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28th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS)
October 1st - 4th, 2025
Milliarden Stimmen
What happens when the world's largest democracy votes? Podcast about the Indian Elections of 2024 (German only).
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Prof. Dr. Harun-or-Rashid: Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-75): His Political Thoughts and Ideals
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"A Sonic Approach to Anticolonialism in Interwar India": DFG Project Launch Event

The History Department of the South Asia Institute is pleased to invite you to the Launch of the DFG Project titled "A Sonic Approach to Anticolonialisim in Interwar India", with the participation of Prof. Dr. Kama Maclean, Anamitra Ghosh and Jacob Thomas. Kama Maclean´s project aims to apply the methods of Sound Studies to a study of the history of anticolonialism in India. Extending on her earlier work, which draws extensively on visual archives to construct historical narratives, this project aims to explicitly trace the reverberations of sound - especially mediated speech, slogans and songs - in anticolonial mobilisation in the interwar period. Orality was a critical element of political communication, which, partly due to the difficulties in capturing the spoken word, has not yet been studied in detail. Yet the archives are full of sound.

The event will take place in the South Asia Institute (Voßstrasse 2, Building 4130), Room 130.00.02 on Monday, April 29th, 2024 between 10:00 and 12:30 CEST.


Invitation to the Conference `A Yam between Two Rocks´

On May 27th and 28th the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences hosts the international conference ``A Yam between Two Rocks´: Transcultural Histories of Nepal´s Relations with India, China, and Tibet´. The event is conducted by Research Unit `Documents on the History of Religion and Law of Pre-modern Nepal´ and `Nepal Heritage Documentation Project´. The conference investigates the potential of transculturality in understanding specific aspects of Nepal´s non-colonized history. At the same time it honors Professor Axel Michaels on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Find details of the event here.

As part of conference the there is a public keynote by Charles Ramble (Oxford/Paris) entitled `A yam or a sausage? Elastic boundaries, internal exotica and other features in the slow coagulation of a nation´ in the CATS Auditorium (010.01.05) on Monday, May 27th at 6pm. On the following day there will be a book launch of Axel Michael´ recent publication `Nepal: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present´ (Oxford University Press, 2024) at 6 pm in the Völkerkundemuseum, Hauptstr. 235, 69117 Heidelberg. You are kindly asked to register for the events with Simon Cubelic (simon.cubelic@hadw-bw.de) or Lara Basile (lara.basile@hcts.uni-heidelberg.de)



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