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newsletter www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de no 2 november 2012 welcome content news teaching research people books publications contact in this second edition of the sai newsletter we look back at a variety of activities related to the fiftieth anniversary of the sai to make a long story short it has been a long year full of academic as well as public events for the open day in may visitors flocked into the institute and were entertained and informed about south asia be it by lectures and readings dance performances games or indian food the central celebration culminated in an enlightening lecture by sheldon pollock for which the old lecture hall the most traditional location in heidelberg was fully booked at the same time the jubilee was an occasion to reach out an international conference entitled between global aspirations and local realities india s cities in interdisciplinary perspective was held in new delhi in march bringing together all current sai-chairholders similar events were held in sri lanka and nepal showing the sai s commitment in the region many more events far too many to be mentioned here took place and we encourage you to read about these in our newsletter or visit the website which provides even more reports information and photos http www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/en/50years this summer has also been a fortunate one insofar as one of the most important research activities that the sai is proud to be part of was evaluated successfully with the extension of the cluster of excellence asia and europe in global context until the year 2017 the sai is not only contributing to the lively research community on campus bergheim but also greatly benefitting from the cluster congratulations from our side and we are looking forward to foster the dynamics of transculturality in the years to come 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 hans harder executive director page 1

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 content news cluster asia and europe in a global context funding approved for the next five years sai dabei in 50 fragen durch südasien academic lunchbreak talks sai opens its doors for the 50th anniversary celebrations report on the support of the flood catastrophe victims in pakistan 2010 news cluster of excellence asia and europe in a global context funding approved for the next five years on june 15th 2012 the excellence initiative grants committee ­ the german research foundation dfg and the german council of science and humanities wissenschaftsrat ­ approved the funding for the second phase of the excellence initiative the karl jaspers centre for adcluster of excellence is closely connected to vanced transcultural studies the sai numerous sai scholars ­ among them the heads of six sai departments ­ are able to conduct research and research projects within the cluster doctoral students pursue their studies there and are at the same time supervised at the sai last but not least with prof axel michaels head of the department for cultural and religious history of south asia classical indology one of three co-directors of the cluster stems from the sai we are happy and proud that this success story continues now until 2017 and congratulate the cluster of excellence asia and europe for this great success sai dabei in 50 fragen durch südasien academic lunchbreak talks at peterskirche heidelberg with a series of short lectures as part of the anniversary program the sai addressed a general public including working population students citizens as well as guests of heidelberg from april 19th to july 27th 2012 a total of 67 lectures were held at every working day in the semester the lectures with a format of 15 minutes presentation each plus 15 minutes q&a were held at peterskirche the university church in the old town of heidelberg the peterskirche that had been beautifully renovated in 2004/05 turned out to be a perfect location it was reached conveniently by the audience and provided an unforgettable lecture experience for speakers the series attracted a total audience of approximately 2000 people or ca 30 on average and touched various aspects of south asia contributions stemmed from all seven departments of the sai plus four associated chairs among them three from the cluster of excellence asia and europe apart from the current chairholders contributors included also six retired professors and former members of staff of the sai who delivered a total of 11 lectures furthermore many contributions to the series came from young researchers doctoral students as well as assistant professors as the q&a part of the lectures showed the knowledge input provided by the speakers matched the expectations of the audiences and stirred up their imagination for further questions lively debates after the lectures thus proved that the transfer of the rich academic expertise on south asia was well received by heidelberg citizens teaching research people books publications contact page 2

