People

Dr. Anandita Bajpai

Research Fellow

Research project: Entangled Wavelengths. Translocal Aff ect and Affi liation Among Radio Broadcasters and Listeners of German International Radio Stations in Cold War India, 1964-1990
Regional focus: South Asia, especially India; India–The German Democratic Republic–The Federal Republic of Germany entanglements
Dr. Anandita Bajpai
Dr. Anandita Bajpai

Positions/Qualifications

Nov. 2017 - Present
Faculty at the Department of South Asian Studies, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin (66%) and Research Fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin (33%)
Nov. 2015 - Oct. 2017
Post Doctoral Fellow for DFG Funded Research Project ‘Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989’ (Modernes Indien in deutschen Archiven, 1706-1989), Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin. (Project in co-operation with the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Göttingen Universität und Department of South Asian Studies, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin).
Nov. 2014 - Oct. 2015
Post Doctoral Fellow for DFG Funded Research Project ‘Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989’ (Modernes Indien in deutschen Archiven, 1706-1989)at the Department of South Asian Studies, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin (50%) and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin (50%).
2012 - 2017
External faculty member at the Department of South Asian Studies, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin
July 2014
Awarded the academic title of Doctor Philosophiae (Dr. phil.) in Global Studies by the faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Leipzig for the doctoral thesis ‘Speaking’ the Nation: (E)merging faces of economic reforms and secularism in the rhetoric of India’s Prime Ministers, 1991-2011. (Grade: magna cum laude: 0,8).
Oct. 2009 - March 2014
PhD Candidate in Global Studies, International PhD Programme "Transnationalisierung und Globalisierung vom 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart", Graduate Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Research Academy Leipzig, University of Leipzig. Doctoral Studies sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
2009 - 2011
Faculty Member at the Global and European Studies Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Leipzig University.
Jan. 2014 - May 2014
Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India under the DAAD funded ‘A New Passage to India’ Programme.
Oct. 2012 - March 2014
Visiting Researcher at Department for South Asian Studies, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (External Doctoral Supervision- Prof. Dr. Michael Mann).
2006 - 2008
M.A. Erasmus Mundus Global Studies.
2003 - 2006
BA Political Science (Honours), Delhi University, India.

Current Job Profile

  • Regular teaching. Courses offered for BA (in Asian and African Studies)and MA (Modern South- and Southeast Asian Studies, Global Studies Programme) students.
  • On the Editorial Board of South Asia Chronicle, a bilingual open-access journal.
  • Thesis supervision of BA and MA students’ theses at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Currently supervising 4 BA Theses and 8 MA Theses.
  • Organiser of the Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshops at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, 4 workshops every academic year.
  • Active contributor for an open access database (within the DFG funded Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989 (MIDA) project), which enlists over 8000 sources on India to be found in German archives.
  • Co-Editor (with Dr. Heike Liebau) of the MIDA Archival Reflexicon, an open-access online Archival Guide, which is a platform for theoretical and conceptual reflections on archival architectures/organizing logics as well as thematic contributions on India-related holdings of specific German archives. 

Awards and Scholarships

  • Awarded a scholarship as a visiting researcher to the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the ‘A New Passage to India’ programme from January to May, 2014.
  • Awarded the DAAD Scholarship for doctoral candidates by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from June 2009-March 2013 for Doctoral Studies.
  • Awarded the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for pursuing MA in Global Studies (Universities of Leipzig and Vienna) from 2006-2008 by the European Union.
  • Held 1st position in the graduating Batch of BA Political Science students in Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi: Awarded the Geeta Chopra Memorial Scholarship in 2006 for holding the first position successively for three years (2003-06) by Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, 2006.

Habilitation Project

"Entangled Presences: The Cultural Politics of India-GDR Relations during the Cold War"

PhD Dissertation Project

Speaking the Nation. (E)merging faces of economic reforms and secularism in the rhetoric of India’s Prime ministers, 1991-2011. University of Leipzig (submitted and defended July 2014)

Language Skills

  • English- Fluent, Academic level. All academic degrees accomplished with English as the medium of instruction.
  • Hindi -Mother Tongue.
  • Urdu- Fluent in speaking
  • German- Very Good, Appeared for the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang DSH, September 18, 2009. Score- DSH 3 (above 80%)

Teaching Experience (Selected)

