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Film Collection on South Asia

Apr 09, 2015

The Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology has established a large collection of films with focus on South Asia. Students of Anthroplogy and Transcultural Studies may benefit from the collection for education purposes. All relevant information is available in a new database developed in cooperation with the Heidelberg Research Architecture.

Initiated by Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius, the collection already consists of more than 1.000 films concerning South Asia and its diaspora. The films range from art works and documentaries to commercial movies as relevant sources on visual and media culture in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and further countries in the region.

The new database with all relevant information is accessible via the metadata framework Tamboti which has been developed by the Heidelberg Research Architecture.

As a result, the films of the collection can be easier used for educational purposes as well as scholarly research. Research-based teaching is of great importance to Christiane Brosius, who has been awarded several funds such "Welcome to Science" ("Willkommen in der Wissenschaft") for her future-oriented initiatives.

Christiane Brosius is HCTS Professor for Visual and Media Anthropology and Speaker of the Cluster's research area B "Public Spheres".

Contact Laura Klöpping for further information about the film collection and new database.


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  • Film poster for first Indian sound film, Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara, 1931 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)