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 south asia institute opens its doors for the 50th anniversary celebrations by manju ludwig content news cluster asia and europe in a global context funding approved for the next five years sai dabei in 50 fragen durch südasien academic lunchbreak talks sai opens its doors for the 50th anniversary celebrations report on the support of the flood catastrophe victims in pakistan 2010 teaching research people books publications contact among the many highlights of the south asia institute s 50th anniversary celebrations the open day on may 12th 2012 took pride of place friends of the south asia institute as well as interested citizens of heidelberg came in large numbers to neuenheimer feld to commemorate this joyful occasion the whole building with all its departments opened up for the enthusiastic visitors old and young to inform entertain and interact with them manifold activities such as a reading by the author gabriel neumann from his books `masala highway and `101 indien geheimtipps und top-ziele a dance performance of classical bharatanatyam by sandra ludwig a preview of the danceplay `kadal payanam ­ a voyage for love by students of the south asia institute and author gabriel neumann a screening of the indian movie `peepli live with a round-table-discussion of inhouse scholars enhanced the cultural programme visitors could learn how to prepare indian masala chai dress in south asian attire and have their names written in the various scripts of south asian languages a sandra ludwig crash course in hindi was also a great hit with visitors whilst colourful make-up sessions a scavenger hunt and a tropical insectarium entertained the younger participants a performative introduction into tibetan calligraphy by puntsok tsering was another attraction and to complete the rich culvisitors playing south asian games tural programme visitors young and old could try their luck at playing one of the manifold south asian games which constitute part of a prized collection held by the south asia institute s library last but not least the multifarious research and teaching foci of the sai s seven departments were presented to interested visitors in a series of short lectures by all prof marcus nüsser department the in-house as well as affiliated profesof geography sors the successful day culminated in the traditional summer party organised by the students association page 3

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 final report on the allocation of contributions received by the sai fund-raiser in support of the flood catastrophe victims in pakistan 2010 in july and august 2010 large parts of pakistan were flooded by heavy monsoon-rains resulting in one of the century s most severe natural catastrophes more than 14 million people were affected with the floods claiming app 2,000 lives injuring another 3,000 and destroying about 1.7 million homes six million people were in dire need for immediate aid after losing everything amidst that devastating situation the south asia institute called for a fund-raiser to help the victims the campaign and allocation of money was conducted by the vereinigung der freunde und förderer des südasien-instituts e.v and numerous organizations as well as individuals contributed generously including the mayor of heidelberg dr eckart würzner the german-pakistan society in karlsruhe and dossenheim-based businessman kay eulenbach furthermore the lions club waldbronn donated a substantial amount of money we also express our deep gratitude to the more than 350 individual donors who contributed decisively to the success of this campaign the overall amount of donations summed up to 42,795 which were converted into more than 5 million pakistani rupees the funds were distributed among 4 projects directly benefitting the affected population in pakistan 1 20,000 were immediately allocated for the acquisition of aliments in the province of khyber pakhtunkhwa as transportation of relief supplies from germany to pakistan was not possible due to administrative and financial restrictions prof sayed wiqar ali shah since 2009 allama iqbal fellow at our institute agreed to organize the acquisition and distribution of food personally thanks to his close ties to his home region and his efforts relief supplies directly reached those in need approximately 6,000 people benefitted from this project 2 an amount of 2,200 was donated to the program adopt a family established by cosmats institute of information technology in islamabad which supports self-help efforts by partnering with affected families and providing for financial funds for up to one year to enable families to regain their self-reliance until june 2011 more than 20,000 families benefitted from the project 3 in order to support the reconstruction efforts for crucial infrastructure 15,200 were allocated to the province of gilgit-baltistan where the nanga parbat foundation headed by ghulam nabi raikoti was able to secure and rebuilt supply facilities for safe drinking water and irrigation for agriculture which benefitted around 5,650 people until october 2011 4 5,400 were allocated to the peshawar region where funds were used to buy school materials for affected children in order to bring back some normality for the smallest and most vulnerable members of society due to uncomplicated cooperation with local partners all our relief efforts could be conducted timely and efficiently faculty members of the south asia institute have visited the affected regions and assured and confirmed that all donated funds directly reached people in need all people that were involved in the fund-raising and our efforts in pakistan did their work gratuitously and we want to express our sincerest gratitude to all of them content news cluster asia and europe in a global context funding approved for the next five years sai dabei in 50 fragen durch südasien academic lunchbreak talks sai opens its doors for the 50th anniversary celebrations report on the support of the flood catastrophe victims in pakistan 2010 teaching research people books publications contact page 4

