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Studies in Historical Documents from Nepal and India published

Heidelberg University Publishing recently published the anthology "Studies in Historical Documents from Nepal and India" by Simon Cubelic, Axel Michaels and Astrid Zotter. This volume is the outcome of the conference “Studying Documents in Premodern South Asia and Beyond: Problems and Perspective”, held in October 2015 in Heidelberg.

In bringing together experts from different fields—including Indology, Tibetology, History, Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Digital Humanties—it aims at exploring and rethinking issues of diplomatics and typology, the place of documents in relation to other texts and literary genres, methods of archiving and editing documents, as well as their “social life”, i.e. the role they play in social, religious and political constellations, the agents and practices of their use, and the norms and institutions they embody and constitute.

The book is the first volume of the Documenta Nepalica – Book Series, published by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in collaboration with the National Archives, Nepal.

Further information is available here.

 

 


New book by Sheela Saravanan: „A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India“

Springer recently published the new book „A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India“ by Sheela Saravanan (Department of Anthropology). Further information is available here.

Summary:

This book takes a reproductive justice approach to argue that surrogacy as practised in the contemporary neoliberal biomarkets crosses the humanitarian thresholds of feminism. Drawing on her ethnographic work with surrogate mothers, intended parents and medical practitioners in India, the author shows the dark connections between poverty, gender, human rights violations and indignity in the surrogacy market. In a developing country like India, bio-technologies therefore create reproductive objects of certain female bodies while promoting an image of reproductive liberation for others. India is a classic example for how far these biomarkets can exploit vulnerabilities for individual requirements in the garb of reproductive liberty. This critical book refers to a range of liberal, radical and postcolonial feminist frameworks on surrogacy, and questions the individual reproductive rights perspective as an approach to examine global surrogacy. It introduces ‘humanitarian feminism’ as an alternative concept to bridge feminist factions divided on contextual and ideological grounds. It hopes to build a global feminist solidarity drawing on a ‘reproductive justice’ approach by recognizing the histories of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, age and immigration oppression in all communities. This work is of interest to researchers and students of medical sociology and anthropology, gender studies, bioethics, and development studies.


New book by Dietmar Rothermund & Hermann Kulke: Geschichte Indiens

C.H. Beck recently published the book "Geschichte Indiens - Von der Induskultur bis heute" by Prof. Hermann Kulke (Professor Emeritus of Asian History and former member of the Department of History at the SAI) and Prof. Dietmar Rothermund (Emeritus Professor of the Department of History at the SAI).

Summary:

Der indische Subkontinent blickt auf eine lange, faszinierende Geschichte zurück, von der rätselhaften Indus-Kultur über die Geburt von Hinduismus und Buddhismus sowie verschiedene Großreiche bis zur britischen Kolonialherrschaft und zur größten Demokratie der Welt. Hermann Kulke und Dietmar Rothermund bieten mit ihrem Buch einen Schlüssel zum Verständnis des riesigen Landes, in dem uralte Traditionen, krasse soziale Gegensätze und hochmoderne Technik und Wirtschaft nebeneinander existieren. Das erfolgreiche Standardwerk wurde für diese Ausgabe überarbeitet und aktualisiert.

Further information is available here.


New Publication by Milinda Banerjee

Cambridge University Press recently published "The Mortal God - Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India" by Milinda Banerjee. The publication presents his dissertation written under the supervision of Prof. Gita Dharampal-Frick (Head of the Department of History at SAI). Milinda Banerjee teaches at the Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata and is Research Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Permanent link to this publication (bookmarkable):

https://katalog.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/titel/68234199

Further information is available here.

 

Abstract

The Mortal God is a study in intellectual history which uncovers how actors in colonial India imagined various figures of human, divine, and messianic rulers to battle over the nature and locus of sovereignty. It studies British and Indian political-intellectual elites as well as South Asian peasant activists, giving particular attention to Bengal, including the associated princely states of Cooch Behar and Tripura. Global intellectual history approaches are deployed to place India within wider trajectories of royal nationhood that unfolded across contemporaneous Europe and Asia. The book intervenes within theoretical debates about sovereignty and political theology, and offers novel arguments about decolonizing and subalternizing sovereignty.



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