Engaging with categories in South Asia : processes, challenges and implications

Engaging with categories in South Asia : processes, challenges and implications

👤 Association de Jeunes Études Indiennes / Youth Association for Indian Studies

🏷️ co-financed by GIS Asie and supported by CEIAS, CPR, CSH, EHESS and IFP (French Institute of Pondicherry).

đź“… 21st, 22nd and 23rd April 2022 - 1:30 PM IST (Delhi) / 10:00 AM CEST (Paris)

đź“Ť3 places :

  1. New Delhi at the CPR office : 21, Dharam Marg, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi 110021.
  2. Paris on the CEIAS-EHESS Campus Condorcet : room 0.015 (ground floor)
    Bâtiment Recherche Sud, 5 cours des Humanités, Aubervilliers
  3. Online, using Avaya.

đź“© registration required

About the workshop

As researchers in social sciences, we are constantly confronting categories. While categorization is an inevitable process, the division and classification of the social world is not neutral. It entails choices and has implications. Some of these choices may be determined by institutions, others informally emerge within society, and still others are made by researchers for analytical purposes. In any case, categorisation can leave a lasting imprint on social and political structures, as in the South Asian context.
This workshop invites social scientists who are engaging with categories in their research to reflect on the manners in which they use them. In their research, they may trace the origin and evolution of categories. They may also use existing categories and develop a critical stand, or develop new ones as analytical tools.
Therefore, different sets of questions arise from the encounter of researchers with categories or categorisation in their field:
➡ How do categories emerge? How are they institutionalised, mobilised, appropriated, and by whom? What are the implications or effects of categories in terms of resources, boundaries, representations or power relationships?
➡ When we researchers use categories as analytical or methodological tools: what are the benefits and/or limits of using categories in our analysis? What are the normative implications of using categories as researchers in social sciences? What theoretical frameworks inform the process of categorisation?

About the Speakers

Master and PhD Students will discuss categories and categorisation through empirical observations and case studies, elaborating on methodological and theoretical reflections. Each panel will be followed by 35-40 minutes of discussions animated by senior researchers.

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About the AJEI

The AJEI (Association de Jeunes Études Indiennes / Youth Association for Indian Studies) is a network of students, young researchers and scholars involved in the field of Indian studies which activelypromotes dialogue between French and Indian academics.

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The organising Committee :

- Kiran BHATTY, Senior visiting fellow CPR (Delhi) & PhD scholar, Political Science, EHESS-CEIAS (Paris)
- Roma CASAMITJANA, PhD scholar, Political Science, University of Milan
- Lola CINDRIC, PhD scholar, Social Anthropology & Ethnology, EHESS-CEIAS (Paris)
- José EGAS, PhD scholar, Anthropology & Sociology, EHESS-CEIAS (Paris)
- Cansu GURKAYA, PhD scholar, Sociology, EHESS-CEIAS (Paris)
- Hugo RIBADEAU DUMAS, PhD scholar, Urban Studies, EHESS-CEIAS (Paris) & CSH-CNRS (Delhi)
- Vishnu TANDON, PhD scholar, Political Science, EHESS-CEIAS (Paris)

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Engaging with categories in South Asia