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“Art as Participation, Gift and Resource: Nepali artists’ engagement in post- earthquake Kathmandu Valley”, in Epicentre to Aftermath. Rebuilding and remembering in the wake of Nepal’s earthquakes, edited by Michael Hutt, Mark Liechty, Stefanie Lotter, Cambridge University Press

“smART city - turbulent city. Artistic Engagements with Urban Ecologies in Delhi”, in Communicative Cities and Urban Space, edited by Scott McQuire and Sun Wei, Routledge London 


"Caring in / for Place: Old-age in Urban Nepal". Christiane Brosius and Roberta Mandoki (eds.). Caring for Old Age. Perspectives from South Asia. Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Press: 119-158


with Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka. "Shaping Asia: Connectivities, Comparisons, Collaborations". ISA eSymposium for Sociology (10 pages, click here for pdf)

"Nach der Katastrophe. Warum Kulturerbe dokumeniert werden muss". Ruperto Carola Forschungsmagazin Sonderausgabe Kultur/Natur, 15 (Dezember): 70-79 (to pdf/zur pdf, click here)

2019. reprint of "Reading the City through Art, in Sujata Patel and Omita Goyal (eds.). India's Contemporary Urban Conundrum. Delhi: Routledge: 139-160

w. Holger Schulze. "Out of Space. An Introduction". In Out of Space. Sensory Practices and Placemaking. Special Issue edited by C. Crosius and H. Schulze, in Paragrana. Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie, 28(1): 9-21 (Introduction available here)

"'Let's do it again!' Shaping 'Global' Art Production in Urban Nepal". In Repetition, Reccurence, Returns. How Cultural Renewal Works. Edited by Christoph Wulf and Joan Ramon. Lanham/Boulder/New York: Lexington Books: 241-256

"Introduction. Engaging Transculturality". W. Laila Abu-Er-Rub, Sebastian Meurer, Diamantis Panagiotopoulos, Susan Richter (eds.). Engaging Transculturality. Concepts, Key Terms, Case Studies. London: Routledg: 23-44

"Prekäre Liebesgaben. Valentinskarten und umstrittene Öffentlichkeiten im urbanen Indien". In Philipp Stoellger (ed.): Figurationen des Menschen. Studien zur Medienanthropologie, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann: 453-480

5.3. with  Axel Michaels. "Buddha hinter Gittern. In Nepal zeigen sich die Grenzen eines Weltkulturerbe-Konzepts, das Monumente und Kultstätten zu Museen macht". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: 9


"Die moderne Kunstszene". Beitrag in Axel Michaels Monographie Kultur und Geschichte Nepals. Stuttgart: Kröner Verlag: 347-351

"Care-takers and place-makers. Old age and urban regeneration in Patan, Nepal". Basel Papers of the Institute of European Global Studies No 15, University of Basel: 1-50 (pdf here)

"Darf die Felsenknospe wieder blühen?" (about cultural heritage and urban transformation after the 2015 earthquake). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 94, 23. April: 13.


"The Art of Comparison, Interruption and Boundary-Crossing. A Conversation between Gigi Scaria and Chritiane Brosius". The Critical Collective Noticeboard (23.11.2017) (by subscription only, more here)

"Medienethnologie". In Bettina Beer, Hans Fischer, Julia Pauli (Hg.). Ethnologie. Einführung und Überblick. Berlin: Reimer Verlag: 263-280

"Heritage Dynamics in Times of Crisis". Introduction to the special themed section in Material Religion. The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief 13(3): 377-8 (

"Relocating Peripheries. Kathmandu Triennale". The Critical Collective (Noticeboard 22 April), see here

"Art in the Aftermath of a Catastrophe. Gazing, Walking, Participating in the City". In Christiane Brosius & Sanjeev Maharjan. Breaking Views. Engaging Art in Post-Earthquake Nepal. Kathmandu: Himal Books/Social Science Baha: 107-136

"Reading the City through Art", in Sujata Patel and Omita Goyal (eds.). The Contemporary Urban Conundrum. India International Centre Quarterly (Winter/Spring 2016-17): 139-160


"Regulating access and mobility of single women in a ‘world class’- city. Gender and inequality in Delhi, India." In Gerhard, Ulrike et al. eds. Urban Inequality in the Creative City. Issues, Approaches, Comparisons. Palgrave McMillan: 239-260 (ISBN: 978-1-349-95114-7).

