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Public Talks, Workshops and Conferences attended and organised (since 2009)


Max 2-4, coorganisation of an international workshop entitled "Representations of Maleness in South Asian Popular Visual Practice" celebrating ten years of Tasveerghar, w. Sumathi Ramaswamy and Yousuf Saeed, at Duke University, Durham

11-12.1.2019 Talk presented at the international conference "Epicentre to Aftermath. Political, Social and Cultural Impacts of Earthquakes in South Asia" at SOAS, London, title of the talk: "Art as participation, gift and resource: Nepalese artist’s engagement in post-earthquake Kathmandu Valley"



September 19-25. Workshop “Caring Relations, Caring for Ageing”, with Roberta Mandoki at JNU Delhi (part of the DAAD-funded cooperation project "New Directions in ‘Active Ageing’ and ‘Age-friendly Culture’ in India and Germany" between Heidelberg University and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

February 6-7. Organisation of the international workshop 'Shaping Asia/s: Connectivities, Comparisons, Collaborations', Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld, w Prof. Dr. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka 


November 30, "smART city - turbulent city? Artistic engagements with urban ecologies in Delhi", at the conference Communicative Cities and Urban Space. Organised by the Centre for Information and Communication Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai (more informations, see here)

November 25, "Visualising contemporary Asia. Exchanges, connectivities and circulations", at the Humboldt Colloquium Germany and India. Partners in Education and Research, Bengaluru, India,

November 9-10, "Engaging the “world class” city. Art and urban development in Delhi, India", talk at the INterdisciplinary Symposium City as Genre. Representations in/of the City, organised by the Urban Spaces Research Network, at Marsilius Kolleg, Heidelberg University. 

September 29-30, "China rising? India Shining? - The art of Comparison", talk at the indisciplinary arts and media conference, organized by Annelies-Maier-prizewinner Sumathi Ramaswamy at Duke University, in Durham, USA.

July 13, "Transkulturalität", talk at the Science Forum of the Summer School "Zwischen Aufwand und Aufwind: Positionen, Kontroversen und Ziele der Lehrerbildung". Heidelberg School of Education.

June 29-30. "Open Access: The City as Laboratory, Studio and Archive". Workshop organised by Forum Urban Spaces and Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology, with presentations by Arunava Dasgupta, Urban Design, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and Sujan Chitrakar, Department of Art and Design, Kathmandu University.

June 20-21:"Out of Space? Erratic, ephemeral & emerging cultural practices in illegal, illegitimate or intangible locations” in Copenhagen, organized by the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology/Forum Urban Spaces at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) and the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at Copenhagen University.

April 27: Talk "Ästhetische als anthropomediale Praktiken" at conference entitled Mediale Anthropologie (Comprehensive Anthropology III), Marsilius-Kolleg, Heidelberg (

February 26: Book launch of "Breaking Views. Engaging Art in post-earthquake Nepal" together with Sanjeev Maharjan and the panel discussion "Built/Unbuilt: Home/City", Kathmandu Triennale.

February 20.-23.: Spring School 'New Directions in Active Ageing and Age-Friendly Culture', Convention Centre, JNU Delhi (part of the DAAD exchange programme 'New Directions in 'Active Ageing')


Launch of the DAAD exchange programme ´New Directions in 'Active Ageing' and 'Age-Friendly Culture' in India and Germany, with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in New Delhi (website in progress)

October 14: chair of the session "Heritage in Times of Crises: Transcultural Approaches to Reconstruction and Revaluation in Post-Earthquake Nepal" at The Annual Conference "Making, Sustaining, Breaking - The Politics of Heritage and Culture" in Heidelberg

October 1: Talk "Art as critical intervention? Mapping the 'other' world class city" at the panel "Cities and Migration: Citizens' Participation", coordinated by Radu Carciumaru (Heidelberg University) and Sanju Kumari (Freie Universität Berlin) at the Conference "CityScapes" of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi

