University of Heidelberg

Heribert Beckmann, M.A.

Heribert Beckmann, M.A. Heribert Beckmann, M.A.


  • Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Building 4130

Room 130.02.18

Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 54 15232

Office Hours

During Semster:
Thursday, 3.00 – 5.00 p.m.
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Short Biography

Heribert Beckmann obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Islamic Studies from Tübingen University in 2012. For his Bachelor Dissertation he carried out anthropological fieldwork in North Kyrgyzstan. In 2013 he was awarded a Master’s degree in the MA Social Anthropology of Development from SOAS, University of London, after which he returned to Tübingen University to work as a researcher in the cooperative research centre (SFB) 1070 „Resource Cultures.“ He conducted long term anthropological fieldwork in a rice-cultivating village in Tamil Nadu, India, in several stages between 2014 and 2017 for his doctoral dissertation with the title „‘You’ll only have rice in your hands, if you have your feet in the mud!’ Changes in the Enactment of Rice, Body, Environment, and Social Inequality in a Rice- Cultivating Village in Tamil Nadu, India.“ In March 2018 he completed his doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Gabriele Alex. His main interests lie in the anthropology and sociology of food, agriculture, and nutrition, the anthropology of development, and environmental anthropology in and beyond South Asia. His current research focus is on the experience and understanding of ‚diseases of modernity’ among residents of rural and urban Tamil Nadu.


  • 2015 Book review of “Sacred Groves and Local Gods: Religion and Environmentalism in South India. Eliza Kent” Material Religion 11 (1): 117-119.
  • 2014 Development: One Dominating Discourse or Multiple Domains? Indian Journal of Current Research 1 (3): 14-19.
  • 2010 Minderheiten in der Türkei. Eindrücke von einer Istanbul-Exkursion [“minorities in Turkey. Impressions of an excursion to Istanbul”] in ADK. Armenisch-Deutsche Korrespondenz 150 (4): 26-28.
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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
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