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NEWSLETTER www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de No. 6, January 2015 WELCOME to this 6th edition of the SAI | Newsletter! CONTENT NEWS TEACHING RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT On the following pages we are looking back on a winter term with an exceptionaly large number of visitors – among them visiting professors, eminent lecturers and substitute for staff members enjoying a sabbatical. There are also several new faces who will be joining the SAI. Among them are Prof. Amit Prakash, who will come to the SAI in the summer term 2015 as a DAAD Guest Professor and Radu Carciumaru, who will take over the position of the Resident Representative of the SAI in New Delhi from Elvira Graner from February onwards. As usual the SAI-Newsletter contains a variety of topics on research and the people who conduct it. We are happy to include, again, news items from associated colleagues who work at Heidelberg University on South Asia, among them in this edition Profs. Christiane Brosius and Birgit Kellner. The SAI staff proofs its strong competence and commitment to languages e.g. by conducting the 15th Sanskrit Summer School in August or the translators’ workshop in January, its international outreach even among the younger staff as the group of political scientist going out to the ISA conference in New Orleans or the contribution by the head of the Department of Geography on the Himalaya-Exhibition in the Alpine Museum, Munich, that opens in early March. Last but not least, this issue is the first one after the handover from Prof. Hans Harder to Prof. Stefan Klonner as Executive Director of the SAI. SOUTH ASIA INSTITUTE Im Neuenheimer Feld 330 69120 Heidelberg T: +49-6221-54 89 00 F: +49-6221-54 49 98 M: info@sai.uni-heidelberg.de www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de Dr. Martin Gieselmann Executive Secretary Prof. Dr. Stefan Klonner Executive Director | Page 1

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 CONTENT NEWS ► Amit Prakash as Guest Professor at SAI ► Radu Carciumaru as new Resident Representative at the New Delhi Branch Office ► Himalaya Exhibition at Alpine Museum, Munich ► Visit of Ambassador of Pakistan ► South Asia Institute strongly represented in New Orleans ► 15th anniversary of the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit ► 18th rank for SavifaDok at OARR ► First Indian newspaper digitized ► Gita Dharampal-Frick at International Conference ► Hans Harder and Gautam Liu at Indian Literary Evening ► Obituary- Professor Dr. Hans-Georg Bohle NEWS AMIT PRAKASH AS GUEST PROFESSOR AT SAI In Summer 2015, Amit Prakash will stay as Guest Professor at the South Asia Institute. He will hold lectures at the Depatment of Political Science as stand-in for Prof. em. Subrata K. Mitra. Amit Prakash is Professor and Chairperson of the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studied for his MA and MPhil degrees in Political Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and for his graduate degree at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara. His areas of research include politics of development and identity, critical governance studies, conflict, governance and the state, democratic political process in India, policing in India and global governance. RADU CARCIUMARU AS NEW RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE AT THE NEW DELHI BRANCH OFFICE Since February 2015, Radu Carciumaru, M.A. holds the position as Resident Representative at the New Delhi Branch Office of the South Asia Institute. He is the successor of PD Dr. Elvira Graner which had headed the position since January 2013 at the New Delhi Branch Office. Radu Carciumaru, МА (Heidelberg University), fellow of the German National Academic Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, is Lecturer and PhD Researcher, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. He is also the managing editor of the Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics and former research fellow at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Radu Carciumaru’s areas of expertise include institutional design in plural societies, power sharing and negotiation theories, ethnic conflict regulation, international and regional cooperation, comparative politics and political economy. Radu Carciumaru’s teaching experience includes lectures and seminars on international politics (South Asia), comparative politics (South Asia and Eastern Europe), negotiation and game theories (i.e., negotiating violent conflicts), theories and methods (Colloquium for PhD candidates), democratization as well as reconciliation in post-conflict countries. He co-organized several conferences and served as the junior leader at the International DAAD Graduate Academy on “Ways to democracy: social and political transformation processes”, Berlin. Radu Carciumaru is involved with the Varieties of Democracy project, serving as country coordinator for Sri Lanka, as well as expert on India, Germany and Serbia. TEACHING RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 2

