Dr. Sven Sellmer

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Ulrich-Schalk-Str. 3a
91056 Erlangen

Home Institution: University of Poznań (Poland)

IKGF Visiting Fellow June 2011

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Human Agency and Fate in the Mahābhārata

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1969 in Kiel, Germany, Sven Sellmer studied philosophy, Indology and classical philology at the University of Kiel. He graduated in 1997 with an M.A. thesis on Pre-Socratic philosophy, published under the title "Argumentationsstrukturen bei Parmenides".

From 2000-2003, he worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Kiel, where he taught Sanskrit at various levels. In 2005, he received the title of Dr. phil. for a comparative study of Indian and Greek approaches to the topic of subjectivity. Since 2004, he has been a senior lecturer at the University of Poznań, Poland, where he teaches Sanskrit and Indian philosophy.

Presently, his main field of interest is the Indian epics, especially the Mahâbhârata. Trying to reconstruct the implicit anthropology of this epic, he is – with the help of self-designed computer programmes – working on establishing methodological foundations for semantic and conceptual research on orally composed Sanskrit texts.


Selected Books and Editions

  • Formen der Subjektivität. Studien zur indischen und griechischen Philosophie. Freiburg/München 2005.


  • ed. (with Horst Brinkhaus): Zeitenwenden. Historische Brüche in afrikanischen und asiatischen Gesellschaften. Hamburg 2002.

Selected Articles

  • "Towards a Semantics of the Mental in the Indian Epics": Petteri Koskikallio (ed.). Proceedings of the Fourth Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas. Zagreb 2009.