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A New Passage to India
Exploring Cultures of Learning in India and Germany
DAAD Cooperation Project (2019-2023)
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Open Position - Chair of Sri Lankan Studies, Summer Semester 2020 (April to September)
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Urdu Intensive Course

2-20 September 2019
Deadline: 31 Mai 2019
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New article by Dr. Himanshu Jha and Prof. Sumit Ganguly

Washington Quarterly recently published an article “The BJP’s Puzzling Victory: Was It about Hindu Nationalism?” by Dr. Himanshu Jha (Department of Political Science, SAI) and Prof. Sumit Ganguly (Professor of Political Science , Rabindranath Tagore Chair of Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington). The article explains BJP’s resounding victory and its ramifications for India’s foreign policy. The article is available here or here.

Welcome to Professor Pralay Kanungo

The South Asia Institute welcomes Professor Pralay Kanungo as DAAD Guest Professor at the Political Science Department for 11 months. In the upcoming winter semester, he will be teaching the courses Trajectories of Indian Nationalism and Religion and Politics in India.

Pralay Kanungo, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is currently Fellow at Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt University and Guest Professor at Sichuan University, Chengdu (2015-2020). Kanungo has been ICCR Chair of Contemporary India Studies at Leiden University (2013-2018), Fellow at International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (2015-2018), Fellow at Nehru memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and Visiting Professor at Maison des Sciences De L Homme, Paris. He was also the Principal Indian Investigator of the Indian-European Social Sciences Research Networking Project on Electoral Changes in Urban and Rural India (2013-2016).

His research areas include Religion, Culture and Politics: Hindu Nationalism (ideology, everyday practice, mobilization, regional variations, ethnography at the grassroots); Diaspora: Hinduism / Hindu Diaspora; Indian Politics: Institutions and Processes, Electoral and Party Politics, Regional/State Politics, Urban Governance; Indigenous Communities /Adivasis: Cultural / Political Mobilisation, Development and Resistance; India-China Connection: Civilizational and Contemporary.

Open Discussion: Politicial and Social conflicts and Human Rights in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh politicial and social conflicts, security forces actions particularly in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and media policies of the government involve diverse forms of severe human rights violations. More than 800.000 Rohingya refugees live in very harsh conditions in Southeast Bangladesh since several years. Ms Hana Shams Ahmed (Anthropologist, York University, Canada; International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission), Mr Jyotirmoy Barua (Lawyer, Supreme Court Bangladesh) and Mr Bernhard Hertlein (ai, Bangladesh-Co group, Germany) will discuss these issues at an event on Monday, 21th Ocotber 2019, at the South Asia Institute (SAI/Center for Asian Transcultural Studies/CATS).   After their short statements an open discussion will follow moderated by Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky (Ass. Prof., Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies) and Dr. Dieter Reinhardt (Ass. Member, South Asia Institute).

Date/Time: Monday, 21.10.2019; 2.15pm – 3.45pm
Venue: Room 120.01.10 SR,
            CATS/Centre for East Asian Studies (ZO), Voßstr. 2

The poster is available here  

SAI Researchers at Frankfurt Book Fair

On Sunday, 20 October 2019, at 2.30 pm, a podium talk will take place on the topic "What is the human impact in mountains? Climate change and its impact in the Himalayas" as part of the Weltempfang at the "Frankfurt Book Fair". The participants are Judith Müller (geographer specialised in research on the Himalayas and member of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment), Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser (Head of Department of Geography, South Asia Institute) and Dr. Susanne Schmidt (Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, South Asia Institute). Dr. Martin Gieselmann (Executive Secretary, South Asia Institute) will moderate the discussion.

The panel discussion discusses the consequences of the growing human presence in high mountains. Climate change is a challenge – including for the local populations in the Himalaya mountain range. Human beings are interfering in environmental systems in various ways, e.g. through mountain tourism or farming. What effects does this have? How do glaciers and resulting streams in the Himalayas change? What other processes of change do exist?

This years Frankfurt Book Fair will take place from 16-20 October and welcomes Norway as guest of honor. This years motto of Weltempfang is about "Man Made - the age of humans – the Anthropocene" and addresses the question, if the human influence on the planet becomes too extreme? The Weltempfang, in the Center for Politics, Literature and Translation, will be held in Hall 4.1 / B 81.

Further information is available here.



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