About the book
Cordial Cold War examines cultural entanglements, in various forms, between two distant yet interconnected sites of the Cold War –India and the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Focusing on theatre performances, film festivals, newsreels, travel literature, radio broadcasting, cartography and art as sites of engagement, the chapters spotlight spaces of interaction that emerged in spite of, and within, the ambits of Cold War constraints. The inter-disciplinary collection sheds light on the variegated nature of translocal cultural entanglements, at work even before the GDR was officially recognized as a sovereign state by India in 1972. By foregrounding the role of actors, their practices and the sites of their entanglement, the contributions show how creative energies were mobilized to forge zones of friendship, mutual interest and envisioned solidarities.
This volume situates actors from the Global South as mutual co-shapers of the cultural Cold War, therein shifting its Euro-American and Soviet epicenters to Non-Aligned India. Going beyond official state channels of international political dialogue, it locates cordiality in the micro-histories and everyday experiences of interpersonal engagements, bringing to focus a hitherto underexplored chapter of India-Germany entanglements.
Table of contents
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Cordial Cold War: Actors, Sites and Practices of Cultural Entanglement
- Collaborative Dialogues Across Theatrical Public Spheres: Invincible Vietnam in Calcutta and Rostock, 1966-67
- Warm Wavelengths: Radio Berlin International during the Cold War in India (Figures)
- GDR Travel Writing on India
- Socialist Germany and India: Entanglements in Cartography and Architecture 1949-1989 (Figures)
- A Witness to History: Production of Images of India in GDR Newsreels
- Brecht between the GDR and Marathi Stage: A Conjunctural Reading of Bennewitz-Mehta Collaboration
- Cold War Entanglements: India at the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival
- ‘Expressivity’ in the Art Collectives of India: The Realists and The Radical Painters and Sculptors (Figures)
- GDR- India Encounters before Diplomatic Recognition: A Chronological Overview
About the Editor and Contributors
About the editor
Anandita Bajpai is currently a Research Fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. From 2017-2020 she was a Lecturer at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. She is the author of Speaking the nation: The oratorical making of secular, neo-liberal India (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is the editor (with Heike Liebau) of the Archival Reflexicon, an open-access online Archival Guide, which is a platform for theoretical and conceptual reflections on archival architectures/organizing logics as well as thematic contributions on India-related holdings of specific German archives.