Centre for Himalayan Studies
UPR 299
     
 
 
Members of the research unit
Daniela BERTI

CNRS researcher

Contact:

UPR 299 Centre d'Etudes Himalayennes, CNRS
7 rue Guy Môquet
94800 Villejuif CEDEX
France

Email: dberti@vjf.cnrs.fr

Personal website: http://daniela.berti.free.fr/

As a social anthropologist and researcher at the CNRS, she carries out fieldwork in the region of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India. She has worked on linguistic procedures in dialogues that take place during possession rituals and on what makes this particular type of utterance effective. Other work she has done focuses on the following themes: development of a divine iconography; rewriting of regional history by local elites; the relationship between ritual territories and political territories; adoption by state institutions of politico-ritual practices formerly associated with kingship; cultural entrenchment of Hindu nationalism at regional level. She is currently researching the ethnography of criminal cases and of District and High courts in India.

She coordinated the programme ATIP-Jeunes Chercheurs The Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva. Local Mediations and Forms of Resistance alongside Nicolas Jaoul. She is currently joint coordinator with Gilles Tarabout of the research programme Justice and Governance in India and South Asia (JUST-INDIA), which is funded by the French National Research Agency.

Keywords: ritual, possession, kinship, politics, territory, writing about the past, judiciary proceedings, court ethnography, criminal cases.

Fieldwork: India (Himachal Pradesh)

Recent publications:

2013. "Pouvoirs locaux et contraintes judiciaires dans une affaire de viol en Inde", in Daniela Berti and Gilles Tarabout (dir.) "Les frontières de la loi. Justice, pouvoirs et politique", Diogène, No. 239-240 (July-October 2012): 142-168.

2013 "Ritual faults and legal offences. A discussion about two patterns of justice in contemporary India". In PhyllisGranoff and Koichi Shinohara (dir.) Sin and Expiation: Perspectives from Asian Religions . pp. 153-172, Boston: Brill.

2013. "Pouvoirs locaux et contraintes judiciaires dans une affaire de viol en Inde", in Daniela Berti and Gilles Tarabout (dir.) "Les frontières de la loi. Justice, pouvoirs et politique" , Diogène , n°239-240 (juillet-octobre 2012) : 142-168.

2011. "Courts of Law and Legal Practice". In I. Clark-Deces (ed) A Companion to the Anthropology of India, pp. 355-370. Oxford, Maiden. Blackwell Publishing.

2011. "Trials, Witnesses and Local Stakes in a District Court of Himachal Pradesh (North India)". In J. Pfaff and G. Toffin (eds.) Citizenship, Democracy, and Belonging in the Himalayas, pp. 290-313. Sage: New Delhi.

2011, "The local enactment of Hindutva Writing stories on local gods in Himachal Pradesh". in  D. Berti, N. Jaoul & P. Kanungo (dir.), The Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva. Local Mediations and Forms of Resistance, pp. 64-90. Delhi, Routledge.

2011. "Political Patronage and Ritual Competitions at the Dashera Festival in Northern India". In C. Brosius and K. Polit (eds.). Ritual, Heritage and Identity, pp. 126-148. Delhi: Sage.

2010. "Hostile Witnesses, Judicial Interactions and Out-of-Court Narratives in a North Indian District Court". In Contributions to Indian Sociology, vol. 44, 3, pp. 235-263.        

2009. (eds. with Gilles Tarabout) Territory, Soil and Society in the South Asia. New Delhi, Manohar.  

2009 Kings, Gods, and Political Leaders in Kullu. In M. Lecomte-Tilouine (ed.). Bards and Mediums: History, Culture, and Politics in the Central Himalayan Kingdoms, pp. 107-136. Almora: Almora Book Depot.   

2009. "Passé, localité et nationalismes dans la région de Kullu (Inde du Nord)". G. Krauskopff  Les faiseurs d'histoire : Politique de l'origine et écrits sur le passé, pp.111-140. Nanterre: Société d'Ethnologie.

2007. "Hindu Nationalists and Local History: From Ideology to Local Lore". In Rivista di Studi Sudasiatici, vol. 2, pp. 5-36.