September 16: Co-organiser of the Final HERA-Single conference "Sexing the City"  in Leiden, The Netherlands

September 7-10: Organised and chaired two panels together with Sumathi Ramaswamy and Barbara Mittler and with several postdoc and junior researchers at the international colloquium in Berlin when Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awarded Sumathi Ramaswamy with prestigious Anneliese Maier Research Award

 May 7: Talk "Patis in Patan: exploring politics of public urban space" at the Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde der Universität Wien as part of a Nepal Research networking workshop

 March 11-12: Talk at international workshop Repetition, Recurrance, Returns, entitled "‘Let’s do it again?!’ Shaping communities, issues and public space through art events in urban Nepal", Stanford University 

January 20: Talk (in German): "Kunst im öffentlichen Raum: Eine Perspektive aus und auf Neu Delhi", part of the Lecture series „Bilderwissenschaften und Kunstgeschichte“, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität 

January 14–16: Co-organisation of the workshop ‚Border Crossings: Migration Arts and Arts of Migration’, at KJC in Heidelberg, more information here 



November 17: "‘Out here’ No more: Exploring Nepali Contemporary Art Production". Talk at Religious Revivals and Artistic Renaissance in Central Asia and the Himalayan Region – Past and Present, Fourth International SEECHAC Colloquium Société Européenne pour l’Étude des Civilisations de l’Himalaya et de l’Asie Centrale, at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies

October 6-8: International HERA SINGLE workshop “Solo-cities: Representations of the ‘Single’ in Urban Spaces” in Delhi (part of the HERA-project SINGLE)

September 10: "Exploring public space and moral policing in urban India." Invited Talk at Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. 

June 25: "The Battlefields of Love: Public space and moral policing in urban India" (German lecture entitled "Umkämpfte (Frei)räume: Grenzziehungen und romantische Liebe im urbanen Indien"). Lecture Series Middle-classness in Asia at Institute of Asian and African Studies - Mediality and Intermediality in Asian and African Societies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

June 19: "Uploading the catastrophe: Thoughts on fabric, scale and speed in the context of the Nepal earthquake". Invitation to participate at Ethics of Circulation symposium at RMIT Europe in Barcelona, Spain, supported by the AHRC Future of the Book project and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, UCL, Kings College and the Centre for Publishing at the University College London (for some information on "Towards an Ethics of Circulation: A Manifesto in Tweets on the digital, see here, for the program, see here

March 13: "Curating Art and PubliCity: Delhi and Kathmandu". Talk and conversation with Sujan Chitrakar (Department of Art and Design, Kathmandu University), Yalamala Kendra, Lalitpur, Nepal.

February 24.-26: New approaches to Ageing in South Asia and Europe. International Workshop organised by the research project 'Ageing in a Transcultural Context', at Max Mueller Bhawan/Goethe Institut South Asia, in Delhi. 



December 4-6: HERA-International workshop "Precariously Yours: Gender, Class, and Urbanity in Contemporary Shanghai" in Shanghai (part of the HERA-project SINGLE)

October 8-10: Organisation of the Annual Conference of the Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context, entitled Cultural Mediation. Creativity, Performance, Display.

June 1-3: Workshop 'Mobile Spaces: Everyday Practices in Indian and North American Cities', HCTS, organised in the context of the Field of Focus 3 'Transcultural Studies'.

May 21: In Conversation with Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton (Berlin): Langer Atem: Global Village – World Class City: Urbanisierung und Nostalgie in Dubai und Delhi, Heidelberg Kunstverein

May 9: Organisation of the workshop 'Visual Arts, Museum Practices and Display' by the cluster project Arts and the Transcultural, HCTS.

