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    The Annual Report 2015 of the India Initiative can be downloaded here.

     On Thursday, 26.11.15 and Friday, 27.11.15 the Department of Indology is organizing the

    Interdisciplinary Workshop on Transgender and Gender in India

    Thursday, 26.11.15, Room 8U11b (Philosophiegebäude), 1:15 - 6:30 PM: Legal and Cultural Aspects of Gender Diversity in India

    Friday, 27.11.15, Room 8U11b (Philosophiegebäude), 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Changing Norms of Gender Performing Gender Diversity


    Flyer II

     The Annual Report 2014 of the India Initiative can be downloaded here.

    19.11.2014: Workshop:

    Performing Gender - Negotiating Space in Civil Society


    9:30 - 9:45 Presentation of the newly founded International Centre for Advanced Studies: Present state of affairs (Prof. Dr. Heidrun Brückner, Chair of Indology)

    9:45 - 10:30 Keynote lecture: Performing Gender in the Contemporary Indian City (Prof. Dr. Janaki Nair, Dept. of History, JNU)

    11:00 - 11:15 Performing Gender and Transgender Identities in India and Germany (Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Schömbucher, Chair of Indology)


    11:20 - 11:40 Gender Equality in Indian Polity and Politics: Theoretical and International Perspectives (PD Dr. Michael Becker, Philipp Gieg, M.A., Institute of Political and Social Studies)


    11:45 - 12:00 Adult and Continuing Education (Prof. Dr. Regina Egetenmeyer, Professorship for Adult and Continuing Education, Institue for Education)

    12:00 - 12:30 Summary and Comments by Prof. Janaki Nair, General Discussion

    Conference: Exploring emerging India

    Akademie Frankenwarte, Würzburg
    17. June 2014


      A European - Indian Dialogue: Roundtable on India in the Global Context
    An Emerging Global Power or a Lame Duck?

    Akademie Frankenwarte, Würzburg
    16 - 17 December 2013
    Contact: Barbara.lotz@uni-wuerzburg.de

    The Indian economy is projected to grow at 6 to 7 percent per annum in the next three decades, despite its temporary slowdown in recent years. The growth rate is likely to be about twice that of the global rate. Yet, as grand as India`s growth potential are the political, social and cultural challenges and questions related to this scenario.
    This is particularly true if one takes a look at the inconsistent interplay in between the economic rise and the socio-political developments of India. While economic growth is predicted to result in the emergence of a strong middle class and the reduction of poverty, it is also associated with growing rural-urban as well as regional inequalities. Changes in consumption expenditure, poverty and employment indicate that the opportunities of growth have not been shared in an equal manner. Opening up to global competition may further increase disparities. On the other hand, traditional patterns of socio-economic discrimination in India, particularly those related to religious and social values and institutions, are interacting with the economic development and might act as a drab on India’s growth potential. While traditional values and norms are undergoing a profound transformation as the country gets increasingly linked to global markets and imbibes western values, the process of socio-cultural “modernization” remains ambiguous and a matter of contention. Conflicts in between tradition and modernity may also turn into violent manifestations. Finally, India is not only emerging as a global economic power but also a major source of pollution, due to its large population and the absolute size of the economy. Even with a very low figure for per capita CO2 emissions - much below the world average or that of the emerging economies – India ranks the 4th behind China, the US and the European Union (EU). It is argued that the question of the ecological sustainability of India`s growth model is not figuring in as importantly as it should in domestic debates.

    India`s rise to a global power is closely interlinked with its integration into the global economy. Therefore the above mentioned challenges should be analyzed both from a domestic and an international perspective, putting local developments into a global context. A European-Indian Dialog on the Indian economy opens up new perspectives and potential for comparative analysis. The present workshop would focus on these critical issues and examine the convergence and conflict between the changes in the political economy and the socio-cultural processes of the country.
    Besides the inaugural session wherein the broad framework of the workshop will be presented, identifying the key areas of concern, a perspective for research collaboration between India and Germany will be discussed, it is planned to have four other sessions, as noted below

    1. India in the Globalised world: The session will examine the differential growth scenario, in the context of investment pattern and distribution of growth within India across sectors and global demand and discuss the problems and possibilities of maintaining this over a long time.

    2. Competition for Resources and Regional Inequality: The national and global companies would be looking for competitive locations and the governments in India at provincial level are likely to react with different incentive packages to attract them. This would have an impact on regional disparity within the country. Similarly, Indian and European companies are likely to enter into global competition for getting commitment of resources and market in other countries. How that would shape India’s role in the global economy.

    3. Socio-religious Inequality, social tensions and Violence: The session will focus on limited impact of the growth process in bringing down social inequities including the gender gap in India. Currently, there is growing awareness about the problems but the interventions are generally designed in the context of electoral politics that tend to touch only peripheral issues. Values and norms are undergoing rapid transformation as the country gets increasingly linked to global market and imbibes the western values. Assertion of traditional values and institutions are resulting violent manifestations. The tensions and conflicts created as a result need to be understood and addressed.

    4. Regional and Rural Inequality and Environmental Degradation: Growing regional inequality, accompanied by spatial segmentation of the cities and towns from rural areas has resulted in serious environmental issues in India. The cities are able to send their ecological footprints into distant regions. While Indian per-capita emissions remain low, it is growing rather rapidly, primarily due to change in the consumption pattern of the elites and upper middle class. The complex interdependencies between emergence of powerful middle class, regional and socio-economic inequality and overexploitation of natural resources for the benefit a select developed regions and powerful in metro cities and the politico-economic factors behind this, must be analysed in a cross cultural context in order to find meaningful solution to these.


