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Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften

Aktuelles aus den Abteilungen

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Martin Roth
17.01.2022 von 09:15 bis 10:45

Over the last decades, videogames have developed into a transregionally successful entertainment medium and increasingly recognized space of cultural and artistic expression. But in what ways are they also spaces of political imagination and play? In this presentation, I will revisit the development of gaming culture in Japan, starting with early arcade machine, and gradually diversifying into so-called AAA titles, indie games, social games, and games as services, which finally have radically changed the concept of a game work. Considering a range of examples, I suggest that the location of play has shifted from games, to other digital spaces.

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Ulrike Niklas
22.11.2021 von 18:15 bis 19:45

In diesem Vortrag sollen die der AIK vor kurzem zur Verfügung gestellten Tonstatuen aus Südindien vorgestellt und erklärt werden. Die Statuen wurden angefertigt von Mu. Saravanan, der seine Gattin Prof. Ulrike Niklas nach Deutschland begleitet hatte und hier sodann das traditionelle Kunsthandwerk seiner Kaste weiter ausübte – jedoch mit einem neuen Fokus. Zunächst erfolgt eine kurze Einführung in den religiösen und kulturellen Kontext der Statuen und ihrer traditionellen Schöpfer, der Töpfer von Madurai und Umgebung. Sodann wird jede Statue einzeln betrachtet und mit Bezug auf ihre Bedeutung, ihre Verwendung im Ritual und ihre Ikonographie analysiert. Im Laufe des Vortrages werden auch Themen wie Individualismus in ritueller Kunst, Zweckentfremdung ritueller Artefakte sowie Auswirkung der Modernisierung auf traditionelles Kunsthandwerk angesprochen.

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Claudia Wenzel
08.11.2021 von 18:15 bis 19:45

Based on the analogy of “snapshots” used in philological studies to explain how the history and development of Buddhist scriptures can be traced across several languages and contexts, Claudia Wenzel first discusses some well-known specimen of Diamond Sutra texts in Chinese Buddhist art, written on paper as well as carved in stone. Over the last years, the discovery of and research on Buddhist stone carved sutra texts gave rise to new considerations about text and image in Chinese Buddhism, as patrons and donors seem to have intentionally chosen one over the other in many cases. The philological “snapshot” analogy that applies to all Buddhist texts independent of their material form can also be useful in art historical studies when iconographic image traditions are revealed.

Virtueller Tempelbesuch in Gangaikondacholapuram
21.07.2021 von 12:00 bis 14:00

Zum Abschluss des Semesters bieten wir einen virtuellen Besuch im imperialen Chola-Tempel in Gangaikondacholapuram (Tamil Nadu, Indien) an. Mitarbeiter von Karuppan Agencies zeigen uns Architektur und Skulpturen dieses Tempels in einer Live-Schaltung per Zoom. Die Veranstaltung wird begleitet von Frau Prof. Dr. Ulrike Niklas (Südasien- und Südostasien-Studien, Uni Köln).

Studierenden-Ausstellung "Asian Art As Mirror of Dependencies"
14.07.2021 12:00 bis 28.01.2022 16:00

Heute eröffnet unsere Studierenden-Ausstellung "Asian Art as Mirror of Dependencies". Es werden Objekte gezeigt, die von Amulettketten, Öllampen und Wandbehängen bis hin zu verschiedenen Sandelholzobjekten reichen. Die Ausstellung, die in den letzten Monaten unter der Leitung unserer wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin Karina Linke und einigen Studiereden unserer Abteilung entstand, ist inspiriert von der Abhängigkeitsforschung des Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies. Corona-bedingt kann die Ausstellung nur mit vorheriger Anmeldung besucht werden. Wir bitten um Verständnis und freuen uns über zahlreiche Besucher.

Vortragsankündigung von Prof. Dr. Gudrun Bühnemann
21.06.2021 von 18:00 bis 19:00

The Iconography of Patañjali. Patañjali was the name of a premodern Indian sage to whom important works on Sanskrit grammar, Yoga philosophy and the medical system of Āyurveda are ascribed. In recent decades increasing attention has focused on Patañjali as the authority on and figurehead of Yoga. Believed to be the author of set of aphorisms on Yoga philosophy (the Yogasūtras), which has attained canonical status in many Yoga traditions, he is eulogized with invocations in Sanskrit recited at the beginning of Yoga classes.

