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Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels

Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels

Senior Professor and former Director of the Deptartment "Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology)" 1996 - 2016

Member of the Academic Advisory Council (AAC) at Universität Heidelberg

Head of the research unit „Documents on the History of Religion and Law or pre-modern Nepal”

Director of the cluster of excellence "Asia and Europe" (Profile)

Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre 619 "Dynamics of Ritual" of German Research Foundation (DFG) (2002 - 2013)

Speaker of the German Research Foundation Council 106 "Ethnologie, Religionswissenschaft, Außereuropäische Kulturen" (2004 - 2011)

Speaker of the Indology Chapter of the Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft (2001 - 2004)

Full Professor for Classical Indology, South Asia Institute at the Heidelberg University (since 1996)

Curriculum Vitae (abridgement)

Studies of Law, sociology and philosophy, in Munich, Hamburg and Benares.
1980 - 1992
Research Assistant at the Universities in Münster and Kiel (intermittent).
1981 - 1983
Director of Nepal Research Centre in Kathmandu/Nepal.
Spalding Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College in Oxford.
Offer for the chair of Indology, University of Stockholm (declined).
1992 - 1996
Professor of Religious Studies, University of Berne.
1999 - 2002
Managing Director of South Asia Institute.
1999 - 2003
Speaker of the interdisciplinary DFG-Project "Visualisierte Räume & Kartographie in Benares".
Member of the board of trustees of "Südasienwissenschaften" der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
State Teaching Award 2004 (with Monika Boehm-Tettelbach).
since 2007
Co-Director and director of the Excellence Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"
since 2014
Head of the research unit „Documents on the History of Religion and Law or pre-modern Nepal”
since 2014
Member of the Academic Advisory Council at Heidelberg University
Lautenschläger Research Prize
Höffmann-Award for intercultural competence from the University of Vechta

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