DAS MODERNE INDIEN IN DEUTSCHEN ARCHIVEN 1706-1989

Von der DFG gefördertes Langfristprogramm

Mida

Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven

Key activities

The research project "Entangled Wavelengths. Translocal affect and affiliation among radio broadcasters and listeners of German international radio stations in Cold War India, 1964-1990" investigates the mutual entanglements of the cultural, political, and affective radiophonic repertoires devised by the two iconic German international broadcasting services, Radio Berlin International from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and Deutsche Welle from the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), during the Cold War years in India. Rather than limiting these entwined, often competing, trajectories of the two radio stations to a reductive comparison, the Indian perspective promises to reveal their complex histories as entangled and overlapping. How did India become a site for sonically mapping Cold War affiliations, and how did Indian actors respond to, profiteer from, and even co-shape inter-German competitive acoustic presences in the transnational space of radio broadcasts? The project probes into the interstitial affective spaces made of voices, ears and postal feedback, between the microphones in Bonn and East Berlin and local radio sets in India. It traces the translocal trajectories of entanglements among actors from the GDR, FRG and India and how short waves triggered the imagination of listeners in sub-urban/rural India to perform lived local internationalisms. Radio fan clubs thus inserted themselves in the wider global politics of a Cold War-torn world by staging solidarity with one or the other voice in the Cold War. The project is interdisciplinary in different regards: it mobilises both historical and anthropological methods including archival, oral historical and ethnographic research. It thus promises to combine and engage with theoretical debates from the fields of Cold War history, the history of emotions and a historical anthropology of material culture.

Positions/Qualifications

Since 11/2020      Research Fellow, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

09/2019 - 10/2020      Maternity Leave

11/2017 - 10/2020      Assistant Professor, Department of South Asian Studies, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Research Fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin.

11/2015 - 10/2017      Post-Doctoral Fellow, DFG-Funded Research Project ‘Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989’ (Modernes Indien in deutschen Archiven, 1706-1989), Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin.

11/2014 - 10/2015      Post-Doctoral Fellow, DFG-Funded Research Project ‘Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989’ at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (50%) and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin (50%).

Profile

Since 2019      Editor (with Dr. Heike Liebau) of the MIDA Archival Reflexicon, an open-access online Archival Guide, which is a platform for theoretical and conceptual reflections on archival architectures/organizing logics as well as thematic contributions on India-related holdings of specific German archives and MIDA Thematic Resources

Since 2016      Thesis supervision of BA and MA students’ theses at the Institute for  Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

2017 – 2019      Member of Editorial Board, South Asia Chronicle, a bilingual open-access journal.

2017 – 2019      Organised the Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshops and HIP Lectures at the Institute for Asian and African Studies (4 workshops every academic year).

2012 – 2019      Regular teaching. Courses offered for BA (in Asian and African Studies) and MA (Modern South- and Southeast Asian Studies, Global Studies Programme) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2009 – 2012      Regular teaching. BA (Departments of Sociology and Indology) and MA (Erasmus Mundus Global Studies) Leipzig Universität.

Ongoing      Habilitation (in preparation of the German Professorial Exam): Entangled Presences: Cultural Actors, sites and practices in India and the German Democratic Republic during the Cold War

Education

2014      PhD, Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Leipzig Universität, Thesis ‘Speaking’ the Nation: (E)merging faces of economic reforms and secularism in the rhetoric of India’s Prime Ministers, 1991-2011’

2006 - 2008      MA Erasmus Mundus Global Studies, University of Vienna and Leipzig University

2002 - 2006      BA Political Science (Honours), Delhi University

Awards and Scholarships

DAAD ‘A New Passage to India’ Scholarship, 2014, visiting researcher to the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

DAAD Scholarship Doctoral Studies, 2009–2013.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, European Union, 2006–2008, for pursuing MA in Global Studies (Universities of Leipzig and Vienna)

Geeta Chopra Memorial Scholarship, 2006, for holding first position in BA Political Science (Honours) (2003-06), Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi.

Publications

Monographs/Edited Volumes

  • (Ed.) Cordial Cold War: Cultural Actors in India and the German Democratic Republic, October 2021. London, New Delhi, et. al.: Sage Publications. Open-Access: https://spectrum.sagepub.in/book/cordial-cold-war-anandita-bajpai-9789354790225/6.

  • Speaking’ the Nation: The Oratorical Making of Secular, Neo-liberal India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018.

  • The Catholic Church as an Education Provider in Puerto Rico 1948-1960. VDM Publishers, 2009.

