TITLE: Spurensuche – Indien in Berliner Archiven / Traces of India in Berlin’s Archives.
INSTRUCTOR: Anandita Bajpai.
ORGANIZER: Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
This event is a series of lectures, starting at 26.10.2016 and occurring weekly until 15.02.2017.
DESCRIPTION (English version): India in Berlin’s Archives? How could one possibly find any relevant sources on a country like India in these archives? For many students, the term ‘Archive’ often evokes intimidation and insecurity if not indifference. How does one proceed when looking for sources on modern Indian history in German archives and why are they important?
The sound recordings of Indian Prisoners of War in German prison camps (WWI), the reports of bureaucrats from West and East Germany who wrote about their activities in India, travelogues and memoirs of individuals who travelled to India, collections of photographs and post cards, state records on the lives of Indians in Germany, articles on India in German newspapers: these are just some of the myriad sources that point to the richness and potential of the holdings of German archives on modern Indian history. These diverse sources can help students engage with Indian history, more specifically the history of exchanges, encounters and entanglements between Germany and the Indian subcontinent.
This seminar has the following axes:
- Learning how to do systematic searches in archives (Databases, catalogues etc.)
- How to work with archival sources?
- Systematic search and collection of sources on India in a selected archive in Berlin.
The seminar will offer the opportunity to visit some prominent archives in Berlin with guided tours. The aim is to work intensely with primary sources on India in one specific archive and participate in contributing to a database on such sources. It will thus help in acquiring concrete methodological tools