Institute for Indology and Comparative Religion

Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin

Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (AOI)

Dept. of Indology and Comparative Religion
Keplerstr. 2 (room 139)
72074 Tuebingen

phone: +49-7071-29-74005

Email: heike.oberlin[at]

Office hours:

Wednesday, 11-12 am, and on prior notice
(please register by email)

Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin (née Moser) studied Indology and Social and Cultural Anthropology at Tübingen University. She completed her Ph.D. with "summa cum laude" in Indology at Würzburg with a work about the Sanskrit theatre Kūṭiyāṭṭam (Naṅṅyār-Kūttu - ein Teilaspekt des Sanskrittheaterkomplexes Kūṭiyāṭṭam, Harrassowitz 2008). Her dissertation was awarded the Ernst-Waldschmidt-Preis 2008. From 1995 to 2001 she studied and performed Kūṭiyāṭṭam and Naṅṅyār-Kūttu with P.N. Girija and Painkulam Rama Chakyar at Kerala Kalamandalam in India. Since then she is also involved in studying and teaching the Malayalam language. She still performs Kūṭiyāṭṭam and gives lecture-demonstrations at universities and theatres. In May 2013 Heike Oberlin completed her habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and was conferred the "venia legendi" for Indology, in Dezember 2016 she was appointed "außerplanmäßige Professorin". Currently she is the Scientific Coordinator of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (AOI) at Tübingen University and Associate Professor at its Dept. of Indology. In 2015 she established in cooperation with the Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University the "Gundert Chair" for Malayalam at Tübingen. She is being awarded the Gisela-Bonn-Preis 2019.

1.-10. January 2018: Invitation in the "Erudite Program" as "Scholar in Residence" by the government of Kerala to interact for 10 days with graduate and post graduate students at Kerala Kalamandalam, deemed university of art and culture, a major center for learning and studying Indian performing arts (flyer of the programme).

Article in "attempo online" about Heike Oberlin’s lecture series in Kerala (link).

Since 1.6.2016 the DFG-funded digitisation project "Das Hermann-Gundert-Portal: Digitalisierung und Erschließung des Nachlasses von Hermann Gundert (manuscripts and prints) and supplementary works from his environment at the University Library of Tübingen" is running.

On October 1, 2018, the two-year duration of the project "Sacred Sound: Musical Manifestations of the Sacred in the Field of Tension between Theory and Practice", funded by ZUK / DFG, will begin. Main applicants: Prof. Dr. Stefan Morent and Prof. Dr. Thomas Schipperges (Musicology); further PI: Prof. Dr. Robert Horres (Japanese Studies), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leppin (Church History), Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin (Indology).

Research interests

Further information

Focus South India & Gundert Chair for Malayalam