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Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris EFEO Seminar

On Monday 13th November Ryosuke Furui (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo) is speaking on "Changing Structure of Political Powers in South Asia: Bengal from the Fifth to the Thirteenth Century"

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

Due to the environmental and social diversity of South Asia, where social groups belonging to different levels of material and cultural life have existed synchronically and influenced each other, the historical process concerning the structure of political powers also proceeded in different forms and timeframes in its diverse regions. Each region, on the other hand, saw specific configurations of both internal and external powers and their interactions in its history. Hence the change in the structure of political powers in South Asia can be delineated only in reference to particular region and time, with close focus on the power relations formed and transformed around it. In this lecture, I will discuss the changing structure of political powers in early medieval Bengal, a region in eastern India, and try to show some characteristic of such a process in South Asia in general through this exercise.

This seminar is integrated with Lundis de la Maison de l'Asie and follows the Masters seminar "Asies" (EFEO - EHESS - EPHE) which is on Monday from 9h to 11h, the subject on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November is: Orientalisme et sciences sociales.
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