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Annika Mayer, Dr.


Annika Mayer, Dr.

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About Annika Mayer

Annika Mayer studied Cultural Anthropology, Political sciences and New German Literature at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich as well as at the University René Descartes, Paris. For her M.A. thesis on ‚Photostudios in Chennai: Visuality and the Generation of Social Identities' she conducted fieldwork in Chennai, South India. After finishing her studies 2010 Annika worked as scientific assistant at the Institute for Indology in Munich. Thereafter she was assigned teacher at the Institute of Ethnology, Munich. In 2012 she conceptualized and realized an interdisciplinary online-seminar as a scientific assistant in the VHB-Project ‚Image-discourses'.

Annika has joined the Cluster as a PhD candidate in  2013 as part of the project B 19 “Perspectives on Ageing in a Transcultural Context”. Her PhD research explored social and urban transformations and their influence on older persons and their families in Delhi.



Old-Age Home? Middle-Class Senior Citizens and New Elderscapes in Urban India. Doctoral Dissertation, Heidelberg: Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg.


with Roberta Mandoki: Review: Bianca Brijnath, Unforgotten: Love and the Culture of Dementia Care in India. In: Transcultural Psychiatry, 52, 6, N16-NP17.

with Roberta Mandoki: 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 (Ed.): Prozesse des Alterns. Konzepte – Narrative – Praktiken. Bielefeld : transcript, 273-294.


with Jakob Gross and Roberta Mandoki (2016) 'Elderscapes'. A Transmedia Project on Ageing in urban South Asia (conception, direction, editing, editorial)

2015 ABDO (editor, co-producer)

with Miriam Hornung 2012: Image-Discourses. An interdisciplinary online-seminar (conception, direction)


SoSe 2015: Young Turks and Silver Liners: Changing Perspectives on Ageing in Asia and Europe



"Elderscapes. Ageing in Urban South Asia - Introduction to an interactive documentary." EASA conference. Milan, July 22, 2016.

"Family Matters: Family, Migration and Intergenerational Ties." International Workshop. Media, Technology and Family. Changing Concepts and Practices of Relatedness in India. Berlin, January 15, 2016.


"Altern in der Stadt - Überlegungen am Beispiel der Megastadt Delhi." In the context of the photo exhibition „Silent Heroines. Africa’s Grandmothers fight agaings HIV” at the Netzwerk AlternsfoRschung (NAR), Heidelberg, October 15, 2015.

"Ageing in or out of Place? Senior Citizens in the New Capital Region of Delhi". Master class with Prof. Jay Sokolovsky. Globalization and Aging: Changing Intergenerational Relations and Social Networks. Basel, April 7-8, 2015.

"Ageing in or out of Place? Senior Citizens in the New Capital Region of Delhi." International Workshop. New Approaches to Ageing in South Asia and Europe. Delhi, February 24-26, 2015.


"Old-Age –Home? Neue Perspektiven auf und Repräsentationen von Altern im urbanen Indien." Workshop with Prof. Harm-Peer Zimmermann. Heidelberg, July 15, 2014.

with Mandoki, Roberta: "Ageing in South Asian Cities - A Transmedial Exploration." New Methods in Media Anthropology. Siegen, July 10-11, 2014.

"Old Age - Home? New Perspectives on and Representations of Ageing in Urban India." Workshop with Lawrence Cohen. Basel, May 26, 2014.