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Cathrine Bublatzky, Dr.


Cathrine Bublatzky, Dr.


  • Assistant Professor to the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Baden Württemberg Foundation
  • Speaker of Scientific Network "Entangled Histories of Art and Migration: Forms, Visibilities, Agents/Verflochtene Geschichten von Kunst und Migration: Formen, Sichtbarkeiten, Akteure" (DFG)


Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2 Building 4400
Room 120
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 4330

Über Cathrine Bublatzky

As a trained photographer Cathrine Bublatzky received her Magister degree in Anthropology with a focus on South-Asian and Visual Anthropology Studies at the South-Asia Institute, Heidelberg University in 2008. Since then she has been a member of the Cluster 'Asia and Europe in a global Context. The Dynamics of Transculturality' and is currently working as assistant professor to the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Cluster. In May 2014 Cathrine Bublatzky finished her dissertation project on contemporary art from India entitled "Along the 'Indian Highway': An Ethnography of an International Travelling Exhibition".

In 2016 Cathrine Bublatzky was awarded with a fellowship in the ELITE Postdoctoral Program by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung for her research project Contemporary photography as a cultural practice by diasporic Iranians in Europe (2017-2020).

Cathrine Bublatzky has successfully applied for a Scientific Network "Entangled Histories of Art and Migration: Forms, Visibilities, Agents" funded by the German Research Foundation (duration 3 years). In close cooperation with her colleagues Prof. Burcu Dogramaci (LMU, Munich) and Prof. Kerstin Pinther (LMU, Munich), this network emerges from the interdisciplinary working group 'Art Production and Art Theory in the Age of Global Migration' of which she has been co-speaker for the years 2016 - 2018.

In her teaching (BA and MA level in Transcultural Studies, Anthropology and South Asian Studies) she focuses on theories and methods in Visual and Media Anthropology, Art Anthropology, Photography, Popular Culture, Urban and Migration Studies with a regional focus on Europe, South Asia and the Middle East.

Her seminars are often research based to support students to gain experiences and insights in applied anthropology. (click for further information this link)

Besides she has a strong interest in Digital Humanities and its role in Anthropological writing, and works in close cooperation with the Heidelberg Research Architecture at the Cluster of Excellence. She is a member of several projects and cooperations and succesfully co-applied for a funding by Heidelberg University  (WS 2013 - SoSe 2015) to develop a concept of research based teaching with digital research environments. From 2013 to 2015, Cathrine Bublatzky taught four seminars, all of which were funded by the "Welcome to Research" programme.



Scientific Network "Entangled Histories of Art and Migration: Forms, Visibilities, Agents/Verflochtene Geschichten von Kunst und Migration: Formen, Sichtbarkeiten, Akteure" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 3 years

PostDoc Project (2017-2020) "Contemporary photography as a cultural practice by diasporic Iranians in Europe" (Fellowship funded by the Elite PostDoc Program by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation) (read more)

Ph.D. Project (finalised in spring 2014) "Indian Contemporary Art in a Transnational Context – An Ethnography on Art with Focus on the Travelling Exhibition ‘Indian Highway’". (read more)

M.A. Thesis „Kulturen im Blick(wechsel). Ein interkulturelles Fotoprojekt aus ethnologischer Sicht“ [Cultures in changing foci. An intercultural photographic project from an anthropological perspective] (2008)

Professional Photographer Degree in Photography after professional education (1997 - 2000), Würzburg


2017 Summer Term Guest lecturer at Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen.

Since 2017 PI of the project 'Contemporary photography as a cultural practice by diasporic Iranians in Europe' (2017 - 2020)

Since 2016 co-speaker of the interdisciplinary working group 'Art Production and Art Theory in the Age of Global Migration', together with  Prof. Burcu Dogramaci (LMU, Munich) and Prof. Kerstin Pinther (LMU, Munich).

She was co-coordinator of the Cluster networking project Net 1 entitled ‘Arts and the Transcultural’, which was financed by the Excellence Initiative of the DFG (German Research Foundation) (project closed).

2015-2016 Cathrine Bublatzky has been an active mentor in the University of Siegen’s programme FraMeS. She counsels female junior researchers on their scientific careers.

Member of the Editorial Board at "Heidelberg Ethnology" (since 03/2015)


Selected Presentations

October 2017

„Parastou Forouhar: Geschichten der Gegensätze“, Tagung: Iranische Kunst gestern, heute und morgen. Künstlerische Produktion im Iran und in der Diaspora, 20.- 21. Oktober 2017, Kunsthalle Tübingen

"Entangled: Contemporary Iranian photography in migration context”, Encounters: Handling, Placing and Looking at Photographs in Relation to Migration Florence, Italy, October 12-13, 2017

July 2017

“Looking both ways’: Kunst der politischen Teilhabe am Beispiel der Künstlerin Parastou Forouhar aus dem Iran”, Symposium Looking Both Ways. Bildpolitiken zeitgenössischer Künstlerinnen aus dem Nahen Osten und in der Diaspora, Marta Herford.

“Fiction in documentary photography and its ‘making of Iran’. Insights into a controversy about a misleading photo-journalistic documentation” International Symposium: Imaging a ‘Middle East’, 6-7 July 2017, ICI Berlin.

June 2017

Talk "Another Country. Art and Archivism." Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts III. Anthropology Department, University College London.

