University of Heidelberg

Dr. Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth

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

Position

  • Research Associate

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Building 4130

Room 130.02.23

E-Mail: kira.schmidt.s@uni-heidelberg.de

Phone: +49 (0)6221 - 54 15234

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Kurzbiographie

Kira Schmidt Stiedenroth obtained 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 was part of an interdisciplinary research project investigating representations of Unani Medicine in South Asia. She has also gained experience in the humanitarian sector, working as the manager of a refugee shelter for the German Red Cross in Düsseldorf (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 are mainly located in medical anthropology, with a focus on Indian and Islamic medicine, reproductive health, forced migration studies and the anthropology of drugs and pharmaceuticals. The monograph stemming from her doctoral research on the practices and institutions of Unani (Graeco-Islamic) medicine in contemporary India is currently under review for publication in an international university press.

Publikationen

Monographien

  • [Currently under review] Unani Medicine in the Making. Practices and Representations in 21st Century India.
  • 2010. Infertility in Pakistan. Experience and Health Seeking Behavior among Baloch Women in a Karachi Slum. Heidelberg: Bibliothek des Südasien-Instituts der Universität Heidelberg.

Artikel

  • [Accepted] Beyond Evidence – Eminence and Therapeutic Success in Unani (Graeco-Islamic) Medicine. Asian Medicine.
  • 2019. Reviving a “Forgotten Sunnah:” Hijamah (cupping therapy), prophetic medicine and the re-Islamization of Unani medicine in contemporary India. Contemporary Islam 13 (2): 183-200.
  • 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.

Buchrezension

  • 2018. Locating the Medical: Explorations in South Asian History, edited by Rohan Deb Roy and Guy N.A. Attewell. Asian Medicine 13 (1-2), pp. 354-356.

Papers presented at conferences, workshops, and invited talks

  • Production and Circulation of Enhancement Knowledge: A Proposed Approach for the Study of Research Chemicals. Paper presented at the 7th Congress of the Portuguese Anthropological Association, Lisbon, Portugal, June 7, 2019.
  • Bridging the Gaps? The National Medical Commission Bill and the Struggle for Professional Authority in India. Talk held at the Medical Anthropology Forum, Heidelberg University, Germany, December 11, 2018.
  • Between Eminence and Evidence? The Value of Exclusive Knowledge in Unani Medicine. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology “Valuing Health”, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, September 5, 2018.
  • Flüchtlingsbetreuung in einer kommunalen Unterkunft in Düsseldorf im Jahr 2016: Ein Erfahrungsbericht (Support of Refugees in a Duesseldorf City Shelter in the Year 2016: A Field Report). Talk held at the Stadtgespräch “Flüchtlingsbetreuung: Ehemalige Heimleiter/innen berichten aus den Krisenjahren 2015 und 2016”, Karl Jaspers Centre, Heidelberg University, July 27, 2018.
  • Beyond Evidence: Successful Treatment in Unani Medicine. Talk held at the Medical Anthropology Forum, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, January 16, 2018.
  • A Case of Biomedicalization? Unani Medicine in Contemporary India. Paper presented at the 9th International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicines (ICTAM IX), Kiel University, Germany, August 11, 2017.
  • Muslim Medicine in India: Unani and Prophetic Medicine. Talk held at the Medical Anthropology Forum, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, July 11, 2017.
  • Science, History, and Representations: The Case of Unani Medicine. Talk held at the Medical Anthropology Forum, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, June 3, 2015.
  • Unani (Graeco-Islamic) Medicine and Muslim Identity in Contemporary India: Changing Medical Practices between State Secularism and ‘Islamization.’ Talk held at the Institute's Colloquium, The Institute of Ethnology of the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Muenster, Germany, January 21, 2015.
  • What Makes a Good Hakim? Negotiating Success Between Patients’ Satisfaction and Medical Authority in Contemporary Unani Medical Practice. Paper presented at the international workshop Negotiating Success: Strategies for Recognition, Legitimation, and Acceptance of Medicine(s), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, November 21, 2014.
  • Ethics in Unani Medicine: Hakim ‘Abdul Hamid’s ‘Notes on Ethical Basis of Medicine.’ Talk held at the interdisciplinary workshop Zwischen Philosophie und Medizin: Ethik, Seelenlehre und Heilung in der griechisch-Islamischen Tradition, Ruhr-University Bochum, February 11, 2014.
  • From Greek to Islamic Medicine: The Revival of Hijamah (Cupping Therapy) in Unani Medical Practice. Paper presented at the 8th International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicines (ICTAM VIII), Sancheong Gyeongsangnamdo, South Korea, September 13, 2013.
  • Unani Medizin in Indien: Bericht einer Feldforschung. Talk held at the research colloquium of the Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, September 16, 2012.
  • Unani Medicine and the Globalization of Health: Possible Approaches for an Ethnographic Study. Paper presented at the international conference History, Culture and Science: Asian and European Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, March 15, 2012.
  • Infertility in Pakistan. Experience and Health Seeking Behavior among Baloch Women in a Karachi Slum. Talk held at the Medical Anthropology Forum, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, April 2010.

Lehre

  • Summer term 2019: “Healing in South Asia,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Summer term 2019 (with Heribert Beckmann): “Methods in Medical Anthropology,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Summer term 2019 (with Heribert Beckmann): “Master’s Thesis Colloquium,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Winter term 2018/19: “From Ayahuasca to Zopiclone: The Anthropology of Drugs,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Winter term 2018/19: “Scientific Working Skills,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Summer term 2018: “Healing in South Asia,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Summer term 2018: “Methods in Medical Anthropology,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Winter term 2017/18: “Introduction to Medical Anthropology,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Winter term 2017/18: “Scientific Working Skills,” South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University (M.A. level)
  • Winter term 2015/16: “Muslims and Health in a Global Context: Medical Anthropological Perspectives from Bioethics to Medical Tourism,” Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum (M.A. level)
  • Summer term 2015: “Health and Healing in Muslim Societies,” Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum (M.A. level)
  • Summer term 2014 (with Dr. Claudia Preckel): “Introduction to the Anthropology of Islam,” Ruhr-University Bochum (B.A. level)
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