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Frances Anke Niebuhr, M.A.

Frances Anke Niebuhr, M.A.

Position

  • PhD Candidate

Contact information

South Asia Institute
Im Neuenheimerfeld 330
Room 405
69120 Heidelberg
Germany

Email:
frances.niebuhr@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone:
+49 (0) 151 50157330

About Frances Anke Niebuhr

Frances Niebuhr joined the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and the project "Waterscapes in Transcultural Perspectives" (Research Area C, MC9) and the subproject "Changing Sacred Waterscapes" (MC9.2) supervised by Prof. Dr. Jörg Gengnagel, in October 2013. 

She completed her Magister (M.A.) in Indology at the University of Hamburg (Germany). The title of her magister thesis was "Phenomena of Climate Change in the Kullu Region, Himachal Pradesh. An Analysis of the Representation of the Issue in the daily Newspaper Amar Ujala (2009-2010)."

One emphasis of her research, apart from the newspaper analysis, was laid on the perception of climate change related phenomena among the people in the Kullu Region in Himachal Pradesh. In the course of the thesis it became evident that a major part of the people`s reaction to climate change phenomena rooted in and revolved around their cultural context. This realization triggered Frances Niebuhr to turn her attention in the form of a PhD thesis towards the connection of culture and the environment of a region.

Her current research work is about water, focusing on water ascribed with meaning and on the "Changing Sacred Waterscape" (project MC9.2) of the Ganges in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. In the context of a case study about the temple of Dhari Devi and the Srinagar Hydro Power Project (Uttarakhand), she is investigating contrary, entangled and fluctuating discourses during an environmental struggle.

Fields of interest

Specifics of the Indian ecological movement, including: feminist political ecology, religion and ecology, Hindu nationalism and ecology. Further: religion and the public sphere, religion-state relationships, pollution and purity in the context of water. Water conflicts, dam struggles, disaster research.

Projects

Selected publications

Niebuhr, F.A. (2016) Resettling a River Goddess: aspects of local culture, development and national environmental movements in conflicting discourses on Dhari Devi Temple and Srinagar Dam Project in Uttarakhand, India. In R. Baghel; L. Stepan and J. Hill (eds) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia. Epistemologies, practices and locales. London, New York: Routledge.

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