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Talk by Annu Jalais on 5th October 2016
You are cordially invited to the lecture

"Searching for the South Asian collective via transcendence, the cow and the tiger"

by Dr.Annu Jalais
(Assistant Professor, South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore)


In this paper, Dr. Jalais will explore Prasenjit Duara’s argument, as developed in his recently published book, The Crisis of Global Modernity, that, faced with the unsustainable nature of global modernity it makes sense to turn towards various Asian social and cultural cosmological responses in our search for a more viable future. Taking Descola’s understanding of how our treatment of nonhumans reflect our understandings of ourselves and our societies, Dr. Jalais argues that within South Asian traditions, the Bhakti movement offers a better sense of collective unity and therefore hope of a more sustainable future than does Vedantic Hinduism. She does this by looking at recent events surrounding cows and tigers in India.

Annu Jalais is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. She is an anthropologist who works on Bangladesh and eastern India: on refugee and migration issues in the developing world, on the human-animal interface in the global South and repercussions government policies are having on biodiversity and working towards finding sustainable solutions, especially amongst indigenous cultures, for the perpetuation of our planet.

Date: Wednesday, October 5th
Time: 2 pm (14.00h) -4 pm (16.00h)
Venue: SAI, Room 316
Arrival of the New Staff

We welcome Dr. Himanshu Jha who has joined us as Lecturer and Research Fellow. Jha holds a PhD from National University of Singapore and plans to expand his existing research on institutions, institutional change, the Indian State and bureaucracy. He will be teaching a BA seminar course on Politics in India in the forthcoming semester.

We also welcome Mr. Meah Mostafiz who has joined the PhD programme as research assistant and is currently engaged in research project on Global Governance.

Upcoming Talks of the Department

Following talks are scheduled in the Department:



Dr. Annu Jalais, South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore

5th October 2016

Rinku Lamba, Centre for Political Studies, JNU and Senior Research Fellow,
Kolleg-Forschergruppe "Multiple Secularities" at

University of Leipzig


14th November 2016

Professor.Gurharpal Singh, Dean , Faculty of Arts and Humanities, SOAS, University of London

1st December 2016


Introductory meeting with Prof. Rahul Mukherji on July 18th at 4 pm in Room 316
The Department of Political Science cordially invites all Master students of South Asian Studies to an introductory meeting with Prof. Rahul Mukherji, the new head of the department of political science and colleagues in the department of political science.

The meeting will take place on Monday, July 18th at 4 pm in Room 316.

Besides encouraging students to become familiar with the new Professor of Political Science of South Asia, his research area and teaching plan and other, it is equally important to MA candidates who want to write their Master thesis in the coming semesters with Professor Mukherji to attend the session.

During the meeting, students will learn about the teaching program and of next semester’s colloquium, as well as the department’s current strategy, and future developments.
Talk by Prof. Bharat Desai on 29.06.2016
The Department of Political Science cordially invites to:

Current Challenges in International Environmental Governance  

Prof. Bharat Desai
Centre for International Legal Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Dehli

Date: Wednesday, 29.06.2016
Venue: South Asia Institute, Room 316
Time: 2 pm / 14 Uhr c.t.

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