Fachbereich Asien-Orient-Wissenschaften

Gundert Chair for Malayalam

India endows guest lectureship at the University of Tübingen

Lecturers from southwest India have been teaching the language Malayalam on the "Gundert Chair" since October 2015 


The University of Tübingen has been awarded a guest lectureship, donated by the Indian government and the Indian science organisation "University Grants Commission". Lecturers from Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University in the state of Kerala have been teaching "Malayalam", a language spoken by approximately 33 million people in south-western India, on a regular basis in Tübingen since October 2015. They thus complement the existing Malayalam teaching at the Department of Indology - a unique focus in Europe which has distinguished the University of Tübingen for about 15 years.


At the University Library of Tübingen (in cooperation with Prof. Heike Oberlin), the digitisation project "The Hermann Gundert Portal: Digitisation and indexing of the estate of Hermann Gundert (manuscripts and prints) and supplementary works from his environment at the University Library of Tübingen" was funded by the DFG 2016-2018. The database can be found HERE.


Current events:


Winter Term 2020/21

Two Guest Lectures on the History of Kerala

Monday, 7.12.20203:30 pm CET (Online via Zoom) :

First Lecture: Kerala’s Development Model: Historical Background (Prof. Rajan Gurukkal)

Friday, 18.12.2020 3:30 pm CET (Online via Zoom) :

Second Lecture: Historical Roots of Kerala: Social, Cultural and Political Antecedents (Prof. Kesavan Veluthat)

heike.oberlinspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

More Info: PDF

Language Course "Malayāḷam@Tübingen | Online Course for Beginners"

Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin

In Tübingen the annual Malayalam intensive course for beginners will be offered this time online via Zoom due to the current situation caused by the corona pandemic. We will meet twice a week during the Tübingen winter term, i.e. we start on November 6th 2020 and end on February 26th 2021. As the number of participants is limited, please apply until 23.10.2020.

course for intermediate level students is also taking place online via Zoom.

For further information and registration send an email to: heike.oberlin [ at ] uni-tuebingen.de.



Summer Term 2020

Due to the Corona crisis, we have to cancel the Gundert Chair visit of Prof. T. Anithakumary and the associated compact courses, which were planned for July / August 2020.

Prof. Anithakumary will come back to Tübingen in summer 2021 to teach.

A course for intermediate level students is taking place online via "Zoom". If you would like to join this course online please pre-install Zoom on your device (https://zoom.us/download) and send an email to: heike.oberlin[at]uni-tuebingen.de.

In Winter Term 2020/21 a beginners' course will be offered.


Winter Term 2019/20

Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin: Malayāḷam – Course for Beginners

10.-14.2. and 17.-21.2.2020
Keplerstr. 2, 72074 Tübingen, room 004


Summer Term 2019

Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin: Introduction into the Reading of Palm Leaf Manuscripts in Malayalam Script

26 July 2019 - 27 July 2019
daily 10 - 13 Uhr and 15 -17 h

Prof. Dr. Anithakumary Holder of the »Gundert Chair«

Malayalam: Grammar and Readings I

Monday, 29/07 – Friday, 02/08

Malayalam: Grammar and Readings II

Monday, 05/08 – Friday 09/08




Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin
Asien-Orient-Institut (AOI)
Telefon +49 7071 29-74005

Homepage Hermann-Gundert-Gesellschaft: http://www.gundert.org