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Roberta Mandoki, M.A.


Roberta Mandoki, M.A.


  • Coordinator Forum Urban Spaces
  • PhD Candidate
  • Member of Project B19 "Ageing in a Transcultural Context"


Institut für Ethnologie
Albert-Ueberle-Straße 3-5
69120 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 3440

Über Roberta Mandoki

Roberta Mandoki studied Cultural and Social Anthropology, Political Science of South Asia and Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany, and Delhi University, India. She graduated with a Magister degree in 2012. For her M.A. thesis “’I am Tibetan’ – Concepts of Cultural Identity among Tibetan Youth in India”, Roberta conducted a short ethnographic field study among the Tibetan diaspora in Dharamsala, North India.

Roberta has joined the Cluster in April 2013 as a member of the interdisciplinary research project “Perspectives on Ageing in a Transcultural Context” (B19). Her PhD project "Ageing in Urban Nepal – Perspectives of Senior Citizens on Migration, Urbanization and Social Change" (working title) looks at recent dynamics in the Kathmandu Valley regarding suburbanization and migrant mobility from the perspective of older middle-class people, and seeks to explain how they come to terms and engage with their changing social and spatial environments.

From April 2016 onward, Roberta coordinates the Forum ‘Urban Spaces’ at the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology.


with Annika Mayer and Jakob Gross, 2016: Elderscapes. Ageing in Urban South Asia. Open-access interactive documentary, available at (conception, direction, texts and subtitling of Kathmandu part)

with Annika Mayer, 2015: Review: Bianca Brijnath, Unforgotten: Love and the Culture of Dementia Care in India. Transcultural Psychiatry 52 (6):N16-NP17.

with Annika Mayer, 2015: Von Männerhaushalten und ›anderen neuen Moden‹. Erfahrungswelten des Alterns in Südasien zwischen Normiertheit und Selbstgestaltung. In:  Max Bolze, Cordula Endter, Marie Gunreben, Sven Schwabe, Eva Styn (eds.): Prozesse des Alterns. Konzepte – Narrative – Praktiken. Bielefeld : transcript, pp. 273-294.


Summer semester 2015:
Seminar: Young Turks and Silver Liners: Changing Perspectives on Ageing in Asia and Europe.

Conference and Workshop Papers


Hazurama (Grandmother) is Online: A Transgenerational Perspective on Changing Ways of ‘Doing Family’ in Urban Nepal. Workshop:Media, Technology and Family: Changing Concepts and Practices of Relatedness in India. Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt University, January 14-15, 2016.


‘Baneshworization’ and Emerging ‘Elderscapes’: Urbanization Processes from the Perspective of Senior Citizens in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Conference: American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting 2015 "Familiar/Strange". Denver, Colorado, November 20, 2015.

‘Baneshworization’ and Emerging ‘Elderscapes’: Urbanization Processes from the Perspective of Senior Citizens in the Kathmandu Valley. Workshop: South Asia City-Scapes: Social, economic and cultural transformations. South Asia Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (UK), June 8, 2015.

“Buḍhā-buḍhīlāī māyā cāhincha”: ‘Doing Family’ and Long-Distance Care Arrangements among the Kathmandu Valley’s Senior Citizens. Conference: Britain-Nepal Academic Council, Nepal Study Days. School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), London (UK), April 16-17, 2015.

Emerging ‘Elderscapes’ in the Kathmandu Valley. Workshop with Prof. Jay Sokolovsky, University of South Florida: Globalization and Aging: Changing Intergenerational Relations and Social Networks. University of Basel (Switzerland), April 7-8, 2015.

’This is what our modern times bring’: Emerging ‘Elderscapes’ in the Kathmandu Valley. Lecture at Marsilius Spring Academy: Young and Old. Two Phases of Life under Pressure of Optimization. International Science Forum, University of Heidelberg, March 22-28, 2015.

’This is what our modern times bring’: Emerging ‘Elderscapes’ in the Kathmandu Valley. International Workshop. New Approaches to Ageing in South Asia and Europe. Goethe-Institut New Delhi (India), February 24-26, 2015.

Ageing in the Kathmandu Valley: Senior Citizens' Perspectives on Migration, Urbanization and Social Change. South Asia Institute Kathmandu Lecture. Yala Maya Kendra, Kathmandu (Nepal), February 13, 2015.


Ageing in Urban Nepal. Workshop with Prof. Harm-Peer Zimmermann, University of Zurich. University of Heidelberg, July 15, 2014.

with Annika Mayer: Ageing in South Asian Cities - A Transmedial Exploration. Workshop: New Methods in Media Anthropology. University of Siegen, July 10-11, 2014.

“Hamīlāi ānandāshram cāhincha, bṛddhāshram cāhindaina!” - Social Engagement of Senior Citizens in a Mixed Neighbourhood of Kathmandu, Nepal. Workshop with Prof. Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley. University of Basel (Switzerland), May 26, 2014.

Experiences of Ageing in Urban South Asia: A Case Study from Kathmandu, Nepal. Conference Processes of Ageing. Conference: Processes of Ageing. Max-Planck-Institut Florence (Italy), March 5-7, 2014.


American Anthropological Association
Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies
Indo-German Society, Heidelberg Section