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Dr. Pablo Holwitt

Resident Representative

Pablo Holwitt

Tel: +91 11 4170 7307
Office time: Mon - Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM

Heidelberg Centre South Asia
German House for Research and Innovation
2 Nyaya Marg / Chanakyapuri
110003 NEW DELHI


Since May 2019, Pablo Holwitt, PhD (University of Leipzig), acts as Resident Representative of the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University at its New Delhi Branch Office. Before joining the Branch Office, he was a PhD Researcher at the University of Leipzig, a Research Assistant at the University of Jena and a Lecturer at the University of Münster and the University of Applied Sciences Münster. He has collaborated with various academic institutions in India, including the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, the University of Mumbai and the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore. His research was financed by the Heinrich Hertz Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and he was enrolled as a PhD-student at the Graduate School „Global and Area Studies“ of the University of Leipzig. Currently, he is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), the German Anthropological Association (DGSKA) and the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS).

Areas of expertise

Pablo Holwitt´s academic work broadly covers the areas of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Urban Studies and South Asian Studies. He has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on specific topics that fall under these three areas of research (see below). Furthermore, he has published research articles and book reviews in Edited Volumes and journals such as Contemporary South Asia and South Asia. He is currently working on a book based on his PhD-thesis, tentatively titled „Urban renewal in India: Accommodating people, ideas and lifeworlds in Mumbai´s redeveloping chawls“, which is to be published by Routledge.

Research focus

Regional Focus: South Asia (India)
Theoretical Focus: Space and Place, Transnationalism and Globalization, Urban Studies, Anthropology of the State, Religion and Ritual, Body and Society


Undergraduate and graduate Courses on Migration and Globalization, Urban Anthropology of South Asia, Anthropological Research Methodology, Architecture and Anthropology in South Asia, Anthropology of
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