Abteilung Indologie

Welcome to Indian Studies!

Indian Studies is concerned with the cultures and societies of the Indian sub-continent from their beginnings through to the present day. At the centre of Indian Studies in Zurich stand the languages literatures, religions and philosophies of India and their social-historical context, as well as politics, the economy and social change in modern India. Research is based, on the one hand, on the philological analysis of original-language sources in various Indian languages and their interrogation through the questions and methods of cultural studies; on the other hand, on the surveying of data using the methods of the qualitative and quantitative social sciences. In line with this approach, the degree programs in Indian Studies in Zurich place a special weight on language acquisition, on the communication of foundational knowledge concerning history, society, literature, religion, philosophy, politics and economics, as well as an introduction to research methods.