    , Friday, 30.11.2012, 10:30 am, Ü14

    "India as a Linguistic Area ", Thursday, 6.12.2012, 4:15 pm, 8/U/11b

    "Language Policy and Language Planning", Friday, 7.12. 2012, 10:30 am, Ü14

    "Introduction into Linguistic Fieldwork", Thursday,13.12.2012, 4:15 pm, 8/U/11b

    "Endangered Languages: Documenting Great Andamanese",
    Wednesday, 19.12.2012, 10:15 am, Ü14

    Poster: Lecture Series Prof. Anvita Abbi

    Opening Lecture “Contact, Conflict and Convergence: Emergence of New Varieties of Hindi”, Friday, 14.12.2012, 5 pm, Hörsaal 3, Residenz.

    Programme : International Workshop “Studying Hindi: Teaching, Translating and Research”, 14/15 December 2012, Hörsaal 3, Residenz

    “Days of India” at Würzburg University

    Hindi Diwas.
    Studying Hindi: Teaching, Translating and Research

    An international workshop on “Studying Hindi: Teaching, Translating and Research” is held on 14/15 December 2012, jointly organized by Prof. A. Abbi, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, Prof. C.P. Zoller, University of Oslo and the Chair of Indology, University of Würzburg.

    This workshop will provide a platform for discussing experiences with changing trends and expectations of a new generation studying Indology. It aims at creating a closer network of teachers and researchers concerned with the teaching, translating and researching of Hindi at universities in Germany and Europe. All are cordially invited, especially students of Indology and Hindi!

    For programme details see flyer
    Poster Hindi Diwas

    The workshop is supported by the DAAD programme “A New Passage to India”, by the University of Oslo and by the Embassy of India, Berlin.

    Vorträge von Dr. K. Chinnappa Gowda
    Professor of Kannada, Mangalore University

    Public Lecture and Workshop
    Do, 22.11.: SIRI – Narration and the Making of the Epic Universe,

    16:15-17:45, 18:15-19:45, Raum 8U11b

    Public Lecture
    Do, 29.11.: Kannada Literature – Dialogues and Negotiations,

    16:15-17:45, Raum 8U11b

    Fr, 16.11., Fr, 23.11., Mi. 28.11.: Readings from Modern Kannada Literature

    jeweils 9:15-10:45, 11:15-12:45, Raum 8U1

    Poster (pdf)

    Flyer Bava

    Info: Political science

    (posted: 10th July 2012)

    Flyer Rai

    (posted: 27th Juni 2012)

    Summer School 2012

    Please register until 15.07.2012
    Contact: Benjamin Hahn, M.A.
    (0931) 31-83269 or benjamin.hahn@uni-wuerzburg.de

    (posted: 4th April 2012)

    Political science
    Download: Flyer Shaji

    (posted: 13th June 2012)


    (posted: 15th May 2012)

    Workshop: Part I: Introduction to Dravidian Languages

    Workshop: Part II: Sociolinguistics of Dravidian Languages in the Context of South Asia as a Linguistic Areas

    Public Lecture: Specific Aspects of Dravidian Linguistics

    Seminar: Introduction to South Asian Linguistics (for Beginners)

    For dates see
    Download: Programme Murigeppa

    Programme Chaluvaraju

    X-mas Party Invitation

    The Chair of Ethnomusicology and the Würzburg Centre for Modern India announce a course on


    detailed report on the Euro-Indian Alumni Week (1st — 8th July 2011) is online.

    Programme Flyer

    Workshop in the context of the Euro-Indian Alumni Week

    Introduced by Prof. Dr. Ralf Schenke, Law School, University of Würzburg

    Prof. Dr. Valerian Rodrigues, Centre for Political Studies, JNU, New Delhi: "Civic Activism and Urban Governance in India"
    Introduced by Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Lauth, Inst. of Political Sciences, University of Würzbug

    Prof. Dr. Amitabh Kundu, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU, New Delhi:
    "New System of Governance and Exclusionary Urbanisation in Asia"
    Introduced by Prof. Dr. Ronald Bogaschewsky, Inst. of Business Administration, University of Würzburg

    Registration: Open for everybody, but please register, as places are limited:
    gsles@uni-wuerzburg.de or schroeder-koehne@uni-wuerzburg.de

    Euro-Indian Alumni Week: Information and programme

    The Chair of Indology and the Würzburg Centre for Modern India announce a course on

    HERE as PDF.
    Register for the seminar on WueCampus or contact Perathiba Mohanathas (perathiba.mohanathas1@uni-wuerzburg.de).

    Janaki Nair, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

    Date: 20./23./27./30.05.2011, 03./06./10./20.06.2011; Fridays 2.00-5.00 p.m. & Mondays 9.00-12.00 a.m.
    Download: Ankündigung Seminar

    International Workshop conducted by the Chair of Indology and Würzburg Centre for Modern India

    Workshop Flyer "Gender and Beyond"

    Convener: Prof. Dr. Heidrun Brückner in collaboration with Prof. Dr. B. A. Viveka Rai and Dr. M. D. Muthukumaraswamy, guest professors of the "A New Passage to India" programme.

    The Chair of Indology and the Würzburg Centre for Modern India announce a course on

    Course on Indian Folklore

    Dr. M. D. Muthukumaraswamy, Director, National Folklore Support Centre (Chennai, India)