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The use of social networks in rural South India – Cécile Mouchel – India Matters Webinar, Tuesday 7th June 1pm CET / 5:30 PM IST

The Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI) is pleased to invite you to its next presentation in the webinar series India Matters
Cécile Mouchel (Centre d’Etude des Mondes Africains, Asiatiques et Américains-Université Paris Cité) will examine how rural populations in India have mobilized their social networks in times of forced “social distancing”. Focusing on a rural region in Tamil Nadu, mixing Social Network Analysis (SNA), descriptive statistics and qualitative interviews conducted before the lockdown, during the lockdown and its aftermath, this presentation shows that kinship ties and caste-based relationships are still used as inescapable economic resources, especially when it comes to survive in this unprecedented worldwide economic and social crisis. The region under study has undergone profound changes in recent decades, combining the disappearance of agrarian forms of dependency and the strengthening of intra-caste interdependence among the lower caste group with a focus on access to credit and self-help to access employment. The crisis put these social networks to the test. Subsidized food, the main pro poor measure of the Indian government, prevented famine, even if it did not prevent severe malnutrition. Although kin and caste solidarity played a key role in helping households to survive, they did not prevent the resurgence of old forms of patronage.
The discussant for this session will be Frédéric Landy (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, Institut Français de Pondichéry).

The session will take place on Zoom 7th June, 1:00 pm CET/ 5:30 pm IST.  :
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PhD scholarship & post-doc position in social science – csh, new delhi

The Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi invites applications for a Phd Student Scholarship and a Post-Doc position in social science. Please visit the links below for more details

PhD Student Scholarship in Social Sciences –

Post-doc position in Social Sciences

workshop: Engaging with categories in south asia-Process, challenges, and implications – 21 to 23 April

The AJEI is happy to announce the 22nd edition of the AJEI International Workshop! This year the Masters-PhD workshop brings together scholars from India and France to engage with Categories in research. The workshop is supported by Centre for Policy Research, CEIAS-EHESS Centre de Sciences Humaines, Institut Français de Pondichéry, and GIS Asie.

As researchers in social sciences, we are constantly confronting categories. While categorisation 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 cases, categorisation can leave a lasting imprint on social and political structures, as in the South Asian context.

This conference 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?



This year’s workshop is organized in a hybrid format between India and France. 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. 


21 to 23 April 2022, 1:30 pm IST (Delhi) / 10:00 am CEST (Paris)

Audience can participate online or in-person (only in Paris). Details will be sent to registered attendees. To register, please fill this form. 
For any queries, please write to

Bourse AJEI pour l’Apprentissage d’une Langue Indienne

Bourse AJEI pour l’Apprentissage d’une Langue Indienne

L’Association des Jeunes Etudes Indiennes offre une bourse de langue spéciale de 30 heures aux étudiants en master et en doctorat pour apprendre une langue indienne. Celle-ci vise à offrir les compétences et acquis linguistiques de base nécessaires pour poursuivre leur travail de terrain dans les meilleures conditions possibles.

Les étudiants seront invités à proposer à l’AJEI leur préférence pour une école de langue ou un professeur en particulier. Dans le cas contraire, l’Association des Jeunes Etudes Indiennes à travers son réseau proposera les écoles de langues approuvées et validées par nos propres membres, et que nous considérons de qualité suffisante pour l’enseignement d’une langue indienne.

Date limite 10 Mars 2022 ! Merci de postuler via le lien suivant :

Si vous n’êtes pas encore membre de l’AJEI, vous pouvez adhérer en cliquant sur le lien suivant :

AJEI Scholarship to learn an Indian Language

The Association des Jeunes Etudes Indiennes is offering a special 30 hours language scholarship for Master and PhD Students to learn an Indian language. This aims at offering the basic language skills necessary to pursue their fieldwork in the best conditions possible.
Students will be asked to provide an option for a language school or teacher. Otherwise, the Association des Jeunes Etudes Indiennes through its network will offer its preferred language schools, approved and validated by our own members.

