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Awards, professional service and memberships

invited as Fellow of the Marsilius-Kolleg at Heidelberg University(April 2016-2017)

awarded Senior Visiting Fellowship at the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel (September-November 2015)

since January 2015: HCTS-Representative of the European Alliance for Asian Studies 

Founding member of SAI Helpnepal  (post-earthquake relief coordination for Nepal)

Member of the Editorial Board of Digital Himalaya: European Bulletin of Himalayan Research (since 2014)

Member of Research Group Art Production and Art Theory in the Age of Global Migration/AG Kunstproduktion und Kunsttheorie im Zeichen Globaler Migration 

Member of the Advisory Board of the India Media Centre, University of Westminster, London (since 2009)

Member of the Editorial Board of Heidelberg Studies in Transculturality, an Open Access (OA) book series for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Founding Member of Tasveerghar - A House of Pictures

Member of the German Anthropological Association (GAA)/Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV) (since 2006).

Member of the German Museums Association (Deutscher Museumsverbund, since 2012)

Member of the Association of University Professors and Lecturers/Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV) (since 2007).

Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Transcultural Studies (2009-2012).

Member of the Steering Committee of the Heidelberg Research Architecture (2009-2012).

Member of the Executive Board of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows” (2007-09).

Reviewer positions

American Ethnologist, Feminist Media Studies, South Asia Studies, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Journal of Economic and Social Geography, Oxford University Press (New York), Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Current Anthropology, Contemporary South Asia, Social Anthropology, Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (Leiden), International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (Brighton, GB), Reviewer for the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Publication Series.

Member of the Editorial Committee for the newly launched series 'Religion und Neue Medien' (Religion and New Media), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld

Member of the Editorial Board of the South Asia Institute Annual Report (2002-03).

Advisor for a filmic documentary on contemporary art and literature, Metropolis (ARTE/3-SAT), 2006.

Advisor for National Geographic (Germany), Special Edition India (March 2007).