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1. Project & Book Launch, 2. Workshop, Delhi, March 2024

From the 21st to the 22nd of March 2024, MIDA in coop­er­a­tion with the Max Weber Forum for South Asian Stud­ies, New Del­hi (MWF Del­hi) held two events in Del­hi: 21.03.2024 — Pub­lic Lec­ture and Book Launch Time: 15.00 — 20.00 hrs Venue: India Inter­na­tion­al Cen­tre (IIC), New Del­hi 1. Mod­ern India in Ger­man Archives 1706–1989: Intro­duc­tion to […]

Private Film Screening – The Sound of Friendship, 08th September, 2022

After sev­er­al suc­cess­ful pri­vate screen­ings in Ger­many and India and very pos­i­tive feed­back in the inter­na­tion­al press, we are hap­py to announce that the film is now also being shown to an Amer­i­can audi­ence. On the 8th of Sep­tem­ber, 2022, a pri­vate screen­ing of the film fol­lowed by a Q&A ses­sion with Anan­di­ta Baj­pai, the […]

(Workshop) Nodes of Translation: Rethinking Modern Intellectual History between South Asia and Germany

Nodes of Trans­la­tion: Rethink­ing Mod­ern Intel­lec­tu­al His­to­ry between South Asia and Ger­many7–9 July 2022The Cen­tre for Mod­ern Indi­an Stud­ies (CeMIS), Georg-August-Uni­ver­sität Göt­tin­gen Work­shop reg­is­tra­tion: The work­shop exam­ines the trans­la­tion of key Ger­man texts into the mod­ern lan­guages of India and trans­la­tions from the clas­si­cal and ver­nac­u­lar lan­guages of South Asia into Ger­man. Our key […]

Private Film Screenings & Book Launch – The Sound of Friendship & Cordial Cold War

After the pre­miere and sev­er­al pri­vate screen­ings in Ger­many as well as the pos­i­tive feed­back in the inter­na­tion­al press, Anan­di­ta Bajpai’s film “The Sound of Friend­ship: Warm Wave­lengths in a Cold, Cold War” was final­ly shown in India as well. The first event was orga­nized and fund­ed by The M.S. Mer­ian – R. Tagore Inter­na­tion­al Centre […]

Workshop ‘Benjamin Schultze‘s dialogue book on Madras. A critical approach to a cultural-historical missionary source’

01. & 02.03.2022 Work­shop organ­ised by MIDA, (Das Mod­erne Indi­en in Deutschen Archiv­en) in Coop­er­a­tion with the Franck­esche Stiftun­gen, Halle. Intro­duc­tion Ben­jamin Schultze (1689–1760) was one of the most pro­lif­ic, but also most con­tro­ver­sial mis­sion­ar­ies of the Dan­ish Eng­lish-Halle Mis­sion, which worked in South India in the 18th and ear­ly 19th cen­tu­ry. His con­ver­sa­tion book »The […]

Film screenings — The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War, a film by Anandita Bajpai, 19.10. & 21.11.2021

The film pre­miered on 19.10. in the hal­lowed halls of the Funkhaus — the erst­while seat of Radio Berlin Inter­na­tion­al (RBI) — which made the fol­low­ing podi­um dis­cus­sion and Q&A with the direc­tor and for­mer employ­ees of RBI all the more spe­cial. See here for more infor­ma­tion on the film. See below for some impres­sions from […]

Colloquium: Asian Industrialism, Labour Movements and Cultural Nationalism: Interwar contexts of German trade-union writings on “Working India”. By Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahuja. (Jan 19, 2021)

Depart­ment of Mod­ern South Asian His­to­ry Col­lo­qui­um Asian Indus­tri­al­ism, Labour Move­ments and Cul­tur­al Nation­al­ism: Inter­war con­texts of Ger­man trade-union writ­ings on “Work­ing India” Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahu­ja The 1920s saw a flur­ry of Euro­pean trade-union del­e­ga­tions head­ing towards Asia. Among them was a joint del­e­ga­tion of British and Ger­man tex­tile work­ers’ unions that vis­it­ed India’s indus­tri­al districts […]