Chapters/Articles in Edited Volumes/Journals

  • “‘Matters of the Heart’: The Sentimental Indian Prime Minister on All India Radio”, in: Barbara Christophe, Christophe Kohl, Heike Liebau, and Achim Saupe (eds.), The Politics of Authenticity and Populist Discourses: Media and Education in Brazil, India and Ukraine. October 2021. New Delhi: Palgrave Macmillan.  

  • “Cordial Cold War: Actors, Sites and Practices of Cultural Entanglement”, in: Bajpai, A (ed.), Cordial Cold War: Cultural Actors in India and the German Democratic Republic, October 2021. London, New Delhi, et. al.: Sage Publications.

  • “Warm Wavelengths: Radio Berlin International in India during the Cold War”, in: Bajpai, A (ed.), Cordial Cold War: Cultural Actors in India and the German Democratic Republic, October 2021. London, New Delhi, et. al.: Sage Publications.

  • “Making the New Indian Citizen in times of the Jawan (Soldier) and the Kisan (Farmer), 1962-65”, in: K. Bromber and J. Kreis (eds.) Special Issue, “Shaping the New Man in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization (1940s-1960s)”, Comparativ, 28 (5): 2018, pp. 97-120.

  • “Von Kenntnis zur Anerkennung: Freundschaftsgesellschaften an der Schnittstelle politischer und kultureller Beziehungen zwischen Indien und der DDR, 1952-1972”, in: Kleinschmidt, C. and Ziegler, D. (eds.), Deutsche Außenpolitik und Außenwirtschaftsbeziehungen im Zeitalter des Kalten Krieges, 2018. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 211-230.

  • “Revisiting Partition Seventy Years Later: Of Layered Echoes, Voices and Memories”, Special Issue Editor, South Asia Chronicle, 7: 2017 (with Maria Framke), pp. 1-20.

  • Bajpai, A., “Introducing the MIDA Archival Reflexicon: Objectives and New Avenues”MIDA Archival Reflexicon, 2018.

  • Bajpai, A., "Tracing, Cataloguing, Indexing: Reflections on the Joachim and Petra Heidrich papers in the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Archive”, MIDA Archival Reflexicon, 2018.

  • Bajpai, A., Heymann, J. and Suski, T., “Tracing India in German Archives: Entangled Pasts in the age of Digital Humanities” in: South Asia Chronicle, 6: 2016, pp. 289-314.

  • Speaking’ the Nation Secular: (E)merging Faces of India”, in: Buchardt, M., Middell, M., Wohlrahb Sahr, M. (eds.), Multiple Secularities Beyond the West: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age, 2015. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 39-61.

  • “Inaugural Workshop of the DFG-sponsored Research Project Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989, in: South Asia Chronicle, 5: 2015, pp. 480-93.

  • “Imagining a ‘Secular’ India: Roots, Offshoots and Future Trajectories of the Secularism Debate in India”, in: South Asia Chronicle, 2: 2012, pp. 189-218.

  • Homi K. Bhabha”, in: Mathias Middell and Ulf Engel (eds.), Theoretiker der Globalisierung, Leipzig: Leipzig University Press, 2010.

Editor

Conferences/Papers (Selected)

Organization (Conferences and Workshops) 2018 - 2019

  • Organized the International Conference “The Politics of ‘Doing’ Culture: Entangled India and the German Democratic Republic during the Cold War Years, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (in collaboration with Leibniz- Zentrum Moderner Orient), December 21-22, 2018.

  • Organized the 10th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Lecture within the HIP Lecture Series, Guest Speaker Prof. P.R. Kumaraswamy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, “Modi Turns West: India and the Persian Gulf”, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, November 29, 2018.

  • Organized the 27th International Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshop, with invited speakers from Kathmandu, Berlin, New Delhi and Potsdam, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, December 7, 2018.

  • Organized the 28th International Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshop, with invited speakers from Göttingen, Berlin and Kansas (USA), Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, February 8, 2018.

  • Organized the 29th International Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshop, with invited speakers from Berlin, Dresden, Växjö (Sweden), Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, April 26, 2019.

  • Organized the 12th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Lecture within the HIP Lecture Series, Guest Speaker Sarover Zaidi, Jindal School of Art and Architecture, Sonipat, Haryana, “Of Flyovers and Muslim Mohallas: Mapping the political Horizons of Bombay”, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, June 21, 2019.

Lectures/Papers at Workshops

2018Present

  • Warm Wavelengths: Radio Berlin International during the Cold War in India, Paper presented at Closed Reading Workshop of the Emmy Nöther Reasearch Group, Reaching the People: New Histories of Communication, Centre for Global History, Freie Universität, Berlin, January 11, 2021.

  • Fallen and Hidden Icons: Statues as Contested sites of memory making in India, Paper presented at the Workshop ‘Contested Religious Spaces: Narratives as Evidencxe: De-centering and Re-Authenticating Pasts for the Future’, ZMO, November 30, 2020.

