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International Workshop in Ellora (Maharasthra)

From February 18th to 23rd 2013 the International Workshop on “Water & Sacred Spaces: A Case-Study of the Ellora-Khuldabad-Daulatabad Historic Region” organized by the South Asia Institute was held in Ellora. The Indian village is well-known for its cave-temple-complex, which belongs to the UNESCO world heritage site.

This interdisciplinary and intergenerational event represented a collaborative project sponsored by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).       

The workshop emphasized on the investigation of the synergistic connection between the variety of water management techniques and the historical and cultural evolution of the region. For this purpose, political state-formation, socio-economic activities as well as the efflorescence of religious cults and their edifices were analyzed in empirical detail. 

The comprehensive objective of this workshop consisted in the conduction of preliminary discussions by means of cutting-edge presentations to define a more extensive interdisciplinary research project within the new Indo-German research collaboration program. For more details on the workshop see here.

Posted on 10 Apr 2013
Joint Regional Conference on “Governing Youth in South Asia” (Kathmandu 2013)

The Social Science Baha (SSB), the Delhi Office of South Asia Institute (SAI New Delhi) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation New Delhi (KAS) will co-organise a Joint Regional Conference on “Governing Youth in South Asia” in Kathmandu. It will be held on September, 22-24th 2013 at Hotel Shankar, Lazimpat. The Conference aims at bringing together scholars from South Asia and Europe with policy makers and development partners from the region. During this Conference participants from across the region will critically address and discuss youth policies of their respective countries. We will also present further findings from the Youth Surveys that have been carried out in recent years, in Sri Lankan, India and Bangladesh, as well as studies that have been conducted by individual scholars.

Following our Call for Papers we had more than fifty submissions from across the region, and we have invited about 20 persons for presenting their papers. During the Conference, there will be six thematic panels, as well as a Panel Discussion.


§ Youth as Active Citizens for Inclusive Democracy

§ Youth in (Post-)Conflict Countries

§ Youth and their Right to Health and Education

§ Survey Methodologies

§ Youth and their Search for Decent Employment

§ Governing Youth in South Asia


The Official Opening will be held on Sunday, September 22nd 3 6 pm at Hotel Shankar. Prof. Andy Furlong has been invited as the Keynote speaker on  “Youth Policy and Youth Research. Future trends”.

Posted on 10 Apr 2013
New grant for academic networking in globally accessible medicine
Heidelberg University has received a grant for academic networking activities as part of AROGYAM, "Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine," an academic network linking researchers from Heidelberg, Edinburgh University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi) and the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies in Trivandrum, Kerala (South India).

The network is funded for three years by the DFG, ANR (France), ESRC (U.K.), ICSSR (India) and NW (Netherlands). 
SAI members include Principal Investigator Prof. William Sax, along
with Prof. Harish Naraindas, Dr. Ananda Chopra, Dr. Karin Polit, Dr. Johannes Quack, Dr. Christian Struempell, Dr. Constanze Weigl and Mr. Hasan Ashraf.

Posted on 07 Aug 2012

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