Christiane Brosius

Christiane Brosius is professor of Visual and Media anthropology at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Her research focuses on transforming cultures of the urban in India (esp. Delhi) and Nepal (Kathmandu). Therein, Brosius particularly addresses the fields of art production, gender, ageing and cultural heritage. Currently, she works on transregional evolving art infrastructures and events as well as on changing perceptions and politics of ‘vernacular’ cultural heritage after the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu. Brosius headed the EU-funded project ‘Creating the 'New' Asian Woman. Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi’ in the funding initiative HERA: Humanities in the European Research Area (2013-16), together with Melissa Butcher (London) and Jeroen de Kloet (Amsterdam). In 2014, Brosius initiated the Forum Urban Spaces to avail a local platform for studies related to transcultural approaches towards urbanisms in the Global South and Global North at University of Heidelberg. Since then, she collaborates with Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard, in terms of teaching and research, and with linguist Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse, the three ran a seed project entitled 'Mobile Spaces. Urban everyday practices in transcultural perspective'. In 1996, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Yousuf Saeed and Christiane founded ‘Tasveer Ghar/House of Pictures: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture’ (

Monographs include ‘India's Middle Class. New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity (2010 Routledge New Delhi, second paperback edition, with additional introduction: 2014)’, and ‘Breaking Views. Engaging Art in post-earthquake Nepal‘ (Kathmandu Himal Books/Social Science Baha, 2017). Articles related to urban themes are "Reading the City through Art", in Sujata Patel and Omita Goyal (eds.). The Contemporary Urban Conundrum. India International Centre Quarterly (Winter/Spring 2016-17): 139-160, "Regulating access and mobility of single women in a ‘world class’- city. Gender and inequality in Delhi, India." In Gerhard, Ulrike et al. eds. Urban Inequality in the Creative City. Issues, Approaches, Comparisons, Palgrave McMillan 2016: 239-260, a special edition (with Tina Schilbach) entitled '"Mind the Gap". Thinking about in-between spaces in Delhi and Shanghai' in City, Culture and Society 7(4) 2016: 21-26 or "Emplacing and Excavating the City. Art, Ecology and Public Space in New Delhi". Journal of Transcultural Studies 2015(1): 75-125.