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Praxisforum for Students on Friday, June 25th
Praxisforum for Students

Internships are an integral part of the BA Southasian Studies at the SAI. In order to further deepen the connection to practical experiences of the students there are four lectures offered on Friday, June 26th, 10-15h at SAI, Room Z10 namely:

10-11 am
Wilma Strothenke, FIAN (Food First Informations- und Aktions-Netzwerk) in charge for public relations
Topic“Working for Human Rights”

11-12 am
Isabel Werle, SAI Alumna (Political Science and Economics), Foreign Office, Berlin:
Topic „Foreign Service“

13-14 pm
Alexander Haentzschel, Cultural Studies, Cluster „Asia and Europe in a Gobal Context“:
Topic „Media“

14-15 pm
Thomas Lennartz, Dipl. Geograph, Department for Geography, SAI
Topic: „Cooperations in Development Policies“

The lectures of the Praxis Forum are designed for all students at SAI and everybody is most welcome. The organisation was taken over by the Studiensekretariat B.A. Südasienstudien
Mind, Music and Ritual in India & Europe
Please feel invited to attend a series of events on „Mind, Music and Ritual in India & Europe“ between June 24th and 26th both at Heidelberg Old Town and SAI:

24 June 17:15 - 16:45, Ethnologisches Institute Sandgasse 7 Room 1910
Ritual as a Therapeutic Resource in Transcultural Psychiatry Lecture by Prof. Dr. Marine Carrin (Toulouse)

25 June 10:15 - 11:45, Ethnologisches Institute Sandgasse 7 Room 1910
Drugs and Prayers
A film by Prof. Dr. Helene Basu (Muenster)
This film deals with the incorporation of psychiatrists into a famous Muslim Healing Dargah in Gujarat. The filmmaker will be present for discussion.

Friday 25 June, 2010, 7-9 pm, South Asia Institute, rooftop
Indian Classical Music Concert (admission free)
Vocal Music: Rupi Mahindroo
Sitar: Yuvaraj Chopra
Tabla: Farid Bannerjee

Saturday 26 June, 10 am -4 pm, South Asia Institute, Room 316
Classical Indian Ragas: Coloring the Mind

For more details and to sign up for the workshop contact

Invitation Project Presenation Sambhali

Project Presentation Sambhali, June 14th Juni 2010, 18.00h, SAI, Room Z10
In India Dalit-Women - so called untouchables - belong to the most disadvantaged persons. Since two years now the Sambhali-Trust tries to improve their situation. The Sambhali-Trust (a grassroots-NGO) and its founder Govind Rathore are in Germany for the first time. It is their aim to introduce the situation of Dalit-women and present concrete examples how to improve their lives.


* Introduction by Govind Rathore, Founder of Sambhali-Trust
* Short Documentary on the Sambhali-Trust
* Beispiele von Dalit-Schicksalen
* Presentation of Projects
* Chances for Voluntary Services
* Q & A

The presentation is in English.
Further Information:

Library Opening Times
Starting from today the opening hours of the library will be extended to: Monday-Friday, 10-18h
Border Rituals and Transcultural Studies
Symposium: "Border Rituals and Transcultural Studies"

May 27, 2010 - May 29, 2010
Institute of Psychology, Bergheimer Straße 20, 69117 Heidelberg, Room 0014
Prof. Dr. William Sax, Head of Southasian Anthropology, and Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels, co-director of the Cluster, are hosting a symposium on "Border Rituals and Transcultural Studies". It brings together scholars from various disciplines to present their research results and discuss the significance of borders in South Asia.  
This event is organized by the Collaborative Research Center "Ritual Dynamics", Heidelberg and the DFG funded interdisciplinary research project "Changing Strategies of Resource Use: The 'Bhotiyas' in the High Mountain Border Region of Uttarakhand, India" (Prof.  Dr. W. S. Sax & Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser).
The increasing tempo of globalization has led some to predict a “borderless world of transcultural flows.” However, a glance at the map and a peek into the archives are sufficient to remind us that in the 20th and 21st centuries political borders have become more salient than ever, not only in terms of international politics, diplomacy, and conflict, but also with respect to cultural politics and self-identification.
Nowhere is this more evident than in South Asia, where the partition of India and Pakistan, the successful struggle for independence in Bangladesh, a large number of secessionist movements, and tense relations with China have demonstrated not only that borders are of continuing importance, but also that they are porous, creating opportunities for legal and illegal trade, for military posturing, and for varying strategies of self-representation vis-a-vis those on „the other side.“ These facts challenge naÔve versions of transculturalism, while making use of its more useful insights.
Thursday, 27th May
10:00 - 10:30 William Sax and Axel Michaels: Welcoming Remarks

10:30 - 11:30 Mona Schrempf (HU, Berlin): Reclaiming Place and Identity at the Sino-Tibetan Border Zone of Amdo: Tibetan Community Ritual, Local History and Chinese State Architecture (Chair: Harder)

11:30 - 12:30 JoŽlle Smadja (CNRS, Paris): New Environmental Boundaries in the Himalayas (Chair: Sax)

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30 Hans Harder (SFB 619): Impacts of the Indo-Bangladeshi Border on Hindu Rituals in Bangladesh (Chair: van Schendel)

14:30 - 15:30 Juergen Schaflechner (SFB 619): Contesting the Border: Sindhi Ritual and Identity in Sindh (Chair: Kreutzman)

17:30 - 18:30 Keynote Lecture by Willem van Schendel (University of Amsterdam): Beyond Marginality: Borderlands and Border Studies in South Asia
20:00 Conference Dinner

Friday, 28th May
09:30 - 10:30 William Sax (SFB 619): De-ritualizing Borders in the Divine Kingdoms of Rawain (Chair: van Schendel)

10:30 - 11:30 Lokesh Ohri (SFB 619): The Effects of new Borders on the Rituals of Mahasu (Chair: van Schendel)

11:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:45 Christoph Bergmann (DFG Project NU 102/10-1): What happens if the Border is closed: On Ritual Mastery and Vertical Control (Chair: van Schendel)

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 - 14:45 Martin Gerwin (DFG Project NU 102/10-1): Between Local Utilization Strategies and External Influences: The Restructuration of Natural Resource Use in the Borderland of the Kumaon- Himalayas (Chair: Harder)

14:45 - 15:45 Girija Pande (Kumaon University, Nainital): Region, Rituals and Imagined Borders: Reflections on Shared Heritage along the Indo-Nepal Border (Chair: Sax)

15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 Toni Huber (Humboldt University, Berlin): Ignore, Transgress, Exploit: Local Responses to the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Himalayan Highlands" (Chair: Kreutzman)

17:00 Final Discussion
Saturday, 29th May
10:00 - 13:00 Planning of Future Research Projects

13:00 Lunch (catered)  

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