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Conference on India's Cities in Delhi

26. Mär. 2012

Several members of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” participate in a conference on urban phenomena in India’s cities. The conference is held at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, from March 26 to 28, 2012.

Among the ten members of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” who contribute to the conference in New Delhi are the Cluster professors Christiane Brosius, Monica Jenuja and Birgit Kellner. Under the title “Between Global Aspirations and Local Realities: India’s Cities in Interdisciplinary Perspective” they discuss with colleagues from India and Heidelberg how India’s rapidly expanding urban population not only has an effect on environmental issues of the country’s largely unplanned cities, but also influences their cultural importance, as well as economic costs and potentials. To shed light on such contemporary urban phenomena, the conference aims to approach the topic with historical depth and an understanding of the cultural dimensions of urbanisation processes. The speakers focus on the impact of globalizing urban cultures on contemporary Indian cities. They examine how imagination propelled by media, literature and film gives meaning to urban life and provides new transcultural paradigms and aspirations that sometimes merge with, and sometimes contradict, ‘traditional’, ‘local’ and ‘inherited’ notions of urban life.

Prof. Dietmar Rothermund, professor emeritus at Heidelberg University’s South Asia Institute, presents the keynote address “Mumbai: From Fishing Village to Metropolis”. Prof. Monica Juneja speaks about modernist experiments from South Asia, and Prof. Birgit Kellner will be concerned with “Cities and Philosophy in South Asian Intellectual History”. Other participants from the Cluster include Prof. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Gita Dharampal Frick, Prof. Hans Harder, Prof. Axel Michaels, Prof. Subrata K. Mitra, Prof. Marcus Nüsser, Prof. William Sax, and Dr. Christian Strümpell. The participants of the conference are welcomed by Cord Meier-Klodt, Acting Ambassador of Germany in India, Prof. Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University, and Dr. Thorsten Fischer, Representative of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in India.

The conference is organised in the context of this year’s 50th anniversary of Heidelberg University’s South Asia Institute. It takes place on March 26 to 28, 2012, in the Auditorium of the School of the Arts & Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.

For further information, visit the conference website or download the attached programme.


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