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Summer Schools 2011 at SAI

In 2011 the SAI offers a number of  summer schools. From August 1 - 26, 2011 the Department of Classical Indology offers its well-introduced Summer Schools Spoken Sanskrit and Nepali Intensive Course.  The department for Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures (Modern Indology) offers a summer school Intensive Course in Spoken and Written Urdu to be held from August 29th to September 16th 2011. New on offer are the Summer Schools Colloquial Tibetan conducted by the chair for Buddhist Studies, Prof. Birgit Kellner, Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context and Manuscriptology that is also organized by the Department of Classical Indology. Both summer schools are to be held between August 1st and August 26th. For further links and information click here.

Report: Doctoral Students Workshop "Hierarchy and Emancipation"

On Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of February, the department of History of South Asia (SAI, Heidelberg) conducted a workshop for young academics on the topic of “Hierarchy and Emancipation” in the premises of the South Asia Institute. The comparably open choice of two topics with such deeply differing normative connotations could only be coherent regarding the decided claim towards interdisciplinarity, under which the whole event had been set up. This claim was seized on and integrated in their own research by the participating PhD-students, themselves originating from different backgrounds within the multiple branches of the humanities.

On Friday, Prof. Martin Furchs (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt) in an opening lecture presented important findings of his highly influential research on Dalit movements in India: following the title - “Autonomy, Acceptance and Self-transcendence: Marginality and the project of social transformation” - Fuchs, premising action-theoretical approaches such as Axel Honneth’s  recognition theorem, pointed to the semantic ambiguity of the concepts “Hierarchy and Emancipation” as well as the difficulty within their theoretical and methodological functionalization .

During the second part of the workshop on Saturday, seven PhD-students  (Livia Loosen/Erfurt, Sebastian Pampuch/Berlin, Paromita Das Gupta/Zürich, Anna Ewers, Thomas Kuhn/both Frankfurt, Kai Fürstenberg, Milinda Banerjee/both Heidelberg) presented their research and empirical contexts, each from his/her own academical background. The different insights, developed from historical, psychological, sociological, anthropological and political science perspectives, were then brought together with the theoretical implications offered by the theme of the workshop.   

The discussions that followed the presentations facilitated a highly productive exchange that transcended the borders of the individual disciplines and could only be possible on the grounds of interdisciplinarity. The workshop could also be attended by students; an opportunity that was made use of by both graduates and undergraduates.

(Text: Rafael Klöber)

ZEIT Online Interview with doctoral student in anthropology Hasan Ashraf
Hasan Ashraf, Anthropologist from Bangladesh and doctoral student with Prof. William Sax at the deparment of Anthropology at SAI, and concurrently scholarship holder at the Clusters "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", was recently interviewed on transnational industrialization and stress with workers in Bangladesh by the ZEIT ONLINE
Seminar on Faiz Ahmed Faiz: A Revolutionary Poet of Pakistan

The Allama Iqbal Chair, South Asia Institute (University of Heidelberg) is organising a seminar on ‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz: A Revolutionary Poet of Pakistan’. Participants include Dr. Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah, Dr. Christina Oesterheld and Dr. Qazi Abid.

Time, Date & Location: February 11th 2011, 3-5 pm, at SAI, Room 316.

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