Ethnographic Contexts (Asia)


Historical and anthropological knowledge concerning the migratory processes developed by populations originatng in the Indian sub-continent; . Ability to reflect on transformational processes (cultural, religious, political, etc.) within Indian diasporas, linking structural perspectives with perspectives focused on subject agency; . Ability to reconsider theoretical perspectives stemming from an anthropology based on the Indian sub-continent within a multi-sitituational perspective.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Susana Salvaterra Trovão


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

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Baas, M., A.K. Sahoo & T. Faist (eds.), 2012. Indian Diaspora and Transnationalism. New Delhi: Rawat Publications. Gregory, R. G., 1993. South Asians in East Africa. An Economic and Social History 1890-1980. Boulder: Westview Press. Lal, B. V., P. Reeves & R. Rai (eds.), 2006. The Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora. Singapure: Ed. Didier Millet. Jacobsen, K. & P. Kumar (eds.), 2004. South Asians in the Diaspora, Histoires and Religious Traditions. Leiden: Brill. Mawani, S. & A. Mukadam, 2012. Gujarati Communities across the Globe, Memory, Identity and Continuity. London: IOE Press. Palriwala, R. & P. Uberoi, 2008. Marriage, Migration, and Gender. London: Sage Publishing. Salvadori, C., 1996. We Came in Dhows. Nairobi: Paperchase Kenya. Vertovec, S., 2000. The Hindu Diaspora. Comparative Patterns. London: Routledge.

Teaching method

Classes consist of a presentation of the key ideas of each module by the teacher; an interactive component with students (through questions and other interactive strategies), and a part involving debate on specific topics.

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Subject matter

I. Reconsidering Indian societies Caste system and hierarchy, dominance and ritual centrality Colonialism and its effects: the development of nationalism Plural identities II. Indian diasporas Stages and types of migrations (1820 – present-day) Reunion: a reinterpretation of Tamil Hinduism in tension with Brahamic Hinduism of Martinique and Guadalupe: minority familial Hinduisms. Trinidad and Tobago, Guinea and Surinam: ethnic and political reinterpretations of Hinduism Reconstructed Hinduisms in colonial British East Africa and Mozambique: a comparative analysis Indian migrations to Europe: reconstructed Hinduisms in the United Kingdom and in Portugal


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