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Curriculum vitae

since March 2020

Member of the Advisory Board of Heidelberg University Publishing (HeiUP)

Co-speaker and Board Member of the Flagship-Initiative Transforming Cultural Heritage, Heidelberg University Excellence Strategy 


Project leader of the DAAD-funded networking project Urban transformation and placemaking: Fostering Learning from South Asia and Ger­man, with the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi an the Centre for Art and Design at Kathmandu University (format Promotion of Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries)

since 2018

Co-founder and co-speaker of the Shaping Asia-Networking Initiative, with Prof. Dr. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (Bielefeld).

Project leader of the Nepal Heritage Documentation Pilot Project (NHDP) funded by the Arcadia Fund (GB) to set up an open access digital database on Kathmandu Valley's endangered cultural heritage (until 2020). 

since 2017

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

Academic coordinator of the Swagata Erasmus+-Programme at Heidelberg University

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

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).

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

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

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

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


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)

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

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

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

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’

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).

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

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

Internship at the Royal Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh

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

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