The DAAD will fund the project “Exploring Cultures of Learning in India and Germany”, which is a collaboration between the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia at the South Asia Institute (Heidelberg University), the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and the Chair of Indology at Würzburg University.
The collaboration is jointly conducted by the Professors Ute Hüsken (Heidelberg), Jörg Gengnagel (Würzburg) and Gopabandhu Mishra (BHU). It concentrates on the historically and culturally vastly diverse “Cultures of Learning” in India and Germany, which the participants in this program experience and investigate. The heart of this project is the annual intensive course “Lived Sanskrit Cultures” in Varanasi with 12 international student participants, including students from Heidelberg, from Würzburg, and from BHU. This three-week intensive course is designed to impart a practice-oriented training in methods of cultural and religious studies, and to complement and supplement the approaches of philology and textual studies. The programmatic term “Cultures of Learning” reflects the ambition of the collaborators to look into how learning sustains identities and habitus over time while enabling and generating change, and how learning has shaped and continues to shape values and subjectivities. Short term and long-term exchange of teaching faculty and students, common workshops (arranged in Heidelberg, at BHU, and in Würzburg) and guest lecture series will complement the program, which will run for four years.
On the occasion of the opening of the Nepal Research Bhavan an exhibition and a conference and workshop will take place from 2 to 4 March 2019.
On Saturday, 02 March 2019, at 4:00 pm, the Kathmandu Office of Heidelberg Universitys South Asia Institute, together with the Research Unit "Documents on the History of Religion and Law of Premodern Nepal" of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Nepal Heritage Documentation Project of Heidelberg University, and the Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures of Hamburg University cordially invites you to the exhibition "Opposite Dreams" by ArTree Nepal. Further information is available here.
From March 2-4, 2019, the conference „Masters and Servants: Slavery, Bondage and Unfree Labour in Nepalese History“ will take place. Further information about the schedule is available here.