Brief Self-Introduction in English

The Institute of Indology
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

A brief self-introduction

 The Institute of Indology in Mainz has achieved a special profile in five fields of study:

 • Modern Hindi literature
• Hinduism; Hinduism abroad
• Buddhist studies; Buddhist Chinese
• Sinhala language and literature
• Comparative folk-tale studies

Two monograph series, both edited by Konrad Meisig, appear from our institute, published by Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden:

Beiträge zur Indologie (Contributions to Indology)
   For a list of published titles, refer to

 • East Asia Intercultural Studies – Interkulturelle Ostasienstudien

Indology in Mainz is basically a philology, a science based on texts in the original languages, covering three historical stages, viz. Old, Middle and Modern Indian languages. Presently, the following languages are regularly taught at the institute:

• Sanskrit, including Classical, Vedic, Epic and Buddhist Sanskrit
• Pāli
• Prākrit
• Hindi
• Urdu
• Panjābī
• Bengali
• Sinhala
• Buddhist Chinese

 Competence in these languages enables our students to study Indian literatures, religions, and philosophies in the original languages. They learn to read Indian classics from the Rigvedic hymns, Bhagavadgītā, Yogasūtras, plays and poems like Kālidāsa’s Meghadūta or Jayadeva’s Gītagovinda, Suttas and Jātakas from the Pāli canon, up to modern Hindi short stories. Find some German translations of Modern Hindi literature, fabricated by students of our institute in the winter term 2011/12, under

Presently, we offer three curricula at the Institute of Indology Mainz:

• Bachelor in Indology (subsidiary)
• Magister in Indology (to be discontinued)
• PhD in Indology (‘Promotion’)

The Institute of Indology Mainz cultivates a lively cooperation with Indian universities. We have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Punjabi University Patiala, the Gurukul Kangri University Haridvar, and several others. Over the years, scholars of our institute have participated in conferences on humanities at many Asian universities, for example in Patiala and Amritsar. Our institute has recently organised a symposium on Utopias from Asia in cooperation with the Visva Bharati University in November 2011 in Santiniketan, see

It is our strong wish to further expand these contacts to Indian and other Asian universities.

Since 1999, the research project Tamil Temples ‒ Traditional and Transcultural explores Tamil Shaiva Hinduism in South India and Sri Lanka with a special focus on Hinduism in migration, concentrating on Tamil temples in Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and Mauritius; see details and a list of publications under: