- A: Governance & Administration
- B: Public Spheres
- C: Knowledge Systems
- D: Historicities & Heritage
- Interdisciplinary Research Groups
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- HCTS Professorships
- Startup Professorships Transcultural Studies
- Associated Projects
Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius
I am professor of Visual and Media anthropology at the HCTS since 2009. My academic background in Cultural and Social Anthropology, Art History and Art Education (Frankfurt/Oder, Oxford and SOAS/London) is strongly related to Media and Visual Cultures in South Asia (mainly India and Nepal), to the study of processes of urbanisation, art production and transnational migration. My first monograph is based on archival research on cultural historian Aby Warburg and his discussion of art and education. For my second monograph Empowering Visions, A Study on Videos and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism in India (London: Anthem Press 2005), I explored the iconography, rhetoric and production context of video propaganda of north Indian Hindu Right organisations between the 1980s and the 1990s. Right after completing the PhD, I shifted my focus to a completely different region: the South Pacific. Here, I explored silent films made by missionaries, adventurers or travellers. My latest book entitled India's Middle Class. New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity (2010 Routledge New Delhi, second paperback edition, with additional introduction: 2014), includes case studies about real estate advertising and urbanisation, religious leisure parks, heritage tourism, themed weddings, lifestyle specialists and magazines. Since 2014, I head a multinational EU-research project entitled "Creating the 'New' Asian Woman. Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi" funded by HERA: Humanities in the European Research Area. Other research projects included 'Rethinking Art' and Aging in a transcultural perspective, undertaken jointly with colleagues from Ethno-Indology and Gerontology. In 1996, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Yousuf Saeed and I founded Tasveer Ghar/House of Pictures: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture (www.tasveerghar.net) which is partly hosted at the Centre's Digital HUmanities wing, the Heidelberg Research Architecture ea (Priya Paul Collection, Visual Pilgrimhttp://visualpilgrim.uni-hd.de/). Soon, we will continue with a set of new visual essays on masculinities in South Asia that will be coordinated in collaboration with Sumathi Ramaswamy's nomination as Annelie Maier Research Awardee. Right now, I am completing a book on Romantic love, media and urban youth cultures in India and Nepal and conduct research on contemporary art, public space and transculturation in India and Nepal. We have set up the Forum Urban Spaces in 2014 to avail a local platform for studies related to transcultural approaches towards urbanisms in the Global South and Global North. With urban geographer Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard, and linguist Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse, we continued the interdisciplinary activities at Heidelberg University, first in the context of a seed project entitled 'Mobile Spaces. Urban everyday practices in transcultural perspective', and currently, I am fellow at the Marsilius-Kolleg, where, with U. Gerhard and historian Prof. Patzel-Mattern, I continue to research urban resources, here with a particular focus on in/tangible cultural heritage in Kathmandu valley, Nepal. [read more]
Phone: +49 (0) 6221-54 4343
Fax: +49 (0) 6221-54 4490
Office: KJC, room 107
For office hours please contact Mrs Ina Buchholz-Chebbi: email@example.com
Ina Buchholz, M.A.
Ina Buchholz-Chebbi received her Magister's degree in Islamic Studies. Presently she is administrative assistant to the Cluster Professorships Buddhist Studies and Visual and Media Anthropology.
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 4363
Office: KJC, room 111
Office Hours: Mon-Thur 9 am-1 pm
Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky
As a trained photographer Cathrine Bublatzky received her Magister's degree in Anthropology with 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’ (University of Heidelberg) and is currently working as the assistant to the chair of 'Visual and Media Anthropology' at the Cluster. In her doctoral thesis entitled "Along the 'Indian Highway’: An Ethnography of an International Travelling Exhibition", she investigated contemporary art from India with regard to politics of representation in a globalised art world (finalized in 2014).
In 2016 Cathrine was awarded with a felloship in the ELITE Postdoctoral Program by the Baden Württemberg Stiftung for her project 'Contemporary photography as a cultural practice by diasporic Iranians in Europe' (2017 - 2020).
With Christiane Brosius, and funded by the university initiative 'Welcome to Science' (2013 - 2015), Cathrine develops syllabi for research-based teaching on art, photography and anthropology, with a particular focus on the interstices to visual ethnography and Digital Humanities (e.g., visual essays on atomic wikis, Hyperimage).
