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Article on Eva Walter (1900-1991)

In a recent issue of the Zurich-based WOZ, the weekly newspaper, Dr. Joanna Simonow, research assistant in the Department of History at the SAI, published an article on Eva Walter (1900-1991). Dr. Simonow describes the exciting life of the communist Eva Walter, who was part of the Indian independence movement. From 1950, she ran an "India Store" in Zurich, which received part of its start-up capital from the later Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, with whom Walter was friends. In addition to the brief outline of Eva Walter´s biography, Dr. Simonow´s article also includes an appeal to contemporary witnesses who know Eva and her sister Luise to get in touch with the academic.

You can read the article (in German) here.


Rokeya Sakhawat Hossein´s Allegory "Muktiphal": Empire, Resistance and Gender - Talk by Dr. Sonia Amin

The Department of Political Science is inviting you for a talk by Prof. Dr. Sonia Nishat Amin  titled "Rokeya Sakhawat Hossein´s Allegory "Muktiphal": Empire, Resistance and Gender". Prof. Amin will analyse the work of the pioneering feminist writer and examines various strategies and philosophies of protest and resistance. The talk will take place on Monday, 22 January, 2024 at 2:15 pm at CATS, building 4130, Great Lecture Hall, 010.01.05. Please find further information here.


Welcome to Dr. Marion Rastelli - ERASMUS Guest

Dr. Marion Rastelli will visit the Cultural and Religious History of South Asia Department from January 11 to January 18 in the context of the vibrant Erasmus exchange between Heidelberg and Vienna Universities. Dr. Rastelli will join the Block Seminar Kolloquium during which PhD, MA and BA candidates of the department will present their work. She will also will read sections from the Padma Purana with Sanskrit students of the department. In addition, she will give a presentation in Prof. Hüsken’s Seminar “South Indian Temple Cultures”  on the history of branding as identity marker of South Indian Vaishnavas.

Marion Rastelli is a Sanskritist. She works as a senior researcher and deputy director at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and also teaches at the Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna. Her main field of research is the Vaiṣṇava tradition of Pāñcarātra in all its aspects, including teachings, rituals and historical development. She is co-editor of the renowned Tāntrikābhidhānakośa, a dictionary of technical terms from Hindu Tantric literature.



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