Lived Sanskrit Cultures in Varanasi
17th Feb. - 06th Mar. 2020
A three week intensive course in Varanasi
Organized by: Heidelberg University and Würzburg University, Germany
Course content & description
An important component of studying the cultural and religious landscape of any region is to directly engage with its lived practices. This three-week intensive course is designed to impart a practice oriented training in methods of cultural and religious studies. Its aim is to complement and supplement the approaches of philology and textual studies. It is suitable for students registered in a bachelor or master level program in any University in the field of cultural and religious history of South Asia with special focus on Sanskrit studies.
Areas of study
There are selected areas of study which will be covered during the course. This year's modules will focus on the following topics:
- Teaching Sanskrit and the Veda
- Performing Rituals
- Processions in Varanasi
- Goddess Temples in Varanasi
- Indian Calendrical Systems
- A Crash Course in Spoken Sanskrit
- Applications for admission are invited by students registered at a university or another academic institution. This course is suitable for students who are studying in B.A./M.A. or researchers working in these areas. It is open to students hailing from any part of the world (including India!).
- The course language is English.
- Knowledge of Sanskrit is mandatory (equivalent to at least 1 year of university level courses). In addition to it, working knowledge of Hindi is desired, although it is not a pre-requisite for the course. Moreover, previous exposure to Varanasi or India is useful. For large parts of the course, participants will work in teams. Willingness and ability for team work is therefore an essential precondition.
- Preparatory Work: Participants are required to give two presentations, one of which shall be presented during the beginning sessions of the course. The topics of the presentations will be decided in consultation with the course instructors who will also provide the necessary literature.
- A maximum of twelve students will be admitted for the course.
Application should include:
- Filled application form (Download: here).
- A motivation letter by the applicant in English. It should not exceed 300 words.
- A recommendation letter by a faculty member of a university.
- Please mail the completed application at the following address:
- Last date of submission of the application is: 31st Oct. 2019
- Course fee is: 890 Euro
- The above amount includes course/tuition fee; accommodation in double room; food (breakfast and dinner); and transport (for travels within Varanasi as part of the course programme) only.
- It does not include air tickets, VISA fees or any other costs arising out of personal preferences.
- Extra cost for single room: 500 Euro
There is a possibility to rent a single room for which an extra sum needs to be paid.
- The selected applicants will receive an letter (through e-mail) latest by 15th Nov. 2019 communicating their provisional admission.
- The selected applicants are required to pay the entire amount of fee (see below) latest by 30th Nov. 2019 following which an admission letter will be issued. In case of non-payment, the place may be allotted to the other applicants on the waiting list.