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New book by Sheela Saravanan: „A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India“

Springer recently published the new book „A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India“ by Sheela Saravanan (Department of Anthropology). Further information is available here.


This book takes a reproductive justice approach to argue that surrogacy as practised in the contemporary neoliberal biomarkets crosses the humanitarian thresholds of feminism. Drawing on her ethnographic work with surrogate mothers, intended parents and medical practitioners in India, the author shows the dark connections between poverty, gender, human rights violations and indignity in the surrogacy market. In a developing country like India, bio-technologies therefore create reproductive objects of certain female bodies while promoting an image of reproductive liberation for others. India is a classic example for how far these biomarkets can exploit vulnerabilities for individual requirements in the garb of reproductive liberty. This critical book refers to a range of liberal, radical and postcolonial feminist frameworks on surrogacy, and questions the individual reproductive rights perspective as an approach to examine global surrogacy. It introduces ‘humanitarian feminism’ as an alternative concept to bridge feminist factions divided on contextual and ideological grounds. It hopes to build a global feminist solidarity drawing on a ‘reproductive justice’ approach by recognizing the histories of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, age and immigration oppression in all communities. This work is of interest to researchers and students of medical sociology and anthropology, gender studies, bioethics, and development studies.

New book by Dietmar Rothermund & Hermann Kulke: Geschichte Indiens

C.H. Beck recently published the book "Geschichte Indiens - Von der Induskultur bis heute" by Prof. Hermann Kulke (Professor Emeritus of Asian History and former member of the Department of History at the SAI) and Prof. Dietmar Rothermund (Emeritus Professor of the Department of History at the SAI).


Der indische Subkontinent blickt auf eine lange, faszinierende Geschichte zurück, von der rätselhaften Indus-Kultur über die Geburt von Hinduismus und Buddhismus sowie verschiedene Großreiche bis zur britischen Kolonialherrschaft und zur größten Demokratie der Welt. Hermann Kulke und Dietmar Rothermund bieten mit ihrem Buch einen Schlüssel zum Verständnis des riesigen Landes, in dem uralte Traditionen, krasse soziale Gegensätze und hochmoderne Technik und Wirtschaft nebeneinander existieren. Das erfolgreiche Standardwerk wurde für diese Ausgabe überarbeitet und aktualisiert.

Further information is available here.

Lecture by Michael Radich on 23.04.2018

The Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia cordially invites you to a lecture by Michael Radich (Professor, Buddhist Studies, Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies) on "A Triad of Anomalous Buddhist Scriptures from Fifthcentury China". The lecture will take place on Monday, 23 April 2018 at 4 pm in room E11 of the SAI as part of the colloquium. Further information is available on the poster.

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Lectures and Events

Montag, 23.04.2018
Accountability for international crimes
Zeit: 14:00 Uhr
Ort: 509, Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
Referent: Andreas Schüller, LL.M., European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights e.V.
Veranstalter: Südasien-Institut Heidelberg
Montag, 30.04.2018
The Differential Impact of the Second World War on India
Zeit: 16:00 Uhr - 18:00 Uhr
Ort: 317, INF 330
Referent: Prof. Indivar Kamtekar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. DAAD-Gastprofessor am Südasien-Institut, Universität Heidelberg.
Veranstalter: Abteilung Politische Wissenschaft
Montag, 07.05.2018
The Welfare Effects of India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
Zeit: 16:00 Uhr - 18:00 Uhr
Ort: 317, INF 330
Referent: Prof. Stefan Klonner, Südasien-Institut, Universität Heidelberg
Veranstalter: Abteilung Politische Wissenschaft
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