Entangled Archives: Perspectives from Modern India in German Archives (September 27–28, 2018)

Sep­tem­ber 27–28, 2018; 
Depart­ment of South Asi­an Stu­dies, Insti­tu­te for Asi­an and Afri­can Stu­dies, Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­si­tät zu Ber­lin, Inva­li­den­stra­ße 118, Berlin.

Conference Program:

Day 1 (Thursday, 2018-09-27):

9:00 – 9:15

Wel­co­me and Introduction
Ravi Ahu­ja (Göt­tin­gen University)

9:15 – 11:00

Panel 1: Ent­an­gled Know­ledge: Insti­tu­ti­ons, Actors and Out­co­mes I
Chair: Ange­li­ka Mali­nar (Zurich University)

Mar­tin Chris­tof-Füchs­le (Göt­tin­gen University)
Mis­sio­na­ry and Mili­ta­ry Sources on the Mys­o­re wars from Ger­man Archives

Pas­ca­le Rab­ault-Feu­er­hahn (CNRS, Paris)
Pro­fes­sio­nal Indo­lo­gy. Late 19th cen­tu­ry Ger­man deba­tes about the pos­si­bi­li­ty and legi­ti­ma­cy of Indian Indo­lo­gi­cal scholarship.

11:00 – 11:15

Tea Break

11:15 – 13:00

Panel 2: Ent­an­gled Know­ledge: Insti­tu­ti­ons, Actors and Out­co­mes II
Chair: Joa­chim Oes­ter­held (ZMO)

Razak Khan (Göt­tin­gen University)
Rethin­king Trans­la­ti­on as Ent­an­gled Archi­ve of Ide­as in Glo­bal Intel­lec­tu­al History

Thia­go Pin­to Bar­bo­sa (ZMO)
Fol­lowing sci­ence making in ent­an­gled archi­ves: con­si­de­ra­ti­ons from an actor-net­work approach to under­stan­ding glo­bal ent­an­gle­ments in anthro­po­lo­gi­cal know­ledge production

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:45

Panel 3: Sen­ses of Archives
Chair: Micha­el Mann (Hum­boldt University)

Ger­di­en Jon­ker (Erlan­gen University)
Pri­va­te and Fami­ly Archi­ves and Wri­ting of Ent­an­gled Indo-Ger­man Histories

Brit­ta Lan­ge (HU)
Ber­lin Sound Archi­ves – Epis­te­mo­lo­gies, Prac­ti­ces and Imaginations

15:45 – 16:00

Tea Break

16:00 – 17:45

Panel 4: Ger­mans in India: Ent­an­gled His­to­ries and Archives
Chair: Ravi Ahu­ja (Göt­tin­gen University)

Pani­kos Panayi (De Mont­fort University)
The Ent­an­gled Bri­tish Ger­man and Indian Archi­ves: The Case of Ger­man Internees in India during the First World War

Roland Witt­je (IIT,Madras)
Indo-Ger­man Col­la­bo­ra­ti­on in Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy: The Indian Insti­tu­te of Tech­no­lo­gy Madras


Con­fe­rence Dinner

Day 2 (Friday, 2018-09-28):

10:15 – 12:00

Panel 5: Friendship, Enmi­ty and Making of Poli­ti­cal Archives
Chair: Vanda­na Joshi (Delhi University)

Anan­di­ta Baj­pai (Hum­boldt University)
The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wav­elengths of Radio Ber­lin Inter­na­tio­nal during the Cold War years in India

Alex­an­der Bena­tar (Hum­boldt University)
Cold War Rival­ry and Making of For­eign Minis­try Archives

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:15

Panel 6: Trust and Cooperation
Chair: Hei­ke Lie­bau (ZMO)

Rachel Lee (Lud­wig-Maxi­mi­li­ans-Uni­ver­si­tät München)
Cos­mo­po­li­tan Cir­cu­la­ti­ons in Bom­bay: Otto Koenigs­ber­ger, MARG and TIFR

Sven­ja von Jan (Göt­tin­gen University)
Ger­man-Indian ent­an­gle­ments of las­car sea­men in Hamburg

15:15 – 15:30

Tea Break

15:30 – 17:30

Round­ta­ble Dis­cus­sion on Ent­an­gled Archi­ves and Histories
Mode­ra­tor: Rekha Kamath Rajan (Jawa­harl­al Neh­ru University)


  • Indra Sen­gupta (GHI, London)
  • Hen­ning Trü­per (Hel­sin­ki University)
  • Jahn­a­vi Phal­key (Sci­ence Gal­le­ry, Bengaluru)
  • Chen Tso­ref Ash­ken­azi (Hei­del­berg University)
  • Mar­git Franz (Graz University)



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