History, anthropology, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India - Former Associate Fellow (2010-2013)

Anthropology, Sociology

Janvier à mars 2013 (résidences précédentes : 5 séjours de 2006 à 2011)


Suresh Sharma, Associate Fellow of the IAS-Nantes from 2010 to 2013, studied History and Chinese Civilisation, at the Delhi University. Former Professor of History and Anthroplogy, and former Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, he was Consultant for the United Nations University, Tokyo (1983-86); Adviser for the National Museum of Man, Bhopal (India); Senior Charles Wallace Fellow, Hull University, U.K. ; Member of the Planning Group, Mahatma Gandhi Hindi International University, Wardha (India) ; Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India (1995-1997) and Senior Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

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"Word and Image"

Suresh Sharma ‘s fellowship at IAS-Nantes will allow him to further his prior work dealing with the ‘Word and Image’ thematic. This project seeks to clarify the relationship between these two forms of language and linguistic possibility. Meaning in word is inseparable from the memory of lived cultural- historical time. Image, in sharp instructive contrast to word, signifies meaning as a kind of intrinsic presence. Image comes into being within a certain matrix of culture, speech and memory. But meaning in image transcends the cultural-historical mediation from whence it came into being. In word, universality comes to life as the possibility of translation into other words of that particular language and as the possibility of translation into words of languages long gone, or as yet unborn. During this year, he would like to give published form to a selection of papers-presentations at the Word-Image seminars and workshops.


SHARMA, Suresh. Tribal Identity and the Modern World. Tokyo : UNU and New Delhi : Sage, 1994. 215 p.

SHARMA, Suresh, SUHRUD, Tridip. M K Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj: A Critical Edition. New Delhi : Orient Blackswan, 2010. 83 p.