  • German Archives, Cold War and Media, Paper presented at the Workshop ‘Decide for Yourself? GDR Newsreels and their Images of India’, organized by MIDA Project, ZMO, Berlin, November 19, 2020.

  • The Indian Elections of 2019, Lecture delivered as part of the series ‘Why do Elections Matter?’, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, June 3, 2019.

  • From Nation Building to Nation Branding: The arc of Nationalism(s) and National Identifications in India, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, May 28, 2019.

  • India related holdings in the German Archival Landscape, Paper presented at the International Workshop Cultures of Archival Research in India and Germany, Marburg University, Marburg and Berlin, May 15–21, 2019.

  • Introducing the MIDA Archival Reflexicon, Presentation at the Launch of the MIDA Project, Leibniz- Zentrum Moderner Orient, May 11, 2019.

  • The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths of Radio Berlin International during the Cold War in India, Lecture delivered at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, April 11, 2019.

  • Ola India! Navigating trust and dis/mistrust with India’s new Taxi App, Paper presented at International Workshop Governance and Processes of Bureaucratization, Leipzig, January 31-February 1, 2019.

  • Mann Ki Baat (Matters of the Heart): The Affective-Sentimental Indian Prime Minister on All India Radio, Paper presented at International Workshop Populist Discourse and Claims to Authenticity in Brazil, India and Ukraine, Braunschweig, November 8-9, 2018.

  • Speaking the Nation: The Oratorical Making of Secular, Neo-liberal India, Lecture at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal University, Sonipat, India, September 18, 2018.

  • Speaking the Nation: The Oratorical Making of Secular India, Lecture at Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, India, September 14, 2018.

  • Speaking the Nation: Prime Ministers and the making of neo-liberal India since 1991, Paper presented at the 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) Paris, France, July 24-27, 2018.

20162017 (Selected)

  • Who Steers the Wheel? Taxi Drivers and bureaucratic Technologies in Senegal and India, Paper presented (with Peter Lambertz) at the Institute colloquium of the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, July, 18, 2017.

  • From Nation Building to Nation Branding: Nationalism(s) in India, Public Lecture delivered at the Department of Social Anthropology (in consortium with Sanskrit Studies and Indology departments) Mainz University, within the lecture series ‘South Asia on the Move’, Mainz, June 12, 2017.

  • Between East Berlin and New Delhi: Mutually Entangled Trajectories of University Intellectuals 1952-72, November 13, 2016, History Department, New York University, Abu Dhabi.

  • Sichtbar werden. Um Anerkennung werben: Die ‚Kulturpolitik der DDR – Indien Beziehungen, 1952-1972, 51. Deutscher Historikertag in Hamburg 2016, Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e.V. (VHD) German Historical Conference, September 22, 2016.

Film Project

October 2021, The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War?

  • (Direction, Archival Research, Story, Co-Production– Anandita Bajpai /Camera and Cinematography– Daniel Gatzmaga, Camera and conceptualization– Jyothidaas KV, co-production ZMO)

  • Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4qLiM_jflw

Teaching (Selected)

Summer Semester 2019

  • From Nation building to Nation Branding: New Nationalism(s) in India, Universität Wien (Erasmus Exchange Teaching Residency) The Partition of British India: 1947 and the Afterlives of Material Objects, State discourses and Oral Histories, HU Berlin Consumed & Consuming: Of Gods, Jobs, Sexualities, Bodies in Neoliberal India, HU Berlin

Winter Semester 2018-19

  • Introduction to Area Studies, HU Berlin Tracing India in a Berlin Archive (with Dr. Heike Liebau at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), HU Berlin

Summer Semester 2018

  • The Ideal Citizen of the Cold War: Perspectives from India (with Dr. Franziska Roy at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), HU Berlin

Winter Semester 2017-18

  • Tracing India in a Berlin Archive (Bilingual course in German and English for Methods Module) (with Dr. Heike Liebau at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), HU Berlin From Nation building to Nation Branding: New Nationalism(s) in India, HU Berlin Introduction to Area Studies, HU Berlin

Summer Semester 2017

  • Bureaucracy in/and the Indian City: Red Tape Webs and the Clean India Campaigns, HU Berlin From Nation building to Nation Branding: New Nationalism(s) in India, HU Berlin

Winter Semester 2016-17

  • Spurensuche – Indien in Berliner Archiven /Traces of India in Berlin’s Archives (Bilingual course with Frank Drauschke, Facts and Files, Berlin), HU Berlin Understanding the languages of new nationalism(s) in India: An Introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis, HU Berlin