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 content news teaching celebration of the world hindi day excursion to goa and hampi m.a health and society in south asia teaching world hindi day celebrated by the department of modern south asian languages and literatures the department of modern south asian languages started the year 2012 with the celebration of world hindi day vishwa-hindi-divas on january 10th the event took place in collaboration with the consulate general of india in munich and in presence of consul general vikram misri and consul yash pal motwani consul general misri s inaugural address was followed by an extensive and varied afternoon research people books publications contact consul general vikram misri programme entirely held in hindi hans harder head of the department led an audience of more than ninety through the entertaining programme contributions ranged from research presentations to singing performances and creative poems max kramer for instance a graduate of the department staged dialectal characteristics of bombay hindi and his colleague anne moßner presented her work on the propagation of hindi in south india anand mishra assistent professor at the department of cultural and religious history earned much laughter for his self-composed satirical poem on the world hindi day the department´s students demonstrated their talent by telling jokes and enacting of one of upendranath ashk´s stage plays hindi lecturer gautam liu ceremoniously presented his recently published german medium hindi textbook titled hindi bolo 1 to consul general vikram misri and heinrichzimmer professor heeraman tiwari in his beautiful upasamhar or concluding remarks pointed out that besides all its other functions hindi is also the language of cricket gautam liu presents his hindi textbook to consul general vikram misri about ninety visitors attended the world hindi day programme at the sai library s reading room page 5

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 excursion to goa and hampi india 19.02 05.03.2012 from february 19th to march 5th 2012 the department of classical indology organized an excursion to observe and analyze the ritual practices associated with worship of deities pj together with anand mishra ten students of the department stayed in dvala center for sanskrit studies in goa and participated in the pj rituals conducted by dr patanjali mishra sanskrit-faculty banaras hindu university varanasi and dr shivdeo mishra priest kashi vishwanath temple varanasi each day a group of two students were assigned the task of assisting the ritual experts for initial preparations and then participating and performing the following rituals with them gaeapjana erena edmond francis benjamin edinger kalaa varua pjana nathalie gilhaus dominique baur oaa-mtkpjana sapta-ghta-mtk-pjana linde goebel judith unterdörfler nnd-rddha anna ries charlotte backhaus navagrahapjana homa bastian jantke nils liersch the next step of analysis involved identification of the ritual elements and units annotating them and connecting the corresponding pictures and audio recordings once the collected material is processed the results will be published on the course website for the group it was a unique occasion to live with two traditional pandits in the same house many issues of daily practices including ritual purity food and other traditional customs were directly confronted and actively discussed on the occasion of ivartri february 20th 2012 the students visited the saptakovara-tempel in narve goa and observed the festivities as well as rudrbhieka rituals in the evening they had a chance to view a temple theater rudrapraayan organized and performed by the local village community on the occasion of founding day of the temple.linde goebel and charlotte backhaus presented the historical political and cultural background of goa and the group visited the relevant places including churches and basilica of old goa the adilshahi mosque and the archaelogical museum the students also participated in sunday mass conducted in konkani in the basilica of bom jesus a workshop was organized with a group of the followers of a new movement jvan vidya mission getting popular among the middle class community in maharashtra and goa this provided a glimpse into the way these groups organize themselves and communicate and propagate their ideas from march 1st to 5th 2012 the group visited hampi erena edmond francis benjamin edinger and bastian jantke presented information about the history town planning and archaeological features of the vijayanagara empire brief reports on the selected structures will be prepared and published on the course website the excursion was partially funded by the students fees studiengebühren content news teaching celebration of the world hindi day excursion to goa and hampi m.a health and society in south asia research people books publications contact page 6

