Goethe in India

The Goethe Society of India (GSI) was founded in 1997 by a group of Indian scholars teaching German language, literature, and culture in different universities.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) was not just a German writer and poet, but also thinker, scientist and administrator. The society therefore seeks to promote scholarly research on his entire body of work also and on classical German heritage, together with their relationship to contemporary cultural developments.

The GSI emphasises the European context of this heritage and its comparative international dimensions symbolised by Goethe's notion of World Literature and actively promotes an academic dialogue between India, the German speaking countries and Europe.

One activity of the GSI has been to actively promote academic dialogue in the fields of arts and literature within the broad ambit of Goethe's vision of World Literature between India and the German speaking countries. In this venture it is supported by various academic and cultural institutions in India and Germany, and its conferences result in an annual yearbook.

Rethinking Europe and Schiller and Aesthetic Education Today formed the subject of the 2005 and 2006 yearbooks. Published by Mosaic Books, New Delhi, these conference proceedings are a valuable record of the scholarship promoted by the GSI.

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