Deadline 10th of March 2022 ! Please apply through the following link :

If you are not yet a member of AJEI, you can join by clicking on the following link:



The Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI) is pleased to invite you to the second session of its 2022 webinar series India Matters.

On February 8thDaphné Reguiessé, Independent Researcher (PhD, Iuav University of Venice), will present “Trails of an Indian Community in Padova: Chasing the invisible migration of Indian students (re)shaping spaces in this Italian medium city”
This presentation shows the link between migration and urban transformation in terms of urban policies and social practices within a specific local territory: the city of Padova (North East Italy). 
Daphné Reguiessé will particularly focus on the question of Indian students-migrants in Padova through different angles -generally difficult to tie- while keeping a strong sociological base.
The session will be followed by a discussion by Andrea Drocco (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) and a QnA session.

The sessions will take place on Zoom 08th February, 1:00 pm CET/ 5:30 pm IST.
Please register at this link:

The 2022 AJEI India Matters webinar series will run from January to July.

12 January – Understanding Caste among Muslims – India Matters Webinar 2022

The Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes (AJEI) is pleased to invite you to its 2022 webinar series India Matters.

On January 12thJulien Levesque will inaugurate this year’s webinar series with the presentation « Understanding Caste among Muslims: Classic Debates and New Scholarly Developments »

From colonial census administrators to social scientists, scholars have debated whether Muslims in the subcontinent can be said to have castes. In recent decades, the discussion also entered the political arena over the issue of reservations in India. This presentation will first sum up the key historical moments of the scholarly debates on Muslim caste since colonial times. The speaker will then turn to more contemporary scholarship to highlight its contribution and the avenues it opens for further research.

The sessions will take place on Zoom 12th January, 1:00 pm CET/ 5:30 pm IST. The presentation will be followed by a QnA.

No registration necessary. Link to join :

ID de réunion : 883 5678 2804

Code secret : 944169

The 2022 AJEI India Matters webinar series will run from January to July. A full schedule of speakers will be available shortly. 

Call for Papers – 2022 ajei international workshop

The AJEI is pleased to announce the 22nd AJEI International Workshop for Masters and PhD students to be held 21 to 23 April 2022

As researchers in social sciences, we are constantly confronting categories. While categorisation 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.

This conference invites social scientists who are engaging with categories in their research to reflect on the manners in which they use them. In their work, researchers 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.

The objective of the event is to promote dialogue between young researchers involved in the field of South Asian studies. The workshop will offer graduate students (Master & PhD) a platform to present their research work. The sessions will be hosted jointly at the CEIAS, EHESS in Paris and CPR in New Delhi.

The full call for papers is available here

Abstracts in English, from 300 to 500 words maximum, are expected by the 20th January 2022.
Please mention name and surname of the applicant, position and institutional affiliation, current location (country and city).
Sent to:

  • Successful applicants will be notified by 7th February 2022.
  •  Final papers of 8,000 words maximum should be submitted by 1st April 2022.

The workshop is supported by the following partners



appel à L’organisation \ Call for Organization – AJEI Atelier\workshop 2022

22e  édition de l’atelier AJEI

L’Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes est heureuse d’ouvrir un appel à l’organisation de l’Atelier International AJEI 2022. Nous invitons des équipes de doctorants et/ou de post-doctorants d’universités françaises et/ou indiennes à organiser l’atelier, qui sera programmé pour le printemps-été 2022. L’atelier sera organisé avec un institut partenaire indien et vise à la participation d’étudiants en Master et de doctorants en France et en Inde qui développent leurs recherches dans les disciplines des sciences humaines et sociales sur des thèmes liés aux études sud-asiatiques. Les participants bénéficieront des conseils de chercheurs expérimentés et reconnus dans diverses disciplines, du soutien d’un groupe d’universitaires, ainsi que des réseaux et des ressources de l’AJEI.

