Editors in chief
The Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens / Vienna Journal of South Asian Studies is edited by Karin Preisendanz, Professor of Indology, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna.
The Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens / Vienna Journal of South Asian Studies is jointly published by the Institute for the Intellectual and Cultural History of Asia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (www.ikga.oeaw.ac.at) and the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna (https://stb.univie.ac.at).
The publication of the Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens / Vienna Journal of South Asian Studies is financially supported by the Faculty of Philological-Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna.
The Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens / Vienna Journal of South Asian Studies was founded in 1957 by Erich Frauwallner, Professor of Indology and Head of the Department of Indology (Institut für Indologie) of the University of Vienna, which had been established shortly before in 1955. The journal was then published jointly by the Department of Indology of the University and the Committee for the Languages and Cultures of South and East Asia (Kommission für Sprachen und Kulturen Süd- und Ostasiens) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which was the forerunner of the Academy’s Institute for the Intellectual and Cultural History of Asia (Institut für die Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens) (founded in 1991) and has been established at Frauwallner’s initiative in 1956. The journal’s original title, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Süd- und Ostasiens (Vienna Journal of South and East Asian Studies), reflects Frauwallner’s plan to include studies on East Asia in its scope, which, however, could not be realized to the desired extent. Thus, the title was changed to Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens from volume 14 (1970) onwards. Right from its beginning, the journal comprised a separate section devoted to the philosophies of South Asia, called the Archiv für indische Philosophie (Archive for Indian Philosophy), the history of philosophy being the area within South Asian Studies that was at the very center of Frauwallner’s own research. Furthermore, this area had been singled out by him as the special and distinctive area of research that should be adopted, promoted and developed to a high level of excellence at the newly founded Department of Indology of the University, as outlined and argued for in Frauwallner’s programmatic article "Geschichte und Aufgaben der Wiener Indologie", published in Anzeiger der philosophisch-historischen Klasse der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Jahrgang 1961, Nr. 10 (Wien 1961, pp. 77– 95). Until volume 43 (1999), the Archiv für indische Philosophie, in which ma ny seminal articles by Frauwallner and his students on the history of philosophy in South Asia had appeared, was also mentioned on the title page s of the journal volumes. From volume 44 (2000) onwards, the English title Vienna Journal of South Asian Studies was added instead, to emphasize the international orientation of the journal and the fact that English had become the dominant language of the articles published in it. Next to the research articles and short book reviews (Anzeigen), the journal also published summaries of doctoral theses written at the Department of Indology and submitted to the University of Vienna. Beginning with volume 44 (2000), this section of the journal also included summaries of selected diploma and MA theses written at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies (established in 2000). From volume 56-57 (2018) onwards, this practice has been discontinued as all theses in progress at the Department and successfully submitted to the University of Vienna are listed, with summaries, on the departmental website. Furthermore, the theses are normally accessible online in the repository of the University Library of the University of Vienna.
Erich Frauwallner (Vols. 1–7)
Erich Frauwallner and Gerhard Oberhammer (Vols. 8–18)
Gerhard Oberhammer (Vols. 19–43)
Gerhard Oberhammer, Karin Preisendanz and Chlodwig H. Werba (Vols. 44–51)
Anne MacDonald, Gerhard Oberhammer, Karin Preisendanz and Chlodwig H. Werba (Vols. 52–53)
Anne MacDonald, Karin Preisendanz and Chlodwig H. Werba (Vols. 54–55)
Karin Preisendanz and Chlodwig H. Werba (Vols. 56–57)
Karin Preisendanz (Vol. 58–)
The Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens / Vienna Journal of South Asian Studies traditionally publishes scholarly articles in the area of pre-modern South Asian Studies with a philologically and historically oriented approach, the major source languages being Vedic, Sanskrit, Pali and other Prakrits. Further source languages of articles published in the journal so far are Avesta, Hindi, Marathi, Singhalese, Tamil, Tibetan, Chinese and Old Turkish, to mention the most important ones. From the geographical point of view, the journal’s range also includes South East Asia, Tibet, Central Asia and East Asia, as geographical areas where diverse aspects of the cultures of South Asia have been adopted and adapted in a significant way, and Iran which shares a common heritage with the Vedic culture of South Asia. Methodologically, the journal is also open to linguistic, historical and art-historical studies as well as to contributions from Religious Studies. Concerning the time frame, articles dealing with issues of the culture of pre-modern South Asia and their extension into the modern period are also welcome.
Contributions may have the form of research articles, review articles (and rejoinders), text editions and annotated translations, specialized bibliographies and glossaries, obituaries and miscellania.
The journal also publishes short book reviews.
A convenient and informative survey of articles and short book reviews published between 1957 and 1986 (volumes 1 to 30) is found in the index volume compiled by Chlodwig H. Werba (1987). It documents the wide range of areas in South Asian Studies and related disciplines that are covered by the topics of the journal contributions: the history of philosophies and religions, literature and the indigenous sciences, such as law, statecraft and medicine, grammar, lexicography, poetics and metrics, musicology and histrionics; epigraphy and codicology; art history; the history of the intellectual and cultural relations between pre-modern South Asia and other regions of Asia, the history of the intellectual relation between South Asia and Europe in antiquity and the modern period, and, last but not least, the history of the discipline of South Asian Studies itself.
Contributions written in English, French, German and Sanskrit are welcome.
ISSN: 0084-0084 Print Edition
ISSN: 1728-3124 Online Edition
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OPEN ACCESS Samples:
Lambert Schmithausen, Ein weiteres Fragment aus dem Prakaraṇa: SHT VII 1697
Eli Franco, Towards a Reconstruction of the Spitzer Manuscript – The Dialectial Portion
Anne MacDonald, The Prasannapadā: More Manuscripts from Nepal.