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Name:  C.S. MOHANAVELU    [ e-mail:csmvelu@gmail.com ]

Education:

B.Sc. (Science), Madras University, 1966

M.A. (History), Madras University, 1977

German Language: Nine semesters’ course: Passed Grundstufe II in 1967,    Mittelstufe II  in  1969, and Deutsch als Fremdsprache  in 1979 (Max Mueller Bhavan)

Ph.D. (History), Madras University, 1990, Topic: “Early German Contributions to Tamil Studies: 1706-1945” [ published in 1993 ]

Work& Research experience: 36 years of collegiate teaching service 1966-1980 Physics Demonstrator, Madras Medical College, Chennai-3, 1980-2003 Asst. Prof. / Prof. of History at various Govt. Arts Colleges.

Special Lectures: Twelve [Fulbright Club, Humboldt Club, Heidelberg University/Germany, I.I.T.(M), J.N.U. (New Delhi) etc.]

Publications :  two books, seven international conference papers,  five national conference papers and articles in research journals (excluding about forty articles, concerning my research on German Tamil Studies, published in Tamil and English newspapers and journals)

 

Conference Papers and Research Articles

2017: Presented a research paper at the National Conference on “Reformation 500 Years (1517 – 2017): Its Impact on Church, Mission and Society” jointly organized by the Madras Christian College, India & the Liverpool Hope University, UK at the Madras Christian College on the 12th and 13th January, 2017. Paper topic “A FEW RARE SOURCE MATERIALS FOR GERMAN TAMILSTUDIES ”.

2010: Presented a research paper: “GERMAN MISSIONARIES AND RABIES HYDROPHOBIA: MISSION HISTORY AS HISTORY OF GLOBALISATION OF INDIGENOUS TAMIL MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE OF 18TH CENTURY” at the international conference organized by the Berlin Society for Mission History, 16-18 Sept., 2010 in Berlin.

2010: Chaired a Session at the international conference on “Mission History as History of the Globalisation of Knowledge” organized by the Berlin Society for Mission History in Berlin, 16-18 September, 2010

2007: Presented a research paper: “A few German diary reports about Siddha medicine in the Halle Mission Archives” at the National Conference on “Siddha Medicine: Historical, Social and Medical perspectives” conducted at the French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, 23 – 24 August, 2007

2006: Presented a research paper: “Ziegenbalg’s Observations of Certain Indigenous Religio-Cultural Aspects” at the International Conference organized by, Goethe-Institute, Chennai, in cooperation with Madras Musings, Satya Nilayam, German Returnees Association and South Asia Institute – Ruprecht – Karls – Universität, Heidelberg. 17 August, 2006. Published in: Dr. Gabriele M. Landwehr, (Ed.) Cultural Encounters in South  India, Chennai, 2007, pp. 63-70

2006:  Chaired a Session on “Language, Literature and Philosophy” for the “Cultural Encounters in South India” –An International Conference organized by Goethe institute, Chennai, in cooperation with Madras Musings, Satya Nilayam, German Returnees Association and South Asia Institute – Ruprecht – Karls – Universität, Heidelberg.  18. August, 2006.

2003:German Missionary Rottler’s interactions with the colonial British Power in Madras during 1817 - 1818:”: Research Paper presented at the International Scientific Conference organized by the Berlin Society for Mission History in Berlin during 6-8 March, 2003. Published in: Ulrich van der Heyden & Holger Stoecker,(Ed.) Mission und Macht im Wandel politischer Orientierungen, München, 2005, pp. 119 – 126

2001: “German Indology – From Roth to Rothermund as I observed it”: in: Georg Berkemer, Tilman Frasch, Hermann Kulke and Jürgen Lütt, (Ed).  Explorations in the History of South Asia, Festschrift in honour of Dietmar Rothermund , New Delhi, 2001, pp.1-8

2000: “Some Aspects of the Educational system in Tamil Nadu, 300 years ago, as observed by the Germans.”: Research paper presented at the 36th Annual conference of the Institute of Historical Studies,  held in Bombay, 22 – 24 October, 2000

1999: “Karl Graul’s efforts to promote Evangelic Lutheran Mission in Tamil Nadu,  1844 -1864”: Research paper presented at the international conference organized by Berlin Society for Mission History at Berlin, 18-20 February,1999 (Published in: Ulrich van der Heyden u. Jürgen Becher, (Ed.) Mission und Gewalt, Stuttgart, 2000, pp. 413-420)

1997: “Graul’s Contributions to Tamil Grammar”: research paper presented at the Silver Jubilee of the Dravidian Linguistic Association on 20th June, 1997.
1997: German Contributions to Tamil, in: DHINAMANI, (Tamil newspaper) 9 March,       1997, p.4

1996: Loving Tamil for Tamil’s sake, in: THE INDIAN EXPRESS December 16, 1996, p. 7

1994:Mission Sources as Objects of Inter-disciplinary Research  - Linguistics, Medicine and other Natural Sciences”: Research paper presented at the international conference organized by the Center for Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin, 17-20 October, 1994 ( Published in: Ulrich van der Heyden, Heike Liebau, (Ed.) Missionsgeschichte, Kirchengeschichte und Weltgeschichte,  Stuttgart, 1996, pp. 149-159

1992: Anandha Vikatan, one of the most popular Tamil weekly magazines, with a circulation of 250,000 copies per week, published twenty of my articles under the headline: “Tamil Treasure that bewildered the Germans, 300 years ago”from their 12 April 1992 issue, covering various aspects of my research interest.

 

1991: “Standard of Education of the native Tamil people, 300 years ago, as observed and reported by the Germans”, in: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Universität Halle, vol. XXXX, Nr. 1, Halle, 1991, pp. 81-86 

1990: “The First Indian Scholar in Germany”: research paper presented at the 51st Session of Indian History Congress, Calcutta, 1990 ( Abstract published)

1988: “A Brief Account of Francken’s Foundations Archives, Halle/Saale, G.D.R.,” in: Indian Church History Review, Vol. XXII, Nr. 1, Bangalore, June 1988, pp. 50-76