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2012: Delhi and Urban India in Visual Cultures

At Sri Venkateswara College (Delhi University, South Campus)
8th and 9th December 2011

Call for Papers

Workshop Flyer


Delhi became the capital of  a  north Indian empire in 13th century and  - with some exceptions  - remained  a capital most of the later years. In general, India had many phases of strong urbanity and urban cultures, right from Harappan civilization to modern New Delhi. And with New Delhi completing its century in 2011, it may be a fitting tribute to hold the second workshop on how Delhi has been seen in visual cultures over the centuries.

Thus, we would like to commemorate, analyse and document the visual past of Delhi and, more broadly, urban India and wish to explore and document how Delhi has been seen and portrayed in various forms of visual cultures.

Speakers include:
Minaketan Bag (Department of Anthropology, Sambalpur University)
Shreyasi Bhattacharya (Department of Anthropology, Sambalpur University)
Ketaki Chowkhani (Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad)
Vijay Devadas (Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otato, New Zealand)
Fatima Imam (Department of History, Lake Forest College, Illinois)
Upasona Khound (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
Asuncion Lopez-Varela Azcarate (Comparative Cultural Studies, Complutense)
Munish Nandal (Journalism and Mass Communication, All India JSM College, MDU University, Rohtak)
Sushmita Pati (Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

2011: Visual Cultures in Contemporary India

At Studenterhus
Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4
8000 Aarhus C
Building 1420, Meeting Room 1 - 9am-6pm
8th and 9th December 2011

Call for Papers

Workshop Flyer

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List of abstracts


This workshop maps the multi-facetted and dynamic field of visual culture with its diverse traditions and innovative potential in India and South Asia. It traces the development of various media - while keeping in mind the interfaces or intervisuality in the ocular space. Simultaneously, motives, strategies and approaches of the producers as well as consumers are highlighted and visual cultures are explored in relation to themes such as nationalism; gender, family and kin; urban and rural images, religion or diaspora and transnational flows.

Speakers include:

Malavika Karlekar (Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi) - keynote
Roma Chatterji (Department of Sociology, Delhi University)
Daniel J. Rycroft (School of World Art Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich)
Nicolas Jaoul (Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Paris)
Rita Brara (Department of Sociology, Delhi University)
Nirmal Kumar (Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University)
Manuela Ciotti (Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University)

and many others.

2011: Wellfare and Wellbeing in Modern South Asia

Aarhus University
June 29th and 30th 2011

Call for Papers


Programme - Day 1 and Day 2

The purpose of this workshop is to illuminate and compare attempts by state and non-state agents across South Asia to provide welfare and secure individual and collective experiences of well-being from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Any contribution related to the development of welfare and well-being in South Asia is welcome, but as one of the core areas of CISCA is ‘children, aging and health’, we are particularly interested in contributions dealing with aspects of childhood, aging and health care.

2010: Revisiting Research Methods in Social Sciences

Organised jointly by Sambalpur University and CISCA / Aarhus University
Sambalpur in Orissa, India on 25th – 27th of November 2010


Call for Papers


We propose to look at the following issues:

• The issues of time: “deep ethnography versus short-term fieldwork” as we are aware that substantial ethnography is increasingly under pressure from funding agencies.
• The challenges of multi-sited fieldwork appropriate in new contexts, yet under the above-mentioned constraints.
• The role of interdisciplinarity in approaching topics and fields.
• The potential of auto-ethnography and the ways it can enhance, challenge or supplement the research of foreign researchers entering the field.
• The continuing question of subjectivity and objectivity – a question that is intrinsically linked to
situation and location of the self in the research as well as the written “product”.
• Approaches to and ethical dimensions of doing research with particularly vulnerable groups and/or
sensitive issues.
• The inclusion of new aids in research such as visual or audio devices and qualitative analysis software.

The intention of the workshop is not only to look at these vexed issues of research methodology, but also to pay attention to the question of how to apply the research results in the teaching process – taken it for granted that a high quality teaching is always research based. Thus, we also ask how to teach research methods at departments in Denmark and India and how to design curricula on methodology in a joint Indo-European teaching approach.

Convenors: Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera, Dr. Jens Seeberg, Dr. Uwe Skoda

2010: Religion and Childhood Education

A workshop co-organized by Karen Valentin, member of the CISCA-board
Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
25th November 2010, 1-3.30 pm in D219
Tuborgvej 164, Copenhagen 2400


Religion and education are fundamentally interrelated, yet the nature of the relationship is more contentious in some historical periods than in others. We are presently witnessing renewed controversies over the place of religion in childhood education, both within and beyond schools. Governments, religious communities, educators and other stakeholders in the cultural production of moral persons and good citizens are vying for influence over children’s public affinities and affiliations.
The seminar will explore the controversial nature of the relationship between religion and childhood education through a focus on the role religion and religious transmission play in both national and minority strategies of identity formation and community-making.


2010: Social In- and Exclusion in Contemporary India and Beyond

Organised by the Contemporary India Study Centre Aarhus (CISCA)
Department of History and Area Studies, Aarhus University.
16th - 17th of June 2010. Building 1411, Room 247.



For this workshop we invite original empirical and theoretical contributions focussing on the mechanisms, politics as well as histories of two processes of social in- and exclusion – often occurring simultaneously. It is meant to explore the ways in which various boundaries have been maintained, but have been also eroded or new lines of distinction have been invented as well as contested – often accompanied by tensions, conflicts or even violence.
During the workshop we would like to take a fresh look at the contemporary Indian society and beyond – now entering a post-recession phase. The workshop will offer the opportunity for a stocktaking of the often contradictory processes of in- and exclusion, to revisit some of the above mentioned academic debates and for a discussion on newly emerging and newly contested identities. Accordingly, we invite research-based papers from a wide range of disciplines dealing with the subject such as Indian / South Asian Studies, Science of Religion, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, Media Studies etc.

2010: Field Research in Orissa

Co-organized by MSW Programme at the Department of Anthropology, Sambalpur University and CISCA, Aarhus University
At Sambalpur University
9th January 2010

Contributions by:
Peter Berger
Eva Reichel
Uwe Skoda