University of Heidelberg


Head of Department

William S. Sax, Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. William Sax
(Head of Department)
Room 507
Phone: +49 6221 54-8931

Sandra Joost Sandra Joost
(Secretary's Office)
Room 506
Phone: +49 6221 54-8931

Research Fellows

Dr. Heribert Beckmann Heribert Beckmann, M.A.
(Student Advisor)
Room 504
Phone: +49 6221 54-8838
Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth, M.A. Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth
(Programm Coordinator MA Health and Society in South Asia)
Room 510
Phone: +49 6221 54-8798
Dr. Sheela Saravanan Dr. Sheela Saravanan
(DFG project "Wunschkinder")
Room 502
Phone: +49 6221 54-8848


Rainer Kimmig, M.A.

Research Fellows

Eva Ambos, M.A.
Dr. med. Ananda Samir Chopra
Prof. Harish Naraindas
Dr. Ferdinand Okwaro
Dr. Johannes Quack

Ph.D. candidates

Hasan Ashraf, M.A.
Hadis Jahani Vishehsaraei, M.A.
Patricia Junge, M.A.
Sinjini Mukherjee, M.A.
Abhimanyu Pandey, M.A.
Nike-Ann Schröder, M.A.

Research Assistants

HiWis der Abteilung Ethnologie -
Charlotte von Waitz (Department of Anthropology)
Torben Linnhoff (Department of Anthropology)
Brenna Shea Anderson (Department of Anthropology/MAHASSA) -
Luka Hummel (IT) -

Former Faculty

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Alex
Dr. Sandra Bärnreuther
Dr. Florian Besch
Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius
Dr. Stefan Ecks
Prof. Dr. Roland Hardenberg
Prof. Dr. Beatrix Hauser
Prof. Dr. Karin Polit
Dr. Mona Schrempf
Dr. Roman Sieler
Dr. Christian Strümpell
Dr. Constanze Weigl-Jäger
Dr. des. Jens M. Zickgraf
Last modified 21st August, 2018

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Conferences and external lectures

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Latest publications
Occasional Paper Series

Heidelberg Ethnology

Richard Fox

All papers viewable here.


Becoming like money: Proximity and the social aesthetics of “moneyness”

Jens M. Zickgraf

HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 7(1), 303–326.


Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets: Medicine and Martial Arts in South India

Roman Sieler

For further information, please see here.


Patient Agency Revisited: "Healing the Hidden" in South India.

Roman Sieler

Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 28: 323-341.

Special edition

Modern Asian Studies

Volume 48 - Issue 05 - September 2014

Click here to view the contents.

Collected edition

Asymmetrical Conversations

Contestations, Circumventions, and the Blurring of Therapeutic Boundaries

Epistemologies of Healing, Vol. 14, edited by Harish Naraindas, Johannes Quack, and William S. Sax, New York 2014.
At the UB: click here.


The anthropology of neoliberal India: An introduction.

Daniel Münster and Christian Strümpell

The politics of dispossession in an Odishan steel town

Christian Strümpell

Both in Contributions to Indian Sociology 48 (Feb. 2014).


Ritual Healing and Mental Health in India.

William Sax

Transcult Psychiatry (Feb. 2014).

Ethnology in Heidelberg