Phone: +49 (0) 6221-54 4330
Office: KJC, room 120
Office Hours: Wednesday 2 – 4 pm, registration via email
Dr. Roos Gerritsen
Roos Gerritsen joined the Institute of Anthropology of Heidelberg University in 2012. Her courses primarily address topics on media, visual and urban anthropology and anthropology of South Asia. Her PhD research dealt with Tamil fan clubs and the production, dissemination, and consumption of cinematic imagery of movie stars. This research looked into the role of such fan imagery in the formation of cinematic publics as well as individual fan careers by empirically investigating the ways in which visual technologies have been deployed at the level of grassroots or vernacular politics. Roos particularly investigated the interplay between cinema and the street level appropriation of celebrities into more direct and intimate networks of patronage, praise and social mobility via street imagery. Other important foci of her research situate these vernacular fan images into neoliberalism and neoliberal publics that seemed to have indicated a shift in the use of public space. Roos is extending her research focus on visual culture by looking at ‘margins’ or ‘fringes’ of success. She is interested in the persons who work in the ‘margins’ of the movie industry as dancers and stand-ins, with the hope that one day they will succeed in the film industry. In addition, she is interested in the conceptualization of the popular or the vernacular in relation to the large field of art production or imagery that is produced in public spaces of Indian cities and town.
Phone: +49 (0)6221 54-3945
Office: Institute of Anthropology, room 0018
Office hours during lecture time: Tuesday, 2 to 3 pm
Laila Abu-Er-Rub, M.A.
Laila Abu-Er-Rub studied Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies and Media Studies at Mannheim and Heidelberg University. Her Ph.D. thesis entitled "Goldene Zeiten: Mode und Körper im neoliberalen Indien” (Golden Times: Fashion and Body in neoliberal India) investigated fashion and media producers as well as changing dress and body practices in Delhi and Mumbai (for further information see here). Her main research interests are fashion, women's magazines, anthropology and advertising, Gender, and Colourism.
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 4323
Office: KJC, Room 222
Nina Petrovic, Student Assistant
Nina Petrovic studied Hispanic Literature and Spanish Language at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and University of Granada (Spain). Currently she is enrolled as a student of MA Program in Transcultural Studies and is writing her master thesis under supervision of Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius. Since September 2016 she works as a student assistant at the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology.
Phone:+49 (0) 6221 54 4363
Office: KJC, room 111
Prof. Dr. Nadja-Christina Schneider
Nadja-Christina Schneider has a background in South Asian Studies, Islamic Studies and Modern History. Since October 2009, she is responsible for the newly established Cross-Sectional Department Media and Society at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin. Her areas of interest include Area Media Studies, Gender and Mobility Studies and Urban Movement Studies. She has worked and published on the role of the Indian press in the context of the Shah Bano case and subsequent debate on Muslim Personal Law; on the development of the Indian media system and changing media environments in post-liberalization India; documentary filmmakers working on Gender and Islam and on the emergence of Delhi as a cinematic city. She is currently preparing a book on the visualization of new reproductive technologies and changing family constellations in fictional and documentary films. Her most recent publications include a co-edited volume titled “Studying Youth, Media and Gender in Post-Liberalisation India. Focus on and beyond the ‘Delhi Gang Rape’” (2015, with Fritzi-Marie Titzmann) and a co-edited volume titled “New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World (2015, with Carola Richter).
Nadja-Christina Schneider was appointed Professor in the field of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt University Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies. From September 2016 - February 2017, she replaced Prof. Christiane Brosius at the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context
Her full profile and the list of publications can be found here.
PD Dr. Sophie Roche
Sophie Roche is currently leading the junior research group “The Demographic Turn in the Junction of Cultures” at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at the University of Heidelberg. She worked at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and received her PhD from the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2010. In this period, she studied youth as a socio-demographic factor (youth bulge) in Tajikistan and published the monograph ‘Domesticating youth: Youth Bulges and their Socio-Political Implications in Tajikistan’ with Berghahn Books 2014 (paperback 2016). She then joined the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin in 2010 with a project on jihad in text and context, an ethnographic approach. She completed her habilitation in 2016 on the topic ‘The Faceless Terrorist: Jihad and Mujahid in the Cultural Context of Central Asia´. She has been awarded visiting scholarships by the Institute d’études de l’islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM) and the Fondation Maison Science de l’Homme (FMSH) both in Paris.
