Cross-Cultural Communicative Competence means acquiring appropriate knowledge about other cultures and necessary skills to successfully interact with people from those cultures. In any cross-cultural Interaction between an Indian and a German there will always be some misunderstandings and cultural shocks due to differences in attitudes, in cultural assumptions, in the ways of structuring messages and expressing one’s thoughts. In this talk we will identify and discuss some of the cultural differences between India and Germany and explain how one can equip oneself with appropriate cross-cultural tools to become a meaningful and successful partner in Indo-German Cross-Cultural encounters.

About Prof. Dr. Vridhagiri Ganeshan

As a teacher, Prof. Dr. V. Ganeshan truly believes in making a difference in the life of a student, who is willing to learn from him and believes whole-heartedly that learning is mutual. Prof. Dr. Vridhagiri Ganeshan is an Emeritus Professor of German and has served as the Vice-Chancellor at at Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) now known as English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU).

Online Documentary Screening: SIBERIAN LOVE

Wednesday, 15. July 2020 | 18:30 PM IST


A film by Olga Delane
Duration: 79 minutes/ Year: 2016/ Language: Russian with English subtitles


What does a woman need to be happy and fulfilled? After 20 years of living in Berlin, the director Olga Delane goes back to her roots in a small Siberian village, where she is confronted with traditional views of relationships, life and love. The man is the master in the home; the woman’s task is to beget children and take care of the household (and everything else, too). Siberian Love provides unrivalled insights into the (love) life of a Siberian village and seeks the truth around the universal value of traditional relationships.
A freezing quest for love in rural Siberia.

“Siberian Love” was internationally premiered in at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2016.

The Film maker:

Olga Delane is a photographer, editor and director. During the last five years she took several trips through Siberia for her photo, video and movie projects. Her first documentary feature-length film „Endstation Krasnokamensk – Ein Heimatbesuch“(Final destination Krasnokamensk) ran successfully in many German art-house cinemas.

You can watch the film here by the live link which will be available to on 15. July 2020 at 6:30 pm

After the screening, from about 8:00 pm IST, you can join the open discussion with the filmmaker and the producer on Facebook.

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The discussion will begin after the first screening of the film is over at 8:00 pm IST on 15. July 2020.

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You can ask questions by writing in the 'comment' section while the live stream of the discussion is being broadcasted.

SCIENCE TALK (ONLINE): History & Progress of Cancer Research by Dr. Kinjal Desai

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History & Progress of Cancer Research
We will take a tour of cancer from its first recorded case to the cutting edge cancer research of the present day. Glimpse the potential of modern technology and how it is shaping our understanding of the disease. Survey the fundamentals of cancer biology, and discuss the complexities and challenges of cancer research at the molecular level. Learn about the major areas of cancer research, how research is generally funded, and a small vignette of current research first hand from a cancer biologist.

Dr. Kinjal Desai
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Kinjal received her Bachelor of Science from St. Xavier’s College, India, and her Doctorate of Philosophy from Dartmouth College, USA. She is now a senior postdoctoral research fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, where she is working on developing a novel treatment for medulloblastoma, the most commonly occurring malignant brain tumour in children. She is also an instructor at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and has guest lectured at the University of Toronto Molecular Genetics department. Outside of research and science education, Kinjal enjoys baking, tennis, and stand-up comedy.

About RIOT:
We are the Toronto Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT). We are a group of cancer researchers and scientists working with the Canadian Cancer Society to bring awareness about the progress and promise of cancer research. We regularly write blog articles describing new and topical ideas in cancer biology, and we hold presentation sessions about various aspects of cancer research at community centres, high schools, and in corporations. We also organize an annual full-day symposium to promote cancer research awareness among high school students.

German Short Films: Short Export - Made in Germany


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In its 15th edition six outstanding short films have been selected out of almost 600 German submissions at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020. This years' 85-minute SHORT EXPORT - Made in Germany program ranges from bizarre and exciting to warm-hearted and hilarious stories, told as fiction, documentary or animation short films. The program illustrates the artistic, stylistic and thematic diversity of German short film making.The program is available in original version with German, English and French subtitles. GZH is proud to bring this program ONLINE to you in collaboration with Hyderabad Centre for Photography.

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Listen to our Podcast Series: Pinjra Tod Kar

Are you getting bored at home? Why not listen to our Podcast series, Pinjra Tod Kar. Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad in collaboration with Suno India and Bol Hyderabad is proud to present to you the first of their podcast series ‘Pinjra Tod Kar’. This podcast will bring to you powerful and poignant stories told by the women whose lives were impacted by Shaheen.