Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg


Talk by Annu Jalais on 5th October 2016
You are cordially invited to the lecture

"Searching for the South Asian collective via transcendence, the cow and the tiger"

by Dr.Annu Jalais
(Assistant Professor, South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore)


In this paper, Dr. Jalais will explore Prasenjit Duara’s argument, as developed in his recently published book, The Crisis of Global Modernity, that, faced with the unsustainable nature of global modernity it makes sense to turn towards various Asian social and cultural cosmological responses in our search for a more viable future. Taking Descola’s understanding of how our treatment of nonhumans reflect our understandings of ourselves and our societies, Dr. Jalais argues that within South Asian traditions, the Bhakti movement offers a better sense of collective unity and therefore hope of a more sustainable future than does Vedantic Hinduism. She does this by looking at recent events surrounding cows and tigers in India.

Annu Jalais is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. She is an anthropologist who works on Bangladesh and eastern India: on refugee and migration issues in the developing world, on the human-animal interface in the global South and repercussions government policies are having on biodiversity and working towards finding sustainable solutions, especially amongst indigenous cultures, for the perpetuation of our planet.

Date: Wednesday, October 5th
Time: 2 pm (14.00h) -4 pm (16.00h)
Venue: SAI, Room 316
Arrival of the New Staff

We welcome Dr. Himanshu Jha who has joined us as Lecturer and Research Fellow. Jha holds a PhD from National University of Singapore and plans to expand his existing research on institutions, institutional change, the Indian State and bureaucracy. He will be teaching a BA seminar course on Politics in India in the forthcoming semester.

We also welcome Mr. Meah Mostafiz who has joined the PhD programme as research assistant and is currently engaged in research project on Global Governance.

Upcoming Talks of the Department

Following talks are scheduled in the Department:



Dr. Annu Jalais, South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore

5th October 2016

Rinku Lamba, Centre for Political Studies, JNU and Senior Research Fellow,
Kolleg-Forschergruppe "Multiple Secularities" at

University of Leipzig


14th November 2016

Professor.Gurharpal Singh, Dean , Faculty of Arts and Humanities, SOAS, University of London

1st December 2016


Einführungsveranstaltung mit Prof. Rahul Mukherji am 18. Juli um 16 Uhr im Raum 316
Die Abteilung Politische Wissenschaft lädt alle Studierenden des M.A. Südasienstudien herzlich ein zur Einführungsveranstaltung mit Prof. Rahul Mukherji, dem neuen Leiter der Abteilung, und seinen wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeitern.
Die Veranstaltung findet am Montag, 18. Juli um 16 Uhr in Raum 316 statt.

Die Studierenden erhalten wichtige Informationen zum Lehrkonzept der Abteilung sowie den angebotenen Forschungsbereichen. Außerdem werden Informationen für Studierende, die in den nächsten Semestern ihre Masterarbeit schreiben oder am Kolloquium teilnehmen wollen, bereitgestellt.
Zudem wird ein Überblick über die  strategische Ausrichtung der Abteilung sowie zukünftige Entwicklungen gegeben.

Vortrag von Prof. Bharat Desai am 29.06.2016
Die Abteilung Politische Wissenschaft lädt herzlich ein:

Current Challenges in International Environmental Governance  

Prof. Bharat Desai
Centre for International Legal Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Dehli

Datum: Mittwoch, 29.06.2016
Ort: Südasien-Institut, Raum 316
Zeit: 2 pm / 14 Uhr c.t.

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