The German Federal Ministery of Education (Bmbf) funds a project lead by Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman and Dr. Jenny Oesterle: "The Middle Ages as seen from Arab Eyes. Medieval Collections in Museums in Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates".


"Historians and Historical Research at Iraqi Universities. A Survey".
The German Federal Ministry of Education (Bmbf) funds a project by Bashar Ibrahim and Jenny Oesterle (both members of the Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
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Dr. Carsten Wergin contributed a session on 'Listening Carefully' to the Radical Hope Syllabus. The group-sourced syllabus is intended as a resource for anyone interested in environmental issues - and how we, collectively and/or individually, might respond to them [more info]


Dr. Corinna Erckenbrecht (assoziiertes Mitglied der Nachwuchsforschergruppe Das transkulturelle Erbe Nordwest-Australiens) ist seit Mai 2018 neue Leiterin der Abteilung Weltkulturen und ihre Umwelt an den rem | Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim.

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Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle und Dr. Carsten Wergin zu ihren Forschungen im Open Access Video Journal Latest Thinking:


How Can Australian Indigenous Experience Change Western Perspectives of the World?




How Does Tourism Change People and Places?



Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns
Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916). Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien


[mehr info]


Russischsprachige Bevölkerung in Osteuropa – von der Titularnation zur Minderheit
Demokratische Transformation und gesellschaftliche Integration im Baltikum und in der Ukraine



[mehr info]



Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia
Epistemologies, Practices and Locales

Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia

Edited by Ravi Baghel, Lea Stepan, Joseph K.W. Hill

[more info]


Lustre: Pearling and Australia


Edited by Tanya Edwards, Sarah Yu

[more info]



Anthropology in/of Australia Past and Present

im Rahmen der Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 Juni 2017, University of Cologne

[more info]



The Trouble with Representation: Australian Indigenous World(view)s and the "White Magic" of Modernity

Dr. Carsten Wergin

06 April 2017, University of Western Australia

[more Info]


Curtin Indigenous Research Network Lecture Series:

Heritage, Transculturality and Collections: New Research from Germany and the Kimberley,

30 March 2017, Curtin University, Perth

[more info]


Internationaler Workshop:

"Refugee transfers in the Euro- Arab Mediterranean zone:
Tying the past with the present
Towards a transregional and transhistorical understanding in times of crises"

(10-12 April 2017 Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon)

organisiert von:

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) und der Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Collaborations of Biocultural Hope: Community Science Against Industrialisation in Northwest Australia


Dr. Carsten Wergin

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Expansion und Aktivitäten des Mercedarier-Ordens im Andenraum des 16. Jahrhunderts

Dr. Maret Keller

Anden Diss - Keller

​(Dissertationsschrift Universität Heidelberg 2013), URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-heidok-187295


Dancehall und Homophobie
Postkoloniale Perspektiven auf die Geschichte und Kultur Jamaikas
Patrick HelberDancehall

​05/2015, 304 Seiten, kart.
ISBN 978-3-8376-3109-8

[weitere infos]


Materialities of Tourism
Special Issue of Tourist Studies (2014, 14/3)Guest-editors Stephen Muecke and Carsten Wergin




Caribbean Food Cultures
Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas
Food Cultures Transcript

05/2014, 306 pages,
ISBN 978-3-8376-2692-6
[for more information]


Fabrics of Indianness: The Exchange and Consumption of Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities

Since the early 1990s the availability of “Indian Wear” has considerably increased in rural Guyana. To a large extent this development can be related to the financial, but also material support provided by Guyanese migrants in North America. “Indian Wear” is regularly given or sent to relatives, friends and the religious community in Guyana, either within the network of the extended family or within the framework of religious organizations. It is largely consumed during Hindu religious functions as ritual clothing, as an offering to a deity or as altar decoration. Its continuous exchange and the changing patterns of its consumption have led to social and ritual transformation within the different Hindu traditions.

Therefore, the PhD project examines the transformation of Guyanese Hindu traditions in the context of Guyanese migration to North America. It considers to what extent this transformation is linked to and influenced by transnational exchange and consumption processes. It focuses on material objects which are exchanged between Guyanese Hindus in North America and Guyana, particularly the exchange and consumption patterns of “Indian” clothing. It is based on a multi-sited ethnography conducted in Berbice, Guyana, and New York City, USA.


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Sinah Kloß
Transcultural Studies
Universität Heidelberg
Marstallstr. 6
69117 Heidelberg
Telefon (0049) 6221/54 7858
Fax: (0049) 6221/54 7862

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Sinah Kloß
Global South Studies Center
Universität zu Köln
Venloer Str. 151-153
50672 Köln
Tel.: (+49) 221/470 89182



seit Oktober 2015
Postdoc und Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Global South Studies Center, Universität zu Köln

seit März 2015
Junior research fellow in der Forschungsgruppe “Religion and Development in the Global South”, Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik, Universität Basel, Schweiz

November 2014 – September 2015
Ethnologische Feldforschung in Guyana

Oktober 2014
Abschluss des Dissertationsprojektes "Fabrics of Indianness: The Exchange and Consumption of Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities"

November 2010 - Dezember 2013
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin und Doktorandin in der Transcultural Studies-Nachwuchsgruppe „Karibik-Nordamerika und zurück“ an der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Oktober 2011 – Februar 2012
Gastwissenschaftlerin in der School of Education and Humanities, Department of Language and Cultural Studies, University of Guyana

Oktober – Dezember 2012
DAAD-Kurzstipendium für Feldforschung in Guyana

Mai 2010
Magistra Artium an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Magisterarbeit: Internationale Migration und Transnationalismus der indo-trinidadischen Bevölkerung in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart

September 2007 – August 2009
Studentische Hilfskraft/Tutorin am Seminar für Indologie und Tibetologie der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Oktober 2006 – Februar 2007
Studentische Hilfskraft am Geographischen Institut der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Oktober 2005 – April 2010
Studium der Anthropogeographie, Indologie und Ethnologie an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen



Kloß, S. 2016 (forthcoming). Fabrics of Indianness: The Exchange and Consumption of Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities. Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kloß, S. 2016 (forthcoming). “Manifesting Kali’s Power: Guyanese Hinduism and the Revitalization of the ‘Madras Tradition’”, Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies, Special Issue 'Religion in Contemporary Caribbean Society'.

Kloß, S. 2016 (forthcoming). “Performing Authenticity through Fashion: Sartorial Contestations of Guyanese Indianness and the Creation of the Indian ‘Other’”. In: Fashion Tales. Feeding the Imaginary, edited by E. Mora and M. Pedroni, Milan: Vita&Pensiero.

Kloß, S. 2016 (forthcoming). Review of “Food and Identity in the Caribbean” by Garth, H. (2013) (ed.). Passato e Presente.

Kloß, S. 2015. “Der multiethnische Faktor: Bei den Parlamentswahlen in Guyana löst ein gemischtes Bündnis nach 23 Jahren die indisch geprägte Regierungspartei ab“. Lateinamerika Nachrichten (493/494): 62-64.

Beushausen, W., Brüske, A., Commichau, A., Helber, P. and S. Kloss (eds.) 2014. Caribbean Food Cultures: Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and its Diasporas. Bielefeld: transcript.

Beushausen, W., Brüske, A., Commichau, A., Helber, P. and S. Kloss 2014. “The Caribbean (on the) Dining Table: Contextualizing Culinary Cultures”. In: Caribbean Food Cultures: Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and its Diasporas. Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 11-24.


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