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This newsletter, conceived to give a glimpse of the many and varied projects conducted by the French research centres in India, circulated for several years as a "dead-tree" newsletter, then as a large PDF file. After a pause for reflection in 2016, we decided to relaunch it in a more convenient online format as a biannual newsletter. This second issue in the new format covers the second half of 2017, with one or two allusions to significant events from just outside this period. Click here for previous issues
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International Seminars / Workshops


From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal

From 31st July to 7th August, the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO hosted a conference called From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal. The conference was organised by Arlo Griffiths within the framework of the collaborative research project “From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal as witnessed by inscriptions from Andhra Pradesh and Myanmar”. The project, centered around epigraphic evidence, has been carried out over the years 2015–2017 by an international team of scholars and coordinated by the EFEO. Twenty-seven specialists in Indian and Burmese antiquity spent four days together to present pluri-disciplinary research on inscriptions from the first millennium in the Andhra region in India and on the Pyu sites in Burma.

Contact: Arlo Griffiths, arlo{dot}griffiths{at}efeo{dot}net

The 9th NETamil Workshop and the Mini-edition of the Classical Tamil Summer Seminar

The 9th NETamil Workshop on “Glosses – Lexicography – Semantics” took place at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO from 8 to 12 September 2017. It was followed by a mini-edition of the Classical Tamil Summer Seminar (CTSS) from 18 to 22 September 2017, during which selected parallel passages from the Naiṭatam/Naiṣadha in three different versions were read, namely the Tamil version, with Indra Manuel, the Sanskrit version of Śrīharṣa, with R. Sathyanarayanan, and the Telugu poem, with S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma.

Contact: Eva Wilden, wilden{dot}eva{at}gmail{dot}com


ISI 13th Conference on International Growth and Development
Conference held from 18 to 20 December 2017, at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), New Delhi

The 13th International Conference on Economic Growth and Development has taken place at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Delhi on December 18th- 20th 2017. CSH has co-organized this conference with ISI by managing a policy session - devoted this year to the challenges raised by the undegraduated teaching of economics - and by presenting papers at parallel sessions (three presentations were made by full or associate members of CSH). CSH has also hosted the gala diner of this conference at the Cultural Section of the French Embassy. The 2017 edition of the conference had also the pleasure to listen to keynote lectures by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, who spoke on the recent evolution of inequalities, and Thomas Sterner (from University of Gronembourg, also invited at Collège de France), who proposed his own evaluation of the Paris Agreement on the fight of global warming.

Contact: Nicolas Gravel, nicolas{dot}gravel{at}csh-delhi{dot}com


2017 Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry (SSWSP)
Theme: "Water and Socio-Environmental Challenges"

The Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry (SSWSP) is an Indo-French collaborative project that has been designed as a programme of intensive and multidisciplinary training workshops addressing theoretical and methodological issues in social science research. It is open to doctoral and post-graduate students in all fields of social sciences. Trainees are selected on the basis of their qualifications, while taking into account the value of the training to their research or professional projects.The team of trainers is multidisciplinary and international, composed of young and senior researchers originating from several Indian universities and research centres of excellence, as well as from abroad. The SSWSP is the result of a long-standing Indo-French collaboration between the Pondicherry University and the French Institute of Pondicherry, as well as the IRD, DIAL and CEIAS.

The 2017 edition on "Water and Socio-Environmental Challenges" was the third edition of the SSWSP and was conducted within the framework of Bonjour India. Its major focus was to address issues at the interface between society and environment, especially around water and resource management, through the lens of the social sciences, in different milieus and scales of interpretation, and with different thematic focus and methodological frameworks.The objective was to expose students and young researchers to research frontiers in this field of environmental social sciences.A total of 50 trainees were selected (out of 130 applications), 54% female and 46% male.Their states and countries of origin were: Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Germany, Australia, and the United States of America.

Contact: Christophe Jalil Nordman, nordman{at}dial.{dot}prd{dot}fr & Anne Casile, anne.casile{at}gmail{dot}com

National Seminars / Workshops


Changing party system in Delhi and the emergence of Aam Aadmi Party by Adnan Farooqui
Workshop conducted on November 28, 2017, at Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi

Part of CPR-CSH Urban Workshops Series, the presentation analysed the emergence of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the context of systemic changes in the nature of political competition in Delhi. This was done against the backdrop of Delhi's unique constitutional position, party system in the state, reasons behind the emergence of AAP and subsequent reversals in its political fortunes.

The analysis was done through the detailed study of post-poll electoral surveys and the election results in 2013, 2014, and 2015 elections. The attempt was also to look at the nomination procedure and campaign strategy adopted by APP gleaned through the extensive interviews of the political actors involved.

