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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 Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development at Leiden University is an important partner in the Erasmus programme established in cooperation with the Insitute of Ethnology.

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.

Iwalewahaus is a space for the production and presentation of modern and contemporary art from Africa and beyond. With exhibitions, research and teaching, the collections & archive, an artist residency program and cultural events, contemporary culture of Africa is presented. The Iwalewahaus is part of the University of Bayreuth and has its research focus on modern contemporary art from the African continent and its diaspora. Further research fields are African popular culture, media, and music.

The Iwalewahaus is conntected to the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology and the project “Arts and the Transcultural: Concepts, Histories and Practice”.

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.

The JNU School of the Arts and Aesthetics is one of the few places in India that offer post-graduate degree courses in the theoretical and critical study of the cinematic, visual and performing arts.

The Virtual Library of Social Anthropology EVIFA tries to meet the scientific community's growing demand for a fast, comprehensive access to subject specific information, and offers a high-quality gateway, regardless of the where about.

The task of the Virtual Library of Social Anthropology is the acquisition of anthropologically relevant online sources and resources (Ethno-Guide), and to make these accessible for research and information retrieval. These resources will include databases, the inventories of the Special Subject Collections in Berlin and in Frankfurt/Main, various library catalogues, online publications and online journals.

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