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○Notice of Office Relocation (1st April 2017)

We are pleased to inform you that with effect from 1st April 2017, TINDAS has been relocated to a new office
as follows:
South Asia Research Center, Institute for Advanced Global Studies,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

○2017 TINDAS-FINDAS Joint Seminar

Date and Time: 3rd July 18:30-20:30
Venue: Collaboration Room 3, Fourth Floor Building 18, Komaba Campus, the University of Tokyo

Research Presentation:
Hanna H. Kim (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Adelphi University)
Title: "Embedded Meanings and Relations: Reckoning Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Complexes Through Material and Devotional Tracings"

Presentation Summery:
The striking visibility and monumental dimensions of Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complexes have provoked curiosity and raised questions about the community responsible for their construction. Who has constructed the Akshardham temple complexes in India; what connections are there between Akshardham, religious nationalism, and the globalisation of Hinduism; why does Akshardham appear to support the branding and commodification of religion? These questions, asked by analysts of Akshardham, suggest that knowledge about the temple complex builders and their motivations can be acquired by probing the overlapping arenas of religion, politics, migration, and economic liberalisation in modern India. While not discounting the historical and political economic contexts out of which the Akshardham complexes emerge, this presentation explicitly focuses on the materiality of the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complexes: what do these architectural and spatial sites accomplish? As built objects, the temple complexes engender, provoke, and nurture responses; they create relationships, initiate self-transformations, and offer avenues by which their publics, including their builders and Swaminarayan followers, interpret the spaces of their everyday lives. By looking more closely at what Akshardham accomplishes, it is possible to trace the links between the material and relational, between objects and peoples, and between the builders of Akshardham and their publics. Tracing these connections, the Swaminarayan Akshardham complexes are sources of discursive assemblages, no less significant for their devotional importance as they are spaces that support the materialisation of relationships, power, and sentiments. As with the story of any large-scale architectural project, understanding the Akshardham temple complexes rests on connecting multiple discourses and exploring how these relations are enmeshed in materialities that are neither static nor homogeneous. 

Discassant: Sachiyo Komaki (Takasaki City University of Economics)
Working Language: English
No reservation is required for attending this seminar.

○The First TINDAS Seminar

Date and Time: 1st July 14:00-17:00
Venue: Collaboration Room 4, Fourth Floor Building 18, Komaba Campus, the University of Tokyo

Research Presentation:
(1)Prabir Bhattacharya (Associate Professor, Heriot-Watt University)
Title: Demography, Gender Inequality, and Economic Outcomes in India, China and Russia

(2) Manabu Furuta (RIEB, Kobe University)
Title: Effects of Trade Liberalization on Gender Wage Gap:
Evidences from Panel Data of the Indian Manufacturing Sector

Working Language: English
Everyone can attend this seminar, but please send us (email adress: an email up front if you would like to join because of the security issues and the preparation for seminar materials. Please write the items below in your email.
・Email title:Attendance at The First TINDAS Seminar
・Necessary items: Your full name, Your affliation 

○TINDAS Symposium

Date and Time: 4th June 9:00-13:30
Venue: Building 18 Hall, Komaba Campus, the University of Tokyo 

Research Presentation:
Takahiro Sato (Professor, Kobe University )
Kazuya Wada (Associate Professor, the University of Nagsaki)
Aya Ikegame (Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo)
Katsuo Nawa (Professor, the University of Tokyo)
Yuki Ohara (Research Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo)
Kazuyo Minamide (Associate Professor, St. Andrew's University)

○The First International Conference on “The Comparative History of City Growth in India and Japan: A Case study of the Iron Cities”

Date & Time: 30th June 14:00-17:00 and 1st July 11:00-17:00
Venue: The Third Conference Room in Faculty of Letters
Faculty of Law and Letters Building 2, Hongo Campus, the University of Tokyo

Day 1: 30th June
14:00-14:20  Opening Remarks 
             by Dr. Tsukasa Mizushima (Professort, the University of Tokyo)
14:20-14:50  “A Short History of the State-Owned Yawata Steel Works and the Yawata City”
             by Mr. Sinsaku Kato (Ph.D. Student, the University of Tokyo)
14:50-15:20  “Maps and GIS data of Yawata and Jamshedpur”
             by Mr. Ippei Sekido (Research Fellow, the University of Tokyo)
15:20-15:50  “Previous Studies on Yawata Steel Works and Yawata City”
             by Mr. Shinsei Nigi (Undergraduate, the University of Tokyo)
15:50-16:00  Break
16:00-16:30  “A Study on the formation of Jamshedpur City in the Early Twentieth Century”
             by Dr. Michihiro Ogawa (Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies)
16:30-17:00  Discussion

Day 2: 1st July
11:00-11:50   “Professional and Educational Backgrounds of TISCO Labour Forces in the Early 20th Century”
             by Dr. Chikayoshi Nomura (Associate Professor, Osaka City University)
11:50-13:00   Lunch Break
13:00-14:00  “Jamshedpur City Region and Its Agglomeration Effect”
             by Dr. Rajnish Kumar (Postdoctoral Fellow, The Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, India)
14:00-15:00  “Industrial Cities in India: A Study of Steel City”
             by Dr. Amaresh Dubey (Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
15:00-15:20   Break
15:20-16:50   General Discussion

Please feel free to join us.
Contact: Ippei Sekido,
Tel. 03-5454-6239
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Room 402A, Fourth Floor Building 14, Komaba Campus
The University of Tokyo,
3-8-1, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-8902
Tel: 03-5454-6239

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