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Artikel in Mumbai Mirror über Tasveer Ghar

Am 27. Mai 2020 veröffentlichte Mumbai Mirror den Artikel „Magic in the Mundane“, welcher das digitale Archiv der populären südasiatischen visuellen Kultur „Tasveer Ghar“ thematisiert. Das Archiv ist ein gemeinsames Projekt von Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius (Professorin für visuelle und Medienanthropologie), Yousuf Saeed (Filmproduzent und Schriftsteller) und Sumathi Ramaswamy (Professor für Geschichte an der Duke University). Der Artikel ist hier verfügbar.


Neue Artikel von Aditya Ghosh

Dr. Aditya Ghosh (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der Abteilung Geographie, SAI) veröffentlichte kürzlich einen Artikel zum Thema „Deconstructing a 2‑year long transdisciplinary sustainability project in Northern universities: is rhetorical nobility obscuring procedural and political discords?“ In der Zeitschrift Sustainability Science . Darüber hinaus veröffentlichte The Wire einen Artikel mit dem Titel „Invisible Disasters Left in the Wake of the Visible Storm“.


Neuer Artikel von Prof. Dr. Rahul Mukherji, Jai Prasad und Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani in Identities Journal

Prof. Rahul Mukherji, Jai Prasad und Dr. Seyed Hossein Zarhani haben gemeinsam einen Artikel über „Can COVID-19 malign the idea of India?“ in der neuesten Ausgabe des identities Journal veröffentlicht. Dieser Artikel beschäftigt sich damit, dass das COVID-19-Management die demokratische Regierungsführung untergraben hat, die für die Idee Indiens von zentraler Bedeutung ist. Der Artikel ist hier verfügbar.

Abstract

This article argues that COVID-19 management has undermined democratic governance central to the idea of India and close to the heart of founders of modern India. These values were undermined in a number of ways. First, sub-national states and politicians were not adequately consulted before the lockdown on 24 March 2020, even though Kerala’s spectacular performance was well known. Moreover, it is the states that would have to deal with issues such as health, migration and general wellbeing. The imperial and sudden lockdown impacted migrant workers from the oppressed classes and castes most severely. Second, the lockdown of 24 March need not have been sudden since opposition politicians had raised this issue in the Parliament since mid-February. Democratic values were undermined during the lockdown to the detriment of the Indian citizen.   


Neuer Artikel von Prof. Dr. Ute Huesken

Ein neuer Artikel mit dem Titel Navarātri von Prof. Dr. Ute Huesken (Leiterin der Abteilung für Kultur- und Religionsgeschichte Südasiens) wurde in Brills Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online veröffentlicht. Der Artikel ist hier verfügbar.

Abstract

Each year, at the end of the rainy season, a festival that lasts nine nights and ten days is celebrated with great enthusiasm and public participation all over India and wherever South Asians live. This festival is known by many names. Navarātri (or navarātra) is one of them, a name that emphasizes the duration of the festival: it is traditionally celebrated for nine nights. Durgāpūjā and durgotsava are alternative popular names of this festival, emphasizing that this is a festival focusing on goddess Durgā, who is one major manifestation of the “Great Goddess” (Devī, or Mahādevī). The celebratory day following the nine festival nights bears the name vijayadaśamī (“the tenth [day] of victory”). This day is often seen as an integral part of navarātri. In those places where this tenth day is the main focus of the festival, the entire celebration might be named after this tenth day. Then, the festival is known for example as duśehrā (western Himalaya), daśaharā (Hindi-speaking areas), or dasaĩ (Nepal), the name referring to the festival’s duration of ten days. Navarātri is one of the largest festivals in the annual religious cycle for Hindus. While the nine nights focus on the struggle between positive and negative forces, the tenth day celebrates the triumph of and reestablishment of order: “at its core, the Durgā Pūjā acts to service a deep metaphysical need, namely to renew that which has grown old” (Rodrigues, forthcoming). Yet, even though there is a common stock of underlying narratives and ritual elements, the festival as it is or has been performed, is far from being a uniform celebration.



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