"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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Jenny Oesterle organizes together with Prof. Dr. Susanne Lachenicht a section on the 52. deutschen Historikertag in Münster on the subject of  "Flight and Asylum from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period - transcultural perspectives" [more]



Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle and Dr. Carsten Wergin talk about their research in 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




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





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

as part of the Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 June 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

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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]


International 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)

organized by

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) and the 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
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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.


ContactSin Kloss2012

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

Current Contact Details

Sinah Kloß
Global South Studies Center
University of Cologne
Venloer Str. 151-153
50672 Cologne, Germany
Phone (+49) 221/470 89192




October 2015 – Present
Postdoctoral research fellow at the Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne, Germany

March 2015 – Present
Junior research fellow in the research group “Religion and Development in the Global South”, Center for Religion, Economy and Politics, University of Basel, Switzerland

November 2014 – September 2015
Anthropological Fieldwork in Guyana

October 2014
Completion of dissertation project “Fabrics of Indianness: The Exchange and Consumption of Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities”

November 2010 - December 2013
Research associate and PhD candidate in the junior research group “From the Caribbean to North America and Back”, Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg.

October 2011 – February 2012
Visiting researcher at the School of Education and Humanities, Department of Language and Cultural Studies, University of Guyana.

October – December 2011
Research grant (German Academic Exchange Service) for fieldwork in Guyana.

May 2010
M.A. at the University of Göttingen, final thesis: “Past and Present International Migration and Transnationalism of the Indo-Trinidadian population”.

September 2007 - August 2009
Student research assistant / tutor at the Department of Indology and Tibetan Studies at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

October 2006 to February 2007
Student research assistant at the Department of Geography at the University of Göttingen.

October 2005 to April 2010
Studies of Human Geography, Indology and Social Anthropology at the University of 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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