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Updated 2016-06-06.


New Visiting Fellows at CISCA: Abhay K. Sinha and Hitendra Anupam

We are thrilled to have Abhay and Hitendra as our new CISCA guests for the next couple of months.

Abhay K Sinha

Abhay K Sinha, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribag. His research interests include the study of Urbanization and Social Geography particularly the study of social well-being of communities & regions and also the anthropogenic environmental issues. He is also the Project Investigator to carry out Social Impact Assessment ( SIA) studies in the State of Jharkhand, consequential to mining, urban planning and development to assess the impact of projects on individual and their communities (as mandated in 2013 by The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act). Recently, he is studying the social well-being of the Anglo Indian community of the region.

Hitendra Anupam

Hitendra Anupam joined the Vinoba Bhave University in the Department of History in March 2008 as Assistant Professor. He was awarded Ph.D. degree on the topic “The culture of Bihar during Early Medieval Period 800 – 1200 AD from Patna University, Patna under UGC NET/JRF scheme in 2003. He has authored two books: Hinduism in Early Medieval Bihar and Buddhism and Art in Early Medical Period. He has contributed many articles and research papers including those published in proceedings of Indian History Congress (60 th , 62 nd and 63 rd sessions) and Journal of the Anthropological survey of India. He was editor of first VBU news letter published in 2009. He has translated two books: Translation of Upinder Singh’s book Ancient Delhi (Archaeology), Orient Blackswan, New Delhi, 2010. Translation of Professor Upinder Singh’s book Ancient and Early Medieval India (From Stone Age to 12 th Century AD), Pearsons India Ltd. New Delhi (under publication)

Updated 2016-05-13.


Radio Broadcast about India's Situation after Two Years of Modi

Cover picture of a Danish radio broadcast

Niels Brimnes participated in a discussion on Danish radio about India two years after Narendra Modi's landslide victory in the General Election. To listen to the programme (in Danish) click here.

Updated 2016-04-28.


New Visiting Fellow at CISCA: Janaki Abraham

A very warm welcome to Janaki who will join us at CISCA and the Department for the next three months!

Hamsavahini Singh

Janaki Abraham, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Delhi University. Her research interests include the study of kinship, gender and caste, visual anthropology and gender and space, particularly the study of towns. She is author of a number of articles and is finalising her book manuscript titled Gender, Caste & Matrilineal Kinship: Shifting boundaries in Twentieth Century Kerala. She is book reviews editor for the journal Contributions to Indian Sociology.

Updated 2016-04-25.


ICCR-Lecture: “Our Homes, Their Lives: Servitude in Colonial and Contemporary India”

By Professor Radhika Chopra.

Opening remarks by H.E. Sri Rajeev Shahare, Indian Ambassador to Denmark

2nd of May, 2016 – 1-3pm, room 1483-354

Abstract: The master-servant relationship of colonial India governed intimate spaces of the home. Its survival in contemporary India enables me to ask how this impossible relationship of proximity in intimate spaces was historically managed, and how it shapes servitude today. Taking my own middle class world in metropolitan India as a starting point, I ask how an urban middle class in modern India imagine and manage the servitude of others.

See the poster for the event here.

Updated 2016-04-28.


New Visiting Fellow at CISCA: Hamsavahini Singh


Hamsavahini Singh is born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and brought up in New Delhi. She has Masters degree in Political Science, German and Education. Her doctoral work was on German Literature. She is presently working as Associate Professor in Department of English and MEL (German) in a Women's University in Rajathan. She has presented papers and participated in many national and international level seminars, workshops and conferences. She is a translator and has translates from German into Hindi and Tamil. Since January,2013 she is writing an article in Hindi/German language on alternate saturdays for a reputed Hindi Newspaper in Rajasthan. She has traveled on bicycle for 13 months with her husband and 8 years old daughter in 1999 Japan, the US and Europe to promote Love, Non Violence, Peace and Tolerence. She was felicitated for her contribution in promoting German language in Rajasthan by German Ambassdor H.E. Michael Steiner in 2014 in the Golden Jubilee function of Indo German Society.

Hamsavahini Singh

Updated 2016-04-16.



New ICCR Professor: Radhika Chopra

CISCA and the Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University will welcome Radhika Chopra as new ICCR professor for the spring term 2016. She is based at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, and will be involved in the teaching at the Department (both Bachelor and Master level in the India & South Asia Studies programme). She will deliver a public lecture with the title: Our Homes, Their Lives: Domestic work and workers in urban India. Please keep an eye on our webpage as well as facebook group for the detail of this event.

Updated 2016-03-12.



