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Cooperation and partners

Besides operating in intense exchange with the other research areas and professorships of the Cluster, the Visual and Media Anthropology professorship encourages and establishes further collaboration and networks among national and international institutes and scholars:

The Heidelberg Institute of Anthropology's research foci currently are intercultural ethics, globalization and the anthropology of development,human-environment relations and cultural ecology, ritual and performativity,theories of exchange, kinship and social organization, medical anthropology and the anthropology of ageing, media, theatre and visual anthropology. The research concentrates on the ethnographic regions of Southeast Asia, the Pacific and South Asia.

In 1962 the South Asia Institute was founded as an interdisciplinary centre for research and academic teaching on South Asia. As a central academic institution within Heidelberg University, it today has seven professorships namely Anthropology, Development Economics, Geography, History, Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (formerly Classical Indology), Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures (formerly Modern Indology) as well as Political Science.  

The Seminar of Social Anthropology at the University of Basel has its focus of research on Urban Anthropology, Visual Studies, Political Transformations, and Medical Anthropology. Regionally, the research covers a broad range with a focus on Africa and Oceania.
The Seminar was founded in 1963 and offers a Bachelor's, a Master's and a PhD programme.

The collaborative initiative ”Stadtforschung“ (urban research) at Heidelberg University links four portals located at different institutes, all engaged with urban research. “Stadtforschung” provides an overview over ongoing and completed research projects, joint activities, and initiatives.

The working group „Kunstproduktion und Kunsttheorie im Zeichen globaler Migration“ engages with the meaning of migration and globalization as most important transformations within society in the 20th and 21st century and their impact on art historic research and artistic practices. The working group is part of the Ulmer Verein, and is organized by Prof. Dr. Burcu Dogramaci and Prof. Dr. Birgit Mersmann.

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. It promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. It also fosters knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.

Tasveer Ghar ("house of pictures") is a trans-national virtual "home" for collecting, digitizing, and documenting various materials produced by South Asia’s exciting popular visual sphere including posters, calendar art, pilgrimage maps and paraphernalia, cinema hoardings, advertisements, and other forms of street and bazaar art.


Occasional Paper Series

Heidelberg Ethnology is a peer-reviewed Occasional Paper Series devoted to the publication of new and innovative research in socio-cultural anthropology more