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 m.a health and society in south asia by eva ambos content news teaching celebration of the world hindi day excursion to goa and hampi m.a health and society in south asia research people books publications contact in march this year the second cohort of our interdisciplinary international m.a program health and society in south asia mahassa which combines medical anthropology and south asian studies obtained their degrees thirteen students from germany chile pakistan bangladesh nepal hungary mahassa students at the united slovenia and italy finished mahassa nations visitor s centre during a study successfully after two years of study trip to geneva photo by m u afzal the students did coursework covering 2011 a wide range of topics including healing systems of south asia reproductive health and gender inequality and health mental health public health religion and medicine applied medical anthropology and fieldwork methods dedicating the fourth term to their masters thesis based on field research in south asia and europe they prepared for their research by studying not only the medical anthropology of south asia but also south asian languages history political systems economics and geography which is facilitated through mahassa s interdisciplinary orientation and its integration with the curriculum of the south asia institute research topics included coping with diabetes mellitus by pakistani migrants in the uk hiv/aids among sex workers in nepal and adaptations of ayurvedic practice in the context of modernity in india while some of the graduates now pursue a health-related career in south asia others go on to doctoral studies in anthropology or related disciplines thus their experience is similar to the first mahassa cohort who graduated in 2010 and now either work in academia or in various health care related areas e.g for doctors without borders or for the german society for international corporation giz mahassa provides an interdisciplinary environment where international students work together and benefit from each other s academic and cultural background as well as from an extensive research network of the south asia institute with several scientific institutions in germany and abroad mahassa starts annually in october and the next group of students has already begun their studies the program has attracted a high number of interested students of which thirteen promising international candidates from usa yemen pakistan india cameroon bangladesh russia taiwan and the philippines have been selected for the program contact m.a health and society in south asia south asia institute heidelberg university im neuenheimer feld 330 69120 heidelberg germany phone +49 0 6221 548931 fax +49 0 6221 548898 mahassa@uni-heidelberg.de www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/ethno/mahassa page 7

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 content news teaching research new research project on landslide hazard and vulnerability heidelberg university received a grant for academic networking activities 25 years kathmandu branch office of the sai conference report the future of social science research in sri lanka conference new delhi between global aspirations and local realities workshop report beyond the metropolis hengstberger symposium research new research project on landslide hazard and vulnerability ressources for a new two-year research project on landslide hazard and vulnerability unsafe conditions in the middle hills of nepal have been awarded to marcus nüsser and thomas lennartz from the dfg deutsche forschungsgemeinschaft landslides seriously affect the every-day life of already marginalised mountain dwellers in nepal year by year slope failures cause fatalities and destroy houses technical infrastructure and agricultural land structural mitigation measures to a few road sections throughout the country so far landslide are limitedt lennartz 2010 photo by studies in nepal and elsewhere mainly focus on the analysis of the physical processes which lead to slope failures in order to develop comprehensive risk management strategies such hazard-centred analyses must be complemented with an evaluation of social vulnerability from a livelihood-perspective situated in the middle hill region of mid-western nepal rukum district offers suitable conditions to study the vulnerability of rural households to landslides due to heavily concentrated annual precipitation and fragile geological units the area is highly susceptible to slope failure at the same time the lower slope sections and valley bottoms are intensely used for agriculture and hence densely populated in addition the area is affected by recent transformation processes e.g transition from civil war extensive road construction which have major impacts on the households vulnerability the basic goal of the research project is to improve the understanding of the unsafe conditions of local people living in rural mountain regions it aims at gaining a deeper insight into the rationales of people settling in landslide-prone areas in this respect economic incentives local peoples knowledge of hazard processes and their perception of overall risk is considered in addition the potential impact of landslides on rural livelihoods is analysed finally the research evaluates local capacities for prevention and coping which are often reduced by a lack of resources in order to capture landslide vulnerability in all its many facets the study applies a multi-method approach which comprises qualitative an quantitative data collection techniques as well as gis-based analyses villagers red box reconstruct an irrigation channel which was destroyed by a landslide photo by t lennartz 2009 people books publications contact page 8

