Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Development economists win Outstanding Publication by Junior Researchers award

Christian receives award



Christian Bommer, Esther Heesemann und Vera Sagalova from the Development Economics group here at CeMIS received the University of Göttingen's Foundation Council Award for "Herausragende Nachwuchspublikation" ("Outstanding Publication by Junior Researchers") on Friday 8 December. The trio received the prize for their article on The Global Economic Burden of Diabetes: A Cost-of-Illness Study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology earlier this year. In the article, they estimate that diabetes treatment as well as diabetes related production losses account for $US1.3 trillion globally, equivalent to 1.8 percent of global GDP. In India, diabetes costs about 1.04 percent of the national GDP. The article has received enormous international academic and media attention.

Photo: Christian Bommer receives the award from Prof. Dr. Barbara Ischinger, a member of the University of Göttingen's Foundation Council.

Official press release (German only)


PhD student Lisa Bogler wins prize as outstanding economics graduate

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Lisa Bogler was awarded the “Florenz Sartorius Preis” as an outstanding graduate student in economics at the University of Göttingen on October 20.

Ms Bogler completed her MA thesis, Evaluation of Gram Varta in Madhepura, India, regarding HNWASH knowledge and practices, earlier this year.

The Development Economics/CeMIS PhD student is now working on health economics, with a focus on Indonesia.

The prize, which were donated by the Sartorius AG in Göttingen, were also awarded to outstanding graduates from Business Administration, Business Information Systems, and Business and Human Resource Education.

Pictured (left to right): Christian Schuster, Chiara Alexandra Meiners, Lisa Bogler, Simon Wetterau, Laura Eckardt und Ines Majewski (Leiterin des Sartorius College). (c) Photo by Frank Lemburg (Fotostudio Wilder).


Arundhati Roy reads to full house in Göttingen

On Saturday 16 September, Arundhati Roy read in the Alte Aula in Göttingen. The Aula, the symbolic heart of academic life in Göttingen, was sold out.

Introduced by Nate Roberts from CeMIS, Arundhati Roy read from her new novel "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" in English, while Andrea Strube from Deutsches Theater in Göttingen read from the German translation.

The readings were interspersed with lively conversations between Arundhati Roy and Christoph Senft (Berlin) about the process of writing, the return to the literary stage 20 years after "The God of Small Things", the relationship between fiction and reality and the current situation in India.

It was a fantastic night with an enthusiastic crowd and we thank everybody who participated - especially Anja Johannsen, Gesa Lindemann and the volunteers at the Literarisches Zentrum Göttingen, our cooperation partner - for making it a big success.

Read a review in the Göttinger Tageblatt (German only).