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Workshop on “Inhabited Pasts: The Many Lives of Monuments in Delhi”


This open, one-day workshop will discuss the inhabitation of monuments in Delhi. In an attempt to depart from the notion of the monument as a physically static and socially-sterile edifice, this workshop will consider monuments as social and spatial canvases; providing shelter, solitude, the possibility of privacy and romantic, devotional and commercial opportunity. Papers will explore a range of issues associated with the permanent and transitory inhabitation of monuments in the city, now and in the past. How are monuments animated by social interactions, negotiations and conflicts? The definition of the monument may include sites subject to legislated protection as well as structures which are part of localised registers of memory and history. How do occupants conceive of their rights to and within the spaces of the monument? How do conservation authorities respond, both in disciplining publics at the monument and in attempting to uncouple the monument from its immediate physical and social environs? The workshop is an opportunity to consider alternative understandings of the monument, and of heritage, that might owe more to understandings of these structures as dynamic spaces of resort than to the cultural precepts of modern conservation practise.
Posted on 05 Aug 2015
Successful applications for DWIH regular activities 2015
This year, HCSA submitted four applications for DWIH “Deutsches Wissenschafts- und InnovationsHaus” (DWIH, the German House for Research and Innovation) regular activities, two as main applicant and two as secondary applicant. We are very pleased to announce that all our applications have been successful, will receive funds and will take place. Here follows a short overview of the events:

International Workshop on “Sustainable water resource management: Perspectives from Europe and South Asia” (Poster) (28.-29.09.2015, German House for Research and Innovation, DWIH, Delhi). The workshop is organised by HCSA and SAI in cooperation with FU Berlin, Kashmir University and TERI University, partners: BayIND, GIZ, Göttingen University, Friedrich Naumann Foundation and TUM. The workshop aims at bringing together top-notch scholars, experts and practitioners from Germany and India, from both public and private sector, covering various aspects of water resource management (e.g., ground water management and regulation, transboundary water resources cooperation, etc.). In a working, knowledge transfer-oriented environment that bridges science, policy and practice, the participants will present their work, initiatives and ideas, exchange their views and approaches, and jointly seek for commonalities and innovative solutions to secure a sustainable and efficient water resource management.

International Conference: “Global environmental change in the Himalayas: Controversies, Impacts, Futures” (Poster)  (India Habitat Centre, November 6-8), organized by SAI and HSCA in cooperation with FU Berlin, TERI University and Jamia Millia Islamia and partnering with both international and regional institutions. The conference will start with a unique exhibition of Professor Marcus Nüsser’s “Environmental Change on a Himalayan scale over the last 150 years” (November 6.-9.) that identifies changes of glaciers, vegetation, land use and urban development in the Himalayas. Professor Nüsser will also give the keynote on the first day of the conference.

·    Symposium “Indo-German Dialogue on Excellence in Research and Education” (Delhi 14.10, German Embassy in Delhi, TBC) organized by DAAD, in cooperation with HCSA, FU Berlin, University of Cologne, TUM as well as JNU, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad. The symposium aims at bringing together Indian and German decision makers and leading experts in education sector, to jointly and comprehensively discuss the multifaceted and all-encompassing aspect of excellence in teaching and research, to exchange ideas and experiences with regard to the challenges and opportunities it requires, to identify areas of mutual interest and effort. Starting in Delhi, the symposium will take place in different Indian cities (‘clusters of excellence’). It is conceptualized as a series of talks, followed by a panel discussion on relevant topics, such as internationalization, partnership with industry and business, funding, innovative institutional strategies, graduate schools and so on. The final aim of the organizers is to institutionalize this framework (i.e., 2-3 symposia per year, which will conclude with a strategy paper) for a comprehensive exchange and cooperation between Indian and German universities.


·  International conference on “Scientification and Scientism in the Humanities in South Asia and Europe” (25.11.2015, JNU, New Delhi), organized by FU Berlin (Professor Christoph Wulf and Heidelberg University (Professor Axel Michaels) from Heidelberg University. The topic of the conference is of central importance in the heated discussion in 'India if Sanskrit Knowledge can be considered as an early form of scientific knowledge. In politics, quite a few people assume that Sanskrit knowledge is a preform of scientific knowledge and use the label "scientific" to postulate continuity between Indian cultural traditions and modern sciences. The conference participants will discuss theses discourses and will analyze to what degree the notion of science is used or misused to reinforce and legitimize existing cultural and societal traditions. 


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Posted on 05 Aug 2015
Earthquake Nepal

The earthquake in Nepal has caused tremendous damage in Kathmandu and beyond. As of now there are no casualities known regarding the university. The SAI prepared support and a call for donations.
Posted on 04 May 2015

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