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 heidelberg university received a grant for academic networking activities heidelberg university has received a grant for academic networking activities as part of arogyam advances in research on globally accessible medicine an academic network linking researchers from heidelberg edinburgh university jawaharlal nehru university delhi and the achutha menon centre for health science studies in trivandrum kerala south india the network is funded for three years by the dfg anr france esrc u.k icssr india and nw netherlands sai members include principal investigator prof william sax along with prof harish naraindas dr ananda chopra dr karin polit dr johannes quack dr christian struempell dr constanze weigl and mr hasan ashraf jnu delhi and dr alokeranjan dasgupta sai heidelberg the colloquium was follwed by a multilingual reading session of tagore`s poems and a music performance by rita prof william s sax bandyopadhyay cologne 25 years kathmandu branch office of the sai the branch office in kathmandu was founded in 1987 based on a memorandum of understanding with tribhuvan university as part of the nepal research centre later though it separated into an independent location it served as a point of contact and base for scholars from heidelberg university as well as nepalese researchers since then numerous south asian and thus also several nepalese scholars had the opportunity to be incorporated into the studies at the sai the overall goal until today is to maintain long-term relations especially on an academic and scientific level to continue the exchange of ideas and knowledge between germany and nepal on the afternoon of march 12th 2012 we had the opportunity to listen to a joint talk ­ symbolizing and reflecting such a collective germannepalese academic work the joint talk was held by prof axel michaels and dr manik bajracharya on new light on the historiography of nepal the `wright chronicle reconsidered which historic drawing of swayambhu highlighted the historiographic approach its vicinity image by daniel wright and the historical implications on the document edited by dr daniel wright in the late 19th century the goal of this joint talk was to highlight the long academic involvement of german scholars here in nepal going even beyond the opening of the territorial borders of nepal in 1950 and later through the south asia institute and key speakers prof michaels how collaborative academic research is and dr manik bajracharya being carried out in present times content news teaching research new research project on landslide hazard and vulnerability heidelberg university received a grant for academic networking activities 25 years kathmandu branch office of the sai conference report the future of social science research in sri lanka conference new delhi between global aspirations and local realities workshop report beyond the metropolis hengstberger symposium people books publications contact page 9

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 conference report the future of social science research in sri lanka by william s sax content news teaching research new research project on landslide hazard and vulnerability heidelberg university received a grant for academic networking activities 25 years kathmandu branch office of the sai conference report the future of social science research in sri lanka conference new delhi between global aspirations and local realities workshop report beyond the metropolis hengstberger symposium people books publications contact from 29th february to 1st march 2012 the south asia institute in association with the friedrich ebert foundation fes colombo sponsored an exchange of views among german and sri lankan academics at galbangalawa university of peradeniya sri lanka the conference was organised by prof william sax in collaboration with prof siri hettige university of colombo and prof kalinga tudor silva university of peradeniya the theme of the meeting was the future of social research in sri lanka and it was intended to identify priority areas for social science research along with possible areas of research collaboration between sri lankan academics and the south asia institute professor kalinga tudor silva pointed out that with the end of the civil war in sri lanka it was important for social scientists from throughout the country to set new research priorities prof william sax from heidelberg recounted the history of the sai s involvement in sri lanka and reiterated its intention to strengthen its presence there mrs bettina meier recounted the history of the friedrich ebert foundation in sri lanka after a short tea break the first panel discussed the issue of reconciliation speakers were prof siri hettige dr dhammika herath ices prof h.m.d.r herath university of peradeniya dr s sivathas psychiatrist vavuniya and radu carciumaru m.a university of heidelberg at 7 p.m the keynote address entitled models from the past and their relevance to present muddles was given by gananath obeyesekere the distinguished anthropologist and professor emeritus at princeton university on thursday 1st march the following themes which had emerged from the earlier discussions and which identified further collaboration opportunities were presented each consisted of common research shared publications and multi-lateral project applications multiculturalism healing resilience and rituals and cultures of memory this was followed by the panel culture and heritage with presentations by dr premakumara de silva university of colombo ms nilu abeyaratne ices colombo and prof kalinga tudor silva university of peradeniya after lunch a panel on the topic health was convened the speakers were dr abaya ratnayake university of peradeniya dr indika bulankulame open university eva ambos m.a university of heidelberg and prof william sax university of heidelberg on the same day a press conference was organized by prof siri hettige at the department of sociology university of colombo where the joint activities of the south asia institute and the university of colombo over the years were highlighted brief talks were given by prof hettige by the german ambassador to sri lanka his excellency mr jens ploetner by prof sax and by prof athula ranasinghe dean of social sciences at colombo university this event was also attended by mr dennis schröder representative of the german academic exchange service daad in colombo and by mrs bettina meier director of the friedrich ebert foundation in sri lanka page 10

