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Graduation Ceremony and SAI Winter Party at 7.12.2018

On 7 December 2018, this years graduation ceremony will take place in the Heinrich Zimmer Room of the Library of the South Asia Institute. The welcoming will be held by Prof. Rahul Mukherji, followed by the lecture entitled "INF 330" by Prof. William Sax. Afterwards, the graduates will be honored and the best bachelors and masters thesis will be awarded, as well as students of the SAI will give some closing remarks. Afterwards the SAI Winterfest will take place. Everybody is cordially invited; the poster is available here.

Podium Discussion on Global Poverty on 8 December 2018

On 8 December 2018, 4 pm, a panel discussion will take place in the Heinrich-Zimmer reading room of the South Asia Institute, which will address the question "Who is responsible for combating global poverty (Wer ist für die Bekämpfung globaler Armut verantwortlich)?". The poster is available here. Together with Achim Drewes (Nestlé Germany), Heinz Fuchs (Brot für die Welt), Prof. Dr. Christian Neuhäuser (TU Dortmund) and Gabriele Reich-Gutjahr (FDP / DVP Delegate to the County Parliament of Baden-Württemberg) the question of responsibility for tackling global poverty will be discussed. The event will be moderated by Paula von Haaren (Research Associate at the South Asia Institute, Department of Development Economics) and Sebastian Burger (Academic Director of Studies of the Protestant Academy).

The podium discussion will be jointly organized by the Department of Development Economics of the South Asia Institute, the Evangelischen Akademie der Pfalz and sneep e.V. (Student Network for Business Ethics). It is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and by the Labor and Service Directorate of Rheinland-Pfalz.

Please register by e-mail ( to facilitate the planning. Spontaneous people are welcome without registration.

All interested are cordially invited to the discussion. The discussion will be held in German, but questions in English are also very welcome.




A Literary Urdu Evening

On Thursday, 6th of December 2018, the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures will hold a literary Urdu evening at 4 p.m. in the Cafeteria of the SAI.
There will be some recitations in Urdu and home-made delicacies. Everybody is cordially invited! 

Welcome to Prof. Purohit

We cordially welcome Professor D. R. Purohit as visiting professor at the Department of Anthropology in winter term 2018/19. He was awarded a Baden-Württemberg Fellowship and during his stay, he will translate the book „Temple Mahabharat of the Mandakini Valley“. Professor Puhorit teaches at the HNB Garhwal University in Dehradun in India. He published more than 50 texts about central Himalaya and wrote, directed and produced theatre plays. His PHD addressed “Medieval English Folk Drama”. The main focus of his research is the culture of the Central Himalaya.

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Ort: 316, Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
Referent: Sona Prabhakaran
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Montag, 18.02.2019
Lived Sanskrit Cultures in Varanasi
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Ort: Benares, Indien, Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
Veranstalter: Abteilung Kultur und Religionsgeschichte Südasiens
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