Summer Semester 2019
1. From Nation building to Nation Branding: New Nationalism(s) in India, 2. The Partition of British India: 1947 and the afterlives of material objects, state discourses and Oral Histories, 3. Consumed & Consuming: Of Gods, Jobs, Sexualities, Bodies in Neoliberal India | HU Berlin
Winter Semester 2018-19
1. Introduction to Area Studies, 2. Tracing India in a Berlin Archive (with Dr. Heike Liebau at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) | HU Berlin
Summer Semester 2018
The Ideal Citizen of the Cold War: Perspectives from India (with Dr. Franziska Roy at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) | HU Berlin
Winter Semester 2017-18
1. Tracing India in a Berlin Archive (Bilingual course in German and English for Methods Module) (with Dr. Heike Liebau at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), 2. From Nation building to Nation Branding: New Nationalism(s) in India, 3. Introduction to Area Studies | HU Berlin
Summer Semester 2017
1. Bureaucracy in/and the Indian City: Red Tape Webs and the Clean India Campaigns, 2. From Nation building to Nation Branding: New Nationalism(s) in India | HU Berlin
Winter Semester 2016-17
1. Spurensuche – Indien in Berliner Archiven /Traces of India in Berlin’s Archives (Bilingual course), 2. Understanding the languages of new nationalism(s) in India: An Introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis | HU Berlin

Publications

Books
  • ‘Speaking’ the Nation: The Oratorical Making of Secular, Neo-liberal India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • The Catholic Church as an Education Provider in Puerto Rico 1948-1960, VDM Publishers, May, 2009. (ISBN-10: 3639151801).
Articles
  • “’Matters of the Heart’: The Sentimental Indian Prime Minister on All India Radio”, in: Barbara Christophe, Christophe Kohl, Heike Liebau, and Achim Saupe (Eds.), Mediating Claims to Authenticity in Populist Discourses in the Post-Colony, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 (forthcoming).
  • “Making the New Indian Citizen in times of the Jawan (Soldier) and the Kisan (Farmer)”, 1962-65, in: K. Bromber and J. Kreis (eds.) Special Issue, “Shaping the New Man in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization (1940s-1960s)”; Comparativ, 28, 5, 2018, pp. 97-120.
  • “Von Kenntnis zur Anerkennung: Freundschaftsgesellschaften an der Schnittstelle politischer und kultureller Beziehungen zwischen Indien und der DDR, 1952-1972” (in print), in: Kleinschmidt, C. and Ziegler, D. (eds.), Deutsche Außenpolitik und Außenwirtschaftsbeziehungen im Zeitalter des Kalten Krieges, Berlin: De Gruyter, June 2018, p. 211-230.
  • “Revisiting Partition Seventy Years Later: Of Layered Echoes, Voices and Memories”, in: South Asia Chronicle, 8,Special Issue Introduction (with Maria Framke), 2018, p. 1-20.
  • Bajpai, A. and Framke, M., Co-editor for Special Issue FOKUS on Partition, “Revisiting Partition Seventy Years Later: Of Layered Echoes, Voices and Memories”, in: South Asia Chronicle, 8, January 2018, p. 1-20. (contributors: Uditi Sen, Nonica Dutta, Pippa Verdee, Subhasri Ghosh, Christina Oesterheld and Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhary).
  • Bajpai, A., Heymann, J. and Suski, T., “Tracing India in German Archives: Entangled Pasts in the age of Digital Humanities” in: South Asia Chronicle, Berlin, 6, 2017.
  • Speaking’ the Nation Secular: (E)merging Faces of India”, in: Buchardt, M., Middell, M., Wohlrahb Sahr, M. (eds.), Multiple Secularities Beyond the West: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015 (ISBN: 978-1-61451-568-5), p 39-61.
  • “Inaugural Workshop of the DFG-sponsored Research Project Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989, in: South Asia Chronicle: Berlin, 5, 2015.
  • “Imagining a ‘Secular’ India: Roots, Offshoots and Future Trajectories of the Secularism Debate in India”, in: South Asia Chronicle, Berlin, 2, 2012.
  • Homi K. Bhabha”, in: Mathias Middell  and Ulf Engel (eds.), Theoretiker der Globalisierung, Leipzig: Leipzig University Press,  April, 2010. (ISBN-10: 3865834590).
Archival Reflexicon
  • Co-Editor (with Dr. Heike Liebau) of MIDA Archival Reflexicon, open-access archival guide. (17 Contributions up to June, 2019), https://www.projekt-mida.de/rechercheportal/reflexicon/
  • Bajpai, A., “Introducing the MIDA Archival Reflexicon: Objectives and New Avenues”, MIDA Archival Reflexicon, 2018, ISSN 2628-5029.
  • Bajpai, A., Tracing, Cataloguing, Indexing: Reflections on the Joachim and Petra Heidrich papers in the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Archive”, MIDA Archival Reflexicon, 2018, ISSN 2628-5029.
Reviews
  • Book Review, Mathur, Nayanika, Paper Tiger: Law Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, January 2018, https://doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2018.1412853.
  • Book Review, Duff, Andrew, Sikkim. Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom, Edinburgh: Birlinn 2015, in: Sehepunkte 16 (2016), Nr. 9, September 15, 2016.
  • Book Review, Schneider, Nadja-Christina and Titzmann, Fritzi-Marie (eds.), Studying Youth, Media and Gender in Post-Liberalization India: Focus on and beyond the ‘Delhi Gang Rape, Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2015, in: Bulletin of the Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien, Humboldt University, Berlin, October 2015.
  • Forschungsbericht, Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989, Inaugural Project Workshop, in: H-Soz-u-Kult 14.09.2015, available at: http://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-6159?title=modern-india-in-german-archives-1706-1989-inaugural-project-workshop&recno=16&q=&sort=&fq=&total=5949
  • Forschungsbericht, Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989, Inaugural Project Workshop, in: ZMO: Orient Bulletin, 28, 2015, 3-4.
  • Book Review, Vora, N., Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora, Duke University Press, 2013 (in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 2014.
  • Book Review, Hilger, A.; Unger, C.R. (eds.): India in the World since1947. National and Transnational Perspectives, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012; in: H-Soz-u-Kult 31.01.2014, available at: http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2014-1-077)
  • Book Review, Harshan Kumarasingham, A Political Legacy of the British Empire: Power and the Parliamentary System in Post-Colonial India and Sri Lanka, I.B. Tauris, London, 2013, in: South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 36:2, 314-316, 2013.
  • Book Review, Sharma, S.D., China and India in the Age of Globalization, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009, in: Political Studies Review, Vol. 9, Issue 3, September 2011.

