Hans Henrich Hock

Prof. Hans Henrich Hock
'Appropriating the Past - Language, Archaeology, and
Ideology in South Asia and the Diaspora'


07. Mai 2008, 14 Uhr, Geb. B 3.2, HS 003


The well-known misuse of linguistic and general prehistory history in 19th and early 20th century Europe, especially in support of the racist “Aryan” ideology of the Nazis, requires us to confront seriously the impact of misrepresentations based on linguistic, textual, and archaeological evidence. My talk addresses this issue in reference to modern South Asian identity movements, both within South Asia and in the diaspora.

Hans Henrich Hock is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Sanskrit, Classics, and Germanic Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published extensively in historical and South Asian linguistics, as well as on the issue of the use and misuse of linguistic and general prehistory.


Prof. Hans Henrich Hock's talk on The "Aryan Invasion" Controversy