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CISCA Guests

Neeta Inamdar presenting a book on Indian philosophy for the AU library to Uwe Skoda

2012: Visit from Manipal University

During their studytour in Europe nine students of the MA Programme in European Studies and Management at Manipal University, Karnataka, accompanied by Dr. Neeta Inamdar visited AU and attended lectures on Danish society, business enterprises in Denmark and European perspectives on India. Manipal University is a partner university of AU - both universities signed an MoU in 2010

Programme for the visit

Dr. Hamsavahini Singh and Dr. Uwe Skoda

2012: Visit from Banasthali University

On 7th of June, Dr. Hamsavahini Singh, Associate Professor, Banasthali University, Rajasthan visited CISCA and AU in order to inform herself about the university and opportunities for future collaborations in the humanities and social sciences.

Banasthali University imparts quality education right from Nursery to PhD level. The university, a fully residential women's university, offers 126 innovative educational programmes at UG/PG/Doctoral levels through 9 faculties (incl. Management, Education, Social Science, Humanities) and 26 departments
(incl. Economics, Political Science, Sociology, History, Psychology, Hindi, English & Modern European Languages).


2011: Siddharth Sareen

Siddharth Sareen, as the winner of the The India-EU Essay Competition "Europe and India – a reciprocal way?” , has joined Aarhus University for a month, 16th August 2011 onwards. Siddharth Sareen holds an Integrated MA in Development Studies along with a minor in Economics from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His research interests include equity in urban transport, the governance of open-access resources such as water, sustainable develop ment practices and issues of environmental justice. His Master's thesis is titled 'Education and childhood poverty: an ethnographic study of determinants of access'. After his research stay at Aarhus University, Siddharth plans to intern at the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group, to gain hands-on experience of resource governance.He intends to commence further interdisciplinary studies in Europe subsequently.

Siddharth is an enthusiastic traveller, athlete, writer and poet - some of his writing is on zanzi.wordpress.com.

2011: Mirja Juntonen

Mirja Juntunen is the Director of the NCI (Nordic Center in India) and teaches Hindi at Stockholm University. She is a regular guest at the History and Area Studies department and CISCA - last time in
May 2011 -, delivered lectures and currently prepares and organises a joint Hindi course in India for the students of the universities of Stockholm, Oslo and Aarhus.


2011: Abhijit Bhattacharya

Abhijit Bhattacharya, Documentation Officer at the Archives of CSSS (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences) Calcutta, visited Aarhus Aarhus University on May 3rd 2011, where he took up the role as Discussant in lectures by Christopher Pinney and Cameron David Warner.

Abhijit Bhattacharya was also a participant at CISCA's workshop at Sambalpur University on 25th-27th November 2010, Revisiting Research Methods in Social Sciences, where he gave a lecture called "Nationalism, Identity and Culture of Public institutions in Colonial Bengal: A Space for Studying Academic Disciplines Beyond University"  

2011: Birgit Lettmann

Birgit Lettmann (Humboldt-Universität Berlin) visited CISCA on 18th of April. She presented a lecture, Posing for the Last Picture. Changing Visibilities of the Corpse in Post-mortem Photo- graphs, at the Department of History and Area Studies. The lecture concluded with a comparison of post-mortem photographs from India."

The phenomenon of taking pictures of a deceased relative can be considered disturbing in one culture or era whereas in another time or place it might be widely accepted and considered quite normal. Taking up the idea of a medial closeness between photography and the corpse due to their indexical qualities, this article first looks at some basic ideas of photo theory. Then, while focusing in particular on the poses employed in postmortem photographs, it analyses changes in the handling of, the atti tudes towards and thus the photographability and the visibility of the dead body throughout the history of photography.

2011: H.E. Ambassador Ashok Kumar Attri

On Friday, 25th of February 2011, H.E. Ambassador Ashok Kumar Attri visited the Contem porary India Study Centre Aarhus at the Department of History and Area Studies. Welcomes by the CISCA-board members Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger, Niels Brimnes and Uwe Skoda he informed himself about the India-related studies offered at Aarhus University and discussed CISCA's colla borations with Indian universities as well as the future plans e.g. the upcoming workshop on "Welfare and Well-being in India". Ambassador Attri also met Jan Ifversen, Head of Department (and now Vice-Dean for Research communication, Strategy and International Relations at the Faculty of Arts).