University of Heidelberg

Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth

Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth
Programm Coordinator MA Health and Society in South Asia


  • Research Associate

Contact information

Room 510


Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 548798

Office hours
Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. (previous registration via e-mail required).

Short biography

Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth was among the first students to obtain a MAHASSA degree, after which she completed her PhD in Anthropology from Heidelberg University in 2016. From 2011 to 2016, Kira was research associate at the Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, where she taught Anthropology of Islam and Medical Anthropology. She has also worked in the humanitarian sector as the manager of a refugee shelter for the German Red Cross in Duesseldorf (2016–2017) and as an Urdu-English interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross in India and Pakistan (2010–2011). Her research interests include traditional medicine (especially Unani medicine), reproductive health, and the Anthropology of Islam. Her doctoral thesis is an ethnography of practices and institutions of Unani (graeco-islamic) medicine in contemporary India.


Text Type

  • 2014. Female, Young, Unmarried: The Role of Positionality While Conducting Fieldwork in Pakistan. The Oriental Anthropologist 14 (1): 81-95.
  • 2013. Changing Perceptions in South Asian Society? A Review of Infertility, Sperm Donation and Manliness in the Bollywood Film ‘Vicky Donor.’ South Asian Cultural Studies 4 (2): 63-72.
  • 2010. Infertility in Pakistan. Experience and Health Seeking Behavior among Baloch Women in a Karachi Slum. Heidelberg: Bibliothek des Südasien-Instituts der Universität Heidelberg.
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Conferences and external lectures

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Latest publications
Occasional Paper Series

Heidelberg Ethnology

Richard Fox

All papers viewable here.


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

For further information, please see here.


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.
At the UB: click here.


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