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 HIMALAYA EXHIBITION AT ALPINE MUSEUM, MUNICH On March 3rd the exhibition “Over the Himalaya. The expedition to India and Central Asia 1854 to 1858 by the Schlagintweit Brothers” (Über den Himalaya. Die Expedition der Brüder Schlaginweit nach Indien und Zentralasien 1854 bis 1858) organized by the Deutsche Alpenverein (DAV) will be opening at Alpine Museum, Munich. Prof. Marcus Nüsser, Head of Geography Department, SAI, was strongly involved in the conception and planning of this event. He not only helped to select items on display and contributed significantly to the catalogue, but was also in charge for the cartographic part of the exhibition. The exhibitions uses roughly 100 water colors (Aquarelle) and other objects as to show the background, context and practical aspects of the expedition. In this historical perspective it sheds light on the inherent conflict of the expedition: While following the academic Humboldtian ideal of doing fundamental research, Prof. Marcus Nüsser at the same time the Schlagintweit brothers had to deliver results to their British donators who were much more driven by the practical aspects of the findings. As part of the lecture program of the exhibition, Prof. Nüsser will deliver a talk on “Die Gletscher- und Siedlungspanoramen der Schlagintweit Brüder im Kontext aktueller Forschung” on May 6th at the Alpine Museum. In this talk Prof. Nüsser will relate the historical expedition to current research on glacier research and borderland studies. VISIT OF AMBASSADOR OF PAKISTAN On Friday, November 21st 2014, His Excellency, Syed Hasan Javed, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Germany gave a guest lecture at the South Asia Institute. The lecture was entitled „Iqbal, the Philosopher of Convergence between East and West” and took place at 10-12h in room Z10. The well attended talk was ample proof for the intellectual vigor of His Excellency and the lively discussion revealed that the audience was impressed by the presentation. His Excellency, Syed Hasan Javed His Excellency, Syed Hasan Javed holds a Master’s Degree in Economics, joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1979 and held various diplomatic assignments in Pakistan Missions abroad and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad. CONTENT NEWS ► Amit Prakash as Guest Professor at SAI ► Radu Carciumaru as new Resident Representative at the New Delhi Branch Office ► Himalaya Exhibition at Alpine Museum, Munich ► Visit of Ambassador of Pakistan ► South Asia Institute strongly represented in New Orleans ► 15th anniversary of the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit ► 18th rank for SavifaDok at OARR ► First Indian newspaper digitized ► Gita Dharampal-Frick at International Conference ► Hans Harder and Gautam Liu at Indian Literary Evening ► Obituary- Professor Dr. Hans-Georg Bohle TEACHING RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 3

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 SOUTH ASIA INSTITUTE STRONGLY REPRESENTED IN NEW ORLEANS by Radu Carciumaru CONTENT NEWS ► Amit Prakash as Guest Professor at SAI ► Radu Carciumaru as new Resident Representative at the New Delhi Branch Office ► Himalaya Exhibition at Alpine Museum, Munich ► Visit of Ambassador of Pakistan ► South Asia Institute strongly represented in New Orleans ► 15th anniversary of the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit ► 18th rank for SavifaDok at OARR ► First Indian newspaper digitized ► Gita Dharampal-Frick at International Conference ► Hans Harder and Gautam Liu at Indian Literary Evening ► Obituary- Professor Dr. Hans-Georg Bohle A remarkable group of six scholars will represent South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University at the 56th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association “Global IR and Regional Worlds - A new agenda for international studies,” to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, between February 18th-21st, 2015. Led by the former chair of the Department of Political Science, Professor Subrata K. Mitra, the group includes Dr. Jivanta Schöttli, Dr. Yang Lu, Bernhard M. Beitelmair, Radu Carciumaru and Marcus Pauli. Besides presenting own papers within different panels, there will be three panels jointly convened by the group: “Liberal And Capitalist? India As a Rising Power And The Global Economy” analyses the case of India as a rising power, which is particularly interesting if one examines the norms and values underpinning its position as stakeholder in the contemporary global order. Sharing an institutionalist approach and a focus on international political economy, the papers on this panel examine facets of India’s contribution to liberal global governance and its obfuscation. “Between Regionalism And Globalism: The United States, China And India In The 21st Century” analyses the role and importance of the region, which is back in the focus of foreign policy and global politics whether it be tensions in the South China Sea, implications of America’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan or India’s navy-building capacities in the Indian Ocean. The papers included in this panel argue that regional compulsions highlight the role of history, identity and diplomatic traditions in the framing of foreign policy strategy. “Turning Rebels Into Stakeholders: Ethnic Conflicts In South Asia” analyses the issues concerning ethnicity, ethnic identity and ethnic conflict in South Asian states. It seeks to contribute to a better understanding of ethnic mobilization, conflict dynamics as well as historical, sociological, constitutional and institutional aspects of ethnic conflict. The panel focuses on the underlying causes for the emergence and escalation of an ethnic conflict. It investigates the state responses in preventing or regulating such conflicts and scrutinizes both domestic elite strategies as well as transnational factors (e.g. involvement to various degrees of international actors at different stages of conflict - emergence, escalation, management or resolution). The International Studies Association (ISA) is a professional association for scholars, practitioners and graduate students in the field of international studies. Founded in 1959, ISA now has over 6,200 members in 80 countries and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions (Regions), 24 thematic groups (Sections) and 3 Caucuses, which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas. ISA publishes leading journals in the field of international studies and the annual convention routinely draws over 6,000 attendees. TEACHING RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 4