April 28: launch of the 'Spotlight: Urban Research' Initiative at the HCTS, as part of the Forum Urban Spaces

April 23: "Ethnography of Contemporary Art in South Asia", talk presented with Cathirne Bublatzky, Institute of Anthropology, Basel University

April, 4-5: "'Let’s (not) talk about Love'. Approaching the visual repertoire of Valentine’s Day in Delhi". Invited talk at the Conference ‘Visual anthropology and contemporary South Asian history’, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) University of Cambridge (program poster)

January 14: Vortrag "Rhizomatischer Nationalismus. Stadt, Gender, Jugendkultur im heutigen Neu Delhi (Indien)", Institutskolloquium Nationalismus, Nationalgeschichte und mediale Repräsentationen, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, Universität Mainz 


November 1st-2nd: talk at the workshop Archives of the everyday, NIAS - Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the HUmanities and Social Sciences, on "Miniature worlds: Goan cribs between beach-party, land-grabbing and local patriotism"

October 2-5: panel organisation "Kunstethnologie und Kunstgeschichte. Eine Ortsbestimmung" (locating anthropology of art and history of art) at the bi-annual conference of the German Anthropological Association (with Prof. Kerstin Pinther, Berlin & Cathrine Bublatzky, Heidelberg) (panel 29, on 4.10, 2-6pm, click here)

September 30-October: Talk on "Creating the ‘New’ Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi", at the HERA-launch of the Cultural Encounters initiative (for more information, click here)

July 18: Vortrag/presentation: 'Generation X: Jugend, Stadt und Mittelklasse in Indien', 10. Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart (Generation X: Youth, City and the new middle class in India)

July 16 Vortrag/Presentation: "48°C public art ecology: Zeitgenössische Kunst und öffentlicher Raum in Indien und Nepal" im Kolloquium Space, Place and Power' von Martina Löw/Helmut Berking, Institut für Soziologie der TU Darmstadt (48°C public art ecology: contemporary art and public space in India and Nepal")

May: workshop "Visual art worlds and historiographies. Engaging with visual and material cultures in a transcultural perspective" organised by the research group 'Arts and the Transcultural. Concepts, histories, practices"' 

January 19: "Valentin auf Abwegen. Romantische Liebe in Indien". Talk (by invitation) at the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften on the Annual Topic of Die Wissenschaft und die Liebe (Science and Love) at Salon Sophie Charlotte, Gendarmenmarkt Berlin.

October 2-5: "Locating art anthropology and art history." Panel organised by Christiane Brosius & Kerstin Pinther (FU Berlin), with Cathrine Bublatzky and Tobias Wendl. Biannual Conference of the German Anthropological Association (GAA/DGV), entitled Locations. Anthropology in the Academy, the workplace and the public sphere, at Mainz University (see here)


December 17: "What can Participant Observation tell us about Visual and Media Cultures in South Asia?" Talk (by invitation) at the Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland.

July 29 - August 4: Organisation of the Summer School Seeing Matter(s): Visuality and Materiality, Heidelberg University (read more

July 16: Lecture entitled: 'Jugendkulturen und Online-Protest in Indien' (Youth Cultures and online Protest) in the context of the Studium Generale series of public lectures on "E-Protest – Neue soziale Bewegungen und Revolutionen" (e-Protest: New Social Movements and Revolutions"), Heidelberg University. (read more)

July 4: Inaugural Lecture at the Alte Aula, Heidelberg University, title: "Teilnahmelose Beobachtung? Gedanken zur Feldforschung in Zeiten medialer Verflüchtigung" (read more).

May 14: Lecture at Modern Indian History & Society Seminar, GEMIS Göttingen: "Making Space for 'World Class Delhi'" 

April 19: lecture on Observation at the interdisciplinary Lecture Series "Key Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences", Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland (read more)

April 3rd - 6: Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (ASA): Arts and aesthetics in a globalising world, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Anthropology in the contemporary artworld (P19) – panel convenor, with Clare Harris (University of Oxford) and Kavita Singh (School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU Delhi) (read more)

Presentation at P48 Weddings: identity and aesthetics in a globalising consumer world, on "For Love's Sake? Sonic and visual aesthetics of weddings in contemporary Nepal" (read more)

