Dr. Anandita Bajpai
Awards and Scholarships
- Leibniz Collaborative Excellence Funding 2023-26 (Leibniz Competition 2023)
- DAAD ‘A New Passage to India’ Scholarship, 2014, visiting researcher to the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
- DAAD Scholarship Doctoral Studies, 2009–2013.
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, European Union, 2006–2008, for pursuing MA in Global Studies (Universities of Leipzig and Vienna)
- Geeta Chopra Memorial Scholarship, 2006, for holding first position in BA Political Science (Honours) (2003-06), Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi.
Since 2019 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 and MIDA Thematic Resources
Since 2016 Thesis supervision of BA and MA students’ theses at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
2017 – 2019 Member of Editorial Board, South Asia Chronicle, a bilingual open-access journal.
2017 – 2019 Organised the Humboldt India Project (HIP) Workshops and HIP Lectures at the Institute for Asian and African Studies (4 workshops every academic year).
2012 – 2019 Regular teaching. Courses offered for BA (in Asian and African Studies) and MA (Modern South- and Southeast Asian Studies, Global Studies Programme) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2009 – 2012 Regular teaching. BA (Departments of Sociology and Indology) and MA (Erasmus Mundus Global Studies) Leipzig Universität.
Ongoing Habilitation (in preparation of the German Professorial Exam)
Entangled Presences: Cultural Actors, sites and practices in India and the German Democratic Republic during the Cold War
(Ed.) Cordial Cold War: Cultural Actors in India and the German Democratic Republic, October 2021. London, New Delhi, et. al.: Sage Publications.
‘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, 2009.
"Herzliche Wellelängen: Radio Berlin International in Indien zur Zeit des Kalten Krieges". in: M. Mann (Hg.), Modernes Indien in Deutschen Archiven (MIDA): Im Memoriam Dietmar Rothermund Draupadi Verlag, 2022, Heidelberg.
“‘Matters of the Heart’: The Sentimental Indian Prime Minister on All India Radio”, in: Barbara Christophe, Christophe Kohl, Heike Liebau, and Achim Saupe (eds.), The Politics of Authenticity and Populist Discourses: Media and Education in Brazil, India and Ukraine
October 2021. New Delhi: Palgrave Macmillan.
“Cordial Cold War: Actors, Sites and Practices of Cultural Entanglement”, in: Bajpai, A (ed.), Cordial Cold War: Cultural Actors in India and the German Democratic Republic, October 2021. London, New Delhi, et. al.: Sage Publications.
“Warm Wavelengths: Radio Berlin International in India during the Cold War”, in: Bajpai, A (ed.), Cordial Cold War: Cultural Actors in India and the German Democratic Republic, October 2021. London, New Delhi, et. al.: Sage Publications.
“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: Kleinschmidt, C. and Ziegler, D. (eds.), Deutsche Außenpolitik und Außenwirtschaftsbeziehungen im Zeitalter des Kalten Krieges, 2018. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 211-230.
“Revisiting Partition Seventy Years Later: Of Layered Echoes, Voices and Memories”, Special Issue Editor, South Asia Chronicle, 7: 2017 (with Maria Framke), pp. 1-20.
Bajpai, A., “Introducing the MIDA Archival Reflexicon: Objectives and New Avenues”, MIDA Archival Reflexicon, 2018. https://www.projekt-mida.de/reflexicon/introduction/
Bajpai, A., Tracing, Cataloguing, Indexing: Reflections on the Joachim and Petra Heidrich papers in the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Archive”, MIDA Archival Reflexicon, 2018. https://www.projekt-mida.de/reflexicon/tracing-cataloguing-indexing-reflections-on-the-joachim-and-petra-heidrich-papers-in-the-leibniz-zentrum-moderner-orient-archive/
Bajpai, A., Heymann, J. and Suski, T., “Tracing India in German Archives: Entangled Pasts in the age of Digital Humanities” in: South Asia Chronicle, 6: 2016, pp. 289-314.
“‘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, 2015. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 39-61.
“Inaugural Workshop of the DFG-sponsored Research Project Modern India in German Archives”, 1706-1989, in: South Asia Chronicle, 5: 2015, pp. 480-93.
“Imagining a ‘Secular’ India: Roots, Offshoots and Future Trajectories of the Secularism Debate in India”, in: South Asia Chronicle, 2: 2012, pp. 189-218.
“Homi K. Bhabha”, in: Mathias Middell and Ulf Engel (eds.), Theoretiker der Globalisierung, Leipzig: Leipzig University Press, 2010.
Co-Editor (with Dr. Heike Liebau) of MIDA Archival Reflexicon, open-access archival guide. https://www.projekt-mida.de/rechercheportal/reflexicon/
Co-Editor (with Dr. Heike Liebau) of MIDA Thematic Resources, open-access constituent of MIDA Research Portal. https://www.projekt-mida.de/en/research-portal/thematic-resources/
Book Review, Mathur, Nayanika, Paper Tiger: Law Bureaucracy and the Developmental State, in: South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 2018.