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL IN SPOKEN SANSKRIT 25th & 29th August 2014 CONTENT NEWS ► Amit Prakash as Guest Professor at SAI ► Radu Carciumaru as new Resident Representative at the New Delhi Branch Office ► Himalaya Exhibition at Alpine Museum, Munich ► Visit of Ambassador of Pakistan ► South Asia Institute strongly represented in New Orleans ► 15th anniversary of the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit ► 18th rank for SavifaDok at OARR ► First Indian newspaper digitized ► Gita Dharampal-Frick at International Conference ► Hans Harder and Gautam Liu at Indian Literary Evening ► Obituary- Professor Dr. Hans-Georg Bohle In August 2014, the South Asia Institute celebrated the 15th consecutive year of the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit organized by the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia. In 2000, Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels initiated this course together with Dr. Sadananda Das from Benares (since 2005 in Leipzig). The main idea of this initiative is to encourage and enable those interested in Indian studies to approach Sanskrit not just as a literary language but also as a spoken one. From its very beginning, it received increasing interest and widespread accolade among young students and the advanced researchers. In the last 15 years, more than 300 students from 35 countries of all the continents from Brazil to Uzbekistan have participated in it. In order to meet the demands of the students, advanced courses were organized in Florence (2003), Varanasi (2005) and Goa (2013). On the occasion of the 15 years of Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit, a Sanskrit performance on the origins of poetry sponsered by the embassy of India, Berlin was staged on Monday 25th August 2014 by Dr. Ananth Rao (expert in the traditional style of storytelling). Also, his Excellency Vijay Gokhale, Ambassador of India, Berlin presided over the closing ceremony on Friday 29th August. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Jan E.M. Houben, Directeur d Etudes « Sources et Histoire de la Tradition Sanskrite », Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, SHP, Sorbonne, held a talk on “Sanskrit and the arduous emergence of integrative humanism”. Afterwards a Sanskrit play was performed by the participants of the summer school. This was followed by recitation of Sanskrit and Nepali songs. TEACHING RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 5 Photos: Borayin Larios

