The Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany, offers a language trip to India in cooperation with the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University in Wardha, India, from February 10th – 28th February 2014 for students and non-students of Intermediate and advanced level Hindi who are interested in improving and enhancing their proficiency in Hindi. Students will be accomodated in the guest home in Wardha. The last date of registration for the courses is 30 November 2013. More information.
Summer/Winter Schools on South Asia
The Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, holds the second Newari Summer School in Vienna during September 9-21, 2013.
Use this unique chance to explore the rich culture and language of the Newar, a most fascinating ethnic group from the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Get to know the world of spoken Newari by the experienced language teacher and native speaker Lakshmi Nath Shreshta in a pleasurable way. Practice every day conversation, learn to sing Newari folk songs and enjoy the great atmosphere of Vienna in late summer. Deadline for application is 30 June 2013. More information.
Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG) is organizing the Eleventh Orientation Course on Forced Migration Studies to be held in Kolkata, India on 8–14 December 2013. The Course, certified by the UNHCR and the MCRG, will be preceded by a two-and-a-half-month-long programme of distance education and consist of several workshops, lectures on selected themes and other interactive exercises. The programme is intended principally for college and university teachers. However, human-rights activists, policymakers, academics, refugee activists and others working in the field of human rights and humanitarian assistance for victims of forced migration are also welcome. Applicants must have (a) experience in teaching, research work or policy studies on forced migration OR, 5 years experience in the work of protection of the victims of forced displacement, AND (b) proficiency in English. The following registration fee will have to be paid by each selected candidate: 1. Candidate from India and other countries of South Asia: INR 8,000 / US$ 150; 2. Candidate from the rest of the world: US$ 1,200. In Kolkata, the CRG will provide accommodation and bear other expenses for all participants. Deadline for applications for the eleventh Annual Course on Forced Migration is 24 June 2013. More information.
The Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University welcomes applications for its Summer School 2013; "Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation between Asia and Europe". It will take place from August 4 to 8 in Heidelberg, Germany.
This year's Summer School will explore the significance of space and locality for the generation and circulation of knowledge. Starting from the premise that space and place shape the social interactions in which knowledge is made and remade, the Summer School will address questions such as: Is all knowledge local? Does the situatedness of knowledge preclude claims to 'truth' and 'universality'? And how can we best conceptualize the liminal spaces in which knowledge is traded or transmitted? Individual sessions will focus on selected places involved in circulations of knowledge between and within early modern Asia and Europe, ranging from courts, schools, academies, temples, and observatories to print shops, bazaars, roadhouses, ports and ships.
The Summer School addresses graduate students in humanities and social sciences with an interest in theories and practices of knowledge production in Asia and Europe. The academic program combines informal lectures with more interactive elements such as reading groups and writing workshops. The invited scholars represent a wide range of backgrounds and share an interest in engaging in critical dialogue across regional and disciplinary boundaries.
In addition to the academic program, a range of excursions and leisure activities in and around the city of Heidelberg is on offer. Application deadline is May 31, 2013. More information.
The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSH), University of Macau is co-hosting a Winter School on "Urban Hybridity in the Post-Colonial Age" during 16 – 20 December 2013 in Macau, China. The deadline for applications was May 16, 2013.
The Macau Winter School is meant to elicit and interrogate new theoretical paradigms of postcolonial urban hybridity that are informed by experiences emanating from various contexts in Asia and beyond. Participants will be required to assess critically their individual work through discussions led by co-conveners. They will also test their knowledge against the background of the urban setting of Macau where they will reside for the duration of the programme.
The programme will be run by three world-renowned scholars in the fields of Asian postcolonial hybridity: Prof. Engseng Ho (Duke University), Prof. Akhil Gupta (UCLA) and Prof. Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University). Research specialists from various academic backgrounds (history, Asian studies, social anthropology, art history, media studies, etc.) will combine their expertise to provide participants with an intensive and interactive experience. Students will have the opportunity to present their research and receive productive critical feedback from top scholars and from their student peers. The session will close with a one-day conference where selected participants will present their revised papers.
The key themes related to postcolonial urban hybridity include but are not limited to: Rethinking notions of hybridity, métissage, creolization, etc., in urban contexts; The colonial / postcolonial city – cities before, during, and after Empire; Postcolonial and cryptocolonial nation-states and cities; Port-cities and maritime connections; and Contests over land use and ownership. More information.
For the eighth year, the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, the Netherlands offers an Indological Programme during the period 15-26 July 2013. The Indological programme consists of four courses: – Features of Vedic poetry , and – The syntax of Vedic prose, both courses taught by Dr. Werner Knobl, University of Kyoto, Japan; a course on ”Readings in Buddhist Sanskrit: Selected passages from the Mahāvastu”, taught by
Vincent Tournier, Leiden University; and a course on ”Readings in the Purāṇas: manuscripts and critical editions”, taught by Peter Bisschop, Leiden University.
