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Bangladesh Studies across disciplines - June 4 and 5, 2020

The Bangladesh Study Network brings together people studying Bangladesh. While there are a lot of research activities on Bangladesh in various disciplines, these are often only interconnected by chance or personal networks. They are hardly visible to the outside, with Bangladesh remaining, particularly in the social sciences and humanities, an appendix to South Asian studies, which focus on India, and, to a lesser degree, Pakistan. By creating a forum for perceiving interconnections and providing visibility, this conference contributes to strengthening Bangladesh Studies as a field and to eliminating blind spots within Bangladesh studies.

We invite everyone who would like to present their work at the conference to send us a title and short abstract by 30 April, 2020. Please also let us know if you would like to chair a session or be a discussant. As we need to know the number of attendees for catering purposes, it would be great if you could let us know if you are planning to attend by 30 April.

Kindly send your abstract, registration and queries to

Doctoral scholarship for Malini Ambach

We cordially congratulate Malini Ambach, doctoral candidate at the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia for being granted a doctoral scholarship by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation). Since the winter term 2019/20 Ambach researches on her doctoral thesis entitled Śiva‘s two eyes: The sacred topography of the South Indian temple town Kāñcīpuram and its connections to the North Indian pilgrimage centre Vārāṇasī under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ute Hüsken.

The project seeks to answer questions about the inter- and transsectarian negotiation of the sacred space in the South Indian temple town Kāñcīpuram as described in the town’s glorifying Sanskrit texts (Māhātmya, Sthalapurāṇa). It also asks for historical parallels to the interrelations found in these mythological narratives, and for manifestations of transregional religious networks in local texts with regard to Kāñcīpuram in relation to the North Indian pilgrimage centre Vārāṇasī.

Article by Prof. Rahul Mukherji, Dr. Himanshu Jha and Dr. M. N. Roy in Indian Politics & Policy

The latest issue of Indian Politics & Policy Journal published an co-authored article by Prof. Rahul Mukherji, Dr. Himanshu Jha and Dr. M.N.Roy on “Ideas and Policy Paradigms: Explaining the Fall of Welfare Politics in West Bengal”. In this issue, Dr. Himanshu Jha has published a review article as well on “Explaining Institutional Change in India’s Welfare Regime”. The articles can be accessed here

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