Coming soon: The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War? (Film)

The Sound of Friend­ship: Warm Wave­lengths in a Cold, Cold War? A Film on Radio Berlin Inter­na­tion­al in India A Film by: Anan­di­ta Baj­paiFea­tur­ing: Arvind Sri­vas­tav, Friede­mann Schlen­der, Mahesh Jha, Sabine ImhofEdit­ing and Cam­era (Berlin, Ger­many): Daniel Gatz­­ma­­ga­Co-writ­ing and Cam­era (Mad­hep­u­ra, India): Jyoth­idas Kelam­bath Vadakki­na Descrip­tion: The doc­u­men­tary film ‘The Sound of Friend­ship’ traces the tra­jec­to­ry of Radio […]

Buchvorstellung “A Great War in South India. German Accounts of the Anglo-Mysore Wars, 1766–1799” von Ravi Ahuja und Martin Christof-Füchsle (Hg.)

Ein­ladung zur Buchvorstel­lung Ravi Ahu­ja and Mar­tin Christof-Füch­sle (eds.) (2019). A Great War in South India. Ger­man Accounts of the Anglo-Mysore Wars, 1766–1799. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter Old­en­bourg. Don­ner­stag, 12.12.201918 Uhr c.t.Kul­tur­wis­senschaftlich­es Zen­trum (Hein­rich-Dük­er-Weg 14, 37073 Göt­tin­gen),Raum: 0.602 im KWZ Down­load der Ein­ladung als PDF. Buchvorstel­lung Ravi Ahu­ja undMar­tin Christof-Füch­sle (Hg.): A Great War in South […]

Germans in 18th Century India: A Social History of Everyday Life (Program and Abstracts)

Work­shop Pro­gram The work­shop pro­gram can be down­loaded as PDF file here. Thurs­day, 12.12.2019 11:00–11:30 am Wel­come and intro­duc­tionRavi Ahu­ja, Michael Mann, Tobias Delfs 11:30–12:30 am Indi­an soci­ety in the 18th cen­tu­ry through a Ger­man lensChen Tzoref-Ashke­­nazi, Berlin 12:30 am Lunch Career as a moti­va­tion for Euro­pean Migra­tion to India? 1:30–2:30 pm Moti­va­tions to migrate: Halle‘s Tranquebar […]

Launch of the MIDA Online Research Portal

The fol­low­ing report was first released in July 2019 as part of the ZMO Bul­letin No. 36. In the fifth year of its exis­tence, the DFG-fund­ed, long-term project MIDA (Mod­ernes Indi­en in Deutschen Archiv­en 1706–1989) cel­e­brat­ed the launch of its online research por­tal (Recherchep­or­tal; A pub­lic event was held on May 10 at the […]

Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven (MIDA): Launch des Online-Archivportals (Veranstaltungsankündigung)

Fre­itag, 10. Mai 2019, 16 Uhr.Leib­niz-Zen­trum Mod­ern­er Ori­ent, Kirch­weg 33, 14129 Berlin. MIDA ist ein von der Deutschen Forschungs­ge­mein­schaft (DFG) gefördertes Langfristvorhaben(Beginn 11/2014) unter Beteili­gung des Cen­tre for Mod­ern Indi­an Stud­ies (CeMIS), Göt­tin­gen, des Insti­tuts für Asien- und Afrikawis­senschaften (IAAW) der Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin sowie des Leib­niz-Zen­trums Mod­ern­er Ori­ent (ZMO) Berlin. Sein Anliegen ist die […]

Workshop: Eine Sozialgeschichte des Alltags von Deutschen in der kolonialen Gesellschaft Indiens des “langen” 18. Jahrhunderts (12.–13. Dezember 2019)

Am 12.–13. Dezem­ber 2019 in Göt­tin­gen. Schon an der europäis­chen Expan­sion des 15./16. Jahrhun­derts nach Asien waren Deutsche beteiligt: Han­delshäuser wie die Welser und Fug­ger ermöglicht­en den Por­tugiesen finanzielle Unter­stützung für die Indi­en­reisen und ab 1502/03 nah­men Deutsche unmit­tel­bar daran teil. Mit dem Aufkom­men der ver­schiede­nen europäis­chen Ostin­di­enkom­panien ver­stärk­te sich diese Entwick­lung und ger­ade im 18. […]

