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Expressions, traditions and institutions. Formation of the political in South Asia and Beyond

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1er mardi du mois (Campus Condorcet, Cours des Humanités 93300 Aubervilliers), du 5 novembre 2019 au 5 mai 2020. Cf. le détail des horaires et des salles dans le descriptif

  • 5 novembre de 15 h à 17 h : salle 3.10, centre de colloques
  • 3 décembre de 15 h 30 à 18 h 30 : salle 3.11, centre de colloques
  • 7 janvier de 15 h à 18 h : salle 3.06, centre de colloques. La séance a été annulée en raison du mouvement social qui se déroule dans tout le pays
  • 4 février de 15 h à 18 h : salle 0.007, bât. Recherche Nord La séance a été annulée en raison du mouvement social qui se déroule dans tout le pays
  • 3 mars de 15 h à 18 h : salle 0.007, bât. Recherche Nord
  • 5 mai de 15 h à 18 h : salle 3.06, centre de colloques

This seminar is about studying, in a comparative framework, the ideas, power dynamics and institutional structures that could help in apprehending the contemporary political conjecture around the world. South Asia provides an interesting focal point for the purpose of comparison. Because the presence of multiple religious traditions, numerous ethnic identities and distinct regional histories this is a key region to study the formation of modern polity. South Asia provides a distinct lens to compare the process and phenomenon like formation of modern state systems, hybrid identities, and collectivities (caste groups) and their transformation in the modern epoch.

This seminar will provide a platform and invite doctoral students to present their research exploring the regional histories, ideas, ideologies and institutions in constituting the contemporary political conjecture in other cultural and geographical areas.

Mardi 5 novembre 2019 : « South Asian cinema(s): Power, citizenship and imagined communities »


For the past thirty years, much has been written on the global outreach of Indian cinema in its « Bollywoodian » form. Through the work of researchers such as Rachel Dwyer (2000 ; 2002 ; 2006), scholarship has focused on the strong political messages found in this post-colonial artistic industry, and the many electoral uses of cinema. Recently, the « saffron wave » of Narendra Modi’s India has extensively relied on the support of superstars as political brokers between the BJP and Indian voters, as well as agents of the Hindutva project for « western » audiences.

Drawing on this scholarship, the seminar session aims to question the hegemonic discourses at work in the study of « Bollywood. » Our discussions aim to centre cinema(s) of South Asia, and the ways it helps in constructing the civil identities (based on gender, caste and class) and collective imaginaries (community and nation,) in  multiple regional and sub-national contexts.
This session is open to any researcher interested in South Asian history, Political sciences, Cinema and cultural studies.

Speakers :

  • Bhavna Rajpal (Sindhi cinema in India)
  • Asad Ur Rehman (Speaking the Unspeakable, From Partition to Blasphemy in Punjabi Cinema of Pakistan
Mardi 3 decembre 2019 : Populism, Identity and Religion in South Asia and Latin America

This second session of the seminar is an attempt to look upon the relationships between ongoing structural transformations and moral imaginaries, and how it affects a) ethnic and religious boundaries b) political narratives and the public sphere. Since the financial melt-down of 2008, the populist type of politics is getting seem around the world. The rise of populism simultaneously depends on and reinforces a particular religious-cultural imaginary. How the different groups imagine and reimagine themselves have important social and political implications.

We will discuss some of these issues in this session using case studies from South Asia and Latin America.

  • We are not Hindu, but we are Muslim Hindus: The Case of Sami Community of Sindh, Pakistan — Saba Sindhi (PhD(C) CEIAS)
  • Infusing democracy with Emotions? Religion and politics in Latin America — Jose Egas (PhD(C) CEIAS)
  • Segments, Beliefs, and Identity in a Punjabi Village — Asad ur Rehman (PhD(C) CEIAS)

3 mars : "Coloniality of knowledge and social science in Latin America" Luis Martinez Andrade

"The legacy of the "coloniality of power" is clear in the foundations of nineteenth-century social science. The sociology of Compte, Durkheim, Tönnies, Weber, Spencer is an example of epistemicide (which emerged in the 16th century) linked to the dynamics of the modern/colonial world system. The birth of the social sciences entailed the development of concepts and categories that legitimated an ethnocentric discourse. Subordinate to the prescriptions of the natural sciences (quantification, reification, causality) and linked to the working of the modern-colonial-capitalist dynamic, the social sciences articulated wildly racist ideas and created epistemic artifices that informed the hegemonic discourse. Thus, the "coloniality of knowledge" has reinforced the epistemic dependence of Latin American intellectuals, universities, and intellectual streams. In fact, the theories of European thinkers have been deemed universally valid for the study of Humanity. Nevertheless, a "decolonization of knowledge" began to emerge in the epistemological field, namely: liberation theology, the perspectivist current, the modernity/coloniality project, among others.  What I propose in this presentation is to address some elements of this emerging scholarship with perspectives to think about a relationship between Souths."

*Luis M. Andrade is currently a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Collège d'études mondiales, as part of a Gerda Henkel Fellowship. He works under the direction of Françoise Vergès and Geoffrey Pleyers on the subject "Social progress and global justice through the prism of the" Epistemology of the South". The theology of liberation and the "decolonial turning point" in Latin America

Mots-clés : Institutions, Politique,

Aires culturelles : Asie méridionale,

Renseignements :

contacter Asad ur Rehman

Niveau requis :

master, doctorat.

Adresse(s) électronique(s) de contact : asad.rehman1777(at)gmail.com, asadur.rehman(at)ehess.fr

Compte rendu

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