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 18TH RANK FOR SAVIFADOK AT OARR SavifaDok has reached the 18th place (out of 152) at the Open Access repository ranking (OARR), a research project at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. SavifaDok is an Open Access document server operated by the Virtual Library South Asia Savifa, which is managed by the Library of the South Asia Institute and hosted by the University Library (UB) of Heidelberg. The assessment was made on the basis of performance (with subcategories: general, usability, value-added services, metadata, interoperability, community) and size. SavifaDok has reached good results in the fields of “Metadata” with 6/9 points and “Size”. In the last year SavifaDoks stock of open access documents increased by 16.87%, in comparison to the first-ranked (Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften (ZBW): EconStor) which gained 28.81%. FIRST INDIAN NEWSPAPER DIGITIZED The first published newspaper in India was digitized and now provided for online use from the holdings of the library of the South Asia Institute. The newspaper is called Hicky´s Bengal Gazette (1780-1782), which was first published by James Augustus Hicky (1739/40-1802) on January 29, 1780 in Calcutta. Further information: http://ub.blog.uni-heidelberg.de/2014/07/15/hickys-bengal-gazette1781-1782-online/ GITA DHARAMPAL-FRICK AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Prof. Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick took part in an international and interdisciplinary conference on “Connectivity in Motion: New Studies on the World of the Indian Ocean”, organised by Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schnepel, Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, from 16th Participants of the Conference in Halle, -18th October 2014 (see picture). Prof. Dharampal-Frick (2nd row on the Furthermore, on 3rd November right) 2014 Prof. Dr. Gita DharampalFrick was invited to hold a lecture entitled “Before European Hegemony: Early Modern German Empirical Discourse on India (1500-1750)” for the Cosmopolis-Programm at Leiden University, Department of History. She also gave a Keynote address at the Indian Day, held in Hanover on 15th November 2014, organised by the Society for World History. CONTENT NEWS ► Amit Prakash as Guest Professor at SAI ► Radu Carciumaru as new Resident Representative at the New Delhi Branch Office ► Himalaya Exhibition at Alpine Museum, Munich ► Visit of Ambassador of Pakistan ► South Asia Institute strongly represented in New Orleans ► 15th anniversary of the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit ► 18th rank for SavifaDok at OARR ► First Indian newspaper digitized ► Gita Dharampal-Frick at International Conference ► Hans Harder and Gautam Liu at Indian Literary Evening ► Obituary- Professor Dr. Hans-Georg Bohle TEACHING RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 6

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 HANS HARDER AND GAUTAM LIU AT INDIAN LITERARY EVENING On January 12th, the Indian Literary Evening in Halle took place with participation of Prof. Hans Harder (Head of Department and Professor of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures) and Mag. Gautam Liu (Lecturer in Hindi, Dept. of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures) of the South Asia Institute. Further guests were Christian Weiß, M.A. from Draupadi Verlag, Heidelberg and Dr. Ines Fornell from the Seminar für Indologie und Tibetologie, Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. The event was jointly organized by the Südasien-Seminar, Institut für Orientalistik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and the IndoGerman Society e.V. and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Based on the recently released novels “Herbert” of Nabarun Bhattacharya and “Mohandas” by Uday Prakash translated from Bengali and Hindi, the participants outlined which criteria of Modern Indian literary works are crucial for the selection and translation for the German readers. They showed, how the process of linguistic and cultural translating was designed and what could be transferred and what not. For this purpose, the translators Prof. Hans Harder and Mag. Gautam Liu talked about the challenges while translating Herbert (Bengali) and Mohandas (Hindi) into German by giving insights into the process of translation with several examples. OBITUARY- PROFESSOR DR. HANS-GEORG BOHLE The members of the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University are united in grief about the unexpected passing of Professor Dr. Hans-Georg Bohle (*03.03.1948 †20.09.2014). Hans-Georg Bohle (human geographer and expert for social vulnerability research) was professor at the Department of Geography, South Asia Institute from 1995 to 2004. Our thoughts are with his family, (Picture: Friederike Pauk, Geogfriends and in particular his colleagues raphy Department, University of Bonn, GIUB) from the field of Geography. CONTENT NEWS ► Amit Prakash as Guest Professor at SAI ► Radu Carciumaru as new Resident Representative at the New Delhi Branch Office ► Himalaya Exhibition at Alpine Museum, Munich ► Visit of Ambassador of Pakistan ► South Asia Institute strongly represented in New Orleans ► 15th anniversary of the Summer School in Spoken Sanskrit ► 18th rank for SavifaDok at OARR ► First Indian newspaper digitized ► Gita Dharampal-Frick at International Conference ► Hans Harder and Gautam Liu at Indian Literary Evening ► Obituary- Professor Dr. Hans-Georg Bohle TEACHING RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 7

