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Book: Ethnographie filmée des musiciens du desert du thar en Inde, by Fabienne Le Houérou

Ethnographie filmée des musiciens du desert du thar en inde : princes et vagabonds, poussière d'exilsLe Houerou Fabienne,  Ethnographie filmée des musiciens du désert du Thar en Inde: Princes et Vagabonds, poussière d’exils, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2021.

L’auteur s’appuie sur une heuristique des images et, en particulier, un long métrage : Princes et Vagabonds, afin d’élaborer une ethnographie filmée des musiciens itinérants dans le désert du Thar (Rajasthan, Inde). Par le prisme du film et des images animées, elle montre l’existence d’une poussière d’exils induite par le système des castes, les exils intérieurs, les exils sociaux, les exils religieux, les seuils/exils de ces musiciens qui tentent de se réinventer en migrant dans des ailleurs aux multiples ouvertures. Fabienne le Houérou s’attèle ainsi à saisir le caractère « rhizomorphe » d’une théorie des exils pluriels en insistant sur les correspondances entre exils forcés et volontaires.

In Conversation with Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari

ImageInterview given by Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari-KL (Interviewer: Saba Sindhri (SS), PhD Student at CEIAS, Paris)

Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari  is an archaeologist, historian and author. In March 2019, the government of Pakistan awarded him the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the third highest honour and civilian award in Pakistan. He works and preserves physical heritage.

SS: Can you describe for us the steps that led you to the training in Archeology, History and Persian language?

KL: The interest in the field of physical and cultural heritage was a harvest, which was a result of exposition to many factors. My late Continue reading In Conversation with Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari

Book: Kinship, Patriarchal Structure and Women’s Bargaining with Patriarchy in Rural Sindh, by Agha Nadia

Agha Nadia, Kinship, Patriarchal Structure and Women’s Bargaining with Patriarchy in Rural Sindh, Pakistan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

The book provides insights into the prevailing patriarchal system in rural Pakistan. It elaborates on the kinship system in rural Sindh and explores how young married women strategize and negotiate with patriarchy. Drawing on qualitative methodologies, the book reveals the strong relationship between poverty and the perpetuation of patriarchy. Women’s strategies help elevate their position in their families, such as attention to household tasks, producing children, and doing handicraft work for their well-being. These conditions are usually seen as evidence of women’s subordination, but these are also strategies for survival where accommodation to patriarchy wins them approval. The book concludes that women’s life-long struggle is, in fact, a technique of negotiating with patriarchy. In so doing, they internalize the culture that rests on their subordination and reproduce it in older age in exercising power by oppressing other junior women.

Book review: Khana Badosh Qabeela (Nomadic Tribes), Sukkur

Kunbher, Khalid, Khana Badosh Qabeela (Nomadic Tribes), Sukkur, My Publication, 2020, 175 p.

Book review by Saba Sindhri (CEIAS-EHESS)

The book Khana Badosh Qabeela (Nomadic Tribes) ny Khalid Kunbher is a primary book in the studies of nomadic tribes in Sindh, published by My Publication, Sukkur, in 2020. Earlier texts on the subject include those by Khursheed Qaemkhani including, Bhatakti Naslen: Sindh ke khana badoshon ka Samaji Manzarnama (Wandering People: The Social Scenario of Nomads of Sindh) published by Rohtas books, Lahore, in 1999 and Jogi Basti (Jogi Settlement) published by Roshni Publication, Kandiaro, in 2015. Continue reading Book review: Khana Badosh Qabeela (Nomadic Tribes), Sukkur

Interview with Masooma Shakir, NED

In Conversation: Masooma Shakir with Saba Sindhri

Architect Masooma Mohib Shakir is Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Planning Department, NED, Karachi. She got her undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. She got her Masters from University of Leuven, Belgium and is currently working on her Phd research on Interrelationship of Living Heritage to its Context, Case of Sufi Shrines in Sindh, at the , in Germany. Her interests lie particularly in planning and urban design for historic environments. She has been involved in several urban research projects and publications and contributed to national and international journals, symposiums and conferences. Continue reading Interview with Masooma Shakir, NED

Book Review: Sindhi Tapestry. Reflections on the Sindhi Identities: An Anthology

Saaz Aggarwal (edited and curated by), Sindhi Tapestry. Reflections on the Sindhi Identities: An Anthology, Pune, Black and White Fountain, 2020, 432 p.

Book review by Jonathan Varghese (EHESS-CEIAS)

Curated by Saaz Aggarwal, Sindhi Tapestry represents the coming together of an ambitious assortment of personal memories and historical research about the Sindhi community within and outside of India. Each contribution can be individuated by the personal imprints of the respective writer. Continue reading Book Review: Sindhi Tapestry. Reflections on the Sindhi Identities: An Anthology