Nous invitons les propositions d’ateliers à prendre en compte les possibles changements et imprévus liés à la pandémie. Nous souhaiterions que les candidatures imaginent de nouvelles formes d’ateliers hybrides (ex: des sessions parallèles entre l’Inde et la France), qu’elles proposent des ateliers et approches multi-disciplinaires (voir les détails de l’atelier précédent ci-dessous) et qu’elles suggèrent de nouveaux cadres méthodologiques et thématiques. Nous recommandons également des formats qui combinent des conférenciers dans le style “keynote”, des ateliers ciblés pour les jeunes chercheurs où ils peuvent présenter et obtenir des commentaires pour leur travail,et des activités culturelles comme des projections de films. Ce sont quelques recommandations de l’AJEI, et nous laissons les détails de l’événement à l’initiative de l’équipe organisatrice.

L’équipe organisatrice sera demandée

  • D’organiser les appels à communications et de sélectionner les participants
  • Inviter des personnes-ressources de haut niveau pour des conférences, discussions etc.
  • Organiser une collecte de fond  
  • Organiser la logistique 

L’AJEI aidera à 

  • Connexion avec les universités et les institutions indiennes et françaises.
  • Communiquer avec des personnes-ressources de haut niveau.
  • Fournir un certain soutien financier.
  • Les membres du conseil d’administration de l’AJEI se coordonneront avec l’équipe si nécessaire.

Les demandes doivent inclure :

  • Une liste des membres de l’équipe ayant un poste actuel et une affiliation institutionnelle (minimum 2 organisateurs).
  • Un thème possible et une description de l’atelier, avec des sous-thèmes et des sessions possibles (2 pages).
  • Une liste des personnes-ressources possibles que vous souhaitez inviter.
  • Une liste des institutions Français\indiennes possibles qui accueilleront l’événement. 

Les détails des ateliers passés sont disponibles à titre de référence sur ce site :

La date limite pour les candidatures est le 20  novembre 2021, et l’événement devrait être organisé avant avril 2022. Veuillez envoyer un seul mot ou fichier pdf en tant que demande à N’hésitez pas à nous envoyer un courriel pour toute demande d’information.

Call for Organizers – 22nd Edition of the AJEI Workshop

The Association Jeunes Etudes Indiennes / Youth Association for Indian Studies is happy to open the call for organization of the 2022 AJEI International Workshop. We invite teams of PhD students and\or Postdoc scholars from French and\or Indian Universities to organize the workshop, which will be scheduled for Spring-Summer 2022. The workshop will be hosted with an Indian partner institute and is aimed at participation from Masters and early PhD scholars in France and India who are developing their research in human and social science disciplines on themes in Indian\South Asian studies. Attendees benefit from the guidance of senior researchers in various disciplines, and an academic peer-group, along with the AJEI’s networks and resources.

We invite workshop suggestions that account for changes in travel and academic work due to the pandemic. We would like applications to imagine new forms of hybridization (e.g. parallel sessions between India and France), have scope for multiple disciplines (see past workshop details below), and suggest new methodological and thematic frameworks. We also recommend formats that combine conference style keynote speakers, targeted workshops for young researchers where they can present and get feedback for their work, and cultural activities like film screenings. These are recommendations by the AJEI, and the specifics for the event will be up to the organizing team.

The organizing team is expected to

  • Invite call for papers and select participants
  • Invite senior resource persons for keynotes, discussions etc
  • Do some fund-raising 
  • Organize logistics 

The AJEI will assist in 

  • Connecting with Indian and French universities and institutions.
  • Connecting with senior resource persons.
  • Providing some financial support.
  • AJEI board members will coordinate with the team as necessary.

Applications should include

  • A list of team members with current position and institutional affiliation (minimum 2 organizers).
  • A possible theme and description for the workshop, with possible subthemes and sessions
    (2 page).
  • A list of possible resource persons you wish to invite.
  • A list of possible French\Indian institutions that will host the event. 

Past workshop details are available as a reference at this site:

The deadline for applications is 20th November 2021, and the event is expected to be organized before April 2022. 

Please send a single word or pdf file as an application to Please do not hesitate to mail us for any clarifications. 

