Thematic Resources


List of dis­ser­ta­tions relat­ed to India sub­mit­ted at Ger­man Uni­ver­si­ties (1783–2013)

List of doc­u­ments in the Joachim-Hei­drich-Nach­lass at Leib­niz-Zen­trums Mod­ern­er Ori­ent, Berlin (forth­com­ing) (Hei­drich-Nach­lass)

List of India-relat­ed record­ings and doc­u­ments in Hum­boldt Uni­ver­si­tys Lautarchiv

List of KM Ashraf Files in the Horst Krüger Col­lec­tions at Leib­niz-Zen­trum Mod­ern­er Ori­ent, Berlin

List of Non-Fic­tion films pro­duced by DEFA in the Ger­man Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic, 1946–1989. Col­lec­tions of the Progress Film Archive, Berlin

List of South Asian Stu­dents in Berlin dur­ing World War I and the Inter­war Peri­od

List of Dissertations related to India submitted at German Universities (1783–2013)

This list con­sists of 2073 Dis­ser­ta­tions relat­ed to India which were sub­mit­ted in Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties dur­ing 1783 – 2013. The Dis­ser­ta­tions are list­ed in a chrono­log­i­cal order. The indi­vid­ual entries con­sist of author, title, edi­tion, pub­lish­er, for­mat, ISBN, cov­er and price, descrip­tion or com­ments, key­words, sub­ject area and relat­ed works. Although the ear­li­est entry dates back to 1783, data from 1700 (up to and includ­ing 2013) have been includ­ed in the search. The data were tak­en from the cat­a­logue of the Nieder­säch­sis­che Staats- und Uni­ver­sitäts­bib­lio­thek Göt­tin­gen (SUB), the vol­umes of the “Jahresverze­ich­nisse der at deutschen Hochschulen ein­gere­icht­en Schriften” and the cat­a­logue of the Deutsche Nation­al­bib­lio­thek (DNB).

The list was com­piled by Ste­fan Tet­zlaff and Mon­ja Hof­mann. In addi­tion to dis­ser­ta­tions pub­lished at Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties, the list also includes indi­vid­ual results from uni­ver­si­ties in the Ger­man-speak­ing coun­tries of Aus­tria and Switzer­land.

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List of documents in the Joachim-Heidrich-Nachlass at Leibniz-Zentrums Moderner Orient, Berlin

This list gives a detailed insight into doc­u­ments con­tained in the Joachim-Hei­drich-Nach­lass.

The col­lec­tor Joachim Hei­drich (1930–2004) stud­ied Eth­nol­o­gy (Volk­skunde) with a focus on Indol­o­gy and suc­cess­ful­ly fin­ished his dis­ser­ta­tion in 1958. From 1973 to 1981 he held sev­er­al port­fo­lios for the GDR’s Min­istry of For­eign Affairs, includ­ing dif­fer­ent posi­tions at the embassy in New Del­hi and that of the Con­sulate Gen­er­al of the GDR in Cal­cut­ta. From 1981–1989, he worked at the Cen­tral Insti­tute of His­to­ry (Zen­tralin­sti­tut für Geschichte) fol­lowed by the Insti­tute for Uni­ver­sal His­to­ry (Insti­tut für All­ge­meine Geschichte) at the Acad­e­my of Sci­ences (Akademie der Wis­senschaften) of the GDR. After this, and until 1995, he worked at ZMO’s pre­de­ces­sor insti­tu­tion, the Forschungss­chw­er­punkt Mod­ern­er Ori­ent. Since the col­lec­tion of the Hei­drich-Nach­lass is not search­able through the ZMO data­base, this list is an essen­tial tool for the search of doc­u­ments in this col­lec­tion.

The list is linked to the MIDA Archival Reflex­i­con arti­cle  „Trac­ing, Cat­a­logu­ing, Index­ing: Reflec­tions on the Joachim and Petra Hei­drich papers in the Leib­niz-Zen­trum Mod­ern­er Ori­ent Archive“ by Anan­di­ta Baj­pai.

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For a the­mat­ic over­wiew of the col­lec­tion, see the Bestands­beschrei­bung in the MIDA data­base. (forth­com­ing)

List of India-related recordings and documents in Humboldt Universitys Lautarchiv

This list con­tains detailed infor­ma­tion regard­ing all India-relat­ed record­ings and doc­u­ments in the Lautarchiv of the Hum­boldt Uni­ver­si­ty, Berlin. The list was com­piled dur­ing the incor­po­ra­tion of the archive into the MIDA data­base.

Due to the his­toric, polit­i­cal and sci­en­tif­ic con­text in which these record­ings were made, the orig­i­nal focus of the doc­u­men­ta­tion negates the indi­vid­u­al­i­ty of the speak­er and is there­fore con­sid­ered a ‘sen­si­tive col­lec­tion’ (See the MIDA-Reflex­i­con arti­cle by Jürgen‑K. Mahren­holz). To coun­ter­act this objec­ti­fi­ca­tion the items of the list in the .pdf ver­sion were sort­ed alpha­bet­i­cal­ly by name of (main) speaker/singer. To enable fur­ther forms of pre­sen­ta­tion (i.e. chrono­log­i­cal­ly by date of record­ing, sort­ed by lan­guage), a sortable Excel list is also made avail­able.

