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.
The South Asia Institute cordially invites to the public reading by Rahman Abbas on 8.06.2018, 6:30 pm s.t. in the Heinrich-Zimmer Reading Room. The Urdu writer reads passages from his novel Rohzin (2016). Its publication has provoked heated discussions. The novel was translated into German by Almuth Degener and published by Draupadi publishing house as Die Stadt, das Meer, die Liebe. Rohzin is a Bombay novel, a love story, a coming of age novel and, in the words of the well-known Urdu-critic Gopichand Narang, "a turning point in the history of the Urdu novel". The poster is available here.
The Department of History is hosting a celebratory function on the occasion of Prof. Hermann Kulke’s 80th birthday in the Heinrich-Zimmer reading room of the South Asia Institute on June 7, 2018, 3–6 pm, to be followed by a reception. To honour Hermann Kulke’s outstanding contributions to the multi-dimensionality of South Asia’s ancient and medieval history Georg Berkemer, Tilman Frasch, Gudula Linck, Cornelia Mallebrein, Axel Michaels, Dietmar Rothermund, Burkhard Schnepel, Cornelia Schnepel and Reinhard Zöllner will give short presentations on themes relating to connectivity and transculturality. Congratulatory messages by longstanding Indian and German colleagues will be read out by Gita Dharampal-Frick.
Hermann Kulke is Professor Emeritus of Asian History at Kiel University. He completed his Ph.D. in Indology at Freiburg University in 1967. From 1967 to 1988, he was a Lecturer and Professor of Indian History at the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University. He was the coordinator of the Orissa Research Project of the German Research Council from 1999 to 2005 and was awarded with the Gold Medal of the Asiatic Society in Kolkata in 2006 and the Padma Shri Award in 2010. His main fields of specialisation are pre-colonial South and Southeast Asian History, the Indianization of Southeast Asia and Indian Ocean Studies, and historiography and early state formation.
The South Asia Institute congratulates Prof. Dr. Oskar Gans to his 75th anniversary, which he celebrated on May 26th. The emeritus professor of economics was former head of the Department of "International Economics" at the South Asia Institute. Since 2009, he is Visiting Professor at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim.
Oskar Gans studied Economics in Frankfurt and Göttingen and completed his doctorate on "Intersektorale Wachstumsmodelle für wirtschaftlich unterentwickelte Länder" at Georg August University of Göttingen. After post graduate studies in Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, he habilitated at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn on "Beiträge zur Analyse von Welthandelsstrukturen - mit empirischen Untersuchungen zum Außenhandel der Entwicklungs- und Industrieländer".