South Asian Cultures: Contestations, Negotiations, Transformations

Course content

This course offers critical engagements with the diverse forms of South Asian cultural practices. It examines culture as lived ‘everyday’ experiences intertwined with broader socio-economic and political changes, and negotiations of structures of caste, class, and gender. It does so by exploring a range of phenomena such as ethnic and religious identities, gender, public/private distinctions, food practices, cinema and sport. It draws on ethnographies of the region and its diasporas globally, as well as films and documentary footage. The course aims to illuminate critical debates about ‘modernity’ versus ‘tradition’ that characterise the contestations, negotiations, and transformations of culture in South Asia and amongst its diasporas.


Curricumum for the BA programme in Modern India and South Asian Studies - 2012 Curriculum and

Curriculum for the Elective Studies in Modern India and South Asian Studies - 2012

Learning outcome

BA 2012-studieordning:
Kulturer i Indien og Sydasien (fagelementkode HIAB00781E)

BA-tilvalg 2012-studieordning:
Kulturer i Indien og Sydasien (fagelementkode HIAB10071E)

A combination of lectures, discussions, film viewings, written assignments, and group activities such as excursions.

A collection of readings either in a compendium or via course website. Will be announced to those signed up for the course one month before the course starts.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • English
  • 412,5