Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Neusprachliche Südasienstudien


Vorstellung von Dr. Justyna Kurowska
Das Südasien-Institut begrüßt Dr. Justyna Kurowska als wissenschaftliche Assistentin an der Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien. Sie studierte Indologie an der Universität Warschau und Hindi am Zentrum für Indische Sprachen der Jawaharlal Nehru University in Neu-Delhi. Sie promovierte 2019 am Institut für Orientalistik der Universität Warschau über die Herangehensweise moderner Hindi-Romane an Tod und Sterben.

Posted on 27 Jul 2020
Wichtig: Anmeldung zu den Lehrveranstaltungen im WiSe 2020/21

Beginn aller Lehrveranstaltungen ist Montag, der 2. November 2020.

Posted on 27 Jul 2020
Gratulation an Khalid Sanjarani

Wir gratulieren herzlich Dr. Khalid Sanjarani (ehemaliger Gast der Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien) zur Auszeichnung „Best Researcher Award“ von der Higher Education Commission Pakistan. Der Preis wurde ihm am 7. August 2019 für seine Forschung zu Iqbal und Heidelberg verliehen.

Dr. Khalid Sanjarani war von 2008-2009 als Postdoctoral Fellow an der Abteilung Neusprachliche Südasienstudien tätig und hat seit 2018 eine Professur an der Government College University in Lahore inne.

Posted on 20 May 2020
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
6th Bangladesh Studies Network - Bangladesh Studies across disciplines

6th Bangladesh Studies Network conference in Heidelberg

Bangladesh Studies across disciplines

29-30 October 2021

The Bangladesh Studies 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.

Venue: Heidelberg University, South Asia Institue, Voßstrasse 2, Building 4130, 69115 Heidelberg.

Programme details will be announced soon

Kindly send your abstract, registration and queries to Dunya Wasella:

Information on logistics and accommodation in Heidelberg will follow.

Posted on 18 Dec 2019

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