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New book by Max Stille
I.B. Tauris recently published the new book “Islamic Sermons and Public Piety in Bangladesh - The Poetics of Popular Preaching” by Max Stille (former doctoral student at the department for Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures of the South Asia Institute and now executive director of NETZ e.V.).
Posted on 29 Jul 2020
Welcome to Dr. Justyna Kurowska

The South Asian Institute welcomes Dr. Justyna Kurowska as Research Assistant at the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures. She studied Indology at the University of Warsaw and Hindi at the Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She received her PhD in 2019 at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Warsaw University on the modern Hindi novel´s approach to death, dying and the dead body.

Posted on 27 Jul 2020
Congratulations to Khalid Sanjarani

We cordially congratulate Dr. Khalid Sanjarani (former member of the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures) for winning the “Best Researcher Award”. The prize was awarded by the Higher Education Commission Pakistan on 7th of August 2019 for his research on Iqbal and Heidelberg.

Dr. Khalid Sanjarani was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Modern South Asian Languages from 2008 to 2009. Since 2018, he holds a professorship at the Government College University in Lahore.

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
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

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