Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Neusprachliche Südasienstudien
Jürgen Schaflechner's monography "Hinglaj Devi: Identity, Change, and Solidification at a Hindu Temple in Pakistan" published by Oxford University Press.
Publication of Ismat Chughtais "Das Brautkleid" translated by Christina Oesterheld.
Novel "Herbert. Ein Kalkutta-Roman" by Nabarun Bhattacharya published, which was translated out of Bengali into German by Hans Harder.
Begin of all classes in the summer term is Tuesday, 23rd of April 2019
Britta Cierniak
Room 130.02.07
Office hours:
Mo, Di, Mi 9.00-12.00
Do 9.00-11.00
Tel: +49-(0)6221-15270
Postal Address
South Asia Institut
Dep. Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures
Voßstrasse 2
Building 4130
D-69115 Heidelberg
Student Affairs
Room 130.02.09
T: +49-(0)6221-15276

Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner
Office hours: by prior arrangement

Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures


The Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, formerly called "Modern Indology", is devoted to the study of South Asia. "South Asia" denotes the Indian subcontinent, i.e. the area that was historically known as "India", and is today home to over 1.5 billion people, i.e. one fifth of the world's population. India is by far the largest country in South Asia, followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldive Islands. Afghanistan is also at times counted as a part of South Asia and has recently acknowledged its belonging to this region. South Asia comprises a great variety of different cultures, ethnic groups and religions, and one of its most remarkable characteristics is its diversity of languages. The several hundreds of spoken languages in South Asia are divided into four major groups: New Indoarian, Dravidian, Austroasian and Sinotibetic languages. Idioms that did not originate in South Asia (i.e. Persian, Portuguese, and of course, down to the present, English) are of great importance, too, be it as written languages, contact languages or supra-regional communication media. Several South Asian languages have brought forth a remarkable treasure of literature, and some of them are nowadays official state languages.
Webmaster: jl