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Curriculum vitae

since 2017

coordinator of the Junior Research Group format 'Transcultural Studies' (see here)

since 10/2016

Member of the DAAD-funded research collaborative on "New Directions in 'Active Ageing' and 'Age-Friendly Culture' in India and Germany", with JNU, Delhi

04/2016-2017
invited as Fellow of the Marsilius-Kolleg at Heidelberg University, on the topic of „Beyond North and South, comparative urban research in the context of natural and social resource conflicts“ (South Asia), with Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard, Institute of Geography and Prof. Katja Patzel-Mattern, Historisches Seminar  

since 2016
successful nomination of Prof. Dr. Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University) for the Humboldt Foundation's Anneliese Maier-Research Award (2016-21), in collaboration with Profs. Monica Juneja and Barbara Mittler. Launch of the initiative "Manly Matters, Representations of Maleness in South Asian Visual Poular Culture" (for the vision statement and the list of fellows, please click on respective hyperlink).

11/2015
Co-curator of the exhibition "Patis in Patan" at photo/kathmandu festival, Patan/Kathmandu (3.-9.11.2015). 

09-11/2015
Visiting Fellow at the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel ("Intergenerational perspectives on aging in urbanising Nepal”)

03/2014 - 03/2015

project leader and member of Mobile spaces: Urban everday practices from a transcultural perspective, pilot project within the University of Heidelberg's Field of Focus 3 - Cultural Dynamics in Globalised Worlds, jointly with Profs Beatrix Busse (English Studies) and Ulrike Gerhard (Geography).

10/2013 -

Founder of 'Forum Urban Spaces', a networking initiative that seeks to bring together research on cities at this university, and across disciplines.

10/2013 -
Project leader of "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

since 02/2013
founding member of the interdisciplinary research and teaching network 'Archives of the Everyday', with the University of Leiden and University College London

11/2012-
Speaker of Research Area B 'Public Spheres' at the Collaborative Research Centre/Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context'

2010 - 2012

fellow at the Network Aging Research (Netzwerk Alternsforschung NAR), Heidelberg University

since 2009
Full Professur (W3) ‘Visual and Media Anthropology’, Cluster „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“, Heidelberg University

02/2008
Habilitation in the Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies. Venia Legendi in Cultural Anthropology

2007/08

Member of the European research initiative “Ritual, Media, and Conflict”, a collaboration between the Centre of Ritual Dynamics (Heidelberg) and Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

since 2006
Founding member of Tasveer Ghar (‚House of Pictures’). A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture, a transnational network dedicated to research on, archiving and publication of visual popular culture (in cooperation with Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University; Yousuf Saeed, New Delhi) (weblink) (see this article).


since 2005
Coordinator and Head of subproject A4 ‚Agency and Territorial Rituals in India’ at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 619 ‚Dynamics of Rituals’ (for the DFG-film portrait of the project, see here)

2005
Associate Guest Professor at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (Ford Foundation Fellowship)

2002-2009
Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.

2002-2005
Member of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 619 ‚Dynamics of Ritual’, subproject A4 ‚Agency and Territorial Rituals in India’ (coordinator: Prof. W. Sax)

2000-2002
Research Fellow at the Institute of Theatre Studies, Gutenberg-University, Mainz. Research project entitled: ‘Colonialism and the representation of the Pacific Islands in early films (1900-1931), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the general project titled ‘Theatricality - Theatre as cultural model in the comparative cultural sciences’

05/2000
Ph.D. at the Department of Comparative Social and Cultural Anthropology, Europe-University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Prof. Werner Schiffauer. Title of doctoral thesis: Empowering Visions. A Study on Videos and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism in India (1989-1998).

05-08/1995
Co-curator for a permanent exhibition project at the Commonwealth Institute, London, with special focus on South Asia.

1994-1995
Visiting postgraduate student at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (Art History, Anthropology, South Asian Cultures and Languages)

03-04/1991
Internship at the Royal Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh

1988-1989
Academic year at Brooks University, Oxford (Art History, Photography; Printmaking)

1986-94
Studies of Art Education (MA), Art History and Cultural Anthropology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany