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Call for Papers - Bangladesh Studies across disciplines

Postponed due to the Corona situation. New dates will be announced in due course.

Call for Papers

Bangladesh Studies across disciplines

June 4 and 5, 2020

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.

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
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik on 13.11.2019
The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures cordially invites to the lecture by Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik (University of Erfurt) on "The Making of History Islamic: Memory and Narrativein Early Muslim South Asian Expansion".

Date: Wednesday, 13.11.2019
Venue:Room 010.00.06
Time: 4 pm / 16 Uhr c.t.

Posted on 23 Oct 2019
Open Discussion: Politicial and Social conflicts and Human Rights in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh politicial and social conflicts, security forces actions particularly in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and media policies of the government involve diverse forms of severe human rights violations. More than 800.000 Rohingya refugees live in very harsh conditions in Southeast Bangladesh since several years. Ms Hana Shams Ahmed (Anthropologist, York University, Canada; International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission), Mr Jyotirmoy Barua (Lawyer, Supreme Court Bangladesh) and Mr Bernhard Hertlein (ai, Bangladesh-Co group, Germany) will discuss these issues at an event on Monday, 21th Ocotber 2019, at the South Asia Institute (SAI/Center for Asian Transcultural Studies/CATS).
After their short statements an open discussion will follow moderated by Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky (Ass. Prof., Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies) and Dr. Dieter Reinhardt (Ass. Member, South Asia Institute).

Date/Time: Monday, 21.10.2019; 2.15pm – 3.45pm
Venue: Room 120.01.10 SR,
            CATS/Centre for East Asian Studies (ZO), Voßstr. 2

The poster is available here

Posted on 08 Oct 2019
Semester Brunch of the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures
  The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures cordially invites you to the department breakfast on 15.10.2019 at 9.30 am in room 010.01.03. With a buffet of coffee and snacks, we want to have a cozy semester start.

Posted on 19 Sep 2019
Literary Evening in Hindi and Urdu on 4th of July 2019

On Friday, 4th of July at 5 p.m., the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures will again hold a literary evening in Hindi and Urdu in room (010.00.06, CATS).
There will be some recitations in Hindi and Urdu and home-made snacks. Everybody is cordially invited! 

Since the programme is not yet finalised, every proposal for recitations is warmly welcomed and can be sent to Gautam Liu ( or Arian Hopf (

The poster is available here.
Posted on 04 Jun 2019

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