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Cathrine Bublatzky, Dr.

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Cathrine Bublatzky, Dr.


  • Assistant Professor to the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2 Building 4400
Room 120
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 4330

About 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).

Since April 2016 Cathrine Bublatzky holds the position as co-speaker of the interdisciplinary working group 'Art Production and Art Theory in the Age of Global Migration' (2016 - 2018). Together with her colleagues Prof. Burcu Dogramaci (LMU, Munich) and Prof. Kerstin Pinther (LMU, Munich), Cathrine will guide the activities of the group (e.g. workshops, conferences and related publications) with a major responsibility for public relations and communication.

In her seminars on BA and MA level in Transcultural Studies, Anthropology and South Asian Studies, she has a main focus on theories and methods in Visual and Media Anthropology, Art Anthropology, Popular Culture, and Urban 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.


Curriculum vitae

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


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

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 older presentations here.

Organization of Workshops, Panels, Conferences

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.

Selected publications

Articles and other writings

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]