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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:
The Center for South Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Global Studies,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Contemporary India 1:Tayosei Shakai no Chosen (The Challenges of a Diverse Society), the first volume of six-volume series titled Contemporary India presenting a comprehensive summary of research conducted between 2009 and 2014 as part of this research project, was features on UTokyo Biblio Plaza. biblioplaza/en/B_00148.html

TINDAS 5th International Seminar

Date and Time: March 27 (Tue.) 2018, 17:00-19:00
Venue: Seminar Room No 2 (3F) Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo

Title: Looking Beyond Flags: the 1940s in India

The standard interpretation of the 1940s in India focuses on the contest between the forces of imperialism and nationalism, leading to Indian independence in August 1947, when the British flag was lowered, and India’s tricolour was unfurled. By looking in detail at the workings of the state, it is however possible to reveal a picture which the standard interpretation has overshadowed so far. After sketching the institutions of the late colonial state, the transformations it underwent are analyzed. We look at the numbers of people it employed; the economic controls it enforced; the tasks (like rationing of foodgrains), which it began to undertake; and the operations of its police force. A new interpretation emerges which, by highlighting the enduring effects of the Second World War on the relationship between society and the state, enables us to understand some crucial aspects of Indian history in the forty years after independence.
In the new perspective, these decades can be seen as a time when, as a result of the Second World War, Indian society came to be held more tightly within the embrace of the state.

Speaker Bio:
Indivar Kamtekar teaches modern Indian history at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is currently a visiting professor at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. He holds a B.Sc. in physics from Delhi University, an M.A. from JNU, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge. He has been a faculty member of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore; Visiting Professor at the University of Goettingen; and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Professor of Indian Studies at Victoria University, New Zealand. With the photographer Aditya Arya, he has co-authored a book titled History in the Making: The Visual Archives of Kulwant Roy.

Language: English
Contact: Ippei Sekido Email: ippeman [at]

*This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome

TINDAS 7th Seminar (Economy Group) Jointly supported by: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)

Date and Time: March 17 (Sat.) 2018, 14:30-17:00/ 18 (Sun.) 2018, 10:00-12:30
17th: Media Lab, 1st floor, Building No. 18, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo

18th: Collaboration Room 4, 4th floor, Building No. 18, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo

Language: Japanese
Contact: Ippei Sekido Email: ippeman [at]

*This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome, but we would be pleased if you let us know your coming up front by sending an email to the email address above.

TINDAS 6th Seminar (Education and Society Group)

Date and Time: March 4 (Sun.) 2018, 11:00-17:00
Venue: Conference room(A463), 4th floor, Building No. 2, Main Campus, Kyoto University
*No.34 on Main Campus Map

Language: Japanese
Contact: Emiko Nozawa Email: enozawa15[at]

*This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome, but we would be pleased if you let us know your coming up front via email.

RIEB Seminar(Jointly supported by: TINDAS, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A))

Date and Time: February 17 (Sat.) 2018, 14:00-16:40/ 18 (Sun.) 2018, 10:00-11:30
Venue: Meeting Room at RIEB (Annex, 2nd Floor), Kobe University

Language: Japanese
Contact: Ippei Sekido Email: ippeman [at]

*This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome.

TINDAS International Seminar

Date and Time: January 26 (Fri.) , 2017 17:00-19:00
Venue: #407 Lecture Room, 4th floor, Building No. 14, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo

Prof. Dillip Menon (the Mellon Chair of Indian Studies and the Director of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of Witwatersrand)

Title: Thinking about the Global South: affinity and knowledge

Do ideas such as the Global South diminish the world by imagining contained and distinct territories or do they open up the world by questioning the implicit occlusion and sequestering of space in ideas like the West, East or non-west? If we think about the globe as a space mapped by power, as evident in the preference of many for the Peters projection over the standard one of Mercator, the central question is one of the obscuring of quiddity and difference. The proliferation of conceptualizations of space reflects a dissatisfaction against the idea of walls as much as against the conceit of openness and forgetfulness of hierarchy, evident in ideas like universal humanism, the free market, and of capital coursing through and across permeable borders. What ideas like the Global South do is to give pause to conceptions of untrammeled mobility and fluidity and reassert that we need to rethink the world anew from a different standpoint. The notion of the Global South represents an attempt at an Archimedean point, from within, rather than outside the earth, a fulcrum with which to realign the world with its multiple inheritances of colonialism, the Cold War and of the unipolar present. In this presentation, I shall draw upon the Kochi Biennale, and artwork from its two iterations in 2012 and 2014, to think afresh a possible project of knowledge and affinity in the Global South.

Language: English
Contact: Aya Ikegame Email: ayaikegame [at]

*This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome.

TINDAS 4th Seminar (History Group)

Date and Time: January 22 (Mon.) , 2017 17:30-19:00
Venue: #407 Lecture Room, 4th floor, Building No. 14, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo

Eijiro Hazama
Title: Ghandi's Nonviolence and Sexuality

Discassant: Mayuho Hasegawa (University of Tokyo)
Language: Japanese
Contact: Ippei Sekido Email: ippeman [at]

*This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome.

TINDAS 2nd International Seminar "The Value of Comparing India and China"

Date and Time: November 22 (Wed.) , 2017 16:50-18:30
Venue: #407 Lecture Room, 4th floor, Building No. 14, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo

Professor Peter van der Veer
Peter van der Veer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Distinguished Professor at Utrecht University.  He is the author of many books, including Religious Nationalism (California 1994), Imperial Encounters (Princeton 2001), The Modern Spirit of Asia (Princeton 2014), The Value of Comparison (Duke 2016). He is a Member of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His current work is on Indian and Chinese religious networks in South-East Asia.

