The summer term 2022 Shaping Asia lecture series Shaping Asia: Sites of Knowledge successfully concluded on the 24th of June 2022. The participating lecturers were Prof. Dr. Vineeta Sinha, Prof. Dr. Christoph Antweiler, Prof. Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz and Prof. Dr. Dhruv Raina.
For further information, visit the lectures' webpage.
Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) have been appointed as Scout in the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Henriette Herz Scouting Programme. Scouts aim is to identify excellent junior researchers abroad. The focus is on researchers whose academic record qualifies them to be granted a Humboldt Research Fellowship. After formal approval, the fellowships will be granted directly, i.e. an application is not necessary. Fellows receive a scholarship for 24 months (extension is possible) and can also bring family members along.
Dr. Bisidsha Chaudhuri will be visiting Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale) during May-June 2022 to work on her ideas on digital governance and the everyday state in India.
Dr. Bidisha Chaudhuri is an Associate Professor in the domain of IT and Society at International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), India. She completed her PhD from the South Asia Institute at the Heidelberg University, Germany. The title of her doctoral thesis was Hybridising (e) Governance in India: The Interplay of Politics, Technology and Culture. Her current research interest includes information systems for sustainable development, politics of data and algorithms, political economy of digital identity and sociology of work and automation and AI ethics.
Within the Shaping Asia project Pathways to Professionalization of Asian Muslim Women, Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs (Humboldt University of Berlin) gave a lecture under the title Connecting Religion, Gender, and Profession: Muslim Women in South and Southeast Asia.
Date and time were 30 May 2022, 18 - 20 c.t.
The poster is accessible from here.
Dr. Arne Harms will present a paper “The Coast as Crumble Zone: Urban Liquefication, Fortification and Sacrifice” at the Workshop Tangled Coastal Connections: Ethical Tensions in Materialities and Imaginaries, LMU Munich, taking place on Jan 20th and 21st, 2022.
The Humanities Center at The University of Tokyo (Komaba) held a second seminar in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Riho Isaka (Tokyo University) and Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) – within the DFG-funded project Shaping Asia: Knowledge Production and Circulation – on the 10th of December 2021.
The conference Reconfiguring Labour and Welfare in Emerging Economies of the Global South will be held between the 7th and 8th of December 2021.The convenors are Prof. Dr. Minh Nguyen, Dr. Jake Lin, Ngoc Minh Luong, and Yueran Tian–all at Bielefeld University.
For the programme and registration, please consult their website.
At Fulda University of Applied Sciences, 8 positions for doctoral candidates in the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences are available as of 1.1.2022. The positions are at a rate of 65% and initially for a period of three years, with the option of extension.
Fur further information, please check their call in PDF format here.
The South Asia Regional Working Group of the Deutsche Gesellschafts für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (DGSKA) has elected a new spokesperson—Dr. Philipp Zehmisch (Universität Heidelberg)—and two second spokespersons—Dr. Markus Schleiter (Universität Münster) and Dr. Éva-Rozália Hölzle (Bielefeld University).
The Working Group invites all those who are interested to join the association. Also, non DGSKA members can join the group!
If you are interested to join the group, please write an email to email@example.com.
The conference Myanmar: One Year After the Coup will be held between the 18th and 19th of February 2022. The organisers are calling for interested parties to send them relevant papers.
Paper abstracts (no more than 300 words) shall be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 December 2021.
For detailed information, please consult their brochure by clicking here.
workshop title: Religious knowledge, women and Muslim professionalism
Date & time: Thursday the 26th & Friday the 27th of August 2021, 9 am to 1 pm
Workshop report: Download from here.
“Urban transformation and Placemaking: Fostering Learning from South Asia and Germany” presents
STUDYING THE CITY – FOUR THEMATIC WORKSHOPS
Upcoming and last workshop: Walking the City with Prof Dr Christiane Brosius & Prof Dr Tarini Bedi
Date: 2nd October, 2021
Time: Saturday : Chicago: 8am – Heidelberg: 3pm – Delhi: 6.30 – Kathmandu: 6.45 / Zoom
For more information, please visit www.spacetoplace.org/
Minh Nguyen, Professor of Social Anthropology at Bielefeld University, and her team are looking for a colleague specialised in social policy analysis to join their ERC-funded project, Welfare for Migrant Factory Workers in China and Vietnam. Attached you will find the call for applications in German and English. I would be grateful if you could forward it to suitable candidates.
