Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Neusprachliche Südasienstudien


Lecture by Jun.-Prof. Carmen Brandt on 17th January 2020

The Power of Writing: Script and Identity Politics in Contemporary South Asia


The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures is cordially inviting everybody to this lecture given by Jun.-Prof. Carmen Brandt from the University of Bonn. It takes place on Friday, 17th of January 2020 in room 130.00.03.

Besides its linguistic diversity, South Asia also hosts a large number of scripts. While the emergence of ethnic groups based on linguistic factors is well studied, research on the influence of scripts on identity formation among ethnolinguistic and religious communities is still at the beginning. This presentation will give a preliminary systematic overview on the importance of writing systems in contemporary South Asia. By presenting some significant examples, it will make apparent that the growing importance of script is connected to the formation and spread of religions, the emergence of ethnic consciousness and nationalism as well as to the evolution of media technologies, for instance to the introduction of the printing press and computer technology. First conclusions in this presentation draw on a comparative study based, among others, on long-term field studies in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Carmen Brandt has been junior professor at the Department for South Asian Studies of the Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany, since January 2017. She obtained a Magister degree in Languages and Cultures of Modern South Asia, Indology, and Communication and Media Studies from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, where she also received her doctorate in 2015.

Please find the poster here

Posted on 15 Jan 2020
Call for Papers - Bangladesh Studies across disciplines

Call for Papers

Bangladesh Studies across disciplines

June 4 and 5, 2020

The Bangladesh Study Network brings together people studying Bangladesh. While there are a lot of research activities on Bangladesh in various disciplines, these are often only interconnected by chance or personal networks. They are hardly visible to the outside, with Bangladesh remaining, particularly in the social sciences and humanities, an appendix to South Asian studies, which focus on India, and, to a lesser degree, Pakistan. By creating a forum for perceiving interconnections and providing visibility, this conference contributes to strengthening Bangladesh Studies as a field and to eliminating blind spots within Bangladesh studies.

We invite everyone who would like to present their work at the conference to send us a title and short abstract by 30 April, 2020. Please also let us know if you would like to chair a session or be a discussant. As we need to know the number of attendees for catering purposes, please let us know if you are planning to attend by 30 April.

Kindly send your abstract, registration and queries to

Information on logistics and accommodation in Heidelberg will follow.

Posted on 18 Dec 2019
Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik am 13.11.2019
Die Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien lädt herzlich ein zum Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik (Universität Erfurt) zum Thema "The Making of History Islamic: Memory and Narrativein Early Muslim South Asian Expansion".

Termin: Mittwoch, 13.11.2019
Ort: Raum 010.00.06
Uhrzeit: 4 pm / 16 Uhr c.t.

Posted on 23 Oct 2019
Offene Diskussion: Politische und soziale Konflikte und Menschenrechte in Bangladesch
In Bangladesch sind politische und soziale Konflikte, das Vorgehen der Sicherheitskräfte, insbesondere in den Chittagong Hill Tracts, und die Medienpolitik der Regierung, verbunden mit verschiedenen Formen schwerer Menschenrechtsverletzungen. Mehr als 800.000 Rohingya-Flüchtlinge leben seit mehreren Jahren unter sehr schwierigen Bedingungen in Südost-Bangladesch. Frau Hana Shams Ahmed (Anthropologin, York University, Kanada; International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission), Herr Jyotirmoy Barua (Anwalt, Oberster Gerichtshof Bangladesch) und Herr Bernhard Hertlein (ai, Bangladesh-Co-Gruppe, Deutschland) werden diese Themen auf einer Veranstaltung am Montag, 21. Oktober 2019, am Südasien Institut (SAI/Zentrum für Transkulturelle Studien Asiens/CATS) diskutieren.
Nach ihren kurzen Stellungnahmen folgt eine offene Diskussion, moderiert von Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky (Ass. Prof., Heidelberger Zentrum für Transkulturelle Studien) und Dr. Dieter Reinhardt (Ass. Mitglied, Südasien Institut).

Datum/Zeit: Montag, 21.10.2019; 14.15 - 15.45 Uhr
Veranstaltungsort: Raum 120.01.10 SR, CATS/Zentrum für Ostasienkunde (ZO), Voßstr. 2

Das Poster erhalten Sie hier

Posted on 08 Oct 2019
Erstsemesterfrühstück der Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien
Die Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien lädt herzlich ein zum Abteilungsfrühstück am 15.10.2019 um 9.30 Uhr in Raum 010.01.03. Bei einem Buffet von Kaffee und Snacks wollen wir das neue Semester gemütlich einläuten.

Posted on 19 Sep 2019

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