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 conference new delhi between global aspirations and local realities india s cities in interdisciplinary perspectives a conference in india on the topic of urban research marked the founding of the south asia institute sai of heidelberg university 50 years ago the sai was founded as a central academic institution of ruperto carola in may 1962 with a branch office in new delhi the event entitled between global aspirations and local realities india s cities in interdisciplinary perspective was part of this year s sai anniversary programme and was held on march 26th to 28th 2012 at jawaharlal nehru university the representatives of the heidelberg delegation were meeting with indian experts from various universities and research institutions prof dr bernhard eitel rector of heidelberg university led the delegation from heidelberg along with representatives of the german embassy and the office of the german research foundation in india prof eitel delivered the welcoming address to the rector of heidelberg university prof dr bernhard eitel middle prof wilconference participants in india all the liam sax right © hcsa professors of the south asia institute and three members of the cluster of excellence asia and europe in a global context were among the representatives from heidelberg at the conference as for the main topic of the conference prof dr marcus nüsser executive director of the sai explained the rapid expansion of india s urban population has had an increasingly palpable effect on the environment from left christiane brosius and doris which in turn has a cultural economic hillger © hcsa and political impact most urban research is concentrated on problems of infrastructure city planning and resource utilisation but remains largely compartmentalised prof nüsser underscored that the conference was aimed at new integrated approaches to urban research the conference conference participants © hcsa was organised in a series of six panels each with a different focus cities and their hinterlands were addressed for example as well as the impact of globalising urban cultures on contemporary indian cities the anniversary conference was jointly organised with the jawaharlal nehru university jnu and supported by the federal ministry for education and research as well as the german research foundation and was part of the science programme of the year of germany in india 20112012 content news teaching research new research project on landslide hazard and vulnerability heidelberg university received a grant for academic networking activities 25 years kathmandu branch office of the sai conference report the future of social science research in sri lanka conference new delhi between global aspirations and local realities workshop report beyond the metropolis hengstberger symposium people books publications contact page 11

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 workshop report beyond the metropolis ­ implications of urbanisation in towns and small cities in south asia by rafael klöber kai fürstenberg content news teaching research new research project on landslide hazard and vulnerability heidelberg university received a grant for academic networking activities 25 years kathmandu branch office of the sai conference report the future of social science research in sri lanka conference new delhi between global aspirations and local realities workshop report beyond the metropolis hengstberger symposium people books publications contact from 14th ­ 16th june the south asia institute sai hosted the third annual young south asia scholars meet y-sasm at heidelberg funded by the fritz thyssen foundation the workshop was organised by kai fürstenberg dept of political science rafael klöber dept of history manju ludwig dept of history and dr christian strümpell dept of anthropology thereby reflecting the interdisciplinarity of y-sasm which was initiated as a platform of interaction for aspiring scholars across disciplinary and generational boundaries the theme of the meeting beyond the metropolis implications of urbanisation in towns and small cities in south asia aimed to enrich urban studies dealing with south asia which have hitherto focused almost exclusively on the so-called megacities hence the workshop dealt with urban phenomena related to the growing number of towns and small cities which constitute vibrant economic political and cultural centres in their specific regions on thursday evening 14th june the event was inaugurated in the heinrich-zimmer reading room by dr nitin sinha zentrum moderner orient berlin one of the original initiators of y-sasm his welcoming words were followed by the keynote address of dr andrew sanchez london school of economics entitled beyond formal privilege rethinking class in urban india which by drawing on sanchez longterm research at the tata steel town of jamshedpur elaborated on new ways of sketching the formal and informal sector as well as theorising on class in one of india s oldest industrial complexes on friday and saturday six panels were conducted consisting of two presentations each which were chaired and commented by senior scholars such as profs roger jeffery university of edinburgh martin fuchs max-weber-kolleg erfurt ravi ahuja cemis göttingen valerian rodrigues jnu delhi anupama rao columbia university new york and scholars from the south asia institute namely profs gita dharampal-frick subrata mitra hans harder and dr jiva schöttli the panels focused on diverse topics such as governance and administration subaltern perspectives narratives of urbanism centre and periphery provincial politics and vernacular urbanism thereby including perspectives from various academic disciplines the short presentations were followed by detailed comments by the respective discussants and the floor was then opened for a wider and lively engagement with the presented topics the workshop was concluded by a roundtable discussion on saturday afternoon summarizing the preliminary results of the interdisciplinary endeavour as well as raising important issues in urban studies dealing with smaller urban areas the workshop was perceived to be an initial step towards a more intensive involvement of young scholars with a dynamic field of research that deserves committed interest in the immediate future next year s y-sasm will take place at the eth in zurich page 12

