After year and a half, it was time for me to return to Delhi, for my second part of the six-month secondment. I was there between March and June of this year, and this time I came prepared. In other words, the experience was less of a cultural shock, and more of a coming back to a familiar place. I was situated in a nice neighbourhood, Malviya Nagar, and shared the flat with two local roommates. After a week, it was like I never left Delhi, with its huge markets, lovely parks, magnificent food and friendly people. Unfortunately, the weather was much worse this time. The temperatures were extremely high (for most of my time in India it was between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius) which really affected my daily routine and prevented me from travelling. The impact of timing was also felt at JNU, where most of the students and professors were on leave and/or spent less time outside of their homes with AC. Still, I managed to meet new, and catch up with some old, acquaintances, share thoughts and learn more about India’s history, culture and ongoing political and social issues. I spent most of my time reading and writing on cultural trauma and psychotherapy (more on that in my scientific report), and following India’s everyday politics, always thinking about the parallels with Croatia. All in all, it was a nice experience and a productive finish to my explorations of India and the SPeCTReSS project.
- Report on the Secondment of Prof Archana Upadhyay of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
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- Aleksandra Szczepan: JU SPECTRESS Fellow at São Paulo
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