Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Neusprachliche Südasienstudien
Paper "اردو ادب میں مقامی رنگ" (Regionality in Urdu Literature) by Arian Hopf.
Papers "Identität & Integration - Einblicke aus der bangladeschischen Diaspora in Deutschland" by Azizur Rahman Khan and "Konkurrierende Konzepte in der Integrations- und Migrationspolitik" by Dieter Reinhardt.
Working Paper "The Vernacular: Three Essays on an Ambivalent Concept and its Uses in South Asia" by Hans Harder, Nishat Zaidi and Torsten Tschacher.
"Being English: Indian Middle Class and the Desire for Anglicisation" by Sayan Chattopadhyay.
Published volume "Disciplines and Movements: Conversations between India and the German-speaking World" by Hans Harder und Dhruv Raina.
Published volume "Literary Sentiments in the Vernacular: Gender and Genre in Modern South Asia" by Hans Harder, Laura Brueck, Charu Gupta and Shobna Nijhawan.
Published volume "Non-Shia Practices of Muḥarram in South Asia and the Diaspora: Beyond Mourning" by Torsten Tschacher and Pushkar Sohoni.
Book chapter 'Languages, Literatures and the Public Sphere' by Hans Harder
Article “How Real Is Hunger? Stories of a Disaster and Amr̥tlāl Nāgar’s Bhūkh” by Justyna Kurowska
Article "Translating Science—Comparing Religions" by Arian Hopf
"Translating Islam, Translating Religion: Conceptions of Religion and Islam in the Aligarh Movement" by Arian Hopf
Article “Feeding on Abjects: 'Symbolic' Cooking and Consuming of Dead Bodies in the Modern Hindi Novel” by Justyna Kurowska.
Festschrift in honour of Rahul Peter Das by Carmen Brandt and Hans Harder.
"Mythos und Moloch" by Johanna Hahn.
"Hypermasculinity in Bengali Comic Books" by Hans Harder.
Published volume "Ritual Journeys in South Asia: Constellations and Contestations of Mobility and Space" by Jürgen Schaflechner and Christoph Bergmann.
Article "Migrant literary genres: Transcultural moments and scales of transculturality" by Hans Harder.
Article "(Re)constructing the Origin: Countering European Critique with Historiography in Hali’s Musaddas and Ameer Ali’s The Spirit of Islam" by Arian Hopf.
Published volume "Pakistan: Alternative Imag(in)ings of the Nation State" by Jürgen Schaflechner and Christina Oesterheld.
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.
Contact person for students in social, psychological or study-related emergencies
Prof. Gerrit Kloss

Hanni Truong
Room 130.02.07
Office hours:
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Tel: +49(0)6221 54-15270
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 54-15276
Dr. Justyna Kurowska
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.

Intensive Courses in Spoken and Written Urdu

28th August - 16th September 2023

The South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University, Germany, will offer introductory and advanced courses in Urdu during the summer vacations 2023.

In the introductory course, students develop speaking, reading, listening and writing skills and acquire basic vocabulary as well as knowledge of the main grammatical structures and conversational etiquette of Urdu.

The advanced course is designed to develop communicative skills, grammatical accuracy and the ability to understand complex texts. Particular stress will also be laid on listening comprehension.

More information here.

Bangla Summer School in Warsaw

31 July - 14 August 2023

The South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University, Germany, in cooperation with the Chair of South Asian Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland and Charles University, Prague invites you for an intensive language workshop in the Bengali language.

We offer you two intensive courses in spoken Bengali. Our experienced teachers from Prague, Heidelberg, and Warsaw will share their knowledge with you and help you to learn, speak and understand Bengali better.

In the introductory course, participants will develop speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills and acquire a basic vocabulary of Bengali.

The advanced course is aimed to develop a deeper understanding of grammar, communicative skills, and the ability to understand literary texts.

Participants are asked to acquire a basic knowledge of the Bengali script prior to the course. For this purpose, we recommend: 1. Teach Yourself Bengali by William Radice, published by Teach Yourself Books; 2. Bengali. A Comprehensive Grammar, Routledge Comprehensive Grammars.

More information here.

Hindi Intensiv Course in Jaipur

19 February - 18 March 2023

The South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University, in cooperation with Indo-German-Society in Jaipur, offers an intensive Hindi course during the winter break. The course is aimed at all students and interested parties who already have a good basic knowledge of Hindi. The intensive lessons with native-speaking teachers enable the participants to deepen their language skills, to automate grammar structures they have learned and to acquire new vocabulary. In addition, they are motivated in a lifelike setting to actively use Hindi.

You can find more information here.

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