Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Dr. Vera Lazzaretti


Vera Lazzaretti studied Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology and Indology in Italy and holds a Ph.D. in Euro-Asian Studies—section of Indian and Tibetan Studies—from the University of Turin (2013). She is currently working on heritage in urban South Asia as part of the Heidelberg University flagship initiative on Transforming Cultural Heritage, and during her appointment she will be affiliated with both the South Asia Institute (Cultural and Religious History of South Asia Department) and the Heidelberg Centre for Cultural Heritage. Vera recently concluded a post-doctoral research period at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo, where she was part of the Indian Cosmopolitan Alternatives Project. Before that, Vera worked on the transposition of deities and places in contemporary Hinduism and conducted extensive ethnographic research among living practitioners of urban pilgrimage in Banaras (Varanasi). Prior to her appointment in Oslo, she was a teaching assistant and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Milan, and then a DAAD visiting scholar at the South Asia Institute in Heidelberg.



• Lazzaretti, V. (2018). Qui e altrove. Divinità trasposte, pellegrinaggi sostitutivi e immaginazione geogra>ica nell’India del Nord (‘Here and elsewhere. Transposed deities, substitute pilgrimages and geographic imagination in north India’). Biblioteca di Studi Antropologici, Edizioni Unicopli. ISBN 9788840019857.
• Lazzaretti, V. (2016). Varanasi. Le città letterarie, Edizioni Unicopli. ISBN 9788840019147.

Articles in peer-review journals and chapters in peer-reviewed edited volumes

• Lazzaretti, V. (2020). ‘Sacred wells of Banaras: Glori[ications, ritual practices and healing’. In C. Ray (ed.), Sacred Waters: A Cross-Cultural Compendium of Hallowed Springs and Holy Wells. Routledge.
• Lazzaretti, V. (2019). ‘Making the story new. Individuals, variations and embodiment in local urban pilgrimage’. In Rivista degli Studi Orientali, XCII, fasc. I-II, pp. 165-182.
• Lazzaretti, V. (2017), ‘Waterscapes in transition: past and present reshape of sacred water places in Banaras’. In Baghel R., Hill J. and Stepan L. eds., Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia: Epistemologies, practices and locales, Routledge, New Delhi/ New York/London, pp. 230-245, ISBN: 9781138685550, eISBN: 9781315543161.
• Lazzaretti, V. (2016), ‘Questioning meaningful layers of locality in a pan-Indian tirtha’, in Cracow Indological Studies, vol. XVIII, pp. 119-144, ISSN: 1732-0917, eISSN: 2449-8696.
• Lazzaretti, V. (2013), ‘Banaras jyotirlingas: constitution and transformations of a transposed divine group and its pilgrimage’, in Kervan, International Journal of Afro Asian Studies, N. 17, DOI: 10.13135/1825-263X/722, ISSN: 1825-263X.

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