March 26th - 29: Talk on "Public art and the creative city between world class and ordinary everyday" at Between Global Aspirations and Local Realities. India’s Cities in Interdisciplinary Perspective conference of the South Asia Institute, Auditorium of the School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU, Delhi


December 6th – 9: "Gazing at Contemporary Indian Art", talk presented at the Conference "Exploring the Senses. Emotions, Performativity, and Ritual" in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotions" (read more)
Location: Free University of Berlin, Berlin

November 23rd-25: "Being Young in South Asia". International Workshop organized by Christiane Brosius and Karin Polit, Ritual Dynamics Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 619), Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies. (read more) Talk on "Islands of privacy? Youth rituals in urban India."

November 12 - 13: Invitation as an consulting expert to the first DFG-Network-Meeting "Mediatisation outside  Europe: South Asia"
Location: Humboldt University Berlin

October 11: "One is a lonely number". Conversation with artist Koken Ergun(Berlin) during the 4th International Festival on Photography Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, moderated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen URL: Location: Kunsthalle Mannheim

June 23 – 25: "Delhi’s public art festival: 48°C Public.Art.Ecology”, talk presented at the Workshop "South Asian Festivals on the Move", organised by the Cluster project 'Religion on Stage' (B12) in cooperation with the research project "Perspectives on Festivity" of the Department for Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at Oslo University; University of Oslo, Norway (read more)

June 2nd – 5: Co-organisation of the Workshop "Colours, Images, Materialities" held by the Research Project B4 "Transcultural Visuality", in Istanbul (read more)

January 19: Panel on Public Art at conference “Dialogues on Curating”, India International Centre, New Delhi, a collaboration  between  Pro  Helvetia  Swiss  Arts  Council, the  Foundation  for  Indian  Contemporary  Art  and  India  International  Centre, conceptualized  by  Dr  Kavita  Singh (School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU) and  Vidya  Shivadas (Vadhera Art Gallery) (read more)
Location: New Delhi


October 29: Chair at Panel "Cultural Relativism and the Circuits of Display: from the Museum to the Art Fair"; Conference on "Art Practices in Age of Cultural Relativism" (read more), British Council, New Delhi

October 19 – 23: Organisation of the Workshop “Spaces in-between from non-place to shared space in developmental cities” held by research project B11 “New Urban Imaginaries” (read more); Talk presented: "Public Art and urban space in Delhi" at Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

June 4- 5: Workshop on "Changing Popular Visual Culture of Muslim Shrines: Transcultural Flows and Urban Spaces" organized with Yousuf Saeed, at the Karl-Jaspers Center, Heidelberg (read more)

April 29: Transculturality and art: challenges for anthropology and art history. Joint presentation with Monica Juneja at meeting with representatives of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Karl-Jaspers Center, Heidelberg

February, 17 – 20: Organisation of the Workshop “Icons: Spectacle and Affect” held by the research project B4 “Transcultural Visuality” (read more); Transcultural Visuality Workshop Series No. 2; Location: Goethe Institut New Delhi/Max Mueller Bhavan

January 25: Invitation as an expert to the Workshop on "Sustainability, Culture and Public Life", Location: Goethe Institute Shanghai, China


October 7 – 9: Organisation of the first Annual Conference of the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", entitled on "Flows of Images and Media", co-organized with PD Dr. Roland Wenzelhuemer, Talk presented: "Love in the Age of Valentine and Pink Underwear: Negotiating Romantic Love and the Asymmetries of Transcultural Image and Media Flows" (read more); University of Heidelberg

March 9 – 13: Workshop and conference on “Archiving Practices: Reading Walter Benjamin and Aby Warburg in relation to the Cluster’s agenda – the innovative exploration of flows and asymmetries between Asia and Europe” held by research project B4 “Transcultural Visuality”; 'Tasveer Ghar: A digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture'; Karl-Jaspers Center, Heidelberg (read more)