This year, the Summer School consists of totally nine programmes, all taught by internationally renowned specialists. The programmes include one Indo-European Programme for beginners, and another Indo-European Programme for advanced students. More information.
The Puducherry (Pondicherry) Institute of Linguistics and Culture holds its regular Tamil Summer School from 22 July - 31 August 2013. The summer school offers an intensive education in spoken Tamil language at basic and intermediate levels, and it combines classroom lessons with field visits so that the participants can practice at most their language skills in the course of studies. Registration is open from 1 March – 30 April 2013.
The Tamil Summer School was initiated in 1998 by the Department of Social Sciences, French Institute, Puducherry to offer training to language researchers in Humanities and Social sciences. PILC has been organising this course since 2004. Read an article from The Hindu about the Tamil Summer School 2008, (with a photo by T. Singaravelou).
The medium of teaching is English as well as Tamil. The TSS focuses on Spoken Tamil rather than on the classical and written forms being taught in European Universities. The level of spoken Tamil course is INTERMEDIATE.
More information (as pdf-file).
The South Asia Institute (SAI) at Heidelberg University offers a number of extracurricular activities including spring and summer schools. Generally these are organized by the SAI-departments or conducted as cooperation among the disciplines. In recent years many summer schools on political, cultural and philological topics have been offered and attracted the attention of an international academic community of young scholars from various backgrounds. This year the following summer schools are on offer:
From 5th to 30th August, 2013 the Department of Classical Indology offers its well-introduced Summer Schools in Spoken Sanskrit; and a Nepali Intensive Course. For the 14th year, Spoken Sanskrit is taught by Sadananda Das, whereas the Nepali Intensive course is again led by Laxmi Nath Shrestha. The language courses focus on practicing conversation and communication skills that can be used during field research or daily situations. All teachers are leading professionals in their fields and have significant backround in teaching and research. The lessons are held in English, therefore knowledge of English at reasonable level is required.
The department for Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures (Modern Indology) offers a summer school Intensive Course in Spoken and Written Urdu to be held from 12 - 31, August 2013. The instructors, Ms Amtul Manan Tahir, Ms Bushra Iqbal Malik and Dr Christina Oesterheld, have taught regular Urdu courses at Erfurt University and Heidelberg University and intensive Summer courses at Erfurt and Heidelberg.
In addition to the SAI organized Summer Schools there are associated research projects who offer events for students with a focus on South Asia. Full information about the SAI language summer schools.
The American National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) organise a four-week summer seminar entitled "India's Past and the Making of the Present" during July 1-26, 2013 in New Delhi, Varanasi and Agra, India.
The seminar is directed by Beverly Blois (Northern Virginia Community College) and Daniel Ehnbom (University of Virginia) and allows participants from two- and four-year colleges and universities to study selected aspects of India's history, literature, architecture, art and religion with some of the foremost scholars, journalists, film makers, and leaders of social movements in India. The institute moves chronologically through Indian history, with the first week offering an introduction to the Indus Valley civilization and the Aryan question and enlarges the discussion to how these early societies facilitated the establishment of an enduring culture that is reflected in India today. The second week moves to classical India and the development of established religious faiths that led to attempts at socio-religious syncretism. Texts studied this week include the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita and site visits include a trip to Varanasi and nearby Sarnath. The third week delves into the initial encounter between India and Islam (1206-1526), closely examines the nature of the complicated relationship that developed between the two, and traces this relationship to its current dissension in India. Participants are also joined on a tour of the Taj Mahal by Ebba Koch, an art historian and advisor on the building's restoration. The final week focuses on the British Raj, India's independence, and the making of modern India.
Guest lectures touch on a variety of topics including British colonialism, Gandhi and Nehru's role in India's independence, and the issue of communal violence which emerged in the 1950s, as a dark underside of Indian politics and society. Applications should be posted no later than March 4, 2013. More information and application instructions.
The Kannada Winter School "Language and Culture of Karnataka", organized by the Chair of Indology, Würzburg (Karnataka Study Centre), will take place in Bangalore, India, 4 – 16 March 2013. Kannada – the Dravidian Language of the South Indian state of Karnataka – is a classical Indian language spoken by more than 60 million people today and distinguished by a rich literary history. The course will provide an introduction to the Kannada Language through an extensive program combining spoken Kannada with reading, writing and grammar skills. The students will gain insights into contemporary Kannada, acquire practical language skills and learn to apply these in realistic everyday situations. Subject to personal effort, students should be able to speak basic conversational Kannada and read and write the Kannada script after their successful participation in the course. Deadline for registration is 4 February 2013. More information.
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