Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels Position:Head Coordinator
Axel Michaels, is both a scholar of Indology and Religious Studies. Since 1996 he is Professor of Classical Indology, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg. In 2001 he was elected as the Spokesman of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 619 "Ritual Dynamics”. Since November 2007 he is one of the Directors of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context – Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows". Current fields of interest are social history and history of Hinduism, theory of rituals, life cycle rites of passage in Nepal as well as the cultural and legal history of Nepal. Major book publications include: Reisen der Götter. Der nepalische Pashupatinatha-Tempel und sein rituelles Umfeld, 2 parts (St. Augustin: VGH Wissenschaftsverlag, 1994), Hinduism. Past and Present (Princeton University Press 2004); (with Niels Gutschow): Handling Death. The dynamics of Death and Ancestor Rituals among the Newars of Bhaktapur, Nepal (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Publ.,2005); The Price of Purity: The Religious Judge in 19th Century Nepal (Torino: CESMEO, 2005), (with Niels Gutschow): Growing up. Hindu and Buddhist Initiation Rituals among Newar Children in Bhaktapur, Nepal (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Publ., 2008), Śiva in Trouble. Rituals and Festivals at the Paśupatinātha temple of Deopatan, Nepal (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), Manus Gesetzbuch transl., (Berlin: Verlag der Weltreligionen/Insel Verlag, 2010) and Grammars and Morphologies of Ritual Practices in Asia (co-ed., Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Publ., 2010). In 2010, the rectorate entrusted him with the establishment of the HCSA as Head Coordinator for collaboration with South Asia. Prof. Michaels is also member of the DFG-DST Joint Advisory Committee.
Mr. Radu Carciumaru Position:Representative
Radu Carciumaru, M.A. (Heidelberg University), fellow of the German National Academic Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, is Lecturer and PhD Researcher, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. He is also the managing editor of the Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics and former research fellow at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He co-organized several conferences and served as the junior leader at the International DAAD Graduate Academy on "Ways to democracy: social and political transformation processes", Berlin. Radu Carciumaru is involved with the Varieties of Democracy project, serving as country coordinator for Sri Lanka, as well as expert on India, Germany and Serbia. His Research focus is on Institutional design in plural societies, power sharing and negotiation theories, ethnic conflict regulation, international and regional cooperation, comparative politics and political economy He has been giving lectures and seminars on international politics (South Asia), comparative politics (South Asia and Eastern Europe), negotiation and game theories (i.e., negotiating violent conflicts), theories and methods (Colloquium for PhD candidates), democratization as well as reconciliation in post-conflict countries
Mr. Suboor Bakht, M.B.A
Suboor Bakht studied Biochemistry at Delhi University, India. He comes with a background in Biochemistry and double Masters, in Business Administration and in Sociology. He is a specialist in Quality Management and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). He is a GE US certified Six Sigma Black Belt and LEAN specialist, BSi certified ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 14001 specialist. In the past he has held international positions of Thinking Tank at GE and India Head, Quality and IPR at The Laing Group, UK. In the past he received International Management Excellence Award at GE. He joined the Cluster 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context' in March 2009 as a research assistant and is now in charge of a study on Muslim Popular Visual Culture. In his current role he is responsible for fostering Indo-German Research Collaborations, Exchange Programmes and joint events.
Mr. Gabar Chauhan, M.A.
Gabar Singh Chauhan received his master's degree in Economics from DAV College Dehra Dun, University of Garhwal, in 1983. He cleared two groups of Cost and Works Accountants of India before he started working for the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University from 1986-88, as a research assistant with special focus on the folk traditions of northern India's Himachal and Garhwal regions. After a brief intermezzo as an administrative officer in IGNCA, Gabar Singh joined the South Asia Institute Branch Office in New Delhi as accountant and secretary in 1990. His responsibilities have been extended to cover the accounting of the Cluster Liaison Office in 2009, and of HCSA in 2010.