Abstract: This paper shows the advantages of comparison when studying religion and nationalism in India and China. The location of religion in Indian and Chinese nationalism is very different, but in both cases it plays a significant role. One of the problems in this comparison is the definition of religion. It is proposed here to look at religion as part of a syntagmatic chain of concepts: religion-secularity-magic-spirituality, the components of which have dynamic relations with each other that change over time. The arguments are illustrated by examining practices of the body, including Qi Gong and Yoga.

Language: English
Contact: Akio Tanabe Email: tanabe [at]
*This seminar is free of charge and everyone is welcome.

○2017 3rd International Seminar "Can Northeast India Serve As A Bridge Between India And The ASEAN?"

Date and Time: October 24 (Tue.), 2017   17:00-18:00
Venue: Lobby, on the ground floor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo

Speaker: Rupakjyoti Borah (Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore)

Title: Can Northeast India Serve As A Bridge Between India And The ASEAN?

Abstract: Northeast India has lagged behind most other parts of the country in terms of development. However, India’s “Act-East Policy” (known earlier as the “Look-East Policy”) offers new hope to the Northeast, as New Delhi increases its engagement with countries in the ASEAN region. India is investing in improving infrastructure in Myanmar and is also constructing a road known as the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) trilateral highway, which is expected to be operational by 2020. In the future, there are also plans to connect it with pre-existing highways and take it all the way to Vietnam.
This presentation aims to look at how Northeast India is now turning over a new leaf and how it can become a bridge between India and the ASEAN region? At the same time, it will look at the immense challenges that confront the Northeastern states. In addition, it will also look at the Japanese involvement in Northeast India. During the visit of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to India earlier in September this year, the two countries “welcomed the India-Japan cooperation on development of India’s North Eastern Region (NER) as a concrete symbol of developing synergies between India’s Act East policy and Japan’s Free and Open Indo Pacific Strategy.”
In May this year, when Chinese President Xi Jinping formally announced his Belt and Road Initiative in Beijing, India did not take part in the same, owing to sovereignty issues. Hence, it becomes all the more important for New Delhi to step up its physical connectivity with the ASEAN region and Northeast India’s location is sine qua non to these efforts, more so as India celebrates 25 years of its dialogue partnership with ASEAN this year.

Language: English
Contact: Aya Ikegame  Email: ayaikegame [at]
* This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome.

○TINDAS Seminar (History Group) Organised by ASNET

Date and Time: September 28 (Thu.) , 2017 17:00-19:00
Venue: First Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo

Title: "New Perspectives on Development and Its Impact on Rural Society of India"


Vijay Kumar Thangellapali (Associate Professor, Department of History, Sikkim University)
"Land Revenue Settlements and Property Rights: Peasant Insecurity and Sufferings in Colonial South India"

Bhangya Bhukya (Associate Proffessor, Department of History, University of Hyderabad)
"Indian State and Its Adivasis/Indigenous People"

Jagannath Ambagudia (Associate Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Guwahati Campus)
"Competing Communities and Sites of Marginality: Adivasis/Indigenous People, Migrants and the State in India"

Language: English
Contact: Aya Ikegame Email: ayaikegame [at]

*This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome.

○TINDAS International Seminar

Date and Time: September 26 (Tue.), 2017 17:30-19:30
Venue: First Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo


17:30 - 18:10
Vindu Mai Chotani ?(Research Student, Department of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo)
'India - Japan Cooperation in the Bay of Bengal: Implications for the broader Region'

Abstract: Given its rising importance, the Bay of Bengal has been witnessing a scramble amongst major powers such as India, China, Japan, the U.S., and Russia, in deepening economic and strategic ties, bilateral relationships, and connectivity and infrastructural projects. India, currently anxious about growing Chinese forays in the region and beyond, can and has been benefiting greatly by cooperating with Japan, who for its part has been competitively investing and deepening ties here. Along these lines, this presentation argues that the converging trajectory of the India and Japan partnership in the Bay of Bengal, has not only the ability to create balance that would aide in the Bay’s peaceful development and rise, but further benefits will be accrued that extend into the broader Indo-Pacific region.

18:10 - 18:50
Yaqoob Khan Bangash (Director, Centre for Governance and Policy, IT University of the Punjab, Pakistan)
'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Pakistan's Policy Options'

Abstract: 'Since its inception Pakistan has been in a volatile state. The country almost immediately began a costly war with India, had tense relations with Afghanistan, and played a major part in the Cold War as an ally of the United States and the West. After more than 70 years of existence, Pakistan's issues remain deep, complicated and dire. It is at the centre of the global War on Terror, has a terrorism and extremism problem itself, and its impoverished and exploding population is creating its own fissures. This talk will contextualise Pakistan in the world in the 21st century. The talk will try to make sense of Pakistan's foreign policy options by assessing its domestic reality and place it within the context of global power politics.?

18:50 - 19:10
Comment: Marie Izuyama (Head, Asia and Africa Division, Regional Studies Department, National Institute for Defense Studies)
Comment: Jagnnath P. Panda (Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, New Delhi)

19:10 - 19:30

【Contact】Aya Ikegame Email: ayaikegame [at]
*This seminar is free of charge and all are welcome.

○TINDAS Workshop (Education and Society Group)

Date and Time: 4th August 10:00-17:00
Venue: Room 101, 1st Floor, Komaba International Building for Education and Research (KIBER),
Komaba Campus, the University of Tokyo

Subject: Children, Women and Education in South Asia

Research Presentation:
Emiko Nozawa (The University of Tokyo)
Maiko Annen (The National Museum fo Ethnology)
Tomoyuki Chaya (Kyoto University)

○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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