The lan­guage descrip­tions giv­en in the list were extract­ed from the title of the record­ing and where nec­es­sary from the inscrip­tion on the sound car­ri­er. The lan­guage actu­al­ly spo­ken in the record­ing might dif­fer in some cir­cum­stances.

The con­ser­va­tion sta­tus of the phys­i­cal sound car­ri­er is not con­tained in this list, since the whole remain­ing col­lec­tion is avail­able at the archive as dig­i­tal copy (.wav / .mp3). If work on the phys­i­cal sound car­ri­er is required it is advis­able to check the con­di­tion of the medi­um in the archive’s data­base.

The date is dis­played in the for­mat YYYY-MM-DD.

The list is linked to the MIDA Archival Reflex­i­con arti­cle “Südasi­atis­che Sprach- und Musikauf­nah­men im Lautarchiv der Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin” by Jürgen‑K. Mahren­holz. (forth­com­ing)

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List of KM Ashraf Files in the Horst Krüger Collections at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

This list gives a detailed insight into doc­u­ments relat­ed to Kun­war Moham­mad Ashraf, an Indi­an Marx­ist intel­lec­tu­al and a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor of Medieval Indi­an his­to­ry and cul­ture at the Hum­boldt- Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin, in the Horst Krüger papers housed in the archive of the Leib­niz-Zen­trum Mod­ern­er Ori­ent, Berlin. The col­lec­tor, Horst Krüger (17.8.1920 – 11.3.1989) stud­ied His­to­ry and Ger­man Stud­ies at the Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin. From 1957 to 1959, he was a cul­tur­al con­sul­tant at the Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Ger­man Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic (hence­forth GDR) in India. The time spent in India inspired his life­long schol­ar­ship on the coun­try. From 1960, he start­ed work­ing on the his­to­ry of India at the Akademie der Wis­senschaften der DDR /AdW (Acad­e­my of Sci­ences of the GDR). His main research focus was on the Indi­an Nation­al Move­ment and its rela­tions with the inter­na­tion­al labor move­ment. The files relat­ed to K.M. Ashraf occu­py a dis­tinct and impor­tant space in the Krüger Papers, and can be seen as a graph­ic illus­tra­tion of entan­gled India-GDR his­to­ries.

The list is linked to the MIDA Archival Reflex­i­con arti­cle “Entan­gled Ideas: K. M Ashraf, Horst Krüger and New Indol­o­gy in the Ger­man Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic” by Razak Khan. 

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List of Non-Fiction films produced by DEFA in the German Democratic Republic, 1946–1989. Collections of the Progress Film Archive, Berlin

This list maps the pres­ence of India in the non-fic­tion films pro­duced by DEFA in East Ger­many and lat­er in the Ger­man Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic (GDR) between 1946 and 1989. These films are housed in the archive of Progress, which was the only film dis­trib­u­tor of the GDR. Progress was one of the old­est and largest Ger­man film dis­trib­u­tors, that was found­ed on the 1st of August 1950, as a Ger­man-Sovi­et com­pa­ny in East Berlin. These films present India from the GDR’s per­spec­tive, as a for­mer colo­nial nation that was try­ing to move for­ward on the path of indus­tri­al devel­op­ment, democ­ra­cy and social progress. In this col­lec­tion, which main­ly con­sists of the news­reel films, Der Augen­zeuge (The Eye­wit­ness), India is giv­en a promi­nent place. The films cast cru­cial insights on Indi­an soci­ety and poli­ty, but also India’s role and sig­nif­i­cance in the con­tem­po­rary geopo­lit­i­cal sce­nario of the Cold War, from the GDR’s per­spec­tive. The film mate­r­i­al is not only use­ful for its his­tor­i­cal and polit­i­cal con­tent, but also for its cin­e­mat­ic inter­ven­tions. The list also includes some GDR doc­u­men­tary films that sole­ly focused on India. In these films, we see an entan­gle­ment of his­to­ries, per­spec­tives, inter­ests and cin­e­mat­ic gazes between, but not lim­it­ed to, India and GDR.

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List of South Asian Students in Berlin during World War I and the Interwar Period

This list pro­vides infor­ma­tion about Indi­an stu­dents in Berlin, which is housed in the archive of the Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin. It incor­po­rates an un-cat­a­logued selec­tion of stu­dent cards, Aus­län­derkartei Indi­en, 1928–1938, which were assem­bled pri­or to the archive’s dig­i­ti­za­tion project. These enroll­ment cards are an impor­tant source of infor­ma­tion about Indi­an stu­dents who reg­is­tered with the Deutsches Insti­tut für Aus­län­der (Ger­man Insti­tute for For­eign­ers) for study-relat­ed issues, par­tic­u­lar­ly Ger­man lan­guage-learn­ing. The cards pro­vide details such as the full name, nation­al­i­ty, area of stud­ies pur­sued, postal address in Berlin and the res­i­den­tial address of the stu­dent con­cerned in India.

The list is linked to the MIDA Archival Reflex­i­con arti­cle “Entan­gled Insti­tu­tion­al and Affec­tive Archives of South Asian Mus­lim Stu­dents in Ger­many”.

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