University of Heidelberg

Prof. Harish Naraindas


  • Joint-Appointments Professor at the Cluster "Asia and Europe"
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

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About Harish Naraindas

Harish Naraindas is Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests are in the sociology of science and medicine and has spanned a number of objects of enquiry: the emergence of tropical medicine as a discipline; the history of smallpox vaccination; the study of alternative sciences such as Ayurveda and Naturopathy; and a cross-cultural study of childbirth. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Iowa and is currently visiting professor at the Department of Ethnology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.


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Occasional Paper Series

Heidelberg Ethnology

Richard Fox

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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

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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

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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.
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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