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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