15 May for the coming winter semester
The Master in Modern Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary programme focusing on economic, political, social, and cultural developments in modern India. This study programme addresses a number of key questions about modern India: How does India's cultural and religious diversity affect societal developments? How does the democratic system address issues of social inequality? How can the dynamics of economic development in a pluralistic society be understood? Looking for answers to profound questions such as these requires an interdisciplinary approach. As such, researchers teaching at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) come from a wide range of academic backgrounds including development economics, anthropology, history, Indology, political science, religious studies, and sociology.
The teaching programme and research at CeMIS is organised into six broad, interdisciplinary categories:
- Metamorphoses of the Political
These courses focus on developments in the political arena in modern India such as changes in political structures, practices, and concepts. There are a number of key questions: How is the Indian political system built? How are democracy and development, nationalism, and ethnic conflicts entwined? What is the role of political parties and social movements in modern India?
These courses focus on religion and empire, transregional religious networks, interreligious relations, and religious minorities. Other topics include practices of marginalisation, secularism, inequality, and forms of democratic practice as well as inter-religious conflicts and the resulting popular discourses and public interventions. Students learn how to analyse the religions in South Asia through contemporary empirical works on lived religion in everyday life and through historical studies on the transformation of religious practice and related ideological formations since the late 18th century.
Students learn to analyse the social and state mechanisms which maintain and regulate India's inequitable political economies and its culturally and socially diverse population. Courses focus on issues such as inequalities of income, wealth and health, as well as their relations to other forms of social difference such as gender, caste, and religion.
- Labour and Capital in Modern India
Students deal with processes of socio-economic transformation in modern India from an interdisciplinary perspective. How has work historically been organised in India, and how is it changing today? What has led to these changes? Which financial, manufacturing, and agricultural structures, etc., operate in modern India? How is globalisation affecting the Indian economy?
Mediascapes are developing in relation to social, political, religious, and economic transformations in modern India. Students investigate the influence of and changes in the media and public spheres, looking not only at political and societal discourses, but also at religion, advertising, and entertainment. Studying these spheres also allows a close look at global developments in modern Indian.
These courses focus on the main issues of development economics in relation to India and the history and processes of economic development in modern India. The following aspects are of particular interest: relations of inequality, poverty and power; ways of fighting poverty; current policy debates about the Indian economy; the main concepts of public health as a field and the critical links between global health and economic development.