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World Literature as a ”Special Issue": Magazines and Cold War Internationalism in India - Lecture by Dr. Francesca Orsini
The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures cordially invites you to the lecture by Dr. Francesca Orsini (Professor Emerita of Hindi and South Asian Literature, SOAS, London). Friday, May 6, 2 p.m., SAI, Room 130.00.03. Poster.
Posted on 03 May 2022
Beyond the Trope of National Homecoming: Indian English Life Writings and the Secret History of Anglicized Self-fashioning - lecture by Dr. Sayan Chattopadhyay
The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures cordially invites you to the lecture by Dr. Sayan Chattopadhyay (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur). Friday, April 22, 2 p.m., SAI, Room 130.00.03. Poster.
Posted on 19 Apr 2022
Welcome to Dr. Sayan Chattopadhyay

The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures is pleased to welcome Dr. Sayan Chattopadhyay, who will stay until September 2022 at the SAI. Dr. Sayan Chattopadhyay is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge in 2014. He was the recipient of the 2010–2013 Smuts Cambridge International Scholarship and was the Baden Württemberg visiting fellow at the SAI in 2017. His research has been primarily in the area of Indian Writing in English, Postcolonial Studies or Literature of Colonial Bengal. He is the author of the book “Being English: Indian Middle Class and the Desire for Anglicization” (Routledge, 2022). During his stay in Heidelberg, Chattopadhyay will be teaching courses on Indian English fiction, poetry, and autobiography. He will also be conducting research on the engagement of the colonial Indian middle class with the theme of boredom.

Posted on 07 Apr 2022
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. Sanjib Baruah (Bard College, New York)
Invitation to the lecture “Intertwined Histories: Bangladesh and Assam”
 Dr. Sanjib Baruah (Professor of Political Studies, Bard College, New York)
Date: Monday, 14th February 2022
Time: 4.00–5.45 p.m. (Central European Time) (10.00-11.45 a.m. EST/8.30-10.15 p.m. IST/9.00-10.45 p.m. Bangladesh Time)

Please register at to participate in the video event.

Prof. Dr. Hans Harder (South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University)
Moderation: Dr. Dieter Reinhardt (South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University)

Sanjib Baruah is Professor of Political Studies at Bard College, New York and Honorary Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is the author of In the Name of the Nation: India and its Northeast (Stanford University Press, 2020). He serves on the editorial board of the journal Studies in Indian Politics (Sage Publications) and the book series ‘South Asia in Motion’ (Stanford University Press). He is a regular contributor to the newspaper Indian Express.

‘Eastern Bengal and Assam’ was a province of British colonial India. ‘Eastern Bengal and Assam’ existed as a province for a short time, from 1905 to 1911. But the Sylhet Division of Bangladesh was a part of the province of Assam for much longer - from 1874 to 1947. This territorial history is a reminder of the intertwined histories of this transnational space. Such a spatial frame is useful to understand the fraught politics of citizenship in Assam and the rest of Northeast India. The partition of 1947 and the civil war that led to the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 are key moments in this history because of their effects on migration flows and on the politics of belonging.

For more information see the poster.
Posted on 08 Feb 2022
Intensive Hindi Kurs in Jaipur 21st February - 19th March 2022
The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literature in cooperation with the Indo-German-Society in Jaipur offers its annual intensive Hindi course. It is aimed at all students and interested persons who already have a good basic knowledge of Hindi. The intensive lessons with native-speakers enable the participants to deepen their language skills, to automate grammar structures and to acquire new vocabulary. In addition, they are motivated to actively use Hindi in class and everyday life.
For more information, see the poster.
Posted on 08 Dec 2021

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