Janine Sterner studied English Literature and Ethnology (Social and Cultural Anthropology) at the University of Göttingen. Her undergraduate studies included a four-month stay at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, where she took classes in International Relations, Colonialism and Film Studies. She completed her BA in Göttingen, writing her thesis on the impact of 'modernity' on traditional knowledge in a case study of traditional navigation in Micronesia. Ms. Sterner started studying medical anthropology at the South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg in 2010 and has been particularly interested in the topics of 'age' and 'disability' within different cultural settings. In preparation of her MA she conducted field research in a South Asian minority group in the north-west of England and wrote her thesis on culture-sensitive care in the UK.