[Job Offer] Head Researcher in Social Sciences at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) in New Delhi

Researcher in charge for the team of researchers, responsible for development and implementation of research programmes in the humanities and social sciences in a research centre under the dual supervision of the Ministry of Europe and Business the Centre de Sciences Étrangères (MEAE) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS): Humaines (CSH), USR 3330, UMIFRE 21, at the Centre de Sciences Humaines – antenna of the French Institute in India (IFI), New Delhi.

The last date to send your job application is 30 September 2021. 

The full details about the application process and candidate profile are available below in the attached documents:

Apply for the above job position on the below link given on the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) website :

Le peuple des déchets. Vies plastiques – The people of waste. Living Plastic

Qu’advient-il de nos déchets après la poubelle ? Comment sont-ils collectés, triés, recyclés et réutilisés ? La gestion des déchets produits par les activités humaines constitue aujourd’hui l’un des points centraux des politiques environnementales contemporaines au niveau international. Mais comment cela s’organise-t-il concrètement en Inde, où des filières informelles de récupération des déchets existent depuis longtemps ?

À partir de l’exemple de Delhi, capitale de l’Inde, ce film explore la transformation d’un déchet plastique en ressource valorisable en donnant à voir la diversité du « Peuple des déchets » qui vit à l’ombre de la société de consommation. Le documentaire a l’ambition de rendre mieux visible la myriade de professions spécialisées dans la récupération, le tri, la revente, le nettoyage, le broyage et la transformation du déchet, du collecteur stigmatisé à la base de la chaine jusqu’à l’industriel en haut de la pyramide qui réinjecte la matière récupérée dans l’économie formelle.

Au-delà du cas indien, ce court-métrage rappelle aux spectateurs leur responsabilité de générateur de déchets et leur lien avec le système de récupération, remettant en cause l’ambivalence des discours sur le recyclage qui tendent à légitimer une consommation de masse infinie.

D’une durée de 18 minutes, ce documentaire a été réalisé par Rémi de Bercegol (CNRS) avec Grant Davis et Shankare Gowda, financé par « IRD Images » et soutenu par « MITI CNRS ». Il a été tourné en Février 2019 et finalisé en 2020. Il s’appuie sur une compréhension scientifique de la situation à Delhi et souhaite ouvrir le débat sur la relation des sociétés à leurs déchets à une audience non-académique.

What happens to our garbage after it is dumped? How is it collected, sorted, recycled and reused? The management of waste produced by human activities is today one of the central points of contemporary environmental policies at the international level. But how is it organized in India, where informal waste recovery systems have existed for a long time?

Through the example of Delhi, the film explores the transformation of a piece of plastic waste into a resource, through filmed interviews with diverse “people of waste” living in the shadow of consumer society. It aims at making visible the myriad of professions that specialize in the collection, sorting, reselling, cleaning, shredding and transformation of waste, from the stigmatized garbage picker at the bottom of the chain until the industrialist at the top of the pyramid who re-injects the recovered materials into the formal economy.

Beyond the Indian case, it reminds the spectators of their responsibility as a producer of waste and their relation with this waste recovery system, putting into question the ambivalent discourses on recycling which tend to legitimize an endless mass consumption.

This short documentary film (18min), has been co-directed by Rémi de Bercegol (CNRS), together with Grant Davis and Shankare Gowda; funded by « IRD Images », completed with “MITI CNRS », it has been shot in February 2019 in and around Delhi and was released in 2020.

It relies on a scientific understanding of the on-going scenario in Delhi (cf. Bercegol, Gowda 2019; Bercegol, Gowda 2020) and aims at opening the debate to a broader non-academic audience about the relationship between societies and waste.

  • de Bercegol R.Gowda S., 2019, « A new waste and energy nexus? Rethinking the modernisation of waste services in Delhi. », Urban Studies, 56.11 : 2297-2314.
  • de Bercegol R.Gowda S., 2020, « « Nettoyer l’Inde », la marginalisation des récupérateurs de déchets à Delhi. » Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer. Revue de géographie de Bordeaux, 73.281 : 41-68.