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Project extended in department of Geography

Prof. Marcus Nüsser, Head of the Department of Geography at SAI, successfully applied for an extension of the project Semi-arid areas in transition: Livelihood security, socio-ecological variability and the role of development interventions in East Africa with the VW-foundation. Congratulations!

New Book by Hans Harder on Bengali Satires is out now

The new book by Hans Harder „Verkehrte Welten: Bengalisch Satiren aus dem Kolonialen Kalkutta“ [Worlds upside down: Bengal satires from Colonial Calcutta] is just released by Draupadi, Heidelberg. The book was part of a presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 16th. “Verkehrte Welten” includes a selection of 13 satirical texts, each introducing a particular author and the context of the text. The presentation of the satirical texts is bilingual (German/Bengali).

Ceremony on the awarding of the Order of Merrit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Prof. Dietmar Rothermund

For the achievements for the South Asia Institute, his contributions to the distribution of knowledge on India and South Asia in Germany and his impressing academic work, Prof. Dietmar Rothermund has been awarded with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merrit of the Federal Republic of Germany. On this occasion the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University is happy to conduct a ceremony at which the Order of Merrit will be handed over to Prof. Rothermund.

We thus invite you cordially to join this ceremony on Thursday, October 20th 2011 at 15.30h at the library of the South Asia Institute, Im Neuenheimer Feld 330. The Order of Merrit will be handed over by the rector of Heidelberg University, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel and the laudatio will be held by the historian and dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Prof. Dr. Manfred Berg. After the ceremony there will be a reception in the foyer of the SAI. Please register under (06221-548954) or via e-mail (

With best regards

Prof. Dr. Hans Harder (Deputy Executive Director, SAI) and Dr. Martin Gieselmann (Executive Secretary, SAI)

Dr. Schöttli receives Hengstberger Prize 2011

Dr. rer.pol. Jivanta Schöttli, department of political science at SAI, has been awarded with the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prizes for Young Scientists at the University of Heidelberg in 2011. The award includes the opportunity to conduct a scientific workshop on “Power and Governance in the Indian Ocean”. The selection followed a two-step process of application including a questioning by a committee of professors lead by rector Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel. Dr. Schöttli is not only the first awardee from SAI but her application is also the first successful one by a member of the faculty for economics and social sciences. Congratulations!

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rothermund receives the Rabindranath Tagore-cultural price 2011
The Indo-German Society has awarded The Rabindranath Tagore Culture Prize 2011 to Prof. Dr. Rothermund. Rothermund is honoured with the prize for his outstanding work for supporting knowledge about India in Germany. The emeritus professor for South Asian History at the Heidelberg University has influenced the image of India in Germany during his 33-years of Teaching at SAI. He had helped to develop the South Asia-Institute to a leading centre for the Study of South Asia. Prof. Dr. Rothermund initiated the Heidelberg Südasiengespäche (Heidelberg South Asia Talks) to promote the exchange between representatives of science, economy and politics. His scientific activities including writings for general audiences find greater national and international resonance. Next to Prof. Rothermund this year the musician and producer Günther Paust was awarded with the Rabindranath Tagore Culture Prize 2011.

The Rabindranath Tagore Culture Prize is introduced by the Indo-German Society in the 1986 for unique contributions  for a deeper understanding of Indian cultures and ways of life in German speaking areas. The prize is named after the Poet and Nobel Prize Winner Rabindranath Tagore.

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