  • Lajos Boros, in Hungarian Geographical Bulletin 66 (2017) (3) 273-276

with Ulrike Gerhard: "Das apokalyptische Narrativ. Natur in den Städten". Ruperto Carola Forschungsmagazin "Nord & Süd", Nr. 8, Juli, 88-97 (pdf hier)

with Tina Schilbach: '"Mind the Gap". Thinking about in-between spaces in Delhi and Shanghai', Introduction to the special issue edited with T. Schilbach, in City, Culture and Society 7(4): 21-26 (


"Emplacing and Excavating the City. Art, Ecology and Public Space in New Delhi". Journal of Transcultural Studies 2015(1): 75-125 (for a download of the pdf, click here)

"Globalisierte Emotionen und Medienwelten: Multilokale und multimediale Ethnographie im urbanen Indien". In Zillinger, Martin und Cora Bender (Hg.). Medienethnographie. Ein Handbuch. Berlin: Reimer Verlag: 187-207.

"India", co-authored with Jivanta Schoettli and Manuel Vermeer, published in Transculturalism and Business in the BRIC States. A Handbook, edited by Yvette Sánchez and Claudia Brühwiler. Farnham: Ashgate: 229-258

"Wir brauchen einen langen Atem. Wiederaufbau in Nepal". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Feuilleton), No. 120, 27.5.15, p. 12

"The Looks and Sites of Love. Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards in Urban India". In Christiane Brosius, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Yousuf Saeed (eds.). Visual Homes, Image Worlds. Essays from Tasveerghar, the House of Pictures. Delhi: Yoda Press: 98-119

"'Catching up' to the World. Positioning the India Art Fair." Critical Collective, January ( also here)


"For Love's Sake? Changing landscapes of sonic and visual aesthetics of weddings in the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)". In Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalizing World, edited by Raminder Kaur Khalon and Parul Dave Mukherjee, Association of Social Anthropologists Monograph (Special Volume from ASA-Conference) Vol. 52, Bloomsbury Publishers (Anthropology and Art Series): London, New Delhi, New York: 169-184 (link to place order)

"Weiblich, ledig, ausgegrenzt. Alleinstehende Frauen in Delhi". Drinnen und Draussen, Ruperto Carola Forschungsmagazin 5: 52-58


"Religion and Cultural Nationalism: The Akshardham Complex in Delhi". TAASA Review - The Journal of the Asian Art Society of Australia 22(3): 7-9

„’Enclave Gaze’: Images and Imaginary of Neoliberal Lifestyle in New Delhi“. In Patsy Spyer and Mary Steedly (eds.). Images that Move. School for Advanced Research Press (SAR). Santa Fe: 73-99. 

"Negotiating Belonging in a Megacity. The Spatial Politics of a Public Art Festival". In Ute Hüsken & Axel Michaels (eds.). South Asian Festivals on the Move. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz: 169-192

"Medialität", with Simone Heidbrink, in Ritual und Ritualdynamik. Schlüsselbegriffe, Theorien, Diskussionen. Edited by Christiane Brosius, Axel Michaels and Paula Schrode. Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht/UTB Verlag: 77-84.

"Love Attacks: Romance, Media Voyeurism and Activism in the Public Domain". In Sanjay Srivastava (ed.). Sexuality Studies. New Delhi: Oxford University Press: 253-283.

  • for a review on the book, see Swaminathan, Padmini. 2013. "Sexual Cultures of Contemporary India". The Hindu 29.10.
  • review: Bose, Brinda. In <cite>Contributions to Indian Sociology February 2015 49: 112-115</cite>

"Wem gehört die Nacht? Vergewaltigungen in Indien." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Feuilleton 1.1.2013 (link zum Online-Artikel hier)


"Inside and Outside the Marriage Tune: Wedding Bands in the Kathmandu Valley". with Tessa Pariyar, in Axel Michaels and Niels Gutschow (eds.). Getting Married. Hindu and Buddhist Marriage Rituals among the Newars of Bhaktapur and Patan, Nepal. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz (Vol. 12 of the Series Ethno-Indology): 57-74 (see here)

"The Perfect World of BAPS. Media and Urban Dramaturgies in a Globalised Context". In Public Hinduisms (selected papers from AHRC-funded network project of the same title), edited by Maya Warrier, Raymond Williams, John Zavos, Deepa Reddy. London: Sage Publication: 440-462

  • review by Jonathan Loar, in Contemporary South Asia21(4): 480-1

"The Looks and Sites of Love. Valentine's Day greeting cards in urban India". Tasveerghar Visual Essay (February 2012)

“Contesting Emotions. Ritualising Romantic Love in Neoliberal Urban India”.  In Axel Michaels and Christoph Wulf (eds.). Emotions in Rituals and Performances. New Delhi: Routledge: 257-286.


Encyclopedia entry: "Middle Class". In Arnold P. Kaminsky and Roger D. Long (eds.). India Today. An Encyclopedia on Life in the Republic. ABC-Clio: 459-464

Introduction with Roland Wenzlhuemer. "Transcultural Turbulences: Flows of Images and Media". In Brosius and Roland Wenzlhuemer (eds.). Transcultural Turbulences. Interdisciplinary Explorations of Flows of Images and Media. Wien, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag: 3-26 (download here).