 

Conferences/Papers (Selected)

2018-2019

Organization (Conferences and Workshops)

  • Organized the International Conference “The Politics of ‘Doing’ Culture: Entangled India and the German Democratic Republic during the Cold War Years, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (in collaboration with Leibniz- Zentrum Moderner Orient), December 21-22, 2018.
  • Organized the 10th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Lecture within the HIP Lecture Series, Guest Speaker Prof. P.R. Kumaraswamy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, “Modi Turns West: India and the Persian Gulf”, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, November 29, 2018.
  • Organized the 27th International Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshop, with invited speakers from Kathmandu, Berlin, New Delhi and Potsdam, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, December 7, 2018.
  • Organized the 28th International Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshop, with invited speakers from Göttingen, Berlin and Kansas (USA), Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, February 8, 2018.
  • Organized the 29th International Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshop, with invited speakers from Berlin, Dresden, Växjö (Sweden), Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, April 26, 2019.
  • Organized the 12th Humboldt India Project (HIP) Lecture within the HIP Lecture Series, Guest Speaker Sarover Zaidi, Jindal School of Art and Architecture, Sonipat, Haryana, “Of Flyovers and Muslim Mohallas: Mapping the political Horizons of Bombay”, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, June 21, 2019.

Lectures/Papers at Workshops

  • The Indian Elections of 2019 Lecture delivered as part of the series “Why do Elections Matter?”, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, June 3, 2019.
  • “From Nation Building to Nation Branding: The arc of Nationalism(s) and National Identifications in India”, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, May 28, 2019.
  • “India related holdings in the German Archival Landscape”, paper presented at the International Workshop Cultures of Archival Research in India and Germany, Marburg University, Marburg and Berlin, May 15–21, 2019
  • “MIDA Archival Reflexicon”, Presentation at the Launch of the MIDA Project, Leibniz- Zentrum Moderner Orient, May 11, 2019.
  • “The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths of Radio Berlin International during the Cold War in India”, Lecture delivered at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, April 11, 2019.
  • “Ola India! Navigating trust and dis/mistrust with India’s new Taxi App”, paper presented at International Workshop Governance and Processes of Bureaucratization, Leipzig, January 31-February 1, 2019.
  • “Mann Ki Baat (Matters of the Heart): The Affective-Sentimental Indian Prime Minister on All India Radio”, paper presented at International Workshop Populist Discourse and Claims to Authenticity in Brazil, India and Ukraine, Braunschweig, November 8-9, 2018.
  • “Speaking the Nation: The Oratorical Making of Secular, Neo-liberal India”, Lecture at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal University, Sonipat, India, September 18, 2018.
  • “Speaking the Nation: The Oratorical Making of Secular India”, Lecture at Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, India, September 14, 2018.
  • “Speaking the Nation: Prime Ministers and the making of neo-liberal India since 1991”, Paper presented at the 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) Paris, France, July 24-27, 2018.
2016-2017 (Selected)
  • “Who Steers the Wheel?” Taxi Drivers and bureaucratic Technologies in Senegal and India, paper presented at the Institute colloquium of the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, July, 18, 2017.
  • “From Nation Building to Nation Branding: Nationalism(s) in India”, Public Lecture delivered at the Department of Social Anthropology (in consortium with Sanskrit Studies and Indology departments) Mainz University, within the lecture series “South Asia on the Move”, Mainz, June 12, 2017.
  • ‘Between East Berlin and New Delhi: Mutually Entangled Trajectories of University Intellectuals 1952-72’, November 13, 2016, History Department, New York University, Abu Dhabi.
  •  ‘Sichtbar werden. Um Anerkennung werben: Die ‚Kulturpolitik’ der DDR – Indien Beziehungen, 1952-1972’, September 22, 2016, 51. Deutscher Historikertag in Hamburg 2016, Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e.V. (VHD) German Historical Conference.