Application deadline: August 20th, 2021
Date & Time: September 17, 2021 11:00 - 12:30 (Germany)/ 18:00 -19:30 (Japan)
Claudia Derichs (Humboldt University Berlin)
'Muslim Women in Asia: Virtual Mobility, Gender, and Religious Knowledge'
Emi Goto (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, ILCAA)
'Theology of Actresses: Hijab, Feminism, and Islam in Egypt'
Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (University of Bielefeld)
Riho Isaka (The University of Tokyo)
Host: The University of Tokyo Humanities Center
For more details, please look at the following website. If you would like to attend the seminar, please register through the same website by 15 September 2021.
The research group Shaping Asia: Knowledge Production and Circulation will organise two online discussion events entitled Decolonising Knowledge.
The first forum will take place on the 19th July 2021 at 11:20 a.m. (CEST) and will be held by Dhruv Raina (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (Bielefeld University).
The second forum convened by Veronika Kusumaryati (Georgetown University), Thomas Stodulka (Freie Universität Berlin), and Ferdiansyah Thajib (KUNCI, Indonesia) will take place on the 15th July 2021 at 4 p.m. (CEST).
For the programme, abstracts, and Zoom registrations please consult this webpage.
Title: Emerge! Countering Pandemic Somnambulism through Connectivities, Comparisons, and Collaborations
Convenors: Thomas Stodulka, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, and Éva Rozália Hölzle
Date: 2nd of July from 8 am to 12 pm CEST (Berlin time)
For the programme, abstracts, and Zoom registrations please consult this page.
The 2021 colloqium series Understanding Asia: Bridging Margins is a joint cooperation of four working groups (WG Missbach; WG Nguyen; WG Pfaff and WG Vasilache) of the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University. For information and registration, please check the colloquium's programme.
Kickoff event of the newly funded project: De:link // Re:link - Local perspectives on transregional (dis-)entanglements
Date: 25th June 2021, 13:00-16:00 Berlin time (20:00-23:00 Kyoto time)
For the programme and registration, please check their poster
Shaping Asia Workshop Coastal Futures - Life between and at the edges of the sea is now scheduled as follows: 3 and 4 June.
We regret to inform you that our first Decolonising Knowledge discussion on 19 May 2021 titled
"Decolonising higher education in India: Comparisons, Connectivites, Collaborations" had to be postponed due to unexpected personal problems of one of our discussants.
Original Event Date: May 19, 2022.
Postponement announcement Date: may 11, 2022.
New Event Date: Monday, 19. July 2021, 11:30 a.m (CEST).
We cordially invite you to the upcoming online Book Talk by Dr. Merav Shohet (Boston University), who will discuss her new book: Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam (University of California Press, April 2021). This engaging ethnographic monograph makes a powerful contribution to psychological, medical and linguistic anthropology and Vietnam studies.
The book Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic studies of global trajectories (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021) is going to be launched and discussed by its editors and contributors (including our network member Dr. Tam Ngo) on the 30th of April, 2021. You can find more info on the book here.
For registration, please visit this webpage.
Coup and Uprising in Myanmar: Background and Perspective – a round table addressing the current political situation in Myanmar. The organisers from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin cordially invite everyone, who is interested. For further information, download the flyer from here.
Transnational Asian Studies: Implementing an Agenda for Our Times by Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs. The keynote opens the Biennial DGA conference, hosted by AREA Ruhr (online) Transnational Asian Studies titled Multi-Level Dynamics of Identity Formation and Institution Building
Date: March 10, 2021.
For the abstract and further details, please consult this webpage.
Understanding Asia: Negotiating the Social in Collective Constellations
Colloquium Series for the academic semester 2020/2021 organised by the Working Group Social Anthropology (Bielefeld University). For information and registration, kindly check the colloquium's programme.
Two issues of International Quarterly for Asian Studies are now available through open access: Urban Poetics and Politics in Asia Part I (2019) and II (2020)
Shaping Migrants and Mobile Worlds: Connectivities, Comparisons, Collaborations, National University Singapore, February 2019
Date: 16 July 2019.
For the programme and further details, visit this webpage.
Entangled Comparisons. Grounding Research on Asia – Expanding Research Methodologies, Bielefeld University.
Date: 5-7 September 2019.
A workshop report is downloadable from here.
Shaping Asia: Connectivities, Comparisons, Collaborations, Bielefeld University.
Date: 6 - 7 February 2018.
Convenors: Prof. Dr. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (Bielefeld, Ger), Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius (Heidelberg, Ger).