University of Heidelberg

Pallabi Roy, M.Phil.

Pallabi Roy, M.Phil. Pallabi Roy, M.Phil.


  • Assistant Professor
  • Program Coordinator M.A Health and Society in South Asia

Contact Information

Building 4130

Room 130.02.18

Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 54 15232

Office Hours

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

During Summer Semester 2022:
Tuesday, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
(prior registration via e-mail required)

Research Foci

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
  • Anthropology of Science and Technology
  • Anthropology of the Body
  • Anthropology of Death and Dying
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Regional Focus

  • India
  • South Asia

Short Biography

Pallabi Roy obtained her Bachelor‘s degree in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University in 2009. Her Bachelor dissertation based on secondary literature was titled ‘Sexuality of the Modern Indian woman: A Look at Aparna Sen’s Cinema’. In 2011, she was awarded a Master’s degree in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. She was then awarded an M.Phil degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2014 and she was also awarded the Junior Research Fellowship by the University Grants Commission in India while pursuing her M.Phil. Her M.Phil thesis was titled ‘Through Menopause: A Sociological Study of the Midlives of Women’. In 2015, she was awarded the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarship to pursue her doctoral research in Anthropology at Tübingen University, Germany. For her doctoral dissertation titled ‘“You drowned me in tears, where did you go?”: An Ethnographic Study of Reproductive Loss and Grief in Middle-Class Kolkata, India’, Pallabi pursued long term ethnographic research between 2016 and 2018 at three infertility clinics. In May 2020, she completed her doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gabriele Alex and Prof. Dr. Karin Polit.

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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