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 CONTENT NEWS TEACHING ► Graduation Ceremony of SAI 2014 ► Urdu Summer School 2014 ► Congratulations to Milinda Banerjee TEACHING GRADUATION CEREMONY OF SAI 2014 On December 12th, 2014, the South Asia Institute honoured its graduates for the second time in a dignified ceremony. As in the previous year, many graduates followed the invitation and came back to their alma mater for a unique evening at the Heinrich-Zimmer-Hall in SAI’s library. Dr. Martin Gieselmann, SAI’s Executive Secretary, opened the ceremony with a short address to the graduates, their family members and friends, the faculty, and other guests. For the following ceremonial lecture we could win Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner. She holds the chair for Buddhist Studies at the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe and gave a talk on “Max Walleser (1874-1954) and Heidelberg: A glance at a time before the founding of the South Asia Institute”. Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Jörg Gengnagel and Dr. Lars Stöwesand handed over the degree certificates together with a small gift including a poem in Hindi written exclusively for the graduates by our Hindi lecturer Gautam Liu. The programme was accompanied by classical and modern Indian dance performances by Swarali Paranjape (PhD student at SAI) and Karuna Saguri Venkatachalam (MA student at SAI). Graduate Julia Schumacher closed the ceremony with the students’ final words. SAI’s Winter Party followed the graduation ceremony and gave an opportunity for everybody to end the day in a relaxing way. Many thanks go to our Registrar Dr. Lars Stöwesand and our Alumni Programme Coordinator Melani Aloysious for organising the ceremony for the second time. RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT Ceremonial Lecture by Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner, Photo: Dagmar Brombierstäudl Dance performance by Karuna Venkatachalam, Photo: Dagmar Brombierstäudl Dance performance by Swarali Paranjape, Photo: Dagmar Brombierstäudl | Page 8

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 URDU SUMMER SCHOOL 2014 by Christina Oesterheld CONTENT NEWS TEACHING ► Graduation Ceremony of SAI 2014 ► Urdu Summer School 2014 ► Congratulations to Milinda Banerjee RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT This time, the Urdu Summer School attracted 17 participants from Belgium, Germany, Iran, Italy, Lithuania and Switzerland. As usual, courses took place on three levels: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Participants were free, however, to move between the different levels according to their individual qualification and interest. This was facilitated by the structure of the course which on the intermediate and advanced levels offered separate modules: conversation, reading and translation, as well as systematic grammar. We were able to teach three parallel courses only thanks to the dedicated efforts of our guest language instructors Amtul Manan Tahir and Bushra Iqbal Malik. This time, again, very cordial group dynamics developed within and between the participants of the different levels. We all met every day for the coffee breaks and for lunch in the canteen, and we arranged for a course dinner preceded by collective cooking in the SAI cafeteria. Apart from the daily instruction we offered film shows of Indian and Pakistani films and met for a walk to the Iqbal sites in Heidelberg (Iqbal-Ufer and Pension Scherer at the banks of the Neckar). The summer school ended on a very enjoyable note with cultural programs organized by the participants on the last day of the course. The summer school was a very good experience for instructors and participants alike many of whom have already expressed their hope to be able to come to Heidelberg again for our next intensive Urdu courses. Participants of Urdu Summer School 2014 | Page 9

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 CONGRATULATIONS TO MILINDA BANERJEE In winter 2014 Prof. Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick (Head of the Department of History at the South Asia Institute) supervised the dissertation entitled “‘The Mortal God’: Debating Rulership and Genealogies of Sovereignty in Colonial India, 1858-1947 (with a primary focus on Bengal)“ by Milinda Banerjee (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata). The dissertation is a work of socially-contextualized intellectual history, which examines the manner in which new concepts of sovereignty were constructed in late nineteenth and early-mid twentieth century India through the creation of divergent visions of human, divine, and messianic rulerProf. Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick and Milinda Banerjee and ship. He defended his PhD graded with Summa cum Laude for the written dissertation as well as the oral exam. Milinda Banerjee holds a MA in History, University of Calcutta (Graded 1st class 1st) and a BA in History, University of Calcutta (Graded 1st class 1st). the staff of the department of history CONTENT NEWS TEACHING ► Graduation Ceremony of SAI 2014 ► Urdu Summer School 2014 ► Congratulations to Milinda Banerjee RESEARCH PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Gita DharampalFrick was external Prof. Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick with Manjusha Kuruppath and the first assessor Prof. Jos Gommans (left) assessor of the dissertation by Manjusha Kuruppath “Dutch Drama and Company’s Orient: A Study of Representation and its Information Circuits, c. 1650-1780”. The disputation took place at Leiden University. The first assessor was the Professor of Colonial and Global History Jos Gommans. | Page 10

