Asian Survey recently published Prof. Subrata K. Mitra’s (former head of the department of Political Science, SAI) co-authored with Srikanth Thaliyakkattil article on ‘Bhutan and Sino-Indian Rivalry: the Price of Proximity.’ Asian Survey 58(2): 240-260. The article points to how the military standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in the disputed territory of Doklam brought forward the foreign policy dilemmas of Bhutan and its search for an optimal strategy toward its two neighbouring big powers. This paper discusses Bhutan’s attempts to balance its overwhelming dependence on India with the necessity of normal diplomatic relations with China. The article is available: http://as.ucpress.edu/content/58/2/240
The South Asia Institute cordially welcomes Dr. Dieter Reinhardt at the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures. The political scientist will hold the lecture Transnational social change, secularism, identity and islamization: the example of Bangladesh“, which takes place Tuesdays, 4-6 pm in room 316, SAI. Further information is available here.
Reinhardt is teacher at the Rhine Waal University of Applied Science and worked before at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) at the University Duisburg-Essen and at the University Osnabrück. His focal points of teaching and research are UN missions in violent conflicts, theories of International Relations and regionalization, Sino-Indian relations and Bangladesh politics and socio-economic development. More information are available here.
On 12.05.2018, Rhein Neckar Zeitung published the article "Nach langem Streit wurden neue Mitglieder ins Stiftungskuratorium gewählt". The article deals with the replacement of the committee of the Völkerkundemuseum in Heidelberg, to which Prof. Axel. Michaels (former head of the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia) was elected. The article is available here.
We cordially welcome Prof. Gopabandhu Mishra from Benares Hindu University as teacher of the Spoken Sanskrit Crash Course, which takes place from 5 to 29 June 2018 at the South Asia Institute. The poster is available here.
He teaches Sanskrit and Pāṇinian Grammar at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Besides several books and research papers on Pāṇinian Grammar, he has published a number of literary works in Sanskrit, which include plays and short stories, a travelogue — Purastāt Paris — and a Sanskrit translation of „The Little Prince“ — Kanīyān Rājakumāraḥ.