Lehrveranstaltung: Spurensuche – Indien in Berliner Archiven / Traces of India in Berlin’s Archives (Focus — Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin) (WiSe 2016–17)


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

More infor­ma­ti­on can be found at: https://agnes.hu-berlin.de/lupo/rds;jsessionid=6AC93388BA518502336BF2E6BCA4F51A.qisappl8_root?state=verpublish&status=init&vmfile=no&moduleCall=webInfo&publishConfFile=webInfo&publishSubDir=veranstaltung&veranstaltung.veranstid=116597