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Neue Hallesche Berichte online available – Cooperation between the Franckesche Stiftungen and CrossAsia-eBooks

We are pleased to announce that as part of the cooperation between the Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle and CrossAsia eBooks, the volumes of the Neue Hallesche Berichte series, which are out of print, are now accessible as Open Access publications on the CrossAsia eBooks platform.

The relations between the Francke Foundations and India go back to the early days of the Foundations. With the Danish-English-Halle Mission, the first mission of the Protestant church, the Foundations established contact with South India from 1706 on and published the missionaries’ reports, the “Hallesche Berichte”, between 1710 and 1772. The “Neue Hallesche Berichte”, published from 1999 on, aim at promoting contemporary scholarly studies of traditional relations with India. The series’ topics, developed in conference reports, monographs and critical editions of sources, include Dravidology, popular religion, the history of Christianity, the history of Hinduism, and the religion and culture of South India.

Of the nine books published so far, four volumes are now available as a digital edition:

Michael Bergunder, Peter Rahul Das (Hg.): „Arier“ und „Draviden“. Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle, 2002. Neue Hallesche Berichte ; 2.

Will Sweetman: Mapping Hinduism: „Hinduism“ and the study of Indian religions, 1600-1776. Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle, 2003. Neue Hallesche Berichte ; 4.

Eveline Masilamani-Meyer: Guardians of Tamilnadu: Folk deities, folk religion, Hindu themes. Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen zu Halle, 2004. Neue Hallesche Berichte ; 5.

Michael Bergunder (Hg.): Westliche Formen des Hinduismus in Deutschland: Eine Übersicht. Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftugen zu Halle, 2006. Neue Hallesche Berichte ; 6.


New Publication "Geschichte Indiens - Vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart" by Dietmar Rothermund

C.H. Beck recently published the book "Geschichte Indiens - Vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart" by Dietmar Rothermund (Professor Emeritus of the Department of History of the SAI).
More information is available here.

Summary (only German)

Indiens Vielfalt an Sprachen und Kulturen ist einzigartig, und doch konnte das riesige Land immer wieder politisch geeint werden. Dietmar Rothermund erzählt seine Geschichte vom Zerfall des antiken Guptareichs über die glanzvolle Zeit der Großmoguln bis zur Gegenwart. Ein Schwerpunkt liegt auf dem 20. Jahrhundert, in dem das Land in einem dramatischen Freiheitskampf gegen die Briten um den Preis der Teilung in die beiden Staaten Indien und Pakistan die Unabhängigkeit errang und zur größten Demokratie der Welt wurde.


Welcome to Professor Gérard Colas

We cordially welcome Professor Gérard Colas as guest professor at the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia in summer term 2018. He will hold the seminar „Understanding Religious Icons in Ancient India“, which examines the diversity of Indian viewpoints about religious icons from the earliest testimonies up to around 13th century. Further information is available here.

Professor Colas is a a Sanskrit philologist and senior researcher at the EHESS-CNRS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), which is France’s leading academic institution for South Asia.

His doctorat de 3e cycle was devoted to the study of the architectural guidelines laid out in a Sanskrit text, as compared to temples in South India (1982). His doctorat d’État (1994) consisted in a study of the medieval Sanskrit literature produced by the Vaikhānasas, Vaishnavite temple priests in South India.

His fields of research include concepts of religious icon, normative texts on temple rituals, ritual and music as known from ancient Sanskrit texts, textual criticism, transmission of texts and paleography of ancient India, Catholic and Protestant missionaries in India and their works in Sanskrit and Telugu and history of Sanskrit scholastics.

Further information is available on his personal website.

 


Memorandum of Understanding for the Heinrich Zimmer Chair signed

The funding of the Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History will continue until 2021. On Tuesday, 8 May 2018, the Ambassador of the Republic of India in Germany, Mukta Dutta Tomar, and the President of Heidelberg University, Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Eitel, signed a corresponding "Memorandum of Understanding", which sets the continuation of the funding for this period.
The Heinrich Zimmer Chair of Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History was established in 2009 and is awarded by the Indian Government to the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

For further information, please see the press release by Heidelberg University.

Signing of „Memorandum of Understanding“: Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert, Cluster „Asia and Europe“, Mukta Dutta Tomar, Ambassador of the Republic of India in Germany, President of Heidelberg University, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, and Executive Director of the South Asia Institute, Prof. Dr. William S. Sax (from left to right)

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