Kathmandu Branch Office
Vistit of German Ambassador and Cultural Attaché at the Nepal Research Bhavan
On March 10, 2022, the newly appointed German Ambassador to Nepal, Dr. Thomas Prinz and Cultural Attaché Gregor Czaja were visiting the Nepal Research Bhawan to see the Kathmandu branch office of the South Asia Institute and get an idea about completed and ongoing projects. Resident Representative Frederic Maria Link had the opportunity to introduce them to the premises, infrastructure, activities and history of the Kathmandu branch office. Prof Dr. Axel Michaels informed the Ambassador about mayor completed projects and the ongoing project ‘Documents on the History of Religion and Law of Pre-modern Nepal’ hosted by Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.
The meeting also included presentations by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius on the Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP) of the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in which she aquainted the Ambassador Prinz with the Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Monuments (DANAM). Dr. Bidur Bhattarai also participated in the meeting by presenting the project ‘Preserving the Written Cultural Heritage of Nepal’ of the Centre for Study of Manuscript Cultures at University of Hamburg.
Ambassador Prinz, who himself holds a PhD from SAI Heidelberg, showed great interest in the presentations. The meeting led to a fruitful discussion on collaboration with the German Embassy regarding a function for SAI Kathmandu branch office’s 35th Anniversary in September 2022 and general possibility of a close cooperation and mutual support.
New book on „Caring for Old Age. Perspectives from South Asia“ edited by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius and Roberta Mandoki
Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius and Roberta Mandoki have just published their edited volume "Caring for Old Age. Perspectives from South Asia" in the "Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality" series (vol 8) of HeiUP. The book can be ordered on demand and be downloaded for free and is available from HeiUP https://heiup.uni-heidelberg.de/heiup/catalog/book/597
The volume results from the Cluster-project “Ageing in a Transcultural Context” that was headed by Christiane Brosius, Andreas Kruse and Axel Michaels, including the PhD research tandem of Roberta Mandoki (on Kathmandu) and Dr. Annika Mayer (on Delhi). Mandoki and Mayer had earlier jointly developed the online platform “Elderscapes. Ageing in Urban South Asia” .
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