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 hengstberger symposium power politics and maritime governance in the indian ocean by jivanta schöttli content news teaching research new research project on landslide hazard and vulnerability heidelberg university received a grant for academic networking activities 25 years kathmandu branch office of the sai conference report the future of social science research in sri lanka conference new delhi between global aspirations and local realities workshop report beyond the metropolis hengstberger symposium people books publications contact page 13 from 2nd to 4th july 2012 the hengstberger-symposium power politics and maritime governance in the indian ocean took place in heidelberg organized by dr jivanta schöttli and the internationales wissenschaftsforum heidelberg iwh the conference was made possible thanks to the 2011 hengstberger prize and funds from the south asia institute and the cluster asia and europe in a global context scholars from twelve countries gave presentations and discussed the security challenges trade interests opportunities for conflict and cooperation historical linkages cultural ties and power competition within the indian ocean central discussion points included whether the indian ocean defies conventional participants and speakers for the indian regional depictions and challenges ocean conference photo by adrian traditional theoretical assumptions ahlers and approaches to multilateral governance india and china were the focus of two keynote speakers udhay bhaskar national maritime foundation new delhi and urs schoettli consultant on asian affairs who highlighted domestic dynamics and global politics shaping foreign policy behaviour of the two giants over two days of panel presentations and discussions scholars analysed the strategic options for major players in the indian ocean including india china usa france australia and europe the achievements and weaknesses of the indian ocean rim-association for regional cooperation were examined to discuss whether regionalism could be the medium through which to manage asymmetric power relations the diversity of common problems and crosscutting interests adjacent regional maritime zones were identified in terms of spill over effects from developments in the indian ocean such as the persian gulf and south china sea strategic interests and a heritage of connectivity were examined via the prism of textiles global history and elaborate networks as well as specific security challenges of piracy and power projection a central aim of the conference was to draw upon different theoretical approaches and methods of analysis to consider cognitive legal political and geographical approaches to the notion of and relationship between space and power the indian ocean was the ideal subject of analysis as it is a fast-changing theatre of competition and collaboration amongst multiple agents including state and non-state actors rapporteurs from the south asia institute helped compile a report on the conference s proceedings which can be found along with the full programme on the website of the sai s department of political science a selection of papers from the conference will be compiled as a special edition of the journal of the indian ocean region.

