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"Asie du Sud - Himalaya" (ASH) Workshop

4 October 2018, 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m., with Alpa SHAH, associate professor, anthropologist (London School of Economics)


This session, co-organised by the Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative (LESC) and the Centre for Himalayan Studies (CEH), will take place at LESC (MAE, Université Paris Nanterre) in room 308F. Our guest speaker is :


She will be presenting her book :

"Nightmarch. Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas",

that was published in August 2018 (London : Hurst)


The discussants for the session are Anne de Sales (LESC) and Nicolas Jaoul (CNRS, EHESS-IRIS).

In one of the world’s most intractable and under-reported rebellions, the Naxalites have been engaged in a decades-long battle with the Indian state. Presented in the media as a deadly terrorist group, the movement is made up of Marxist ideologues and lower-caste and tribal combatants who seek to overthrow a system that has abused them.

In 2010, anthropologist Alpa Shah embarked on a seven-night trek with some of these communist guerrillas, walking 250 kilometres through the dense, hilly forests of eastern India. Speaking to leaders and living for years with villagers in guerrilla strongholds, Shah seeks to understand why some of India’s poor have shunned the world’s largest democracy and taken up arms to fight for a fairer society—and asks whether they might be undermining their own aims.

Nightmarch is a compelling reflection on dispossession and conflict at the heart of contemporary India.
Alpa Shah studied at Cambridge and completed her PhD at the LSE, where she now teaches anthropology. She is the author of In the Shadows of the State and a co-author of Ground Down by Growth. She presented the radio documentary ‘India’s Red Belt’ for BBC Radio 4’s ’Crossing Continents’.
Some of the sessions to come in 2018-2019 :

- 22 November 2018, Nicolas JAOUL, "Sangharsh, le temps de la lutte" (Sister Productions, 105 minutes, 2018)

- 6 December 2018, Anne de SALES, Modalités de présence des puissances invisibles : deux exemples contrastés (Népal).
ASH Workshop - Thursday 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. - Room 308 F
Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative (LESC) - Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie
21 allée de l’université, Nanterre.
RER A – Nanterre Université

Contacts :
david.picherit [ at ]
nicolas.prevot at