Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Neusprachliche Südasienstudien
Jürgen Schaflechner

Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner

Room: 216
Phone: +49 (0)6221 548933
Office hours: by prior arrangement
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Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD 2014 (Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, University of Heidelberg) 2014
  • Thesis: 'Hinglaj Devi: Identity, Change, and Solidification at a Hindu Shrine in Pakistan'
  • M.A. (Modern South Asian Languages and Literature, Comparative Religion and Classical Indology) 2009
  • Thesis: 'Die Göttin Hinglaj. Eine Untersuchung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung ihrer Bedeutung für die jati der Brahmaksatriya' (The Goddess Hinglaj: An Account from the Perspective of the Brahmaksatriya jati)
  • Private instruction in Varanasi, India
  • Coursework in Kashmir Shivaism, Sanskrit (Shiva Sutra) and Hindi 2005
  • University of Vienna 2001-2004
  • B.A., Comparative Religion 2004
  • B.A., Classical Indology 2004
  • Honours: Stipend for academic excellence from the government of Austria 2003

Work Experience

  • University of Heidelberg, Research Associate (Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures) since 2012
  • University of Heidelberg, Research Associate (Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context), Member of mini-Cluster No. 3 'Negotiating Religions - Negotiating Religious Identities among Hindu Communities in Pakistan' since 2012
  • Harvard University Boston, visting scholar at the Study of Religion, Spring term 2011
  • Collaborative Research Centre 619, University of Heidelberg: Project A8 'Grenzen, Rituale, Reflexivität'. 2009-2012
  • Mannheimer Abendakademie, Mannheim, Germany 2009. Hindi instructor. Taught classes of 5-10 students once weekly. Instruction included speaking, writing and reading, with an emphasis on conversational skills.
  • University of Heidelberg, Hindi lecturer, research assistant at Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context 2008-2010
  • University of Heidelberg, Research Assistant for the Collaborative Research Centre 619 (SFB 619) in the project A7 'Ritualtransfer' (transfer of rituals). Research included the concept of ritual among the first orientalists, especially William Jones and H.T. Colebrooke. Wrote articles in the Encyclopaedia for overseas history (GÜSG), 'Royal Asiatic Society' & 'Hinduism' (together with Hans Hommes).


  • Mother tongue German. Fluent English. Advanced Hindi/Urdu. Advanced Sanskrit (translation skills), Intermediate Bengali, Intermediate Farsi, Basic Sindhi, Basic Latin.
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