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 CONTENT NEWS TEACHING RESEARCH ► Conference “Pakistan. Parallel Narratives of the NationState” ► Research on art in urban Nepal: Changing occupational and visual landscapes in Kathmandu ► Workshop about translations of South Asian regional languages ► “Himalayan Times” accessible online ► 6th Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“ ► Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference held in Heidelberg ► Two PhD Projects: Research on Ageing in Kathmandu and New Delhi RESEARCH CONFERENCE “PAKISTAN. PARALLEL NARRATIVES OF THE NATION-STATE” Current images of Pakistan are often dictated by unceasing media reports of terror attacks, ethnic or religious conflicts, and political instability. Over the last decade such news helped to solidify a picture of Pakistan as an extremely volatile and violent state. This has proven influential on many levels: businesses hesitate to invest in the country, the tourist industry is on the wane, and Pakistani citizens have increasingly problems receiving visas for other countries. These last years also had an impact on scholarly approaches to Pakistan, where studies featuring extensive fieldwork have increasingly become rare. Poster of the conference PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT However, there are also other noteworthy developments: The opening of the media, the abolishment of separate electorates, or the lawyers’ movement progressively strengthened the Pakistani civil society. New NGOs and universities are established and new forms of social media are raising the concerns of the politically voiceless. Hence, the last years have shown developments into both directions: into a radicalization and a liberalization of society. Emphasizing alternative ways of looking at Pakistan, this conference aspired at bringing together different styles of research and parallel narratives, without leaving political discourses aside. With a focus on literary and ethnological work they wanted to porParticipants of the conference tray Pakistan from an angle that not simply aims to thwart prevailing images of ethnic and religious friction, but tries to show how they are reflected in literary texts and connect with local developments on the ground. Literary vernacular works often present dissenting views of national identity and alternative histories of the nation, which largely go unnoticed outside the country. Ethnographical case studies brought groups into focus, which hardly ever figure in the media or in any academic discourse on Pakistan. Through this approach they engaged scholars from different fields to speak about parallel narratives of the nation and the state. The conference “Pakistan. Parallel Narratives of the Nation-State” took place from the 1st to the 3rd December 2014 in the IWH (Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg). | Page 11

