University of Heidelberg


Head of Department

William S. Sax, Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. William Sax
(Head of Department)
Room 130.02.21
Phone: +49 6221 54-15231

Sandra Joost Sandra Joost
(Secretary's Office)
Room 130.02.20
Phone: +49 6221 54-15230

Professorship Representation Summer Semester 2019

Davide Torri, Dr. Dr. Davide Torri
(Professorship Representation)
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400 Room 015
Phone: +49 6221 54-4316

Assistant Professors

Dr. Heribert Beckmann Heribert Beckmann, M.A.
(Student Advisor for focus Anthropoloy in MADESH, BA & MA SAS and BA Anthropology)
Room 130.02.18
Phone: +49 6221 54-15232
Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth, M.A. Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth
(Programm Coordinator MA Health and Society in South Asia)
Room 130.02.23
Phone: +49 6221 54-15234


Rainer Kimmig, M.A.

Research Fellows

Dr. med. Ananda Samir Chopra Prof. Harish Naraindas
Dr. Sheela Saravanan Nike-Ann Schröder, M.A.
Sinjini Mukherjee, M.A.

Ph.D. candidates

Hadis Jahani Vishehsaraei, M.A. Patricia Junge, M.A.
Maitreyee Mishra, M.A. Abhimanyu Pandey, M.A.

Research Assistants

Hiwi Office Dept. Anthropology
Phone: +49 6221 54-15233

Geva Herlyn
(Department of Anthropology)

Vicky Kosmidis
(Department of Anthropology/ MAHASSA)

Torben Linnhoff
(Department of Anthropology/ 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 Dr. Eva Ambos
Dr. Ferdinand Okwaro Dr. Johannes Quack
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Centre for
Asian and

Ethnology in Heidelberg

Courses Winter Term 19/20

Conferences, Publications and externl lectures

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Recent Publications

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 Heidlebrg.

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).