Dr. Jonas Buchholz

organizational unit

Hinduistische Tempellegenden (HTL)

Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2 | Building 4400 | Room 004
69115 Heidelberg, Germany
+49 (0)6221 54 4095

Curriculum Vitae


  • since 2022: Research fellow, research unit “Hindu Temple Legends in South India”, Heidelberg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities.
  • 2019-2022: Research fellow, co-PI of the DFG project “Temple Networks in Early Modern South India”, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.
  • 2014-2019: Research fellow, ERC project “Going from Hand to Hand: Networks of Intellectual Exchange in the Tamil Learned Traditions”, University of Hamburg.
  • 2017-2018: Visiting lecturer, Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, University of Hamburg
  • 2014-2015: Visiting lecturer, Center for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen
  • 2012-2013: Visiting lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen


  • 2013-2018: PhD in Indology, University of Hamburg
  • 2006-2012: M.A. (Magister Artium) in Classical Indology, Modern Indology, and Semitic Studies, Heidelberg University


Selected publications and lectures

PhD thesis

Edited books

  • 2022 (with Malini Ambach and Ute Hüsken). Temples, Texts, and Networks: South Indian Perspectives. Heidelberg: Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing. https://doi.org/10.11588/hasp.906


  • Forthcoming. “Same Same but Different: The Tamil Kāñcippurāṇam and Its Sanskrit Source”. In Visions and Revisions of Sanskrit Narrative: Studies in the Indian Epics and Purāṇas, ed. by McComas Taylor & Raj Balkaran. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • 2022. “Sthalamāhātmyas and Talapurāṇams of Kanchipuram: A Network of Texts.” In Temples, Texts, and Networks: South Indian Perspectives, edited by Malini Ambach, Jonas Buchholz and Ute Hüsken, 11-40. Heidelberg: Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing. https://doi.org/10.11588/hasp.906.c13934
  • 2020. “Construing a Corpus: The Mnemonic Stanza on the Kīḻkkaṇakku Works”. In Colophons, Prefaces, Satellite Stanzas. Paratextual Elements and Their Role in the Transmission of Indian Texts, ed. by Eva Wilden & Suganya Anandakichenin, 19-62. Hamburg: Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Universität Hamburg.  https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03186034
  • 2019. “Commentaries on the Kīḻkkaṇakku Akam Works”. In The Commentary Idioms of the Tamil Learned Traditions, ed. by Suganya Anandakichenin & Victor B. D’Avella, 335-383. Pondicherry: École française d’Extrême-Orient, Institut Français de Pondichéry.  https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-02454169
  • 2017 (with Giovanni Ciotti). “What a Multiple-Text Manuscript Can Tell Us About the Tamil Scholarly Tradition: The Case of UVSL 589”. In manuscript cultures 10, 129-144. https://www.csmc.uni-hamburg.de/publications/mc/mc10.html
  • 2015/2016. “Countering Kampaṉ: C. N. Annadurai’s Critique of the Rāmāyaṇa”. In Zeitschrift für Indologie und Südasienstudien 32/33, 203-232.