In 2010, Sébastien Mayor was a doctoral candidate at the Institute for the Science of Religion at the Humanities Faculty, University of Berne. His Ph.D. thesis aims at analyzing the social construction of Hindu identity and Islamic difference in contemporary India. It seeks to investigate the social and discursive processes through which Hindu identity has been constructed in distinction and antagonism to a 'demonized' Islam. While concerned with interreligious conflicts, the study is not primarily interested in violent clashes and power politics based on religious difference but in everyday social practices in local situations and in everyday public discourse as it is reflected in the media.
Stay at MPI-MMG:
July - December 2010