University of Heidelberg

Dr. Philipp Johannes Zehmisch

Dr. Philipp Johannes Zehmisch Dr. Philipp Johannes Zehmisch


  • Senior Academic Staff
  • Assistant of the Chair
  • Quality Management Representative

Contact Information

Building 4130

Room 130.02.23

Phone: +49 6221 54-15234

Office Hours

During the Semester:
Thursday, 15:00 – 17:.00 hrs
(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

Postdoctoral Research Project

Partitioned Borderlands: Ethics of Collaboration and Resistance in Postcolonial 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 Pakistan” 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
  • In Print: “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.
  • In Print: “Can migrants be indigenous? Affirmative action, space and belonging in the Andaman Islands.” Modern Asian Studies, Special Issue “Many Worlds of the Adivasi”, edited by Sangeeta Dasgupta and Vineeta Damodaran.
  • Forthcoming: “Bringing Subalterns into Speech? Investigating Anarchic Resistance to Hegemonic Modernity” Revista de Antropología y Sociología: Virajes, 24(2)
  • In Revision after Peer Review: Rethinking regions: Cultural Formations and Circulation through and across Cultural Boundaries, co-edited with Anne Murphy, Special Issue, Asian Ethnology.
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Recent Publications

Can migrants be indigenous?
Affirmative action, space and belonging in the Andaman Islands.

Dr. Philipp Zehmisch

Artikle PDF

Bringing Subalterns into Speech?
Investigating Anarchic Resistance to Hegemonic Modernity

Dr. Philipp Zehmisch

Article PDF

Book Chapter

The Routledge Handbook of Refugees in India

Dr. Philipp Zehmisch


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