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 content news teaching research people daad visiting fellows professor mohammed badrul alam daad visiting fellows dr kaushik bhattacharya at the department of political science johannes quack was awarded for emmy-noether fund national award for sai dari-lecturer moazzem hossain visiting scholar at the department of development economics inaugural lecture by christiane brosius humboldt fellow prof islam at the department of history indian ambassador visits sai people daad visiting fellow prof mohammed badrul alam at the department of political science from june 1st to july 1st prof alam a daad visiting fellow was affiliated with the department of political science south asia institute university of heidelberg germany he worked on a research project delineating issues and challenges facing india-japan relations in the context of the broader asia pacific security architecture dr alam is currently a professor of political science at jamia millia islamia university new delhi india he was educated at a number of institutions including utkal university bhubaneswar jawaharlal nehru university new delhi and cornell university new york from where he earned m.a m.phil and ph.d degrees respectively he has taught for over two decades in the united states japan and india at various educational institutions dr alam is the author of several books including constructing south asian nuclear discourse 2007 as well as numerous articles monographs and book reviews published in various international journals he is also a recipient of a number of prestigious awards and fellowships daad visiting fellow dr kaushik bhattacharya at the department of political science dr bhattacharya of the indian institute management lucknow visited the south asia institute on a daad fellowship from may 21st to june 19th 2012 dr bhattacharya is an econometrician and received his ph.d from the indian statistical institute he has worked in both academic and policy organizations like the reserve bank of india bank for international settlements university of bonn and indian institute of management dr kaushik bhattacharya lucknow dr bhattacharya`s research project was on regulatory issues relating to the entry of candidates in elections in this context his work also touched the problem of emergence of small parties and independent candidates on which he earlier published a paper in heidelberg papers in south asian and comparative politics during his stay dr bhattacharya also gave a talk on this topic on may 29th 2012 organized by the political science department of the sai johannes quack was awarded for emmy-noether fund the emmy noether programme is run by the german research foundation dfg quack receives funding to lead an independent junior research group on the topic diversity of non-religiousity at frankfurt university the junior research group is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of religion or religions within contemporary societies dr johannes quack books publications contact page 14

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sai newsletter no 2 november 2012 national award for sai dari-lecturer in december 2011 gholam djelani davary dari-lecturer at the department for modern south asian languages and literatures at the sai was awarded with the honorary letter of the republic of tajikistan on the occasion of the visit by president imomali ramon see picture mr davary received this honor due to his support of the rich tajik culture his respect for national values and his support of the academic exchange between germany and the republic of tajikistan at the sai mr davary teaches dari ­ a form of persian commonly used in afghanistan ­ for beginners as well as for advanced from left president imomali ramon and gholam djelani davary students moazzem hossain visiting scholar at the department of development economics dr moazzem hossain senior lecturer in economics of the griffith business school griffith university australia has been a visitor of the south asia institute under the academic study program asp of griffith business school from 22 march to 28 june 2012 dr hossain is an agricultural economist specialised in the area of development economics he received his phd at the university of western australia perth and has visited several us uk and west european dr moazzem hossain academic institutions over the last twenty years he has been with griffith university over the last twenty years and published in areas such as economic reforms in asia telecommunications regulation in the asia pacific climate change and growth in asia south asian economic development and so on he jointly published six volumes with the uk based publishers routledge and edward elgar since 1998 also he has published more than thirty articles in refereed journals and as book chapters in edited volumes he contributed numerous pieces to the dhaka based top english daily the daily star over the last fifteen years presently dr hossain works on a book project for the edward elgar publishing called `realising asian century responsible futures matter to be published in early 2013 while at the sai dr hossain worked with two papers based on a primary survey of four villages in the sundarbons region of the bay of bengal delta in early 2012 these are `microfinance creating micro-business is climatic hazard spoiling the party and `availability of micro credit in the `aila affected areas two sides of the sundarbons of the bay of bengal delta he presented the preliminary results of these studies in two conferences held at the university of bonn and at the antonine university beirut by invitation dr hossain highly appreciates the support extended by the department of development economics during his three months stay content news teaching research people daad visiting fellows professor mohammed badrul alam daad visiting fellows dr kaushik bhattacharya at the department of political science johannes quack was awarded for emmy-noether fund national award for sai dari-lecturer moazzem hossain visiting scholar at the department of development economics inaugural lecture by christiane brosius humboldt fellow prof islam at the department of history indian ambassador visits sai books publications contact page 15

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