The three-week intensive course “Lived Sanskrit Cultures in Varanasi” (Feb 17 to March 6, 2020) is now open for applicants till 31 October 2019. It is designed to impart a practice-oriented training in methods of cultural and religious studies, focusing on how Sanskrit texts are taught, applied, enacted, inscribed in spaces and lived by practitioners, women and men, in Varanasi.
Areas of study comprise teaching Sanskrit and the Veda, performing rituals, processions in Varanasi, Goddess Temples in Varanasi, Indian Calendrical Systems and a Crash Course in Spoken Sanskrit
The course is organized by Prof. Dr. Ute Hüsken (South Asia Institute, Head of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia), Prof. Dr. Jörg Gengnagel (Würzburg University) and Dr. Vinita Chandra (IIT / Banaras Hindu University).
Further information is available here.
The website GlacierHub published the article "Study Assesses Efficacy of Artificial Glaciers in Alleviating Water Scarcity in Ladakh, India" on 27 June, 2019 with an interview with Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser (Head of the Department of Geography, SAI).
The article presents the study "Socio-hydrology of artificial glaciers in Ladakh, India: assessing adaptive strategies in a changing cryosphere" by Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser, Juliane Dame, Benjamin Kraus, Ravi Baghel and Susanne Schmidt, which was published in the journal "Regional Environmental Change". The study is available here. In the interview with Prof. Nüsser, the benefits, functionality and success of artificial glaciers are discussed. The interview is available here. GlacierHub is a renowned web platform of Columbia University.