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Prof. Hermann Kulke honoured with Padma Shree Award
On this year's Republic Day, eminent German Indologist and Historian Prof. Dr. Hermann Kulke has been awarded the Padma Shree Prize, which is enowed by the Indian Government for outstanding contributions in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Literature, Science, Medicine, Sports, Industry, social service and public life.
Prof. Dr. Kulke is professor emeritus at the historical seminar of the University of Kiel, Germany. He has taught and researched at the South Asia Institute in Heidelberg for 21 years, from 1967 to 1988, and contributed to landmark research projects like the Orissa Project.
Prof. Kulke has directed the SAI branch office in New Delhi in 1978/79.
Our cordial congratulations!

Posted on 27 Jan 2010
Workshop 'Transcultural Bodies - Transboundary Biographies. Border Crossing in Asia and Europe, IGNCA
21.-24. February
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Main Building
1 Janpath, New Delhi 110001
(entry from Man Singh Road)

Recent research in transboundary travels of concepts, (institutional) practices, and material culture has provided new perspectives in cultural and historical studies. Not only have transcultural biographies been the subject of recent scholarly interest, but there has also been an increasing interest in questions of space. Research related to border crossing interrogates the boundedness of national political space, focusing on global sites and migrant trails in the present and past,  and evinces a new interest in processes of border crossing as well as border making. The transnationalisation of law or the study of multicultural organisation provide other fruitul fields to investigate therse processes.

This joint workshop of Heidelberg University's Cluster 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context',  Zuerich University's Priority Research Programme 'Asia and Europe - Encounters and Exchanges' and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts will critically investigate border crossings in different media and in a variety of conlonial an post-colonial contexts. It also explores the production of transcultural bodies and seeks to understand how biographical research is transforming our understanding of transcultural entanglements.

The sessions are open to the public. Programme details will be available soon.
Posted on 21 Jan 2010
Workshop: Icons - spectacle and affect, 17th-21st February 2010, Max Mueller Bhavan
The Cluster's Research Project B4 "Transcultural Visuality" is organising a workshop on "Icons: Spectacle and Affect", in cooperation with Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi.

Keynote lectures:
17.02. 7pm, Siddharta Hall:

Dario Gamboni (Geneva): "Recycling Neolithic Urns and Vinyl Records: Transcultural Aspects of Iconoclash"(abstract).

19.02. 7pm, Siddharta Hall
Tapati Guha Thakurta (Kolkata): "Durga Puja Tours and Travels: Vignettes from a Contemporary Urban Festival (abstract

The keynote lectures are open to the public!

More information on the programme will be available soon!

Posted on 16 Jan 2010

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