University of Heidelberg

Dr. Philipp Johannes Zehmisch

Dr. Philipp Johannes Zehmisch Dr. Philipp Johannes Zehmisch


  • Senior Academic Staff

Contact Information

Building 4130

Room 130.02.23

Phone: +49 6221 54-15234

Office Hours

During Semster:
Monday, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
(prior registration via e-mail required)

Research foci

  • Political Anthropology
  • Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Critical Migration Research
  • Borderland Studies
  • Partition Studies
  • Anthropology of Ethics
  • Globalization
  • Anthropology of Anarchy
  • Human-Environment Relations
  • Indigeneity

Regional focus:

  • India
  • Pakistan

Short Biography

Philipp Zehmisch is Senior Academic Staff of Anthropology at the South Asia Institute. His research combines Political Anthropology, Subaltern, Borderland, and Migration Studies in order to understand the long-lasting legacies of the Partition of British India. His postdoctoral project “Dialectics of Partition: Ethics of Collaboration and Resistance in Postcolonial Baltistan” started off with a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich (2015 until 2017). It developed further while teaching Anthropology and Sociology as Assistant Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (2018 until 2020). Philipp earned his M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2015) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich. His doctoral thesis “Mini-India: The Politics of Migration and Subalternity in the Andaman Islands” (Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2017) won two dissertation awards. Further, Philipp published several book chapters and journal articles and co-edited “Manifestations of History: Time, Space, and Community in the Andaman Islands” (with Frank Heidemann, Delhi: Primus, 2016) as well as “Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre, Medialität: Beiträge aus der Ethnologie (with Ursula Münster, Jens Zickgraf, and Claudia Lang, Lit: Berlin, 2018).


Submitted, Revised, Forthcoming
  • Forthcoming: “Betwixt multiple worlds of the Adivasi, Vanvasi, aboriginal and tribal: Indigenous migrations, ecologies and politics in an Indian union territory.” Modern Asian Studies, Special Issue “Many Worlds of the Adivasi”, edited by Sangeeta Dasgupta and Vineeta Damodaran
  • Forthcoming: “The Conservation of Anarchy: Ethnographic Reflections on Forest Policies and Resource Use”, In: Anarchist Political Ecology, edited by Simon Springer et al., Rowman & Littlefield
  • Revision of first round of essays: Rethinking regions: Cultural Formations and Circulation through and across Cultural Boundaries, co-edited with Anne Murphy
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Centre for
Asian and

Ethnology in Heidelberg

Summer term 2021

Conferences, Publications and externl lectures

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Recent Publications

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



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