2021 sees yet another year with many activities in the field of German Studies supported by the DAAD.

The annual Nachwuchssymposium for Research Scholars in the Field of German Studies, where young researchers from all over India will present their MPhil and PhD research will be digitally hosted by the Delhi University. This online symposium serves as an important annual platform for experts, students, and researchers in the field of German studies and beyond to have a constructive dialogue with other co-researchers, colleagues and receive valuable input from experts from India and Germany.

The second activity will be in the form of a workshop namely the Dhoch3 Project. It has been a successful project in India and the region so far in the field of digitalisation of teaching German and a foreign language. This year the focus will turn to a different module in the field of literature and aesthetic media and language and cultural studies. The online study modules have been developed in close cooperation with German universities to offer support to universities abroad and participation is targeted towards experts in the field of DaF-Didactics from the region. In times where universities are forced to adapt their lessons and courses from offline to online modes, this project aims to provide teachers and experts the necessary tools to enable a smooth transition to digital teaching methods. Read more

Digitalisation being one of the key aspects of DAAD work and its relevance being pushed to prominence in the last year, IVAC – the International Virtual Academic Cooperation – has kicked off with key German language departments in India participating as partners intending to provide practical support to instructors and strategic support to universities with the aim of developing and expanding international higher education partnerships and worldwide mobility by tapping digital possibilities. The German Studies Department at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal has entered the IVAC with the German departments at several Indian universities – Delhi University, JNU, University of Mumbai, SPPU, Pune. Titled Community of Practice Interculturalism and Literary theory (CoPIT), some of the salient features of this cooperation are workshops for doctoral students, summer/winter schools, faculty exchange, teaching assignments for Indian Professors in Wuppertal, joint research projects among the participating universities.  Read more

Last but not least, we welcome the new DAAD-Lektor, Dr. Jan-Helge Weidemann to India at the Delhi University, at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies. He will teach master’s courses in the field of literature and cultural history curriculum amongst others, and support with numerous other DAAD projects in the field of German Studies in the region.