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Wichtig: Anmeldung zu den Lehrveranstaltungen und Link zum Vorlesungsverzeichnis im SoSe 2016
Posted on 13 Apr 2016
State Religion Debate and Blogger Killings: current legal and human rights issues in Bangladesh am 11. April 2016
Die Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien lädt herzlich zu folgender Veranstaltung ein:

State Religion Debate and Blogger Killings: current legal and human rights issues in Bangladesh
  Vortrag und Diskussion mit

SARA HOSSAIN (Anwalt, Oberster Gerichtshof Bangladesch und prominente Menschenrechtlerin)

NABA KUMAR RAHA (Geschäftsführer, Gandhi Ashram, Noakhali, Bangladesh)


Ort: SAI, R Z10

Datum:     Montag, 11. April 2016, 14 Uhr ct

Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie auf dem Poster.


As the war crime tribunals are still going on, recent developments have again triggered controversy and friction among political and social actors in Bangladesh. These have deepened the impression generated in the aftermath of the Shahbagh movement, namely that Bangladeshi society is being polarized as seldom before, with proponents of secularism on one side and those opting for Islam as guiding principle of state and society on the other. The killings of bloggers propagating secular orientations since February 2015, attacks against religious leaders of minority communities, and the failed petition to remove the declaration of Bangladesh as an Islamic State from the Constitution, are the most prominent recent issues in this regard. How is Bangladesh’s government, with its increasingly authoritarian practice in matters of press freedom etc., going to tackle these developments?


In this panel discussion, prominent lawyer SARA HOSSAIN and human rights activist NABA KUMAR RAHA will give introductions to their take on the current state of affairs. This will be followed by an open discussion.


The Guest Speakers:

SARA HOSSAIN is lawyer at the Supreme Court, Dhaka, and a prominent human rights activist. After studies in Oxford and Middle Temple, she joined the chambers of her father, the former Minister of External Affairs of Bangladesh, Dr. Kamal Hossain. Much of her work is of a voluntary nature, e.g. directing the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast). A few days ago she received the International Women of Courage Award of the US State Department.


NABA KUMAR RAHA is director of the Gandhi-Ashram in Noakhali (Bangladesh). The founding stone for the trust was laid by M. K. 

Gandhi during the Noakhali riots after Independence. Communal harmony and Khadi work continue to be priorities of the Ashram. In 2014, Naba Kumar Raha received the "G. Ramachandran-Ikeda Award" from Delhi for his merits.

Posted on 06 Apr 2016
Hindi in Prag, Wien und Heidelberg am 20.01.2016

Die Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien lädt alle herzlich zur Veranstaltung "Hindi in Prag, Wien und Heidelberg" ein, welche  am 20. Januar 2016, 16.00 Uhr - 18.00 Uhr im Heinrich-Zimmer Saal des SAI stattfindet und durch das Indische Generalkonsulat München unterstützt wird.

Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie auf dem Poster.

Posted on 11 Jan 2016
Vortrag von Prof. Kalpana Sahni am 09.12.2015
Wir laden herzlich zum Vortrag von Prof. Kalpana Sahni (JNU, New Delhi) zum Thema “Bhisham Sahni. The Life and Times of my Father” ein.
Der Vortrag findet am Mittwoch, den 09.12.2015 um 16.00 Uhr c.t. in Raum 317 statt.
Das Poster können Sie hier öffnen.

Posted on 03 Dec 2015
Vortrag von Dr. Sourav Kargupta am 07.12.2015
Wir laden herzlich zum Vortrag von Dr. Sourav Kargupta (School of Culture and Society - The Department for Indology, Aarhus University) zum Thema “From Non-Fictional to Fictional: Literary Non-Conscious, Sexual Difference and Rabindranath Tagore’s Trajectories” ein.
Der Vortrag findet am Montag, den 07.12.2015 um 14.00 Uhr c.t. in Raum 323 statt.
Das Poster können Sie hier öffnen.


From Non-Fictional to Fictional: Literary non-conscious, Sexual Difference and Rabindranath Tagore’s Trajectories.

This paper presents the initial findings of my project tentatively titled: “Literary non conscious and the history of the jati: Rabindranath Tagore’s Trajectories”. The project tries to take initial steps toward a re-statement in situating the works of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) in the map of the literary as well as the socio-political. It argues that Tagore’s writings on literature, especially his conceptual-speculative readings of ‘Bengali Folk Literature’ open up a major theoretical possibility in understanding the genealogy of the ‘nation’ in a non-essentialist way, a conceptual critique which subsequently is never explored. This paper would specifically argue that there is a possible way of reading a continuity between Tagore’s early prose ‘non-fiction’ on the question of the literary and his fictional works. Within its limits, it can only talk about the short stories, when talking about fictional works. The idea of the ‘concept-metaphor’ is key to the style-of-reading this project pursues. Any sign, within a textual situation has a dual trajectory. On the one side it is controlled within the limits of clear conceptual rigour, and, on the other, it remains open to a temptation of metaphoric slide of meaning. In balancing the two, the metaphoric remains regulated by a certain economy. The paper works with this assumption that if one carefully follows the economy of metaphoric deployments in a text (I am only talking about prose works here), one can recover a map both of the intentional archeology its author, and the typical resistances the subject-matter put up to the revealing glance of his prose. In the case of Tagore, the following of the metaphoric prohibitions and transgressions become more important, since (especially the early) Tagore is actively in the process of tasting the limits of Bengali prose in articulating different kinds of subjects and is very willing to give into the metaphoric plural slides of meaning. This paper discusses two such moments in early Tagore (before the turn of the century) where his experiments with the metaphoric reveals key ideas about a nonessential list philosophy. In the first moment, I try to show how, faced with the problem of the ‘literary on-conscious’, Tagore’s inclination towards metaphoric detours is strained, as the non-fictional is pushed to a more fictional loosening of meanings. In the second, the fictional itself encounters a limit in trying to stage an ethical transgression of the social by critiquing the foreclosure of ‘sexual difference’, and therefore of the metaphoric as such. This thread would be established with detailed analysis of some of Tagore’s short stories.
Posted on 01 Dec 2015

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