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Movements and Concepts: Production of Images of India in GDR Newsreels

Project Man­ag­er: Reyazul Haque Project Sta­tus: run­ning This project looks into news­reels (Der Augen­zeuge) focus­ing on India which were pro­duced by Deutsche Film-Aktienge­sellschaft (DeFA) in the Ger­man Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic between 1946 and 1980. In post-war East Ger­many, and lat­er in the Ger­man Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic (GDR), India occu­pied a cru­cial and inter­est­ing place in these cinematic […]

German Botanists in and around India and their participation in colonialism

Project Man­ag­er: Dr. Tobias Delfs Project Sta­tus: run­ning My habil­i­ta­tion project deals with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Ger­man and Ger­man botanists in the impe­r­i­al pen­e­tra­tion of the Indi­an sub­con­ti­nent in the 19th cen­tu­ry through the gen­er­a­tion of knowl­edge and impe­r­i­al envi­ron­men­tal dis­cours­es. The study peri­od cov­ers the time­frame between the Con­gress of Vien­na and the begin­ning of […]

Vocational training in the Indian steel and engineering industries: histories of Indo-German co-operation, c. 1950–1989.

Project Man­ag­er: Jose­fine Hoff­mann Project Sta­tus: run­ning This PhD the­sis is sit­u­at­ed with­in the the­mat­ic com­plex of entan­gled West Ger­man and Indi­an social and eco­nom­ic his­to­ries. It iden­ti­fies and fol­lows bilat­er­al voca­tion­al train­ing co-oper­a­­tions in the steel and engi­neer­ing indus­tries on their tra­jec­to­ries through plan­ning and imple­men­ta­tion. Even­tu­al­ly, the project’s aim is to trace the […]

Mountaineering as transcultural encounters: labour in the German Himalayan expedition (1929–1953)

Project Man­ag­er: Nokmedem­la Lem­tur Project Sta­tus: run­ning By the end of the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry the peaks of the Himalayan range, whose height sur­passed any of those in the Alps, had become the new “play­ground” for many west­ern nations to enact aspects of pow­er and mas­culin­i­ty. This par­tic­u­lar peri­od wit­nessed the arrival and attempts of many […]

Indo-German Intellectual History — Religion and Spirituality in Imperial Germany and the Weimar Republic (1871–1933)

Project Man­ag­er: Dr. Mar­tin Christof-Füch­sle Direc­tion: Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahu­ja Project Sta­tus: run­ning  The project aims at fur­ther­ing the analy­sis of process­es of entan­gle­ments between India and Ger­many in the sphere of intel­lec­tu­al his­to­ry. The focus is on the devel­op­ments in the era of Impe­r­i­al Ger­many as well as the Weimar Repub­lic. Around the year 1920 […]

Materialising Visibility, Preparing Recognition: The ‘cultural’ politics of GDR-India relations, 1952–1972

Project Man­ag­er: Dr. Anan­di­ta Baj­pai Project Sta­tus: com­plet­ed The Ger­man Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic was offi­cial­ly rec­og­nized by the Indi­an gov­ern­ment in 1972. The trade rep­re­sen­ta­tions estab­lished in 1956, how­ev­er, became the ‘offi­cial mouth­piece’ of the GDR in India. Con­tacts between actors from both the sides can thus be traced much before offi­cial recog­ni­tion was mate­ri­alised. This […]

From Berlin to Delhi: Education, Intellectual Exchange and Politics of Translation in the life and writings of Sayyid Abid Husain (1896–1978)

Project Man­ag­er: Dr. Razak KhanDirec­tion: Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahu­ja Project Sta­tus: com­plet­ed  My research project exam­ines the entan­gled nature of Indo-Ger­­man intel­lec­tu­al his­to­ry. I explore intel­lec­tu­al and cul­tur­al trans­la­tions in the sphere of reform ped­a­gogy or “New Edu­ca­tion“ dom­i­nant at the turn of nine­­teenth-cen­­tu­ry Ger­many and fol­low their careers in late colo­nial and post-colo­­nial India. I […]

South Asia as a Cold War Arena — The two German States and India in the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971

Project Man­ag­er: Alexan­der Benatar Direc­tion: Michael Mann Project Sta­tus: com­plet­ed Ph.D. project The ear­ly 1970s saw two oppos­ing trends in Europe and South Asia: while Ger­­man-Ger­­man détente was able to over­come the lim­i­ta­tions of the Cold War, the Indi­an sub­con­ti­nent bore wit­ness to anoth­er divi­sion of a coun­try, when war between India and Pak­istan lead […]