The inaugural issue of CATSarena, the newsletter of the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), is now online. It is focused on the topic of social distancing in Asia. As the two founding directors of CATS, Axel Michaels and Barbara Mittler, with the help of two generous designers, Susann Henker and Jennifer Landes, have served as editors for this inaugural issue of CATSarena.
Dr. Ruixuan Chen, the assistant professor of Buddhist Studies at the HCTS, was awarded the Ernst Waldschmidt Prize for his doctoral dissertation in Buddhist philology. The award ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic restrictions and will presumably take place in Berlin at the beginning of 2021. Read more.
The South Asia Institute is united in grief about Dr. Alokeranjan Dasgupta (1933 - 2020), who passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in his house in Leutershausen, in the presence of his partner Elisabeth Günther. You can read a detailed obituary written by Hans Harder here.
On 11 November 2020, there will be a webinar for the book launch of “Tides of Life”, edited by Dr. Aditya Ghosh (research associate in the Department of Anthropology).
Book Launch & Discussion - 7:30 PM
Screening of the Film - 8:35 PM onwards
"The book, titled “Tides of Life”, is published by Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts, under the Union Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Renowned author Dr. Amitav Ghosh, who has written extensively on the Sundarbans including his latest, The Gun Island, is the chief guest.
"Tides of Life" contains a fascinating mix of academic articles written by scholars from all over the world who work on the Sundarbans and some personal encounters with this quaint and globally famous UNESCO heritage site, the largest mangrove ecosystem in world and the only one to be a tiger habitat.