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Scholarship by Margot and Friedrich Becke Foundation for Marija Grujovska

We congratulate Marija Grujovska, student of the Department of Religious and Cultural History of South Asia, for receiving a scholarship from the Margot and Friedrich Becke Foundation. Grujovska was honored for her exceptional academic achievements. The scholarship will support her master thesis on fieldwork and archive work in Nepal. 

The topic of her master thesis is an in-depth study of the Ṛṣi Pañcamī, an annual religious festival held by Hindu women in Nepal. A central part of the celebration is ritual fasting to remove the "pollution of menstruation". The aim of the master thesis is to explore the cultural representations of biological processes such as menstruation by Nepalese women. The grant from Becke Foundation allows her to travel to Nepal to explore the performative aspects of the text and the ritual.

Marija Grujovska, Prof. Mußgnug, Prof. Huesken at the handing over of the scholarship (Image: Dr. Astrid Zotter)


Welcome to Heiko Frese

The South Asia Institute cordially welcomes Dr. Heiko Frese at the Department of History. In the winter semester he will be the substitute professor for Prof. Dr. Gita Dharampal, who retired on 30.09.2018. Frese studied Indology with focus on Islamic Studies and Philosophy at the University of Kiel. He then received his doctorate at the Institute of Indology at University of Leipzig on Nepali historiography ("Variationen von Wirklichkeit"). Further information is available on his profile website.


Welcome to Sona Prahakaran

We cordially welcome Sona Prahakaran, a DAAD fellow, who has newly joined the department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia as a doctoral candidate under the supervision of Professor Ute Hüsken. A native of Kerala, she has an Integrated Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from IIT Madras and Aarhus University, Denmark. Her PhD project on “Ritual Pluralism and Guardian Deity of Tamil Nadu: Shastric Amman vis-à-vis Amman of the Graveyards” will explore sacred spaces produced and transformed by ritual pluralism in Tamil Nadu.

Before joining the SAI, she worked with Stanford University (Rural Education Action Program) in assessing the quality of Engineering Education in India. She has also been involved in numerous ethnographic projects dealing with gender and internal migration in India, study on miniature shrines in Chennai, assessment of canal construction, and status of rehabilitation and resettlement in Madhya Pradesh to name a few. Her research interests lie in Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, and Literary Theory and Criticisms.



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Dienstag, 05.02.2019
Project Presentation - Department PhD Candidate
Zeit: 16:00 Uhr
Ort: 316, Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
Referent: Sona Prabhakaran
Veranstalter: Abteilung Kultur und Religionsgeschichte Südasiens
Montag, 18.02.2019
Lived Sanskrit Cultures in Varanasi
Zeit: 09:00 Uhr
Ort: Benares, Indien, Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
Veranstalter: Abteilung Kultur und Religionsgeschichte Südasiens
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