University of Heidelberg

Heribert Beckmann, M.A.

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


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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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Aktuelle Publikationen

Unani Medicine in the Making:
Practices and Respresentations in 21st-century

Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth



2018. Reviving “A forgotten Sunna:” Hijamah (cupping therapy), prophetic medicine, and the re-Islamization of Unani medicine in contemporary India

Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth

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2018. "We are like the river water, always flowing" : some urban nomads of Delhi. In: Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre, Medialität

Prof. Dr. William Sax

Zur UB Heidelberg

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.


Modern Asian Studies

Volume 48 - Issue 05 - September 2014

Hier klicken für den Artikelüberblick.


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.
In der UB: click here.


The anthropology of neoliberal India: An introduction.

Daniel Münster und Christian Strümpell

The politics of dispossession in an Odishan steel town

Christian Strümpell

Beide aktuell in Contributions to Indian Sociology 48 (Feb. 2014).


Ritual Healing and Mental Health in India.

William Sax

Transcult Psychiatry (Feb. 2014).