University of Heidelberg

Dr. med. Ananda Samir Chopra

Dr. med. Ananda Samir Chopra Dr. med. Ananda Samir Chopra
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Heidelberg University
Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg


Research foci

Geschichte und aktuelle Praxis des Ayurveda in Indien und weltweit.

About Ananda Samir Chopra

Dr. Ananda Samir Chopra is a medical doctor, currently working as a researcher at the University of Heidelberg, Germany in a project on the modern history of Ayurvedic medicine. Born and brought up in Germany to Indian parents, he studied medicine and indology at the University of Heidelberg. His doctoral thesis on "Theories of Generation in ancient Indian medicine - three chapters of the Caraka-Samhita translated from Sanskrit into German with annotations and comments" (Zeugungstheorien in der altindischen Meidzin: Drei Kapitel der Caraka-Samhita aus dem Sanskrit ins Deutsche übersetzt sowie mit Anmerkungen und Erläuterungen versehen), was accepted by the University of Bonn (Institute for the History of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine). After becoming a registered physician in Germany, Chopra studied Ayurveda for one year in Kolkata, India. From 1995 till 2009 he served as medical director of the Ayurveda-department at the Habichtswald-Klinik in Kassel, Germany and is currently on leave from his hospital-job. Since his childhood he has been learning classical Hindustani music and has for some time been honorary director of studies at the Tagore-Insitute, Bonn, Germany. Chopra's research-interests include the historical development of Ayurveda as a medical science, especially in the last two centuries, contemporary practice of Ayurveda in India and Europe, contemporary Ayurvedic education and the clinical applicability of Ayurveda in Germany and Europe.

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Occasional Paper Series

Heidelberg Ethnology

Richard Fox

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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

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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

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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.
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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