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Support for Projects in Indian Studies

The realisation of research projects in the field of Indian studies which are in keeping with the foundation’s mission of promoting research on Indian culture in Germany are supported by the foundation. Applications must include detailed calculations of costs and competitive quotes.

Research projects in the field of Indian Studies

Indoskript 2.0

Indoskript 2.0 is a paleographic database of Brahmi and Kharosthi that aims at covering the full historical development of these two Indic scripts. Indoskript builds on the great paleographic monographs of Bühler and Dani and on numerous more specialized publications, but offers a higher degree of flexibility.

While traditional printed works are static, Indoskript can be queried for different criteria such as historical time, place of origin, or phonetic restrictions. We are convinced that the built-in functions for filtering data and aggregating results facilitate paleographic research to a significant degree.

Indoskript 2.0 is a web interface that reproduces the core functionalities of the original Indoskript, but can be accessed from any platform. As the PC version was held in German and the comments on the sources and individual akṣaras have been adopted whole-sale, the comments remain in their original form and will, hopefully, be replaced by English equivalents in due time.

Harry Falk, Berlin
Oliver Hellwig, Berlin

Project duration: 2017

Who Was Who of Indian Studies

Welcome to the database of Prof. Dr. Klaus Karttunen´s work Who Was Who of Indian Studies that emphasizes not only classical Indian Studies but also holds a great number of scholars from related fields and subjects including anthropology and archaeology in South Asia as well as Indo-European, ancient Iranian, Central Asian, and Tibetan Studies.

This collection is the result of many years. I inherited the interest in the history of learning from my teacher, Pentti Aalto. In order to learn more, I started as a young PG student going through, year by year, Indological, Oriental and Linguistic journals, starting with the Journal Asiatique and the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Soon I noted that the obituaries offered interesting additions to what is told by Windisch and started a file. According to my own interests, I also decided to include the scholars working on Iranian, Indo-European and Tibetan. Especially in the 19th century they almost without exception had also to do with Sanskrit.

Project duration: 2017 to 2018