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Welcome to the South Indian Cultures Forum

All South India enthusiasts are warmly welcome to our newly launched South Indian Cultures Forum! We invite scholars and students to come together and exchange on diverse topics and enjoy a selection of films this winter semester. The forum aspires to be a space of dialogue and informal networking. Alongside film viewings we will have Brown Bag Lunch Talks – here members of the wider South India Studies community briefly present their ongoing work, while we have lunch together (bring your own food and drinks). After the Christmas break a Pongal Celebration on January 15 brightens up the long German winter and we end the semester with some Kaapi and Snacks on the 6th of February! The Forum is jointly organized by the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia and the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures. More Information here.

Manuscriptology and Digital Humanities - eHeritage project: Digitalization of Gandharan Artefacts (DiGA)

The SAI cordially invites you to the presentation about eHeritage Project: Digitization of Gandharan Artefacts (DiGa), to be presented online on Friday, Nov. 10 between 9:15 - 10:45.

Since 2021, the BMBF-funded eHeritage project Digitization of Gandharan Artefacts (DiGA) has been documenting a collection of ca. 1500 Buddhist sculptures preserved in the Dir Museum in Chakdara, Province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. These have been excavated in a dozen of acvhaeological sites around present-day Chakdara by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museum, KP and the Department of Arcaheology of the Peshawar University in the 1960s and 1970s. The DiGA team completed its final photographic campaign in May and has published an important portion of the collection on HeidICON, the multimedia platform of the University of Heidelberg´s Library.

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Welcome to Aditya Shrivastava

The Department of Political Science is delighted to host Mr. Aditya Shrivastava as a German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Mr. Shrivastava is a legal professional with over a decade of experience in India’s development and social sector. He has been providing legal support to NGOs, social movements, institutions and grassroots activists through various methods, including research, strategic litigation, advocacy and capacity building.

For over seven years, he has steered the Support Cell for Civil Society Organisations on the issue of shrinking civic spaces in India. He also coordinated a fellowship programme with a national network of 80 activists who were working at the grassroots level to promote constitutional values in India. He has earlier served as the Legal Research Officer to the Indian Supreme Court’s Commissioner on the Right to Food. He has been an active volunteer with several public campaigns and public interest litigations. He maintains an action-oriented and community-focused approach to use the law for protection of human rights. His core interests are civic space freedoms, the right to food and digital rights. 

The German Chancellor Fellowship program is designed to promote international cooperation and foster future leaders from around the world. It is awarded to outstanding professionals with initial leadership experience and provides them the opportunity to conduct research projects in Germany. The program is under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Germany and is administered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Under the Fellowship, Mr. Shrivastava will be undertaking his project titled "German Experience on Regulating Civil Society Organisations: Comparative Perspective and Lessons for India". The project aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice by conducting a comparative analysis of CSO regulations in Germany and India, with a particular focus on legal safeguards, implementation challenges, and the practical impact on civil society. By drawing on empirical data and expert guidance, his research seeks to identify best practices and propose legal reforms that can help strike a balance between accountability and civic freedoms. The project promises to offer valuable insights and strategies to protect and nurture civil society in a time when its progressive ideals face significant threats in India and beyond.


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