Dr. Karl Beelen
Karl Beelen is a researcher and urban designer by training, who's worked in Amsterdam and Chennai, India. He completed a PhD in urbanism at Eindhoven University of Technology (Of sand, fill and water. Urbanisms of erasure and fabricated ground), which examines the implicit, erasive urbanisms emerging in the margin of infrastructural logistics and urban planning in Holland. His current research engages with the Indian city of Chennai and carries a particular interest in grassroots urbanisms and everyday notions of 'design'. He is currently a part-time educator at Karlsruhe University of Technology
Lina Pranaitytė-Wergin has her background in anthropology and sociology. Her PhD dissertation draws on one year of ethnographic fieldwork in rural Lithuania and examines exchange practices among Roman Catholics. By focusing on exchanges of material and immaterial items between the parishioners, the church, the priest, and the dead, it is the first ethnography to demonstrate how Catholicism maintains itself in a society through the relationships that exchange and Catholic ideology produce. Apart from empirical studies of death perceptions and imageries of the afterlife (Ashgate 2012), in her most recent work Pranaitytė-Wergin investigates media representations in and of postsocialist countries since the end of the Cold War.
Her general research interests include exchange theory, anthropology of religion, death and dying, economic anthropology, and postsocialism. In the Karl-Jaspers-Centre she teaches the anthropology of gift exchange and of postsocialism.
Dr. Carsten Wergin
Dr. Carsten Wergin leads the Research Group “The Transcultural Heritage of Northwest Australia: Dynamics and Resistances” within the Transcultural Studies Research Area of Heidelberg University. His academic background is in sociocultural anthropology, media and cultural studies (University Bremen, Goldsmiths College/London) with a wider thematic interest in Digital and Environmental Humanities research, and a regional expertise in the Indian Ocean region, drawing on long-term fieldwork phases in the Mascarene Archipelago and Northwest Australia. His first monograph Kréol Blouz: Musikalische Inszenierungen von Identität und Kultur (2010) is an ethnography of the transcultural music scene of La Réunion (DOM-TOM). Further publications include the volume Musical Performance and the Changing City (2013, co-edited with Fabian Holt), as well as a special issue of Tourist Studies on Materialities of Tourism (2014, co-edited with Stephen Muecke).
Tel: +49 6221 547854
Fax: +49 6221 547862
Brigitte Berger-Göken, Dipl. Pol.
Brigitte Berger-Göken studied Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institut (Freie Universität Berlin). After studying and teaching in Milan (Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori) for several years she worked as an officially appointed and sworn interpreter and translator for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, as administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin and later to the President of the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut) in Greifswald-Insel Riems. Presently she is administrative assistant to the Cluster Professorship "Global Art History".
Phone: + 49 (0) 6221-54 4097
Fax: + 49-(0)6221-54 4490
Office: KJC, room 110
Dr. Marie Sander
Marie Sander was coordinator of the Forum 'Urban Spaces' and member of the research project 'Mobile Spaces' from September 2013 to December 2014. She first joined the cluster "Asia and Europe" in 2009 as a stipend in the graduate programme for transcultural studies and completed her dissertation "Passing Shanghai: Ethnographic Insights into Expatriate Youths' Mobile Lives" in 2013. Her general research interests include questions of identity, migration, urban culture and youth. While Shanghai is Marie's main regional focus, she is generally deeply interested in migrants' experiences of cities and the role urban spaces play in processes of arrival and 'emplacement' but also in feelings of difference and alienation.
Currently, she works as a scientific adviser at the University of Bremen in the department for research services. As a spokesperson for all matters regarding young researchers, she is in charge of the university's postdoctoral funding lines and its graduate center's PhD counseling and coursework.