Contact: Olivier Telle, olivier{dot}telle{at}gmail{dot}com & marie-helene{dot}zerah{at}ird{dot}fr

Building Solidarities in the (Re)Construction of Migrant Communities in Johannesburg by Pragna Rugunanan
Workshop conducted on December 26, 2017, at Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi

Part of CPR-CSH Urban Workshops Series, the presentation was based on a paper whose focus reflects four years of ethnographic fieldwork researching how new migrant communities (re)construct space and place in the suburb of Fordsburg, Johannesburg. Established as a white immigrant community in 1888, the suburb undergoes several iterations of community. Post-1994, a diverse range of ethnic groups from Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Morocco, to migrants from China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Malaysia, claim a place of belonging to the suburb. It shows how communities are forged through education, religion, conflict, co-operation, reciprocity and solidarity. The paper examines how people cope in the face of adversity and argues that communities are forged and contested within a tangled web of power relations and rank ordering of migrant groups.

Contact: Olivier Telle, olivier{dot}telle{at}gmail{dot}com & marie-helene{dot}zerah{at}ird{dot}fr

Caste, Affirmation and Stigma by Ashwini Deshpande
Seminar conducted on November 20, 2017 at Institut Français en Inde (IFI), New Delhi

Ashwini Deshpande presented the results of a survey that attempts to delineate social-psychological mechanisms of externalization and internalization to understand the consequences of stigma associated with caste-based Affirmative Action (AA). Despite a gap in entry scores at admission to a higher educational institution, no difference is found in the academic attitudes between students from beneficiary groups and others.

On a range of questions that evaluate attitudes towards AA, there are significant differences between caste groups, revealing the presence of stigma through the externalization mechanism; that is, the tendency of peers to evaluate beneficiary performance prejudicially, indicating the prevalence of discriminatory attitudes. However, there is no evidence of internalization; that is, students from beneficiary groups internalizing their peers' low evaluation, resulting in lower self-esteem and performance.

Contact: Ashwini Deshpande, ashwini{dot}desh{at}gmail{dot}com

Labourers ploughing land in rural Nepal (Tristan Bruslé, 2017)

International migration and access to land: Understanding Social Dynamics in Nepal lowlands by Tristan Bruslé
Seminar conducted on January 8, 2018 at Institut Français en Inde (IFI), New Delhi

This talk was devoted to an analysis of the links between international labour migration and access to land in Nepal. A common view about foreign migration from Nepalese workers is that the phenomenon has gained importance in recent years and that it concerns almost all regions and social groups. The presentation, which focuses on the Nepalese southern plains, emphasizes the inequality that exists, among Nepalese rural workers and farmers, in both access to migration and to land. By referring to differential dynamics related to land referred to as "deactivation" and "repeasantization" by Ploeg (2012), the presentation emphasized the importance of the local migratory context for understanding the relationships between labour migration and access to land.

Contact: Tristan Bruslé, tristan{dot}bruslé{at}csh-delhi{dot}com


Canals and Computations: Understanding Irrigation Engineering and Social Relations in the Kaveri Delta
August 18, 2017, French Institute of Pondicherry

The deltaic irrigation system has a long history, ascribed to the medieval Chola state for its origins. It has pervaded popular consciousness of the people of the region, almost to mythical proportions. This coupled with the long-standing inter-state river water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, clouds the local realities of production and labour, often leading to parochial histories and politics.

The workshop "Canals and Computations" tried to bring together engineers with a substantial experience and investment in the delta irrigation system along with historians, social scientists and activists for a useful dialogue to help understand the issues at stake for the farmers and workers of the delta.

Contact: Senthil Babu, senthil{dot}babu{at}ifpindia{dot}org

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Launch of the IFP's first mobile application "Pondicherry - Past & Present"

Launch of IFP's first mobile application

The mobile application Pondicherry - Past & Present was launched on 15th December 2017 in the Conference Hall of the IFP in the presence of the French Consul General Mrs. Catherine SUARD, Indian Government officials, hoteliers and travel agents.

A first-of-its-kind mobile application dedicated to the historical sites of Pondicherry, it presents 94 geolocalised sites. For each historical site, a description has been provided in both English and in French, as well as several old and recent photos, most of them belonging to the photo archives of the IFP-EFEO. The geolocation allows users to build their own path across the city, based on their interest.This user-friendly application, meant primarily for tourists and visitors, is derived from a more complete project by Dr. Jean Deloche that was earlier published on DVD, jointly by the IFP and EFEO.