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News & Upcoming Events

Colloquium on Asian religions | Death in the Maze: The heritagization of ritual performances in the Garhwal Himalayas

21-03-2016 University of Groningen
Speaker: Karin Polit (Heidelberg)

Further Information here

Sri Lanka Working Group

The Sri Lanka Working Group was founded in summer 2014. It provides both staff members and students of the SAI a forum for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas about Sri Lanka. The current developments in Sri Lanka and also in the Sri Lanka research will be discussed. Frequent events - mostly during the lecture period - are intended. The Working Group supports the the SAI efforts for a deepened academic exchange with Sri Lanka, which could be confirmed by the re-opening of the SAI branch office in Colombo this year. View the website of the Sri Lanka Working Group.

To view the websites of the former Sri Lanka Working Group (2004-2006) click here.

Presentation of Prof. Sax on the Himalayan Connections Workshop 2013

To see the presentation on YouTube: Click here.

Himalayan Connections: Disciplines, Geographies, Trajectories
An interdisciplinary workshop at Yale University, March 9-10, 2013.

For further information on this workshop please visit its website.

Medical Anthropology Forum

The Medical Anthropology Forum is a forum for researchers, students and all those interested in the study of health and illness in different cultural and social settings. In the forum senior students and scholars present their current research projects. The aim is to discuss and analyze new theories and themes of Medical Anthropology and to learn more about international developments in the area of culture, health and health care. Everybody who is interested is welcome!

Please find upcoming lectures here.

For announcements of upcoming lectures and other information about Medical Anthropology in Heidelberg, please subscribe to our mailing list by sending an email to Marcel Kamlesh Singhal:

AG/Study Group Development and Anthropology

Ziel der AG Anthropology & Development ist einerseits die intensive ethnologische Auseinandersetzung mit Entwicklungsregimes verschiedener Epochen und Regionen vor dem Hintergrund unterschiedlicher Ideologien (Modernisierung, Neoliberalismus, Sozialismus). Andererseits wollen wir die praktische Arbeit von Entwicklungsorganisationen kritisch beleuchten und die Frage nach den Möglichkeiten einer ethnologischen Einflussnahme und der Relevanz der Ethnologie für den Alltag der Entwicklungsarbeit stellen. Die Lektüre von einschlägigen Texten der Entwicklungsethnologie steht dabei genauso im Vordergrund wie die Diskussion mit VertreterInnen von Entwicklungsorganisationen.


ab 19.04. zweiwöchentlich immer Montags 17:00 - 19:00 Uhr Sandgasse. Raum t.b.a.


Dr. Roman Sieler

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Occasional Paper Series

Heidelberg Ethnology

Richard Fox

All papers viewable here.


Becoming like money: Proximity and the social aesthetics of “moneyness”

Jens M. Zickgraf

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 7(1), 303–326.


Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets: Medicine and Martial Arts in South India

Roman Sieler

For further information, please see here.


Patient Agency Revisited: "Healing the Hidden" in South India.

Roman Sieler

Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 28: 323-341.

Special edition

Modern Asian Studies

Volume 48 - Issue 05 - September 2014

Click here to view the contents.

Collected edition

Asymmetrical Conversations

Contestations, Circumventions, and the Blurring of Therapeutic Boundaries

Epistemologies of Healing, Vol. 14, edited by Harish Naraindas, Johannes Quack, and William S. Sax, New York 2014.
At the UB: click here.


The anthropology of neoliberal India: An introduction.

Daniel Münster and Christian Strümpell

The politics of dispossession in an Odishan steel town

Christian Strümpell

Both in Contributions to Indian Sociology 48 (Feb. 2014).


Ritual Healing and Mental Health in India.

William Sax

Transcult Psychiatry (Feb. 2014).

Ethnology in Heidelberg