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Discussion "South Asia - space of unlimited possibilities?"
On sunday, 18 Okctober 2009, the indian author Uday Prakash and Professor Dietmar Rothermund were discussing the public spheres in India at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Professor Hans Harder acted as chair of the discussion in the International Centre of the Book Fair.

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Panel discussion Frankfurt Book Fair
Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah first Iqbal-Fellow
Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah, Head of the Department of History at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, will be guest professor at the SAI. His stay will start on 1 September 2009, presumably for three years. He is the recipient of the Alama-Iqbal-Fellowship of the Government of Pakistan which has recently returned to the SAI. Professor Shah will mainly collaborate with the Departments of History and Political Science and will participate in teaching as well as conduct his own research.

Professor Sayeed Wiqar Ali Shah

Photo: Professor Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah organizing aid measures during the earthquake that had struck northern Pakistan in 2006
Radio show on South Asia by SAI students
On 24 July 2009 the local radio station bermuda.funk, Mannheim, aired ""S.A.R.I. - Südasien regional informiert" [S.A.R.I. - South Asia regionally informed"]. The one-hour magazine was developed by students of the workshops "Made in South Asia" of the SAI's Department of History under supervision by Alexandra K. Schott and Justin Siefert. It is available as podcast.

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Podcast "S.A.R.I. - Südasien regional informiert"
Visit of the Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
On thursday, 16 July 2009, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Tikiri Bandara Maduwegedera, visited the South Asia Institute. Together with the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka, Mr. Norbert Quack, he participated in the workshop „Made in South Asia“. Alexandra Schott and Justin Siefert (Department of Histroy) presented the highly interesting issue „Identity in South Asia“, supported by Prof. em. Dietmar Rothermund, whose lecture complemented the workshop nicely.

After meeting the SAI's board of directors, the guests of honour were received by Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Vera Nünning in the office of the Rector of Heidelberg University. At the same time, Professor Aditya Mukherjee, Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, and Prof. Mridula Mukherjee, Director of the Nehru Memorial Muesum and Library, were officially welcomed..



In a lively exchange possibilities of extending scientific cooperation were discussed. The Ambassador's visit ended with his signing of the Golden Book of Heidelberg University.
Justin Siefert interviewed
Domradio Köln interviewed Justin Siefert (Department of History) about the background of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

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Justin Siefert - Die Hintergründe des Bürgerkriegs (mp3-Datei)
(interview in german)

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