Tuesday Seminar
Feb 20

What is the connection between the time of the city and religious time? In modern Delhi, a city that moves at a frenetic pace, the ruins of a 14th century palace—now widely recognized as a dargah or Muslim saint shrine— are a space where people shirk work and cease looking at their watches; and where the spirit-saints, often seen in visitors’ dreams and waking visions wearing medieval robes, embody another time. Dreams and visions of saints, as Amira Mittermaier’s (2011) work on dreaming in...

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Tuesday Seminar
Mar 6

In this talk I address the politics of religion in secular law. The category of religion is a modern creation that emerged in Europe, and subsequently became a trans-historical phenomenon conceived of as a distinct space of human practice and belief, and as having an autonomous essence. European scholars developed the category of world religions, including `Hinduism’ and `Buddhism’, modelled on a distinctly Christian epistemology and ontology, that included a belief system, a central...

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Mar 19

Winter School & Workshop on "Religions of India: Transformations of Values, Practices and Identities"

Organised by: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and University of Groningen (NL)
Dates: 19-23 March 2018
Venue: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

With a population of more than 1.3 billion, India is home to some of the major religions of the world such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism and Zoroastrianism. While according...

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HSS Occasional Seminar
Mar 21

As India drives an increasingly militarized border security agenda along its officially ‘friendly’ border with Bangladesh, its preemptive practices to control the illegal movement of people and goods are directed to routes and movements within the Indian borderlands. How, and in what forms and scales, are threats and dangers embodied and made concrete for the policing of suspect mobilities by the Indian security forces from their abstract mandate of ‘national security’? Focusing ethnographic...

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Tuesday Seminar
Apr 10