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News & Upcoming Events

  • Webinar for the book launch of "Tides of Life", edited by Dr. Aditya Ghosh.

  • The Department of Anthropology welcomes Dr. Philipp Zehmisch as new Assistant Professor.

  • The Department of Anthropology welcomes Dr. Pallabi Roy as a new MAHASSA-Coordinator next to Heribert Beckmann, M.A..

  • The Department of Anthropology invites you to the book launch for Clémence Jullien & Roger Jeffery's (eds) (2021) Childbirth in South Asia: Old challenges and new paradoxes (New Delhi: Oxford University Press) on 9 December. More details here

  • Department Recommendations

  • Medical Anthropology at UCL

  • Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)

  • Medical Anthropology Europe (MAE)

  • Medical Anthropology Young Scholars

  • Curare. Zeitschrift für Medizinethnologie

  • AG Medical Anthropology

  • Medizinethnologie Körper, Gesundheit und Heilung in einer globalisierten Welt

  • Conferences and Seminars

    Prof. Dr. William Sax

  • On Friday, 27 June, Prof. Sax gave an invited talk on “Jinns and Exorcism from an Anthropological Point of View” at the Hounslow Jamia Masjid, one of Great Britain’s largest mosques. The talk was pre-recorded, and played to the congregation as a supplement to the main speaker of the day, Mr. Walid Zamzam. It can be seen here.

  • Prof. Dr. William Sax

  • On Friday, 25 June, Prof. Sax gave a talk (in Hindi) entitled मानवशास्त्रीय दृष्टिकोण से घुमन्तू समुदाय (Nomadic communities from an anthropological point of view). The talk was part of a Webinar 'घुमन्तू समुदाय को जानों' (Get to know nomadic communities) in which various nomadic groups presented themselves to the wider public. It was organized by the “Centre for Dialogue” based in Rajasthan.

  • Dr. Aditya Ghosh

  • 11 November 2020: webinar for the book launch of “Tides of Life” [Details]

  • Dr. Philipp Zehmisch

  • 11.02.22: “The ‘Long Partition’ of Baltistan: On the Intersection of Morality and Nation-Building“, Conference Placing Pakistan: Space, Time, and the Everyday, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 11.02.22

  • 25.10.21: “In Search of ‘the Indigenous’ in Pakistan: Reflections on the tension between decolonization, modernization, and sustainable conservation”, Panel State Formation and Identity in Conversation: Exploring the Relation, Conference “Anthropology and Conservation”, Royal Anthropological Institute, London, 25.10.21

  • 30.09.21: “Making Sense of a Pandemic: Religion and COVID-19”, Panel Convener (with Natalie Lang), Conference of the German Anthropological Association Worlds, Zones, Atmospheres: Seismographies of the Anthropocene, University of Bremen, 30.09.21

  • 27.07.2021: “Between the mainland and the deep blue sea: Transformation and Continuity in South Asian Islands and Littorals”, Discussant of Panel 05, European Conference of South Asian Studies (ECSAS), University of Vienna, 27.07.21

  • 20.07.2021: “Borderland Ethics in Postcolonial Pakistan”, Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, Heidelberg University, 20.07.21

  • 08.07.2021: “Partitioned Borderlands: Ethics of Collaboration and Resistance in Baltistan”, Conference Society and Morality in Eurasia: from Prehistory to the Present Day, Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology, 08.07.21

  • 15.05.2021: “The Politics of Artistic Identity”, Panel discussion, Exhibition Peepal and Banyan, Berlin 15.05.2021

  • 30.11.2020: “Pluralist Ethics versus Communalist Politics in the Andaman Islands: Secular Nostalgia or a Model for India?“, Lecture Series Hindu-Muslim Encounters, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, 30.11.2020

  • 07.11.2020: (with Srishtee Sethi) “Contentious Borderlands? Reflections on Co-existence, Belonging, and Shared Histories at the India-Pakistan Border“, Online Conference Borderlands Futures: Technologies, Zones, Co-existences, Asian Borderlands Research Network, 07.11.2020

  • 16.09.2020: (with Srishtee Sethi) "A partitioned past: The shared history of refugees at the Western borderlands of India and Pakistan", Royal Anthropological Institute, Conference Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present, and Future

  • 06.07.2020: “Between Public and Private: Ethical dilemmas of coping with COVID-19 in Pakistan”, International Webinar Social Impact of Covid 19: Challenges and Prospects, Sangyartham Research Foundation

  • Recent Publications

    Prof. Dr. William Sax

  • 2021The Movement for Global Mental Health: Critical Views from South and Southeast Asia. (Edited with Claudia Lang). Amsterdam University Press.

