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Ute Hüsken new Professor and Head of Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia
We cordially welcome Ute Hüsken as new professor of Classical Indology and head of the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia to the beginning of summer term 2017. Her research interests are medieval and contemporary Hindu traditions as well as early Indian Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism.
She is also interested in ritual traditions of Indian origin, in connection with the study of intersectionality and gender.
In her academic work, she focuses on a combination of the study of ancient and central Indian texts and ethnographic research. Regarding teaching at the institute, she plans to strengthen the Middle Indian language Pali and to intensify the Sankskrit courses. Ms. Hüsken is also looking forward to working with the other sections at the South Asia Institute and the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies to jointly develop and offer events and courses.
In the upcoming summer term, Ms. Hüsken will offer a seminar entitled "Sanskrit Māhātmyams" which introduces the genre "Māhātmyam" and which presents analytical tools to deal with these (often sectarian) texts. In addition, she will hold the lecture with the title " Buddhismus: Aus der Sicht der Frauen - eine andere Geschichte des Buddhismus?".
Ute Hüsken studied Indology, Tibetan Studies, Burmese Studies, Sociology and Ethnology at the University of Göttingen. In 1995, she obtained her doctorate with the topic "Die Regeln für die buddhistische Nonnengemeinde im Vinaya-Piṭaka der Therāvadin". In 2003, she habilitated at Heidelberg University on the “Life-cycle rituals of the South Indian Vaikhānasa temple priests”.  After working as a research associate and university assistant at University of Göttingen, she worked as a project manager at the Collaborative Research Center 619 "Ritual Dynamics" at Heidelberg University from 2003 to 2008. From 2007-2017, she was a professor in the "South Asian Studies" section at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo.

29 Mar 2017
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