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 RESEARCH ON ART IN URBAN NEPAL: CHANGING OCCUPATIONAL AND VISUAL LANDSCAPES IN KATHMANDU by Christiane Brosius CONTENT NEWS TEACHING RESEARCH ► Conference “Pakistan. Parallel Narratives of the NationState” ► Research on art in urban Nepal: Changing occupational and visual landscapes in Kathmandu ► Workshop about translations of South Asian regional languages ► “Himalayan Times” accessible online ► 6th Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“ ► Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference held in Heidelberg ► Two PhD Projects: Research on Ageing in Kathmandu and New Delhi Anthropologist Mark Liechty’s ethnography on Kathmandu youth’s modernity on the global periphery (2010) is certainly one of the most influential contributions to urban anthropology, middleclassness and youth in the Himalayas. It argues that a predominant experience of making a living in Nepal is based on a complex rupture between ‘cut-off’ life in Nepal as ‘fallen off the map’ and the ‘rest’ of the world. Simultaneously, there are constructive moves towards the construction of a repertoire of strategies that allow for localization and belonging. This tension has impacted a conception of ‘Nepal khatam’ (‘Nepal is finished’) that participation in today’s educational and professional lifeworlds is possible only for the privileged elite, and that the choice often is one between leaving Nepal or withdrawing resentfully. Today, the situation for many young Nepalis is certainly not less grim, and every day, more than 1000 youth are still leaving the country in search for a better life, for work, and education. But some things seem to have changed despite reluctant economic and political development. It is the new spaces in which aspirations for a better and a different life in Nepal, mainly in Kathmandu, can be nurtured and turned into ‘social facts’, into new social communities of solidarity and civil participation that this research project seeks to explore. The ethnographic fieldwork based in Kathmandu since 2012 studies a remarkably dynamic visual and infrastructural landscape of art production. The focus is on a selection of young emerging artists, on specific art events, institutions and spaces, and, finally, key themes negotiated by the agents (e.g., cultural heritage, climate change, international migration). While this is research about art production and education, the issues addressed concern larger questions about social relations and networks shaped and altered through the profession of the contemporary artist. With this ‘social type’ a host of aspirations and possibilites surface in urban Nepal, facilitating active, possible participation in Nepali society and thus positioning youth in a different field of references that is no longer solely and strongly based on centre-periphery dichotomies and developmental temporalities. The research considers themes such as social and educational background of artists and their aspirations and strategies unfolding in the field of art production or training, it considers the development of infrastructural networks such as galleries and public art events, or occupational possibilities beyond the field of fine arts; it explores the ways in which young artists negotiate issues of relevance around which their art and other activities evolve (e.g., urban planning and architectural heritage; the role of ‘western’ or ‘Asian’ arts with respect to their own repertoire and access to the global art scene; their role in society, as catalysts of social and political change). The research is funded by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” and part of a project entitled ‘Rethinking Art and Anthropology’, with additional associated members of the project being Dr. des. Cathrine Bublatzky and Marlene Harles, doctoral candidate, both at the HCTS. PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 12

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 WORKSHOP ABOUT TRANSLATIONS OF SOUTH ASIAN REGIONAL LANGUAGES On January 21st, a workshop about translations of South Asian regional languages entitled “Übersetzungen und Übersetzungstheorien im Bezug auf südasiatische Regionalsprachen”, organized by the department Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures in cooperation with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, was held at the HeinrichZimmer reading room of the South Asia Institute. The Lecturers Heiko Frese, Monika Boehm-Tettelbach, Christina Oesterheld, Hans Harder and Thomas Lehmann (all South Asia Institute, Department Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures), Rainer Kimmig (University of Tübingen) and Chitra Harshvardhan (Jawaharalal Nehru University, New Delhi) showed, how the process of translating can be designed and how to overcome typical difficultties. Heiko Frese opened the workshop with an introduction how to translate a memorial („Von der Kunst, sich in ein Denkmal zu übersetzen“), in which he talked about the Indian Civil Service employee C.P. Brown, followed by the speech of Rainer Kimmig about translations from Hindi and Urdu using several quotes. Monika Boehm-Tettelbach presented Indian translation projects in the 18th century (Maharaja Pratapsingh - Jaipur 1778-1803). Afterwards Chitra Harshvardhan gave a talk about “Translating Theory and Negotiating Cultural Difference”. Christina Oesterheld spoke on the literary freedom of translators by giving examples of Premchands und Mantos. Her talk was entitled „Wie viel literarische Freiheit darf sich der Übersetzer nehmen?“. Hans Harder exemplarily showed in his contribution how to translate multilingualism with several examples from Nabarun Bhattacharya’s Bengali novel „Herbert“ (1994). The last contribution was given by Thomas Lehmann (SAI) with an explanation of the translation of complex sentence structures in classical Tamil into German or English. CONTENT NEWS TEACHING RESEARCH ► Conference “Pakistan. Parallel Narratives of the NationState” ► Research on art in urban Nepal: Changing occupational and visual landscapes in Kathmandu ► Workshop about translations of South Asian regional languages ► “Himalayan Times” accessible online ► 6th Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“ ► Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference held in Heidelberg ► Two PhD Projects: Research on Ageing in Kathmandu and New Delhi PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 13

