Sinah Kloß

Wiss. Mitarbeiterin

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Studium der Anthropogeographie, Indologie und Ethnologie an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2005-2010). Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) in der Nachwuchsgruppe “Karibik-Nordamerika und zurück” (2010-2013) und Visiting Researcher an der University of Guyana (2011-2012). Promotion 2014 in Ethnologie an der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg zu Hindu-Gemeinschaften in Guyana und transnationaler Migration nach Nordamerika. Von 2015 bis 2016 Postdoc und Senior Researcher am Global South Studies Center (GSSC) der Universität zu Köln.

Von 2015 bis 2017 Junior Research Fellow am Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik (ZRWP) der Universität Basel in der Forschungsgruppe “Religion and Development in the Global South”. Seit 2016 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Internationalen Kolleg Morphomata.


Thematische Schwerpunkte:
Caribbean Studies; Material Culture Studies; Anthropology of the Senses; Migration und Mobilität; Hinduismus; Southern Theory; Tätowierung, Kleidung und Mode

Regionaler Schwerpunkt:
Karibik (insbesondere Guyana und Suriname), surinamische Diaspora in den Niederlanden

Publikationen (Auswahl)


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


"The Global South as Subversive Practice: Challenges and Potentials of a Heuristic Concept." forthcoming 2018. The Global South, 11 (2), DOI: 10.2979/globalsouth.11.2.01

"Contesting 'Gifts from Jesus': Conversion, Charity, and the Distribution of Used Clothing in Guyana". 2017. Social Sciences and Missions 30 (3), pp. 346-365. DOI: 10.1163/18748945-03003003

"Sexual(ized) Harassment and Ethnographic Fieldwork: A Silenced Aspect of Social Research". 2017. Ethnography. Vol 18, Issue 3, pp. 396 – 414, DOI: 10.1177/1466138116641958

"Manifesting Kali’s Power: Guyanese Hinduism and the Revitalisation of the ‘Madras Tradition’". 2017. Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies. Special Issue: Religion in Contemporary Caribbean Society, 41 (1), pp. 83-110.


Sammelbände (Hrsg.):

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

Beiträge in Sammelbänden:

"Performing Authenticity through Fashion: Sartorial Contestations of Guyanese Indianness and the Creation of the Indian 'Other'". 2017. In: Fashion Tales: Feeding the Imaginary (eds. E. Mora and M. Pedroni), Peter Lang: Bern, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York. pp. 327-344.

“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, zusammen mit Beushausen, W., Brüske, A., Commichau, A. und P. Helber.

"Giving and Development: Ethno-Religious Identities and ‘Holistic Development’ in Guyana." forthcoming 2018. In: Religion and Development in the Global South (eds. A. Heuser and J. Köhrsen), Routledge.

"Giving to Mother Ganga: Gift Exchange, Social Hierarchy and the Notion of Pollution in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities.forthcoming 2019. In: Imagining the Guyanas (eds. Lawrence Aje, Thomas Lacroix, Judith Misrahi-Barak)

"Staying in Touch: Used Clothes and the Role of Materiality in Transnational Guyanese Gift Exchange." forthcoming 2018. In: Reshaping glocal Dynamics of the Caribbean. Relaciones y Desconexiones – Relations et Déconnexions – Relations and Disconnections (eds. A. Bandau, A. Brüske, N. Ueckmann), Heidelberg : heiUP.

Special Issues:

"Conceptual Re-Locations of the ‘Global South’", forthcoming 2018 (eds. Sinah Kloß), The Global South, Indiana University Press.