  • 2021 The Movement for Global Mental Health: Critical Voices from South Asia and Beyond, pp. 7-36 in Sax, Willam S. and Claudia Lang, eds., The Movement for Global Mental Health: Critical Views from South and Southeast Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

  • 2021 Global Mental Therapy. pp. 271-299 in Sax, Willam S. and Claudia Lang, eds., The Movement for Global Mental Health: Critical Views from South and Southeast Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

  • 2021 Divine Kingdoms and Border Politics in the Western Himalaya. In Diana Lange, Jarmila Ptáčková, Marion Wettstein und Mareike Wulff (eds.) Crossing Boundaries. Tibetan Studies Unlimited. Prague: Academia Publishing House.

  • 2021 Review of Chetan Singh, Himalayan Histories (SUNY Press). European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 56.

  • Forthcoming. Transculturalism Beyond Dualism: in memory of Rudolph Wagner. ed. Monica Juneja.

  • Dr. Mukesh Kumar

  • “Neither here nor there: The betwixt and between Religious Imaginary of Lāldās” In Routledge Handbook of South Asian Religions Jacobsen, Knut A. (Ed.), Routledge, 2020, pp. 242-261.
  • Competition and Contestation at a Hindu-Muslim Shrine: The Case of the Sant Laldas in Mewat, north India” In Sacred Sites and Sacred Stories Across Cultures: Transmission of Oral Tradition, Myth, and Religiosity, Kim, David W. (Ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, pp. 226-262.

  • Dr. Philipp Zehmisch

  • 2021: „Über das Schweigen Sprechen: 100 Jahre Adivasi-Migration auf die Andamanen”, Südasien 1, 2021. 88–89.

  • In Press: “The Conservation of Anarchy: Ethnographic Reflections on Forest Policies and Resource Use”, in: Anarchist Political Ecology, edited by Simon Springer et al., Rowman & Littlefield

  • In Press: “Bengali Hindu Refugees in the Andaman Islands”, in: The Routledge Handbook of Refugees in India, edited by S. Irudaya Rajan, New Delhi: Routledge

  • In Press: “Moral Challenges at the Intersection of Religion, Politics, and COVID-19 in Pakistan”, in: CoronAsur: Asian Religions in the Covidian Age, edited by Carola Lorea, Natalie Lang, Emily Hertzman, Erica Larson. University of Hawai’i

  • 2020: "Moral and religious responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan”, CoronAsur: Religion and COVID-19, Asia Research Institute: National University of Singapore.

  • 2020: "Patriots in Kala Pani: Writing Subaltern Resistance into the National Memory”, in: Banerjee, Rita (ed.): Cultural Histories of India: Subaltern Spaces, Peripheral Genres, and Alternate Historiography. London/ New York: Routledge. 67–88.

  • 2020: "Speaking about Silence: One Hundred Years of Adivasi Migration to the Andamans”, Fieldsights, Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA).

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    Summer term 2021

    Conferences, Publications and externl lectures

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    Recent Publications
    Book Chapter

    Energies Beyond the State:
    Anarchist Political Ecology and the Liberation of Nature

    Dr. Philipp Zehmisch



    The Movement for Global Mental Health: Critical Views from South and Southeast Asia

    (Ed.) Prof. Dr. William Sax with Claudia Lang



    Unani Medicine in the Making:
    Practices and Respresentations in 21st-century

    Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth


    Book Chapter

    Patriots in Kala Pani:
    Writing Subaltern Resistance into the National Memory

    Dr. Philipp Zehmisch



    Reviving “A forgotten Sunna:” Hijamah (cupping therapy), prophetic medicine, and the re-Islamization of Unani medicine in contemporary India

    Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth

    Online article


    2018. "We are like the river water, always flowing" : some urban nomads of Delhi. In: Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre, Medialität

    Prof. Dr. William Sax

    UB Heidelberg