Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Neusprachliche Südasienstudien


Department Breakfast on 24 April 2019
We cordially invite all students of the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures to our DEPARTMENT BREAKFAST on 24 April 2019, 10 am in our department on the second floor of the new CATS (Voßstrasse 2, building 4130, 69115 Heidelberg).
With a buffet with coffee and snacks, we want to start in the new semester comfortably and to inaugurate the new premises solemnly.

Posted on 15 Apr 2019
New open access journal Dastavezi: The Audio-Visual South Asia
CrossAsia recently published the first volume of the new open access journal Dastavezi: The Audio-Visual South Asia. It is a journal for scholars and filmmakers, filmmakers as scholars, and filmmaking scholars working on regional and transregional South Asia. The journal provides a platform for linking audio-visual and scholarly practice from and on South Asia.  
Dastavezi is an open-access archive of audio-visual knowledge. By providing films published in the journal with Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers, Dastavezi encourages filmmakers and scholars working on South Asia to cite documentary film as a legitimate source of academic production. Furthermore, it aims to make the films accessible to audiences beyond the structures of the market domain.   Please find further information here:
The first issue includes an introduction by the main editors (Max Kramer and Jürgen Schaflechner) and films and essays by:    
  • Fathima Nizaruddin. My Mother’s Daughter (19:05). Delhi.  
  • Mahera Omar. Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist (1:06:57). Karachi.
  • Yaminay Chaudhri. Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema (22:22). Karachi.
  • Aditya Basu. Kaifiyat (8:13). Mumbai.
Posted on 06 Mar 2019
Urdu Intensive Course from 2 to 20 September 2019

From 2 to 20 September 2019, the South Asia Institute will organize an Urdu Intensive Course. This course teaches a basic knowledge of Urdu on the beginner’s level. The advanced participants will consolidate expand their vocabulary and develop communicative skills. The course fee is 250 Euros and the application deadline is 31 May 2019. For further information and application please contact: Rishal Rahul Haque,

Further information is available on the poster.

Posted on 05 Mar 2019
Publication by Max Stille

Heidelberg University Publishing recently published the book „Religion and Aesthetic Experience - Drama – Sermons – Literature“, edited by Sabine Dorpmüller, Jan Scholz, Max Stille and Ines Weinrich. Max Stille is a former PhD student at the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures of the SAI. He also contributed an article to the volume titled „Between the Numinous and the Melodramatic: Poetics of Heightened Feelings in Bengali Islamic Sermons“. Further information is available here.

Posted on 23 Jan 2019
Publication "Im Labyrinth" by Sara Rai
Draupadi recently published the book "Im Labyrinth" by Sara Rai (author, translator and journalist). Johanna Hahn (former PhD student at the South Asia Institute) translated the book from Hindi and wrote the epilogue. More information is available here.

Posted on 16 Jan 2019

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