Prof. Dr. Claudia Lang


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claudia langClaudia Lang is a medical anthropologist and her research focusses on depression, the reconfiguration of suffering into a medical condition and the way globalized mental health categories comes to be fabricated, translated and experienced. Her work is located in India and she publishes in the field of traditional medicine, religion and ritual, subjectivities, gender identities and intersexuality. She considers how local social worlds respond to new challenges. For example, she examines the expansion of Kerala's comprehensive system of health governance and care, to target inner feelings, emotional suffering and existential despair. In another project, she shows how Ayurvedic practitioners incorporate the modern problem of depression and (re)invent Ayurvedic psychiatry. In her new research she focuses on new opportunities created for citizens in India to reduce work stress and establish a well-balanced life.

Before joining the University of Leipzig, Claudia Lang held academic positions at the Centre de Recherche, Médecine, Sciences, Santé, Santé Mentale, Société (cermes3), Paris (2016-2018), the Westfälische Wilhelms University, Münster (2015-2016) and the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich (2006-2016, 2002-2004).


 Curriculum vitae PD Dr. Claudia Lang


Cross-cultural psychiatry, psychology and mental health, Medical anthropology, Global mental health, Depression, Religion and spirituality, Ayurveda, Gender, Transgender/Intersexuality, Anthropology of the body, South Asia



Depression in Kerala: Ayurveda and Mental Health Care in 21st Century India. 2018. London and New York: Routledge (forthcoming)

Intersexualität: Menschen zwischen den Geschlechtern. 2006. Frankfurt/Main: Campus.


Refereed journal articles

"Neurochemistry and Subjectivities of Depression in Kerala". 2018. Anthropology & Medicine (forthcoming).

"Neurochemistry and subjunctivities of depression in Kerala, South India". 2017. In: Anthropology and Medicine, special issue "Constructing diagnosis in 'mental health': the negotiation of categories, the encounter of subjectivities in South Asia". (forthcoming)

"Theory and practice of Ayurvedic psychotherapy in Kerala, South India". 2017. In: Transcultural Psychiatry, special issue "Other psychotherapies". (forthcoming)

"Following depression in Kerala and beyond: Globalisierung, psychische Gesundheit und Medizinethnologie". 2017 In: Dürr, Eveline; Heidemann, Frank; Reinhardt, Thoma; Sökefeld, Martin (eds.): Studien aus dem Münchner Institut für Ethnologie, Working Papers in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. (forthcoming)

"Translation and Purification: Ayurvedic Psychiatry, Allopathic Psychiatry, Spirits and Occult Violence in Kerala, South India". 2016. Anthropology & Medicine. Published online: 08 May 2017. [PDF]

„Trick or Treat? Muslim Thangals, psychologisation and pragmatic realism in Northern Kerala, India". 2014. Transcultural Psychiatry 51(6):904-923. [PDF]

 „The Ayurvedic Appropriation of Depression: Biomedicalizing Ayurvedic Psychiatry" (with Eva Jansen). 2013. Medical Anthropology 32(1):25-45. [PDF]

"Transforming the Self and Healing the Body through the Use of Testimonies in a Divine Retreat Centre, Kerala" (with Eva Jansen). 2012. Journal of Religion and Health 51 (2): 542-551. [PDF]

Non-refereed journal articles

„Ayurvedische Pillen gegen Depression – Die Kommoditisierung ayurvedischer ‚Antidepressiva'". 2012. Curare 35 (3): 177-185.

„Depression und die Revitalisierung ayurvedischer Psychiatrie in Kerala (with Eva Jansen). Indien". 2010. Curare 33 (3+4).

„Intersexuality and Alternative Gender Categories in Non-Western Cultures" (with Ursula Kuhnle-Krahl). 2008. Hormone Research 69(4): 240-250.



„Zwischen den Geschlechtern, zwischen den Kulturen – Intersexualität" (with Ursula Kuhnle-Krahl). 2009. In Frank, Reiner (Hg.), Kinder zwischen den Kulturen. Migration, Integration und seelische Gesundheit, Marseille Verlag

„Konflikte um den intersexuellen Körper. Embodied experiences". 2008. In: Höhne, Sven und Rainer Finke (Hg.), Intersexualität bei Kindern, Uni-Med: Bremen: 124-127.

Intersexualität. Menschen zwischen den Geschlechtern. 2006. Frankfurt/New York: Campus.




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