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New Guest Arrived: Prof. M.Sultan Bhat
Prof. Dr. M. Sultan Bhat arrived earlier this month on a Baden-Württemberg scholarship that brings him to Heidelberg for a three month stay. Prof. Bhat is from the Department of Geography & Regional Development, Kashmir University, Srinagar. He will be in the SAI until January 2012. Find further information and contact here.
Visit at SAI by Prof. Shiva Prakash, Counsellor Culture and Education

On Monday, November 14th, Prof. H.S. Shiva Prakash, Counsellor (Culture and Education) und Director of the Tagore Centers at the Indian Embassy, Berlin, visits the SAI. Prof. Shiva Prakash holds a chair at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Besides these he is well known as Translator, Poet and Playwright. On the occasion of his visit Prof. Shiva Prakash will meet the SAI-Board and at 2pm in room 316 will give a lecture on:  'The Role of Bhakti Traditions in the Formation of Pre-Modern Literary Cultures in India'

Inaugural Lecture of Prof. Birgit Kellner

Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner will give her inaugural lecture on Wednesday, November 9, at 12.00 pm in the Old Auditorium of Heidelberg University. The Professor of Buddhist Studies will speak about Buddhism between India and Tibet.

Under the title "Von Pechas, Pandits, Papageien - die Uebersetzung des Buddhismus zwischen Indien und Tibet", Prof. Kellner will discuss translation and translators in the broader context of the transfer of Buddhist doctrines, practices and institutions chiefly from culturally Indian regions to the Tibetan plateau, between the 7th and 13th centuries CE.

Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner holds the Chair of Buddhist Studies at Heidelberg University's Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". She is also associated member of the South Asia Institute. Having studied Tibetology and Buddhist Studies in Vienna, Austria, she earned a PhD from the University of Hiroshima, Japan, with a dissertation on the history of Buddhist philosophy in India. In her research, she specializes in the history of religion and philosophy with focus on epistemology, the philosophy of consciousness, and logic in India as well as in Tibet.

The inaugural lecture by Prof. Kellner will take place in the Old Auditorium of Heidelberg University on Wednesday, November 9, at 12.00 pm. It will be given in German language.

Calendar 2012 available
The calendar for 2012 produced by the students (student council/Fachschaft) is still available at the library counter (for 8,-€)
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!

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