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International Conference on Indo-German Dialogues

Jul 10, 2013

An international conference entitled "Philosophy and Science - Indo-German Dialogues and Dimensions" was held from July 11 - 13, 2013, at Heidelberg University's South Asia Institute. It was organised by Prof. Dhruv Raina and Prof. Hans Harder and co-funded by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

The conference was held on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Vivekananda, one of India's prominent nationalist thinkers. It focused on intellectual exchange between India and Germany over the last two hundred years. The conference aimed at elaborating and engaging with the variety of the scientific interactions and intellectual and institutional contacts that enrich our appreciation of this Indo-German encounter. To what degree were these encounters connected with each other? Did they have a national dimension - i.e., did 'Indianness' and 'Germanness' matter, and if so in which way and to what extent? What role do they play in transforming or shaping contemporary research priorities and disciplinary and institutional profiles? How do they inform current Indo-German academic and technical collaboration, co-operation and scholarly exchange? The conference brought together German, Indian and international scholars who gathered to address these questions in a number of thematic panels. In this way, the conference attempted to set up a comprehensive and contemporary perspective on Indo-German exchanges in the past and their bearings on the present.

The conference opening took place on Thursday, July 11, in the "Senatssaal" in the Old University, Heidelberg. From July 12 - 13, the conference was held at the South Asia Institute, Heinrich-Zimmer-Saal (library). It was organised by Prof. Hans Harder, who coordinates several projects at the Cluster, and Prof. Dhruv Raina from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, who held the Heinrich Zimmer Chair for Indian Philosophy and Intellectual History at Heidelberg University (2010-11). The conference was funded by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the South Asia Institute, and the Cluster "Asia and Europe".

For more information please visit the conference website


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