Dr. Roman Sieler
Dr. Roman Sieler
- Research Associate, Program Coordinator MA Health and Society in South Asia
South Asia Institute
Department of Anthropology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330, Room 510
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- South India, Tamil Nadu
- Medical Anthropology, siddha medicine, manual medicine, martial arts
- Bonesetting and manual medical practices in South India
- Tamil Muslim medical networks (ethnohistorical project in collaboration with Guy Attewell, Institut Français de Pondichéry )
- Lethal Spots and Vital Secrets: Ethnographic exploration of varmakkalai, the art of the vital spots, a medical and martial practice in the extreme south of India, i.e. Kaniyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.
- 2015. Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets. Medicine and Martial Arts in South India. New York: Oxford University Press.
Peer reviewed articles:
- 2014. Patient Agency Revisited: “Healing the Hidden” in South India. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 28(3): 323–341.
- 2013. From Lineage Transmission to Transnational Distance Education: The Case of Siddha Varmam Medicine. Theme Issue, Transnational Health in Asia: Patients, Knowledge, Praxis,; European Journal of Transnational Studies 5(1): 112-143.
- 2012. Kalari and Vaittiyacalai: Medicine and Martial Arts Intertwined. Theme issue, Cultivating Perfection and Longevity in Asian Traditions, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 7(1): 164-195.
- 2007. with Peter Eppler. Water and Sanitation Baseline Survey in Three Villages of Karaikal District, Pondicherry. In: Tsunami Reconstruction Initiatives Program Publication Vol. 1. Swiss Red Cross, Pondicherry, India
- 2006. "Unberührbare Körper" - Ethnologische Überlegungen zu Kaste und Embodiment. Health and Society in South Asia Series, no. 1. Universität Heidelberg.
Roman Sieler has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (2011) as well as experience in development cooperation with regard to health issues in South Asia. His current research interests include siddha medicine and the transmission and practice of non-institutionalised forms of health care in India, especially bonesetting and other forms of manual medicine. For his doctoral thesis, he has conducted research on secrecy and transmission of varmakkalai, a manual medico-martial tradition in the South of Tamil Nadu. Sieler is an affiliate postdoctoral researcher at the French Institute of Pondicherry, India.