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 “HIMALAYAN TIMES” ACCESSIBLE ONLINE The “Himalayan Times” newspaper published in Kalimpong, India, represents a major historical source for research into the political and social developments in the Himalayas after World War II. Nearly every issue from 1949 to 1963 is now available online in a new database set up by Heidelberg University’s Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” in cooperation with the Heidelberg University Library. According to the project’s initiators, the leading articles and news reports in particular provide insight into how the people in the regions of northern India bordering Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan lived – as well as their views of Europe and the West. The database was developed as part of the research project “Kalimpong as a ‘contact zone’: encounters between Tibet and Western modernity in the early 20th century”, directed by Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”. As a consequence of trade agreements with Tibet imposed by British troops in 1904, the border town of Kalimpong grew to become a major centre of exchange for Tibetan and Western commodities. The significance of this city as a focal point in encounters between East and West is reflected in the reports in the “Himalayan Times”, which was published from 1947 onward. “The newspaper reflects the local and global interrelations that shaped both the impressions of the Himalayas as well as of the West,” explains Dr. Markus Viehbeck of the Cluster of Excellence. A travel report published in the paper by Archibald Steele, one of the first Western journalists permitted to travel to Tibet in 1951, is particularly revealing. “The American was especially taken with the cosmopolitan character of Kalimpong. Here, Christian missionaries, Tibetan aristocrats, British colonial officers, Tibetologists and other enthusiasts from all over the world converged. Steele was amazed that Hollywood had not discovered the place yet,” says Dr. Viehbeck. The “Himalayan Times” database is based to a large extent on a collection of historian Dr. Isrun Engelhardt, who assembled the issues still available at various places and institutions, such as the New York Public Library. Doctoral candidate Anna Sawerthal and Sarah Ewald assisted in setting up the database. Sandip Jain, the grandson of the newspaper’s founder, also supported the project. The digital archive in Heidelberg now provides online access to more than 90 percent of the issues of the newspaper from 1949 and 1963. Individual pages can be viewed in various file formats, and the system also features a full text search in all available issues. CONTENT NEWS TEACHING RESEARCH ► Conference “Pakistan. Parallel Narratives of the NationState” ► Research on art in urban Nepal: Changing occupational and visual landscapes in Kathmandu ► Workshop about translations of South Asian regional languages ► “Himalayan Times” accessible online ► 6th Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“ ► Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference held in Heidelberg ► Two PhD Projects: Research on Ageing in Kathmandu and New Delhi PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 14

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SAI Newsletter No. 6, January 2015 6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE CLUSTER OF EXCELLENCE „ASIA AND EUROPE IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT“ October 8-10, 2014, Karl Jaspers Centre The 2014 Annual Conference organised by Research Area B “Public Spheres” revolves around the topic of „Cultural Mediation“, exploring the many ways through which cultural practice in its widest sense is transculturally communicated, negotiated and contested. The conference highlighted how individuals, collectives or institutions constitute, appropriate or alter and circulate cultural goods or processes across time and space. Looking closely at these navigations, panels addressed the role and importance of mediation as nodes and expressions of creativity, performance and exhibition facilitated by diverse agents such as religious experts, media specialists, labour migrants, artists or curators. The panels focussed on a large variety of spaces and practices, objects and agents of cultural contact, exchange and translation. They offered different perspectives that enable the study of ‘production’ and ‘trading’ of cultures in the fields of art, religion, and media. Historical and contemporary case studies traced how creative practices are shaped by local and national contingencies and how they are fashioned by a sense of place and tradition, progress or development. The concept of cultural mediation serves as a lens for the analysis of modes of resistance to ethnocentrism, to narratives of incomplete modernisation or religio-political extremism. Further, it addresses Asia and Europe’s entangled pasts beyond the nation-state while acknowledging the role of a ‚national space‘ in shaping notions of locality and belonging. CONTENT NEWS TEACHING RESEARCH ► Conference “Pakistan. Parallel Narratives of the NationState” ► Research on art in urban Nepal: Changing occupational and visual landscapes in Kathmandu ► Workshop about translations of South Asian regional languages ► “Himalayan Times” accessible online ► 6th Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“ ► Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference held in Heidelberg ► Two PhD Projects: Research on Ageing in Kathmandu and New Delhi PEOPLE BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS CONTACT | Page 15

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