Vortragsankündigung von Dr. Sinah Kloß
14.06.2021 von 18:00 bis 20:00

Sartorial Contestations of Indianness: Guyanese ‘Indian Wear’ and the Creation of the Indian Other People who define themselves as ‘Indian’ in Guyana consider themselves as descendants of South Asian indentured laborers, who were shipped to the Caribbean to work on sugar plantations during British colonial rule and after the emancipation of enslaved Africans between 1838 and the 1920s. From this period, the Guyanese notion of ‘Indianness’ developed, largely as a result of Othering processes and in opposition to Guyanese ‘Africanness’. In this talk, I demonstrate how Indian clothing served as a means to unify and consolidate the diverse group of Indians in the colonial but also in contemporary Guyanese society, which was and continues to be severely impacted by processes of ethno-politicization and inter-ethnic conflicts.

Vortragsankündigung von Dr. Ariane de Saxcé
17.05.2021 von 18:00 bis 20:00

Long-distance trade and local exchanges in the Western Indian Ocean (3rd. c. BCE - 7th c. CE) Recent researches on the question of trade in the Indian Ocean have renewed our understanding of the contacts between the Mediterranean world and South Asia. Based on ancient discoveries and new excavations on both shores (notably Egypt, Oman, India, Sri Lanka), this paper will focus on the complementarity between long-distance contacts and local networks. It will enhance the agency of local people and the dynamism of pre-existent interactions, to help in understanding the complexity of the global long-distance network.

Emerging Trends in Research on Classical Indian Dance
20.08.2020 von 15:40 bis 16:40

Emerging Trends in Research on Classical Indian Dance August 25th, 2020 8:00 a.m. (EST), 1:00 p.m. (U.K.), 2:00 pm (Germany), 5:30 p.m. (India) In this Zoom conference PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers present their ongoing research. Origanised by: Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, University of Bonn, Germany Department of Dance, University of Roehampton, UK

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Gudrun Bühnemann
13.01.2020 von 16:00 bis 17:00

Crushed Underfoot: Patterns of Subjugation and Extreme Dependency in the Buddhist Iconography of Nepal. Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Gudrun Bühnemann Buddhist art from the Himalayan region has become widely known through display in museums and exhibitions. The art from Tibet and Nepal has attracted particular attention and has been idealized as “meditational” and “enlightenment art”. In this talk I will focus on representations of Buddhist Tantric deities that do not support this cliché. Instead, they illustrate the act of subjugation and state of extreme dependency due to sectarian animosity between two competing religious traditions, Hinduism and Buddhism. I will discuss major patterns of such representations in art all of which convey the message of the superiority of the Buddhist figures over Hindu or Śaiva divinities in specific ways.

Vortrag von Tillo Detige
23.11.2020 von 18:15 bis 19:15

The main ritual and devotional focus of the Jaina traditions are the fully-liberated teachers (jina, tīrthaṅkara). However, non-liberated renouncers are also venerated, both during their life and after death. Memorials of Digambara ascetics were commonly erected in early modern (1400-1800 CE) Western and Central India. Commemorative pillars (niṣedhikā) or carved feet or footprints (caraṇa, pādukā) were typically installed in open pavilions (chatarī). Their inscriptions constitute an important source to reconstruct the history of Digambara Jainism in the so-called ‘Muslim era’. The presentation will also focus on material and ritual aspects, and offer a comparative look at some South Indian, contemporary, and Śvētāmbara parallels. Meeting-ID: 954 1841 9387, Kenncode: 129830

Lecture Demonstration von Raju Shakya (Lalitpur, Nepal)
18.01.2021 von 18:00 bis 19:00

Charya Nritya is a highly specialised dance form from Nepal. Originally, these dances were performed by the tantric priests of the Newar community as part of their spiritual practice. Therefore, the dances were only shown to selected patrons or an initiated audience. The first public performance happened during the World Buddhist Conference in Kathmandu in 1956. Since a decreasing number of younger Vajracharyas took up the traditional role as priests, some members of the community decided to teach the dances to persons from outside the original community, both from Nepal and world-wide. During this process the ritual dances of the Vajracharya community got promoted as national treasury of Nepal, similar to the classical dances of India. The lecture demonstration by Raju Shakya (dancer, teacher and dance scholar) will include practical examples and a discussion of the ritual meaning and the contemporary significance of this dance form.

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