Book Review, Duff, Andrew, Sikkim. Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom, Edinburgh: Birlinn 2015, in: Sehepunkte 16(9): 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-Universität zu Berlin, 2015.
Forschungsbericht, “Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989, Inaugural Project Workshop”, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 2015.
Forschungsbericht, “Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989, Inaugural Project Workshop”, in: ZMO: Orient Bulletin, 28, 2015, pp. 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, 2014.
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): 2013, pp. 314-316.
Book Review, Sharma, S.D., China and India in the Age of Globalization, Cambridge University Press, 2009, in: Political Studies Review, 9(3): 2011.
October 2021, The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War?
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4qLiM_jflw
(Direction, Archival Research, Story, Co-Production– Anandita Bajpai /Camera and Cinematography– Daniel Gatzmaga, Camera and conceptualization– Jyothidaas KV, co-production ZMO)
The documentary film traces the trajectory of Radio Berlin International (RBI), a GDR based international radio broadcaster, from the perspective of its journalists and listeners, based in present day Germany and India. It takes viewers from locales in Berlin, where the station was located, to Madhepura, Bihar in India where a Listeners’ Club called the Lenin Club was active. How were transnational ties of friendship performed among actors from India and the GDR through the sonic medium of short waves during the Cold War? How are those ties remembered today, 30 years after the shutdown of the station?
Lectures/Papers at Workshops and Conferences
- Tuning in to Radio’s Hidden Archives in South Asia, Paper presented at the Presidential Round Table, Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Boston, March 18, 2023.
- Warm Wavelengths in the Cold War, Public Talk at Art Gallery Under the Mango Tree, as part of the India Salon Series 2022, Berlin November 25, 2022.
- ‘Seeing’ and ‘Feeling’ Radio-Pasts in India: Fragments from Forgotten, Forbidden and Hidden Archives, Paper presented at the Minor Cosmopolitanisms Assembly, organized by Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms, Universität Potsdam, November 10, 2022.
- The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War, Film Screening and Discussion at the Minor Cosmopolitanisms Assembly, organized by Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms, Universität Potsdam, November 11, 2022.
- The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War, Film Screening and Discussion at the South Asia Institute, University of Texas, Austin, September 8, 2022.
- Tuning in to ‘things’ of the Past: Radio Berlin International and its Memory Regimes in Cold War India, Paper at the 100. Deutscher Orientalisten Tag (DOT), Freie Universität Berlin, September 12, 2022.
- The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War, Film Discussion at the Center for the History of Emotions, Max-Planck-Institut for Human Development, Berlin, July 20, 2022.
- Tuning in’ to the Cold War: Objects and Radio-pasts in India, Presentation at International Conference “Ruling the Waves: Transnational Radio Broadcasting in the Middle East and the Mediterranean between Production and Reception, 1920-1970”, German Historical Institute, Rome, June 24, 2022.
- Cordial Cold War: Cultural Actors in India and the German Democratic Republic, Book Launch & The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths in a Cold, Cold War, Film Screening at the India Habitat Centre (IHC), organized by the ICAS: MP (M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies /Metamorphoses of the Political), New Delhi, March 28, 2022.
- Introducing the MIDA Researchportal, Presentation at Symposium “Modern India in German Archives (MIDA): Digital Archiving and New Directions in Research”, History Department, Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University, January 27, 2022.
- The Sound of Friendship: Warm Wavelengths of Radio Berlin International during the Cold War years in India, Paper Presentation at the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), Panel “The History of Emotions as a New Disciplinary Direction for South Asian Studies”, Vienna, July 28, 2021.
- Warm Wavelengths in the Cold War: Radio Berlin International and its ‘Objects of Love’ in India, Lecture in Colloquium Series “Listening In: Sounds of South Asian History”, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, June 29, 2021.
Warm Wavelengths: Radio Berlin International during the Cold War in India, Paper presented at Closed Reading Workshop of the Emmy Nöther Reasearch Group, Reaching the People: New Histories of Communication, Centre for Global History, Freie Universität, Berlin, January 11, 2021.
Fallen and Hidden Icons: Statues as Contested sites of memory making in India, Paper presented at the Workshop ‘Contested Religious Spaces: Narratives as Evidencxe: De-centering and Re-Authenticating Pasts for the Future’, ZMO, November 30, 2020.
German Archives, Cold War and Media, Paper presented at the Workshop ‘Decide for Yourself? GDR Newsreels and their Images of India’, organized by MIDA Project, ZMO, Berlin, November 19, 2020.
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.
Introducing the 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.
Who Steers the Wheel? Taxi Drivers and bureaucratic Technologies in Senegal and India, Paper presented (with Peter Lambertz) 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, 51. Deutscher Historikertag in Hamburg 2016, Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e.V. (VHD) German Historical Conference, September 22, 2016.
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.
- 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%)