Workshop on Indo-European Studies

In combination with the last meeting of the IBIES project on 26th and 27th of May in Aarhus, the workshop Indo-European Studies: Encounters and Entanglements will be held.

More information will be available later about this workshop.

Updated 2016-03-12.



Workshop on Visualizing Kin

The workshop Visualizing Kin: Representing kinship and family in contemporary Asia is Organized by Janaki Abraham, Anemone Platz and Uwe Skoda and held at Department of Global Studies, Aarhus University on 20th May, 2016.

Read about the call for it right here.

Updated 2016-03-15.



Current IBIES Guests

Sona Prabhakaran is pursuing Integrated Masters in English Studies from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT,M). Her scholarly orientations lies in Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, Disabilities Studies, and Social Anthropology. As part of her Master's dissertation, she is working on understanding the nexus between aesthetics, disgust, and corporeal deformity. She is currently engaged in working on a paper titled, 'Living Through Times of Ambigious Social 'Unchange': The emergence of trans-local religiosity in India', which has been accepted for the 11th American Graduate School International Graduate Student Conference to be held in Paris. Besides, she has been involved in numerous ethnographic projects dealing with gender and internal migration in India, study on miniature shrines in Chennai, assessment of canal construction, and status of rehabilitation and resettlement in Madhya Pradesh to name a few.

Soumitra Ghosh is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Health Policy, Planning and Management, Tata institute of Social Sciences (TISS). His research interests include health care financing, universal health coverage, equity in access to and utilisation of health care and impact evaluation of health insurance programmes. Besides teaching, he has been actively involved in many research projects. He was the co-Principal Investigator of Health Inc. between 2011 and 2014. (Financing health care for inclusion), a three-year EU funded research project which explored how social exclusion restricts access to health services despite recent health financing reforms in Ghana, Senegal and the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. He has authored several articles published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He has masters in economics and population Studies. His PhD dissertation was in the area of health economics. Dr. Ghosh is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Sourav Kargupta got his PhD degree from the Jadavpur University, Kolkata, working at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC). His doctoral dissertation concerns feminist ethics and the critique of the intentional subject. He has previously worked in an academic project at the Martin Luther University, Germany. He has published on critical theory, literature, feminist philosophy, and the philosophy of the social sciences. His recent publications include, “Spectral Touring: Subject, Consumption, and the ‘Wound’ of the Photograph,” in Touring Consumption. Eds. Wee, D., Sonnenburg, S. (Wiesbaden: Springer). Sourav Kargupta is currently an Erasmus Mundus Post-doctoral fellowship holder at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.


Srihari Hulikal Muralidhar, hailing from the southern Indian state of Karnataka, is a student of Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is in his final year of Integrated MA in Development Studies. His academic and research interests range from International Political Economy to Technology-use among low-income groups. For his Master's dissertation, he's working on technology adoption (such as Ola/Uber, Airtel Money) by auto rickshaw drivers in Bangalore, India. He has interned at Microsoft Research India. His non-academic interests include listening to Carnatic (south Indian classical) Music and reading fiction. His favourite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming. He's been actively involved with the Classical Music Club and National Service Scheme, IIT Madras. Srihari would like to take up a career as an academic and is aiming for a PhD when he completes his Masters next year. Currently he is an Erasmus-Mundus IBIES scholarship student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.

Shabnam Surita, presently on exchange studies at Aarhus University, Denmark under the Erasmus Mundus scholarship (IBIES scheme), she holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, India. Apart from this, she has been actively involved with the Jadavpur Association of International Relations as a Secretary for three terms. Her academic interests have varied from South Asia, Culture, Memory Studies, Public History, Gender, Music and Identity Politics. A cultural activist by choice and a regular television, radio and stage performer in India and abroad, she has played diverse roles of responsibility for various arts and cultural platforms like the Banglanatak.com and Sahaj Parav Root Music Festival. She works on an oral history project collecting memories of the Indian Partition of 1947 in the North-eastern part of India named tentatively, “The Memory Project”.

Jayashree Balasubramanian is a Ph.D scholar from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India registered in 2013, currently collecting data. Her research work is on Internationalization of Higher Education: Academic Challenges, Cultural Adjustments and Adaptation of International Students: A Case Study of an Higher Education Institute in India. She has also headed the International Relations Office since 2009 as the Program Manager.






Pratyush Ranjan Nanda is a student of Master of Social Work at Sambalpur University, India. He chose social work as his career due to a strong inspiration from Lord Jesus Christ and from the life of Mother Teresa. During his master programme he got the opportunityto stay in Europe at Aarhus University for 10 months through the IBIES programme, in Denmark to excel his career objective in more efficiently.




Updated 2016-03-16.


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