Heinz Werner Wessler
Welcome to my personal website! I am professor of indology with a focus on modern Southasian languages and cultures, continuing an old tradition of teaching and research in Southasian linguistics and philology in Uppsala. The first Sanskrit teaching actually started in 1838 at this place. My background is in classical indology, but for many years my personal focus is on Hindi and Urdu, and cultural history, religion and society in India and Pakistan.
Keywords: indien world literatures världslitteratur cultural history kulturhistoria hindi urdu india pakistan indologi sydasien
Interview by Sunita Pahuja on Hindi's future in "Akshaydhaara" in Mauritius Broadcasting Cooperation (17.1.2023).
interview in Hindi
An Interview by Jawahar Karnavat (Vaishvik Hindi Parivar), 22.11.2020
Interview in Urdu
Interview in Urdu by Sajid Umar Gill (Lahore) in "Fact Finding".
Inaugural lecture as professor at Uppsala University
In Swedish (17.11.2015)
Hindi in Scandinavia
A podium discussion on Hindi teaching and Hindi literature in Scandinavia, moderated by me (in Hindi).
Interview Sunita Pahuja
Mauritius Broadcasting Cooperation
I have studied Indology, Comparative Religion and Musicology in Bonn, Delhi, and Zuerich (Switzerland). My earlier focus was on Sanskrit epic literature, but I have turned towards modern South Asia, its literatures and languages in the course of my career. After my post-doc, I came to Uppsala as visiting professor in 2010, and became full professor in 2014.
I have been board member of the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) from 2010-2016 and have been elected again in 2021. Besides, I am board member of "Suedasienbuero", the advisory board of "Literaturforum Indien" and the "Aalami Urdu Adab" platform. Besides, I am honorary foreign faculty member of Oriental College, University of the Punjab (Lahore, Pakistan).
I have received three awards in the world of Hindi that are particularly dear to me: Vishva Hindi Samman (2015), the George Grierson Award for 2018 (2021) and the Camil Bulcke Award 2022 (2023).
Watch my "installation lecture" 26.11.2015 on "Unity in Diversity" in Swedish (Installationsförläsning).
Watch Jawarhar Karnavat talking to me on behalf of Vaishvik Hindi Parivar in Hindi.
Watch Hina Khorazany Rizvi talking to me in Urdu.
My research career started in classical Hinduism and its texts. After my PhD I turned towards early modern and modern South Asia. I have worked on modern and contemporary literature in Hindi and Urdu, and on Sikh textual traditions. I publish in English, German, Hindi, occasionally Urdu, and Swedish.
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