Centre d'études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud - CEIAS

The Centre d'études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud -CEIAS is the largest French research center in Social Sciences on the Indian sub-continent.

Scholars working in the Center come from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds including:

  • Anthropology
  • Demography
  • Geography
  • History
  • Ancient and Modern Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Sociology.

Researchers work in interdisciplinary teams on shared questions and subjects of enquiry, bringing together their complementary research skills and sharing their diverse intellectual backgrounds and training. 



Between Conversion and Ethnography: Catholic Missionaries in South Asia (16th-18th c.)

Ines G. Županov, Senior Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, codirector of the Centre d’études de l’Inde/Asie du Sud (CNRS/EHESS), is a Short-Term Visiting Scholar at the Center for South Asia (SAS), University of Pennsylvania (March 26-May 5, 2018). She will be giving five lectures. Fishing for Souls : Conversion and Community along...


Perso-Indica is a research and publishing project that will produce a comprehensive Analytical Survey of Persian Works on Indian Learned Traditions, encompassing the treatises and translations produced in India between the 13 th and the 19 th century. Perso-Indica intends to become the first reference work for this domain of studies and will offer a...


John MacGregor Murray (1745-1822): Persianate and Indic Cultures in British South Asia

Tuesday 28 May 2019

This workshop proposes to examine European engagement with Persian language and textual culture in South Asia. In Mughal India (1526-1857) and in the Princely States emerging with the decline of Mughal central power, Persian language established itself as a lingua franca used by a large number of Muslim and Hindu literati, as well as by...

Bodies and Artefacts: Relics and other devotional supports in Shia societies in the Indic and Iranian worlds

Monday 27 May 2019

Program 10:15 - Welcome Address by CEIAS Director 10:20 - Opening remarks by Michel Boivin, Annabelle Collinet, Sepideh Parsapajouh 10:30 - Karen Ruffle (University of Toronto), EHESS-IISMM Invited Professor Presence in Absence: The Formation of Reliquary Shiism in Qutub Shahi Hyderabad In this presentation, I will present relics as indexical forms of remembrance that are...