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Christiane Brosius, Prof. Dr.


Christiane Brosius, Prof. Dr.


  • HCTS Professor of Visual and Media Anthropology Karl Jaspers Centre for Transcultural Studies
  • Speaker, Research Area B "Public Spheres", Cluster "Asia and Europe"


Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Room 107
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 4343
+49-(0) 6221-54 4490

Über Christiane Brosius

Prof. Brosius' office hours during the winter term are regularly on Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Please contact Mrs. Buchholz for a slot.

I am professor of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). My academic training in Cultural and Social Anthropology, Art History and Art Education (Frankfurt/Oder, Oxford and SOAS/London) is strongly related to Media and Visual Cultures in South Asia (India & Nepal), to the study of processes of urbanisation, transcultural art production and international migration. My first monograph was based on archival research on cultural historian Aby Warburg and his interest in the relationship between art and education. For my second monograph Empowering Visions, A Study on Videos and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism in India (London: Anthem Press 2005), I explored the iconography, rhetoric and production context of video propaganda of north Indian Hindu Right organisations between the 1980s and the 1990s. Right after completing the PhD, I shifted my focus to a completely different region: the South Pacific. Here, I explored silent films made by missionaries, adventurers or travellers. My latest book entitled India's Middle Class. New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity (2010 Routledge New Delhi, second paperback edition, with additional introduction: 2014), includes case studies about real estate advertising and urbanisation, religious leisure parks, heritage tourism, themed weddings, lifestyle specialists and magazines. From 2014-2017, I headed a multinational EU-research project entitled "Creating the 'New' Asian Woman. Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi" funded by HERA: Humanities in the European Research Area. Other research projects included 'Rethinking Art' and Aging in a transcultural perspective, undertaken jointly with colleagues from Ethno-Indology and Gerontology. In 1996, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Yousuf Saeed and I founded Tasveer Ghar/House of Pictures: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture ( which is partly hosted at the Centre's Digital Humanities wing, the Heidelberg Research Architecture (Priya Paul Collection, Visual Pilgrim From 2017, we 'reboot' Tasveerghar with a set of new visual essays on "Manly Matters" in South Asia that were made possible with funding from the Hmboldt Foundation's Annelies Maier Research Award to Sumathi Ramaswamy (2017). In completion for 2017 is a monograph on Romantic love, media and urban youth cultures in India and Nepal. Currently, I conduct research on contemporary art, urban space and social change in Nepal. We have set up the Forum Urban Spaces in 2014 to avail a local platform for studies related to transcultural approaches towards urbanisms in the Global South and Global North. With urban geographer Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard, and linguist Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse, we continued the interdisciplinary activities at Heidelberg University, first in the context of a seed project entitled 'Mobile Spaces. Urban everyday practices in transcultural perspective', and currently, I am fellow at the Marsilius-Kolleg, where, with U. Gerhard and historian Prof. Patzel-Mattern, I continue to research urban resources, here with a particular focus on in/tangible cultural heritage and crisis in Kathmandu valley, Nepal. With Sanjeev Maharjan, I published the book "Breaking Views. Engaging Art in post-earthquake Nepal" (Kathmandu Himal Books/Social Science Baha).



Professional service and memberships
Research and fieldwork
Public Talks, Workshops and Conferences attended and organised (since 2009)

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Edited volumes
Review Articles
Press, Films, TV & radio