Modern South Asian History Research Seminar Summer Semester 2019

Venue: CeMIS board room, Waldweg 26

30 April, 16:00 – 19:00
Chandra Bhanu Murthy Nalamala (CeMIS, Göttingen): The Communists, Ambedkar and the Dalit Liberation, 1942-52
Michaela Dimmers (CeMIS, Göttingen): Transferred for Work. Convict labour in colonial India
Jana Tschurenev (re:work, Berlin): Women and Social Work in Early Twentieth Century India

14 May, 10:00 – 15:00 (break 12:00 – 13:00)
Mini-Workshop with Jairus Banaji (SOAS, London)
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28 May, 16:00 – 19:00
Joanna Simonow (ETH, Zürich): After the ‘late Victorian holocaust’: Transnational responses to famines, starvation
and malnutrition in colonial and early postcolonial India, c. 1900-1955
Rukmini Barua (MPI-B, Berlin): Family, intimacy and romance in an industrial neighbourhood in Delhi
Rohan Mathews (Institut für Soziologie/CeMIS, Göttingen): Historicising Informality: Moments of Construction
Workers Organising

11 June, 16:00 – 19:00
Nokmedemla Lemtur (CeMIS, Göttingen): Understanding the construction of mountain labour in the early
twentieth century
Josefine Hoffmann (CeMIS, Göttingen): „Working with one’s hands“ – Skill and envisioning the industrial worker in
an Indo-German context
Svenja von Jan (CeMIS, Göttingen): Hardas Singh and Henry Obed - Biographies in Conversation with Archives

18 June, 16:00 – 19:00
Camille Buat (CeMIS, Göttingen/Sciences-Po, Paris): Mobility, Urbanity, Respectability: Sketching a history of the
working class family between Northern India and Bengal (1950s-1980s)
Pratyay Nath (Ashoka University, Sonepat): What is Military Labour? Perspectives from the Mughal Empire
Bhaswati Bhattacharya (CeMIS, Göttingen): The better half in your cup? The role of chicory in coffee marketing in

25 June, 16:00 – 18:00
Arnaud Kaba (EHESS, Paris/CeMIS, Göttingen): Trajectories of daily metal workers from Bhopal and the question
of class in India's contemporary informal sector
Elijia Horn (TU, Braunschweig): "Natural India" and "natural childhood". Indophilia amongst German New
Educationists, 1920s & 1930s

27 Juni, 19:30 – 21:00
Ravi Ahuja (CeMIS, Göttingen): The 'Natives' of the S. S. ‘Egypt': Steamship labour and racial management in the
British Empire
Venue: Roter Buchladen, Nikolaikirchhof 7, Göttingen

2 July, 16:00 – 19:00
Gayatri Rathore (Sciences-Po, Paris/CeMIS, Göttingen): State, Sanitation and Labour: Making and Unmaking of
Sanitation Worker Identity
Maria Pomohaci (CeMIS, Göttingen): Between Bustees and Mehtar Barracks: The 'Scavengers' of Late-Colonial
Anandita Bajpai (HU, Berlin): "Tuning in to "the Voice of the GDR": Registers of Friendship and Radio Berlin
International in India."

16 July, 16:00 – 19:00
Anna Sailer (CeMIS, Göttingen): British Trade Unions and Workers in India
Vidhya Raveendranathan (NYU, Shanghai/CeMIS, Göttingen): TBA
Catharina Hänsel (CeMIS, Göttingen/Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa): “The Emerging World-Wide Society of
Industrial Man” - Industrial Relations Theory, Development and the Emergence of Management Studies in India