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New publication by Hans Harder and Dhruv Raina

Prof. Dr. Hans Harder has published the book "Disciplines and Movements: Conversations between India and the German-speaking world", together with Dhruv Raina, issued by Orient BlackSwan: "The late nineteenth and early twentieth century saw the introduction of modern disciplines within the university system. In India, the modern university as a ‘teaching and examining body’ set up as an instrument of colonial governmentality, was slowly progressing towards the institution of postgraduate teaching and research. While many disciplines were still fluid, there was a distinct movement towards the institutionalisation of disciplinary identities in South Asia. 

Disciplines and Movements studies this historical period till a little after the end of colonialism in India through an exploration of a set of conversations and transnational encounters between Indian and German-speaking intellectuals and academicians at this time, which shaped the contours of disciplines such as psychology and sociology, and of course, in a different way, Indology. Moving away from the customary binary of Eastern and Western knowledge forms, the chapters bring together diverse aspects of this encounter: the movement and meeting of scholars, shared intellectual and scientific concerns, the mode and content of communication, and how colonial and other knowledge forms constituted the identity of the modern sciences and social sciences.

Coming from a wide range of disciplines, the book has chapters by Martin Fuchs, Roddam Narasimha, Dhruv Raina, Axel Michaels, Benjamin Zachariah, Angelika Malinar, Rajendra Dengle, Christiane Hartnack, and Hans Harder. The chapter authors highlight little-known, yet key aspects of these encounters: the critical role of translation in facilitating – and, at times, distorting – flows of knowledge; exchanges between Indian and German/Austrian scientists between the two World Wars; German disciplinary engagements with India in the fields of sociology, psychology, and media theory; and the extent and nature of the closeness of Indian and German thought in relation to fascism and National Socialism."

You can find more information about the book here.

Exhibition and Symposium on "Motherland: Pushpamala N.’s Woman and Nation"

As part of the 60th anniversary of the South Asia Institute, the exhibition "Motherland: Pushpamala N.’s Woman and Nation" and an accompanying symposium will take place from May 28th till July 31st, 2022 at the Völkerkundemuseum, Heidelberg (VPST).The exhibition was curated by Monica Juneja (HCTS) and Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University) in collaboration with Robert Bitsch (VPST).

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition and reception on Friday, May 27, starting at 18:00. A guided walk through the show with the artist will be part of the event.

A day-long symposium of scholars discussing this body of work from different disciplinary perspectives will take place on Saturday, May 28, from 9:00 to 18:45, also at the Völkerkundemuseum (VPST).

Please register for the symposium using the following e-mail:

The program of the symposium is available here and the poster here.

The exhibition Motherland features an important series of photo-performances by the acclaimed artist Pushpamala N. on the Indian nation personified as woman, mother, and goddess. The series shows Pushpamala taking on Mother India’s myriad personifications: nubile beauty and saintly renunciant; militant goddess wearing a garland of sculls or receiving the ultimate sacrifice of a warrior’s head; the mother surgeon activating the birth of model citizens; and destitute widow, bent from years of abject labor. As she does so, she reveals that nations are invented, as are national embodiments. The artist’s burden is to reveal the ingredients of such inventions.


Concert "Resonating Ragas" with Keerthana Ravi on 2 June 2022

As part of the 60th anniversary of the SAI, the concert "Resonating Ragas" with Keerthana Ravi will take place on 2 June 2022 at 6 p.m (poster). The event will take place in room 010.01.05 (CATS seminar building, Voßstrasse 2) and will be shown on YouTube: The instruments are played by Deepak Sayeeram (Veena), Sreedev Sreekumar (Mridangam) and Jeysri Balaji (Violin).



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Montag, 23.05.2022
Patching Development: Information Politics and Social Change in India
Zeit: 14:00 Uhr - 16:00 Uhr
Ort: , Voßstrasse 2
Referent: Dr. Rajesh Veeraraghavan, Georgetown University/Washington D.C.
Veranstalter: Abteilung Politische Wissenschaft
Freitag, 27.05.2022
Colloquium Series „The 1950s: Journeys into Postcolonial South Asia”
Zeit: 14:15 Uhr - 16:00 Uhr
Ort: Gebäude 4130, Raum 010.01.05 (Streaming on Zoom), Voßstr. 2
Referent: Prof. Ornit Shani - University of Haifa
Veranstalter: Abteilung Geschichte Südasiens
Donnerstag, 02.06.2022
Konzert: Resonating Ragas
Zeit: 18:00 Uhr
Ort: Gebäude 4010, Raum 010.01.05, Voßstrasse 2
Referent: • Keerthana Ravi • Deepak Sayeeram, Vina • Sreedev Sreekumar, Mridangam • Jeysri Balaji, Violine
Veranstalter: Abteilung Kultur und Religionsgeschichte Südasiens
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