PD Dr. Beatrix Hauser
During the winter term 2012/13 Professor Christiane Brosius will be substituted by PD Dr. Beatrix Hauser. She studied Social Anthropology in Hamburg (MA 1989), Heidelberg and London. In 1997 she received her PhD from the University of Hamburg on the basis of her research on a contemporary Bengali tradition of story telling that is performed with the help of scroll paintings (Mit irdischem Schaudern und göttlicher Fügung: bengalische Erzähler und ihre Bildvorführungen, Berlin 1998). She taught at several universities and was, apart from other activities, research associate at the collaborative research centre 626: „Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits“ at the Free University of Berlin. In January 2009 she passed her habilitation at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and received the venia legendi (postdoctoral lecture qualification) for Social Anthropology. Her habilitation thesis is about Hindu women in Orissa and their religious practices (Promising Rituals: Doing Gender in Southern Orissa, India, Delhi, forthcoming). Beatrix Hauser’s research interests are the anthropology of religion (ritual practice and cultural change, subaltern religiosity, spirit possession, ritual theory), visual anthropology (visuality, aesthetics and transculturality, visual methods), the anthropology of the body (cultural concepts of body and self, im/purity, emotions and senses, embodiment theory), the anthropology of performance (ritual, theatre, play, festival, oral tradition, arts, political performances, performance theories) and gender (notions of femininity, masculinity and gender play, self-images and social identities, goddess worship, menstruation). Beatrix Hauser’s current research focuses on Ramlila performances as an example of ritual theatre. She compares its mode(s) of performance and reception in different regions of India, last but not least in the megacity of Delhi where Ramlila has turned into a multimedia event. Two new projects aim to explore (1) the impact of modern transcultural yoga on concepts of the healthy body, and (2) the mediatization of conflicts and violence, with special reference to the burning of effigies as a form of protest.
Phone: +49 (0) 6221-54 4343
Fax: + 49-(0)6221-54 4490
Office: KJC, room 107
Office hours: Wednesdays, time to be announced
Please sign up for an appointment via e-mail to Brigitte Berger-Göken (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Tina Schilbach, PhD
Tina Schilbach joined the research group of “New Urban Imaginaries” (B11) as project coordinator in June 2010. Her research explores themes of social change, aspirational modernity and everyday life in urban China, and in particular in Shanghai, which she studies as a place where ideas and images of the world are reworked into the local imagination of the global city itself. She finalized a PhD at the University of Sydney, where she examined the politics of class and cosmopolitanism in Shanghai. For her post-doc project she investigates changing forms and formats of white-collar work and the emergence of new career patterns among young people in Shanghai. She asks how modern middle-class work lives and work regimes are negotiated around a complex nexus of class entitlement, individualised life plans, and social responsibility in an increasingly cosmopolitan urban context. In this, she is particularly interested in the growing "normalisation" and localisation of middle class and its global reference points; the project enquires in what ways this process intersects with shifting discourses on the meaning of success in China and relates to new expectations about biographical paths, gender relations and individual attainment among young urban Chinese.
Office: KJC, c/o Institut für Ethnologie, Sandgasse 7, room 020
Nina Nessel, M.A., M.A.
Nina holds an MA in South Asian Studies and graduated with a thesis on Peacebuilding in Nepal. Her main research interests are change processes in post-conflict societies and international education. She also holds an MA in Education and Sociology.
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 4323
Office: KJC, Room 222
Laura Klöpping, Student Assistant
Laura Klöpping started working for the Collaborative Research Centre „Ritual Dynamics“ in March 2011 and joined the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology in August 2012 as a student assistant. She finished her B.A. in Social Anthropology and History and is currently enrolled in the Masters Programme at the Institute for Anthropology.
She supports the teaching team in preparations for e-learning seminars and the maintenance of the visual data bank.
Phone: +49 (0) 6221-54 4330
Office: KJC, Room 120
Tim Schmidt, Student Assistant
Tim Schmidt is a student assistant at the chair of Visual and Media Anthropology of Professor Christiane Brosius since June 2012. He began studying Philosophy and Anthropology at Heidelberg University in the summer term of 2007 and is currently in his last year. His main tasks are the preparation of course literature, literature research and working with Zotero.
Office: KJC, Room 120
Office hours: Mondays or Fridays