Entangled Archives: Perspectives from Modern India in German Archives (Report)

Entan­gled Archives: Per­spec­tives from Mod­ern India in Ger­man Archives, 27.09.2018 9:00–19:00, 28.09.2018 9:00–18:00, Depart­ment of South Asian Stud­ies, Insti­tute for Asian and African Stud­ies, Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin, Invali­den­straße 118, Berlin. The first two Pan­els were ded­i­cat­ed to dif­fer­ent insti­tu­tions and actors whose actions can be  raced through Ger­man archives. In Pan­el 1, which was chaired […]

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 — 9:15Wel­come and Intro­duc­tion. Ravi Ahu­ja (Göt­tin­gen Uni­ver­si­ty) 9:15 — 11:00Pan­el 1: Entan­gled Knowl­edge: Insti­tu­tions, Actors and Out­comes IChair: Ange­li­ka Mali­nar (Zurich Uni­ver­si­ty) Mar­tin Christof-Füch­sle (Göt­tin­gen Uni­ver­si­ty): Mis­sion­ary and […]

Workshop “Entangled Muslim Networks in Europe, South Asia, and the Arab Middle East in the First Half of the 20th Century”

This two day work­shop aims at depict­ing the con­nec­tiv­i­ties of var­i­ous Mus­lim indi­vid­ual intel­lec­tu­als and com­mu­ni­ties in Europe, South Asia and the Arab Mid­dle East that are often stud­ied as iso­lat­ed actors. The transna­tion­al nature of the archive and the com­par­a­tive approach of the work­shop will help in devel­op­ing an entan­gled intel­lec­tu­al his­to­ry. It is […]

MIDA auf dem 51. Historikertag in Hamburg, 20.–23.9.2016

Aus Anlass des 51. Deutschen His­torik­ertags in Ham­burg wur­den Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahu­ja, Prof. Dr. Michael Mann und Sven­ja von Jan mit der Konzip­ierung, Organ­i­sa­tion und Umset­zung der von MIDA, dem His­torik­erver­band, der Han­del­skam­mer Ham­burg sowie des Herbar­i­um Ham­bur­gense durchge­führten Ausstel­lung „Ham­burg-Indi­en: Spuren ein­er Ver­flech­tungs­geschichte“ (zum Ausstel­lungsplakat) betraut. Die Kabi­net­tausstel­lung wurde vom 5.–30. Sep­tem­ber 2016 […]

Workshop zur Eröffnung der 1. Projektphase: 5.–6. November 2015

Am 5. und 6. Novem­ber 2015 fand am Leib­niz-Zen­trum Mod­ern­er Ori­ent, Kirch­weg 33, 14129 Berlin der Work­shop zur Eröff­nung des 1. Abschnitts der Pro­jek­t­phase des Langfristvorhabens statt. Den Auf­takt bildete der öffentliche Vor­trag von Dr. Indra Sen­gup­ta, GHI Lon­don: Schol­ar­ly Inter­lop­ers? Ger­man Indol­o­gists, British India and Colo­nial Knowl­edge: Using Ger­man uni­ver­si­ty archives to study modern […]

Eröffnungsworkshop 30.–31. Januar 2015 (Bericht)

Am 30. und 31. Jan­u­ar 2015 fand am Sem­i­nar für Südasien-Stu­di­en, Insti­tut für Asien- und Afrikawis­senschaften, Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin die Eröff­nungskon­ferenz des DFG-geförderten Langfrist­pro­jek­ts “Das mod­erne Indi­en in deutschen Archiv­en, 1706–1989” statt. Das Pro­jekt hat offiziell am 1. Novem­ber 2014 begonnen, wobei die Forschun­gen arbeit­steilig an drei in Göt­tin­gen und Berlin ansäs­si­gen Part­n­er-Insti­­tu­­tio­­nen durchge­führt werden. […]