Entangled Archives: Perspectives from Modern India in German Archives

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, 27. 9. 2018
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, 28. 9. 2018

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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