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Activity Highlights

  • Lecture by Peter Berger on “Subaltern Sovereigns: Rituals of Rule and Regeneration in Highland Odisha, India"
    at the Institute for Asian and Transcultural Studies, Institute of Anthropology, University of Heidelberg.
  • Exhibition:
    23 June 2023: Opening of the exhibition on "Related Beings" at the Frobenius Institute (Frankfurt/M) as part of the summer symposium 2023. The exhibition deals with the entanglements between humans, plants (esp. cereals) and animals and shows photographs (and objects) made by Peter Berger and René Cappers.
  • Between March and June 2023 Peter Berger and René Cappers are Mercator Visiting Professors at the Frobenius Institute (Frankfurt/M). Their stay at the FI is part of the research collaboration on millets in India.
  • New book by Peter Berger available in Open Access!
    Berger, Peter. Subaltern Sovereigns: Rituals of Rule and Regeneration in Highland Odisha, India, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2023.
  • The University of Groningen, the Frobenius Institute (Frankfurt), and the Utkal University (Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India) have organized an international workshop on Cereal Culture in Odisha on 10 February 2023 (for details of the program see the Frobenius Institute website). Ongoing research was discussed, as well as the status quo of the 2023 UN International Year of Millets and related activities in Odisha. One highlight was also the inauguration of the new website of the cooperative research project on Cereal Cultures:
  • On 16 June 2022, University College Groningen, Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization, the Institute for Indian Studies (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies) together with SiB-Groningen hosted a discussion evening on the topic of 'Identity Politics, Populism, and the Rise of Illiberal Democracies'. For more information see: Identity Politics, Populism, and the Rise of Illiberal Democracies Discussion evening.
  • 30 September & 1 October 2022, Workshop on Cereal Cultures
  • 2 June 2022, together with the GSG: Screening of the movie "Avatara" by Nadav Harel and Arik Moran, including a conversation with the authors.

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