"Love in the Age of Valentine and Pink Underwear: Media and Politics of Intimacy in South Asia". In Brosius, Christiane and Roland Wenzlhuemer (eds.). Transcultural Turbulences. Interdisciplinary Explorations of Flows of Images and Media. Wien, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag: 27-66 (download here).

"The Cultural Politics of Transnational Heritage Rituals: Akshardham Cultural Complex in New Delhi". In Christiane Brosius and Karin Polit (eds.).  Ritual, Heritage and Identity. The Politics of Culture and Performance in a Globalised World. New Delhi: Routledge: 97-125. (second reprint: 2018)

"Globalisierte Gefühle. Die romantische Liebe in Zeiten neuer Medien". In UNIVERSITAS Orientieren! Wissen! Handeln! 66(776), Februar: 44-55 (reprint from Ruperto Carola volume, 2010)

2.9.2011. "Love is in the Air. Der indische Valentinstag". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, No 33, Page N3 (Natur und Wissenschaft).[weblink] [pdf]

"The Multiple Bodies of the Bride. Ritualising 'World Class' at Elite Weddings in Urban India". In Images of the Body in India, edited by Axel Michaels and Christoph Wulf. New Delhi: Routledge: 261-279.

"Review essay: 'Picturing more than the nation: Three spotlights onto the field of visual and media cultures in India'". In Social Anthropology 19 (1):103-108.


“Globalisierte Gefühle. Die romantische Liebe in Zeiten neuer Medien”. Ruperto Carola 3: 30-37. [weblink].

14.10.2010. "Schneller, höher, sauberer. Beginn der Commonwealth Games in Neu Delhi" ("Faster, higher, cleaner. The start of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi"). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung No. 239, Feuilleton: 32.

“Von Enklaven und Kosmopoliten. Zur Rhetorik des Westens im neuen Indien“ [Of enclaves and cosmopolitans. On the rhetoric of the West in the New India] In Bilder von Europa. Innen- und Aussenansichten von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, edited by Benjamin Drechsel, Friedrich Jaeger, Helmut König and Anne Kathrin Lang. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag (Reihe Europäische Horizonte): 175-192.(see here)

"Rituale der Liebe. Von der Unerträglichen Leichtigkeit der Zuneigung". In Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Spezialheft/Special Issue 'Rituale' (1/2011): 70-75.


“Die Vorstellung vom ‘Neuen Indien’. Anmerkungen zur unfassbaren Mittelklasse”. [The Imagination of a ‚New India‘. Commenting the Ungraspable Middle Class] In Indien Special Issue ‚Der Bürger im Staat‘, Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg (3/4): 220-227.(see here)

“The Multiple Bodies of the Bride. Ritualising ‘world class’ at Elite Weddings in Urban India”. In Paragrana, Special edition: The Body in India, edited by Axel Michaels and Christoph Wulf : 267-283.

With Dorothea Fischer-Hornung, Marianne Hundt, Rajend Meshtrie. “Moodling beyond Bollywood: Language, literature and culture in the Indian Diaspora. Report on an interdisciplinary e-course experiment”, In English Today. The International Journal of the English Language 25(2). [pdf]

“The Gated Romance of India Shining: Visualising Urban Lifestyle in Images of Residential Housing Development”, in Moti Gokulsing und Wimal Dissanayake (eds.) Popular Culture in a Globalised India. A Reader. London: Routledge: 174-191.

"Comfort Zones. The Eroticism of the Ordinary". India Today, November 26 (


“Mapping the Nation’s Body - Territorial Processions in Propaganda Videos of the Hindu Right”. In Daniela Berti and Gilles Tarabout (eds). Territory, Soil and Society in South Asia. Delhi: Manohar Publications: 339-380.

  • review in Contributions to Indian Sociology 46(1&2), by Dalal Benbabaali: 239-241

“The Enclaved Gaze: Exploring the Visual Culture of ‘World Class-Living’ in Urban India”. In MARG Special Issue “India’s Popular Culture: Iconic Spaces and Fluid Images”, edited by Jyotindra Jain, Mumbai: 114-125.

“Parading Violence: The Politics of Spectacle in a Hindu Nationalist Procession”. In Jörg Gengnagel, Monika Horstmann, Gerald Schwedler (eds). Prozessionen, Wallfahrten, Aufmärsche: Bewegung zwischen Religion und Politik in Europa und Asien seit dem Mittelalter. Vol. 4 of the series ‚Menschen und Kulturen‘ of the Saeculum-Beihefte. Böhlau: Köln, Weimar: 312-335.


With Nicholas Yazgi. “Is There No Place Like Home? Contesting Cinematographic Constructions of Indian Diasporic Experiences”. Contributions to Indian Sociology 41(3): 353–84 (peer-reviewed).

