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Canberra, 21 January 2011.

18 March 2010

[On] the digitization of Guenther-Dietz Sontheimer's [India 1950-1992] slide collection


18 Mar 2010

The Virtual Library South Asia (SAVIFA), University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.

"Folk gods, memorial stones, pastoral communities and temples -- the digitization of Guenther-Dietz Sontheimer's slide collection
In 1977 Guenther-Dietz Sontheimer (1934-1992) became a professor of the Religious History of South Asia with a special emphasis on Hinduism at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, where he also taught traditional law, Marathi language and literature. [...] When Sontheimer died, the library of the South Asia Institute obtained this collection alongside with his tape recordings, films and manuscripts. Now, after more than 15 years and funded by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context -- Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows", the whole collection has been digitized and is now accessible through the image database HeidICON. [See the Database of G.D. Sontheimer's images from India 1950-1992 http://heidicon.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/ - ed.]

Sontheimer's major concern was to make evident the continuity, interrelation and mutual impact of classical high and folk culture. He used art, art history, archaeology, modern languages and dialects, written records as well as oral traditions to understand the culture and religious life of the "common people", especially the pastoral communities of the Deccan plateau. [...]."

Site contents
* Alphabetical Index of Place Names in the Sontheimer Slide Collection [link to a PDF document, 371 KB];
* Catalog to the Sontheimer Slide Collection in Numerical Order [link to a PDF document, 164 KB];
* List of Deities depicted in the Sontheimer Slide Collection [link to a PDF document, 154 KB];
* Front door of HeidICON;
* Direct link to EXC Sontheimer in HeidICON [http://heidicon.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/module/extlinks.php/pool/exc_sontheimer];
* EXC Sontheimer introduction and contact information.
* New ([Savifa] Home, Newsletter ['Masala' - the quartely newsletter of Savifa: http://www.savifa.uni-hd.de/newsletter_en.html ; Latest issue by mid March 2010 is Vol. 5, No 1, January 2010; Past issues archived at: http://www.savifa.uni-hd.de/newsletter_archiv_en.html], New Acquisitions);
* Search ([Savifa] Metasearch, SavifaGuide, OLC-Article Databases, E-Journals [a portal to over 200 Asian Studies' e-journals ranging from 'Ancient Nepal (Aeltere Jahrgaenge)' through 'Journal of Bhutan Studies' and 'Tibet Press Watch' to 'Zeitschrift fuer Religions- und Geistesgeschichte (ZRGG)' - ed.], Databases, Document Server, Digital Collections, E-Toc-Alert Service, Document Delivery Service);
* Interactive [Savifa] (Publishing, Directory of South Asia Scholars [Under 'New Entry' you have the possibility to enter your own research profile - ed.], Thematic Portals [incl. Varanasi Displayed, Cultural flows between South Asia and Europe, Health and Healing in South Asia, Urban History Documentation Archive of the CSSSC - Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta], Suggest a Website, Comments);
* About Savifa (Special Subject Collection, Project Description, Partners, Publications).

[A bi-lingual (DE,EN) website]

URL http://www.savifa.uni-hd.de/thematicportals/cultural_flows_gallery.html

Internet Archive (web.archive.org) [the site was not archived at the time of this abstract]

Link reported by: Sonja Stark-Wild (sonja.stark-wild--at--urz.uni-heidelberg.de)

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