“Iran: Generation Post-Revolution – a photo-essay". A performative paper in collaboration with Kaveh Rostamkhani. Conference: Out of Space? Erratic, Ephemeral & Emerging Cultural Practices in illegal, illegitimate or Intangible Locations. A Cooperation between the Centre for Transcultural Studies (Heidelberg) with the Sound Studies Lab (Copenhagen)

May 2016

Talk about "Digital Research Platforms in Visual and Media Anthropology" at the "Digitial Humanities Workshop" at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

August 2015

Presentation on the "Socio-Political Role of Contemporary Art in India and Beyond" for the Colloquium Series 2015 at the CSSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 27. August 2015 in New Delhi.

June 2015

Presentation "'Die (Un)möglichkeit’ einer geo-ästhetischen Kunstdefinition am Beispiel Indien/ Südasien und der Ausstellung Indian Highway" at the workshop "Transnationale Räume und Migration: Kunstwissenschaft und künstlerische Praxis", organized by the working group "Kunstproduktion und Kunsttheorie im Zeichen globaler Migration" (Ulmer Verein

Participation in the panel on "Visuelle Ethnologie- Praktisch gesehen" at the conference "Aktuelle Positionen der Visuellen Ethnologie", organised by the working group "Visuelle Anthropologie" of the German Anthropological Association (January 30th- 31st, University of Koblenz- Landau).

Please find more information on earlier presentations here.

Organization of Workshops, Panels, Conferences

Upcoming November 2017

International Workshop “Keeping an Eye on Photography – towards a critical reading of photography in a global context”, Heidelberg (funded by the Baden-Württemberg-Foundation).

July 2017

Symposium “Looking Both Ways. Bildpolitiken zeitgenössischer Künstlerinnen aus dem Nahen Osten und in der Diaspora”, Marta Herford Museum, together with Burcu Dogramaci and Kerstin Pinther on behalf of the working group ‚Art production and art theory in context of global migration’ (invited by and in cooperation with Marta Herford Museum)

November 2016 – February 2017

Lecture Series “Becoming Visible in Islamic Cultures”,

Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a global context, Heidelberg.

June and July 2016

Interdisciplinary Seminar-Workshop series “(Post)colonial Archives and Photography in Africa and South Asia”, a cooperation with Kerstin Meincke at University of Duisburg-Essen, Folkwang UdK, and Folkwang Museum

January 2016

organization of the workshop “Border Crossings: Migration Arts and Arts of Migration” (together with Christiane Brosius), from January 14-16, Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies.

July 2015

co-organiser of the Summer School 2015 "Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis", together with Isabel Ching and Franziska Koch, in collaboration with the Chairs of Visual and Media Anthropology and Global Art History.

May 2015

Workshop „Writing with/about visual material- an introduction to result-oriented forms of presentations” for the post graduate programme "Locating Media" at the University of Siegen (29th May 2015).

Please find older Workshops, Panels and Conferences here.

Teaching courses

Please find all the courses here.

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Articles and other writings


"Along the Indian Highway: An Ethnography of an International Travelling
Exhibition" in the series Visual and Media Histories, Ed. Monica Juneja, Routledge India, New Delhi.

"The Problem with a Geoaesthetic Approach to the Indian Highway Exhibition." In Engaging Transculturality: Concepts, Key Terms, Case Studies, edited by C. Brosius, Diamantis Panagiotopoulos, Susan Richter, Laila Abu-Er-Rub, and Sebastian Meurer. Routledge.

"Memory. Belonging. Engaging – Artistic Production in Migration Context." In Art Production, Art Theory and Global Migration. A Handbook, edited by Burcu Dogramaci and Birgit Mersmann. De Gruyter.

2018 "Fotografie - Ein Transkultureller Verhandlungsraum. Eine Analyse der Arbeiten von Ravi Agarwal (Delhi). In Kulturelle Übersetzer: Kunst und Kulturmanagement im Transkulturellen Kontext edited by Christiane Dätsch, 115–31. Bielefeld: Transcript.

2016. "You Can't Please all! Some observations on the controversy about that the Bhupen Khakhar exhibition at Tate Modern, London". In Geismar, Haidy and Daniel Miller. Blog. Material World. A Global Hub for Thinking about Things. (London, Nov 4, 2016).

2015. "Bewegte Bilder. Die Politisierung des Kunst-Videos I love my India von Tejal Shah im Kontext der Wanderausstellung Indian Highway". In: Mersmann B., Dogramaci B., Minta A., Schieren M. (Hg.) Kunsttopographien globaler Migration. Themenheft der kritischen berichte, Zeitschrift für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften 43/3. Marburg.

2011. "The Display of Indian Contemporary Art in Western Museums and the Question of "Othering"" In Belting, Hans; Birken, Jacob; Buddensieg, Andrea and Peter Weibel (eds.) Global Studies: Mapping Contemporary Art and Culture. Karlsruhe: Hantje-Cantz, pp. 298-313.

Please find older publications here.



Exhibition at the Heidelberger Kunstverein with student photographs produced in the seminar "Ethnographische Fotografie in Asien und Europa"


exhibition "At a tent near you" with photgraphs by Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham, co-curated with Christiane Brosius, Roos Gerritsen (Institute of Ethnology) and Martin Gieselmann (South Asia Institute), Heidelberg University (website)


online exhibition „Archiving Mothers and Fathers of the Nation in Europe and Asia. Developing a Digitized Prototype of Braided Pictorial Histories“, co-curated with Christiane Brosius, Barbara Mittler, Sumathi Ramaswamy and Thomas Maissen, HRA 2 Pilot Project, Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context', University of Heidelberg. [access restricted]