6, 2019 - February 17, 2020)

Presenting ninety original prints, landscapes, architecture, scenes of everyday life or characters, this exhibition illustrates the greatness of Indian civilization, and how photographers in the second half of the 19th century shaped the image of a country abroad that was still mysterious and unknown for many.

The 1947 Partition Archive - Stanford University Libraries

  Collection of interviews

This collection consists of 4000 video-based oral history interviews conducted by Citizen Historians (trained volunteer oral historians) through a crowdsourced platform devised by The 1947 Partition Archive, and a scholarship program in which recipients are selected through a competitive process and offered a stipend for recording stories for a set period of time in their native language and home region in South Asia. The interviews in this collection have been recorded in over 300 cities from 12 countries and in 22 languages, and attempt to uncover a complete life story shaped by Partition, highlighting pre-Partition life and culture, the Partition experience and post-Partition transitions.

40th Edition  - India, Country of Honor

Trade publishers, authors, book lovers will all attend the Paris Book Fair, from the 20th to the 23rd of March 2020, Porte de Versailles in Paris. In a view to strengthening Indo-French ties, India will be the guest of honour at the Paris Book Fair in 2020, while at the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) in 2022 France will be the guest country. The move to designate India as the guest country was declared in the joint statement signed by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron during his visit to India in March 2018.


Editorial Committee: Kasha VANDE Nadia GUERGUADJ ;  Zoé HEADLEY

Coordination, Language revision/Translation: Kasha VANDE

Design/Conception, Online publication: Nadia GUERGUADJ

Directorial Committee: Michel BOIVIN, Vanessa CARU  Rémy DELAGE, and Zoé HEADLEY

Previous issues :

Newsletter No. 13 - Summer 2016

Newsletter No. 12 - Spring 2016

Newletter No. 11 - Winter 2015/2016

Newsletter No. 10 - Spring 2015