“The Unwanted Offering. Ubiquity and Success of Failure in Hindu Right Rituals”. In Hüsken, Ute (ed.). When Rituals go Wrong: Mistakes, Failure, and the Dynamics of Ritual. Leiden: Brill: 291-324 (peer-reviewed).

“‘Indien scheint’: Neu Delhi als Weltklasse-Stadt”[India Shining: New Delhi as World Class City]. Archplus 186 (Indischer Inselurbanismus): 66-69.


“ oder die Frage nach kaleidoskopischen Identitäten. Einleitende Bemerkungen.” In Brosius, Christiane und Urmila Goel (eds.). Menschen aus Südasien in Deutschland. Heidelberg: Draupadi Verlag: 7-15.

“Making Place for the Forgotten Dreams of the Past: Territory and Identity in Hindu Nationalist Processions”. In Peter Köpping, Bernhard Leistle, Michael Rudolph (eds.). Ritual and Identity. Performative Practices as Effective Transformations of Social Reality?. Hamburg/Münster/London: LIT Verlag: 165-207.

“Ikarus oder Tiger auf dem Sprung? Epilog zur indischen Megastadt”. With Ravi Ahuja (ed.) Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata. Annäherungen an Megastädte in Indien. Heidelberg: Draupadi Verlag: 299-308.

“Happy Ends und andere Krisen: Heimat und Familienglück im Spiegel Bollywoods”. Brosius, Christiane und Urmila Goel (eds.). Menschen aus Südasien in Deutschland. Heidelberg: Draupadi Verlag: 73-101.

“Filmen in Gottes Namen: Missionarische Visionen und Ritualisierungen in Melanesien.” In Rao, Ursula (ed.). Kulturelle VerWandlungen. Die Gestaltung sozialer Welten in der Performanz. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang: 151-181.

“Bollywood goes West. Annäherung an ein nicht so fernes Phänomen“. Forum Bibliothek und Information (Oktoberausgabe).

“‘I am a national artist‘: Popular art in the sphere of Hindutva”. In Richard Davis (ed.). Picturing the Nation. Iconographies of Modern India. Hyderabad: Orient Longman: 171-205 (peer-reviewed).


“The Scattered Homelands of the Migrant. Bollyworld through the diasporic lens”. In Raminder Kaur und Ajay Sinha (eds.). Bollyworld: Popular Indian Cinema through a Transnational Lens. New Delhi: Sage Publications: 207-238.


“Of Nasty Pictures and ‘Nice Guys’: The Surreality of Online Hindutva”. In Sengupta, Shuddhabrata und Monica Narula (eds.). Media.Crisis. Sarai Reader 4. New Delhi: 138-151 [pdf]

 “Archaeology at the Heart of a Political Confrontation: The Case of Ayodhya 1,”. Shereen Ratnagar et al., Current Anthropology 45, no. 2 (2004): 239–259. [pdf]


“Mappare il corpo della nazione. Le prozessioni territoriali nei video di propaganda della destra indù”. Etnosistemi X(10). Special edition Terra, territorio e societá. Gilles Tarabout und Daniela Berti (eds.): 130-144.

“Kannibalismus im Film. Imaginierte Rituale zwischen Dschungel und Salon”. In Fischer-Lichte, Erika et al (eds.). Ritualität und Grenze. Tübingen und Basel: Francke (=Theatralität 5). 295-312.

“’... denn der Schmerz ist schwer erträglich’: Zur Inszenierung von Tätowierung als Medienereignis”. In Fischer-Lichte, Erika et al. (eds.). Performativität und Ereignis. Tübingen und Basel: Francke (= Theatralität 4): 163-184.


“Kultur und Medien”. Mitautorschaft in Indien. Wege zum besseren Verstehen. Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft, Clemens Jürgenmeyer et al. (eds.), Gotha und Stuttgart: Klett-Perthes: 131-148.

“Hindutva Intervisuality - Videos and the Politics of Representation”. In Ramaswamy, Sumathi (ed.). Beyond Appearances. Visual Practices and Ideologies in Modern India. Special Issue Contributions to Indian Sociology, New Delhi/Thousand Oaks/London: Sage Publications: 265-295 (peer-reviewed).


“Is this the Real Thing? Packaging Cultural Nationalism”. In Christiane Brosius und Melissa Butcher (eds.). Image Journeys. Audio-visual media and cultural change in India. New Delhi/London/Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications: 99-138 (peer-reviewed).

With Melissa Butcher: “Introduction: Image Journeys”. In Christiane Brosius und Melissa Butcher (eds.). Image Journeys. Audio-visual media and cultural change in India. New Delhi/London/Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications: 11-40.


“Motherland in Hindutva Iconography”. The India Magazine of her People and Culture 17(12), November: 22-30.

“Mapping the Nation”. In Pooja Sood (ed.). Mappings: Shared Histories ... a fragile Self