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Talk by Prof. Ithamar Theodor on 10.06.2016

The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures cordially invites you to the talk by Prof. Ithamar Theodor (Associate Professor of Hindu Studies at Zefat College, Safed, Israel) entitled “Bankim Chandra Chatterji's Anandamath as a Modern Bhagavad Gita Commentary”. The lecture takes place on June 10, 2016, 2:00 pm in room 317 of the South Asia Institute.

Further information is available on the poster.
Posted on 06 Jun 2016
10.5.2016: Talk by Meena Kandasamy
The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, South Asia Institute, cordially invites you to: 


TRANSLATING BETWEEN THE LITERARY SPHERES OF ENGLISH AND TAMIL 

Talk by

Meena Kandasamy 

      
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 2-4 pm
SAI, Room E11 

moderated by Hans Harder
 
Poster  

Abstract
The relationship between English and Tamil (just as much as with other regional languages of South Asia) is a complex and sometimes problematic one. Drawing on examples of her own practice of translating from Tamil to English, the writer and socio-linguist Meena Kandasamy (Chennai) will discuss this uneasy coexistence of discrete but overlapping literary spheres in present-day India. She will present instances of how translation may succeed to bridge cultural gaps and also how it sometime miserably fails to do so.    

About Meena Kandasamy
Meena Kandasamy is a poet, novelist and political activist. She lives in Chennai. So far she has published two volumes of poetry in English, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), as well as one novel called Gypsy Goddess (2014). Meena Kandasamy holds a PhD in Sociolinguistics and is an experienced translator from Tamil into English.  
Posted on 07 May 2016
Reading by Meena Kandasamy on 11.5.2016
Meena Kandasamy will read from her novel “Reis & Asche” on May 11th, 2016 at 8.00 p.m. in the Intercultural Centre, Bergheimer Str. 147, 69115 Heidelberg. The event is part of the literature project "Heidelberg reads new world literature" and is moderated by Prof. Dr. Hans Harder (Head of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, South Asia Institute).
Posted on 03 May 2016
Registration for the courses and link to the course catalogue in summer semester 2016
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
State Religion Debate and Blogger Killings: current legal and human rights issues in Bangladesh on April 11, 2016
The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures cordially invites you to the following event:


State Religion Debate and Blogger Killings: current legal and human rights issues in Bangladesh
 

Presentation and discussion with

SARA HOSSAIN (Lawyer, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and very prominent human rights activist)

NABA KUMAR RAHA (Director, Gandhi Ashram, Noakhali, Bangladesh)

Venue: SAI, R Z10

Date:     Monday, April 11, 2016,  2 pm

Further Information is available on the poster.



 

State Religion Debate and Blogger Killings: current legal and human rights issues in Bangladesh


 

As the war crime tribunals are still going on, recent developments have again triggered controversy and friction among political and social actors in Bangladesh. These have deepened the impression generated in the aftermath of the Shahbagh movement, namely that Bangladeshi society is being polarized as seldom before, with proponents of secularism on one side and those opting for Islam as guiding principle of state and society on the other. The killings of bloggers propagating secular orientations since February 2015, attacks against religious leaders of minority communities, and the failed petition to remove the declaration of Bangladesh as an Islamic State from the Constitution, are the most prominent recent issues in this regard. How is Bangladesh’s government, with its increasingly authoritarian practice in matters of press freedom etc., going to tackle these developments?

 

In this panel discussion, prominent lawyer SARA HOSSAIN and human rights activist NABA KUMAR RAHA will give introductions to their take on the current state of affairs. This will be followed by an open discussion.

 

The Guest Speakers:

SARA HOSSAIN is lawyer at the Supreme Court, Dhaka, and a prominent human rights activist. After studies in Oxford and Middle Temple, she joined the chambers of her father, the former Minister of External Affairs of Bangladesh, Dr. Kamal Hossain. Much of her work is of a voluntary nature, e.g. directing the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast). A few days ago she received the International Women of Courage Award of the US State Department.

 

NABA KUMAR RAHA is director of the Gandhi-Ashram in Noakhali (Bangladesh). The founding stone for the trust was laid by M. K. 

Gandhi during the Noakhali riots after Independence. Communal harmony and Khadi work continue to be priorities of the Ashram. In 2014, Naba Kumar Raha received the "G. Ramachandran-Ikeda Award" from Delhi for his merits.


Posted on 06 Apr 2016

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