Sinah Kloß studied Human Geography, Indology and Social Anthropology at Georg-August-University Göttingen (2005-2010). She was a research associate at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) in the junior research group "From the Caribbean to North America and back" (2010-2013) and visiting researcher at the University of Guyana (2011-2012). She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Heidelberg University (2014). In her dissertation she analyzed Hindu communities in Guyana and their transnational migration to North America. Between 2015 and 2016 she was postdoc and senior researcher at the Global South Studies Center (GSSC), University of Cologne.
Since 2015 she is junior research fellow at the Center for Religion, Economy and Politics (ZRWP) of Basel University as part of the research group “Religion and Development in the Global South”. In 2016 she joined the Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies as a research associate.
Thematic Focus: Anthropology of Religion, Material Culture Studies, Anthropology of the Senses, Migration and Mobility, Indian Diaspora, Transculturality, Southern Theory, Clothing and Fashion
Regional Focus: the Caribbean (especially Guyana), South America
Fabrics of Indianness: The Exchange and Consumption of Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities (2016), New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
"Sexual(ized) Harassment and Ethnographic Fieldwork. A Silenced Aspect of Social Research" (2016). Ethnography, DOI: 10.1177/1466138116641958
“Manifesting Kali’s Power: Guyanese Hinduism and the Revitalization of the ‘Madras Tradition’”, Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies (2016, forthcoming), Special Issue Religion in Contemporary Caribbean Society.
“Performing Authenticity through Fashion: Sartorial Contestations of Guyanese Indianness and the Creation of the Indian ‘Other’”. In: Fashion Tales. Feeding the Imaginary (2016, forthcoming), edited by E. Mora and M. Pedroni, Milan: Vita&Pensiero.
Caribbean Food Cultures: Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and its Diasporas (2014). Bielefeld: transcript, with Beushausen, W., Brüske, A., Commichau, A. and P. Helber.
Contributions in Anthologies:
“The Caribbean (on the) Dining Table: Contextualizing Culinary Cultures”. In: Caribbean Food Cultures: Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and its Diasporas (2014). Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 11-24, with Beushausen, W., Brüske, A., Commichau, A. and P. Helber.