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South Indian history of religions since the 18th century, centered on the Tamil context

Contents

Overview

Projects with External Funding

Current Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Projects

South India Study Group ("Arbeitskreis Südindienstudien")

Selected Publications

Additional Information

Overview

The history of religions in modern South India is still somewhat neglected within the field of South Asian research. South India is, however, one of the most interesting regions of India, and not only because of its remarkable economic growth within India's current boom. In terms of its cultural and religious aspects, the South Indian context sets its own course within India, which requires increased academic research. Of particular interest are the cultural and religious processes of transformation within South Indian society, since the 18th century, under the influence of colonialism and mission. Within this major field of study, the Department of Religious and Mission Studies is making a contribution to the shaping of the South Asian profile at the Universtiy of Heidelberg.

Projects with External Funding

 

Current Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Projects

Tamil Studies Group

Selected Publications

Michael Bergunder

  • (ed. together with Heiko Frese und Ulrike Schröder): Ritual, Caste, and Colonial Discourse in South India.  (Neue Hallesche Berichte; 9). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010.
  • Saiva Siddhanta as a universal religion: J. M. Nallasvami Pillai (1864-1920) and Hinduism in colonial South India.
    In: Ritual, Caste, and Religion in Colonial South India. Ed. by Michael Bergunder, Heiko Frese, and Ulrike Schröder. Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen 2010, S. 30-88
  • "Östliche" Religionen und Gewalt.
    In: Religion, Politik und Gewalt. Ed. by F. Schweitzer. Gütersloh 2006, 136-157.

  • Contested Past. Anti-Brahmanical and Hindu nationalist reconstructions of early Indian history.
    In: Historiographia Linguistica, 31,1 (2004) 95-104.

  • From Pentecostal Healing Evangelist to Kalki Avatar. The Remarkable Life of Paulaseer Lawrie alias Shree Lahari Krishna (1921-1989).
    In: Christians and Missionaries in India. Cross-Cultural Communication since 1500. Ed. by Robert Eric Frykenberg. London 2003, 357-375.

  • The "Pure Tamil Movement" and Bible Translation: The Ecumenical Thiruviviliam of 1995.
    In: Christians, Cultural Interactions, and India's Religious Traditions. Ed. by Judith M. Brown and Robert Eric Frykenberg. Grand Rapids and London 2002, 212-231.

  • (Ed., with Rahul Peter Das:) "Arier" und "Draviden". Konstruktionen der Vergangenheit als Grundlage für Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmungen Südasiens.
    (Neue Hallesche Berichte; 2). Halle 2002.
  • Die Darstellung des Hinduismus in den Halleschen Berichten.
    In: Missionsberichte aus Indien im 18. Jahrhundert. Ed. by M. Bergunder. Halle 1999, 111-125.

Additional Information

Westliche Formen des Hinduismus in Deutschland - Eine Übersicht
Herausgegeben von Michael Bergunder
Inaugural Workshop Tamil Studies Network
7.-8. Juni 2013, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Göttingen
Conference Flyer
"Ritual, Caste, and Colonial Discourse in South India": International Symposium, University of Heidelberg, 4.-6. September 2008.
Archiv
Archivierte Mitteilungen, Tagungsprogramme und -berichte
Südindien
Forschungsschwerpunkt: Religionsgeschichte Südindiens seit dem 18. Jh., mit Schwerpunkt auf dem tamilischen Kontext
Religion, Kaste und Nation: Identitäts- und Machtprozesse im Spiegel von Telugu-Zeitschriften des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts
(DFG-Projekt, Laufzeit Dez. 2006-Feb. 2009)