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Neusprachliche Südasienstudien


Premchand's Karbala: A Transoceanic Imagining of the Nation
Vortrag von Prof. Nishat Zaidi, Jamia Millia University Department of English, Delhi

Montag, 25.7.2022, 16 Uhr, Raum 010.00.01

At a time when communal antagonism was at its peak (1920s) in colonial India, Premchand was perceptive enough to understand that the cause for religious intolerance was rooted in mutual ignorance of communities about each other’s faith. To alleviate this, he decided to write a play about Karbala, a 7th Century event in Islamic history, in which the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussain withstood the brute forces of the debauch ruler Yazid and sacrificed his life along with that of his companions and family members in the battlefield of Karbala, in modern day Iraq. In an unprecedented leap of faith, Premchand’s play draws the Dutt brothers, descendants of Ashwatthama, spending their exile years in Arabia, to the battlefield of Karbala. Inspired by the uprightness of the Imam and bound by their moral duty to justice, the seven brothers join forces with the Imam and sacrifice their lives for him, singing praises of their motherland Bharatvarsha. Premchand, thus, transformed this central event of Islamic history into a nationalist narrative. My talk reflects on Premchand’s play Karbala as an expression of his unique transoceanic imagining of nation, which transcended territorial boundaries and fell in line with Gandhian principles of communal harmony and co-existence of religions.

Nishat Zaidi is Professor and former Head, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India

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Posted on 06 Mar 2023
The Time of Concepts: Acceleration of Cognitive Labour within Anthropology
Vortrag von Dr. Max Kramer, FU Berlin, Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie

Donnerstag, 21.7.2022, 14 Uhr (s.t.), Raum 130.00.03

At the core of this presentation lies a problem that I have encountered in my professional live as a scholar: what is it that we can say about the patterns of conceptual labour visible in the discipline of anthropology operating within neoliberal academia? We experience an exceptional acceleration of concept making processes by anthropologists that has a distinctive comment on reflexivity as a practice and a unique experience of time within academia. I will speak, with some examples, about the current state of affairs in neoliberal academia whose demand for accelerated production of concepts and proliferation of conceptual labour has had effects on the ethics of knowledge production and circulation.

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Dr. Max Kramer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Volkswagen Freigeist project "The Populism of the Precarious: Marginalization, Mobilization, and Mediatization of South Asia's Religious Minorities", and research associate at the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin.

The talk is a public talk in the course of Hans Harder's seminar on "Speed: Dromology between South Asia and Europe".

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Posted on 06 Mar 2023
The Afterlives of a Pillar: Wondrous Tales Concerning Guru Bawa
Vortrag von Prof. Frank J. Korom, Boston University, USA and Humboldt Awardee at the South Asia Institute

Posted on 06 Mar 2023
Revisiting the Question of Bhakti Nondualist Ethics through Food Stories
Vortag von Jon Keune, Associate Professor, Dep. of Religious Studies, Michigan State University

Montag, 20.6.2022, 16 Uhr, Raum 010.00.07

Die Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien lädt alle herzlich zu einem Vortrag ein. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf dem Poster.

Posted on 06 Mar 2023
Algorithms, Anti-Semitism, and Alleged Jewish Life in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan - Vortrag von Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner
Mittwoch,  den 11. Juli, 18 Uhr, Raum 010.00.01
Voßstr. 2, Geb. 4130
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Posted on 23 Jun 2022

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