Funded Projects

The Institute of Anthropology is engaged in the following research projects:

 

Negotiating Religious Sites in Secular Cities

Subproject within the Collaborative Research Centre "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities", Ursula Rao, April 2017 - September 2018. Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

This project follows the making and unmaking of sacred terrain within secular urban space through "insurgent architecture" and contested religious rituals in the central Indian state capital of Bhopal.

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The spatial impact of microfinance practices in India

Subproject within the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”, Ursula Rao, 2016-2020

This anthropological project examines the way Indian policies for financial inclusions shape spaces of social action and interaction.

Read more: The spatial impact of microfinance practices in India

Land imaginations: the repositioning of farming, productivity, and sovereignty in Australia

Subproject within the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition", Sarah Ruth Sippel, 2016-2020

The project investigates imaginations of the use of land as a resource as expressed by different actors while analysing the spatial orders resulting from practices based upon these imaginations. Land is multidimensional. It symbolizes community, memory, heritage, and identity as well as conquest, dispossession, and expulsion. Land is productive and is thus directly linked to our survival.

Read more: Land imaginations: the repositioning of farming, productivity, and sovereignty in Australia

Markets for Development

Making market for development. The consequences of India's new health insurance for experiences of illness and healings among urban and rural poor in India (DFG Projekt, Ursula Rao, 2014-2017)

The project investigates the social and cultural consequences of a new health insurance for poor people in India (RSBY, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, literally: National Health Insurance Programme). The initiative was launched in 2009 and aims to protect people living below the poverty line from financial ruin during major health crises. For a minimal fee of 30 Rupees (0,42 €) eligible participants receive a private health insurance – paid for by the government – that covers in­patient hospital treatment up to an annual maximum of 30.000 Rupees (420 €). The insurance gives also poor people privileged access to high quality treatment in private clinics allowing them to avoid long queues in overcrowded government hospitals. Yet, the new benefit comes at a cost. 

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Healing the wounds, undermining the peace?

Healing the wounds, undermining the peace? Excavation of mass graves and the search for justice in Somaliland (gefördert durch die Daimler und Benz Stiftung, Markus Höhne, 2015-2017)

Die Achtung der Menschenrechte und die Verfolgung ihrer Verletzer ist seit den 1980er Jahren zu einem global relevanten Thema geworden. Neben völkerrechtlichen Maßnahmen spielen dabei Techniken, die im Rahmen der forensischen Anthropologie entwickelt wurden, eine große Rolle. Das Projekt erforscht die Auswirkungen der Öffnung und forensischen Auswertung von Massengräbern in Somaliland (Nordwestsomalia).

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The application and consequences of e-governance for India's fight against urban poverty

DFG-Project Ursula Rao, 2012-2014

This project studies the deployment of biometric registration and social data bases for the delivery of welfare in India. It examines how social processes, local cultures and survival strategies shape these initiatives. What can be learned from the implementation phase of these path-finding social security schemes in third world conditions?

SFB 586 - Differenz + Integration

SFB 586 - Differenz + Integration (DFG Projekt, Universitäten Leipzig und Halle-Wittenberg, 2001-2012)

Actively taking part in the Collaborative Research Center 586 “Difference and Integration”, funded by the Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), are the University of Leipzig and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg; as well as the following research institutes: the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology in Halle, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Studies (IfL) also in Leipzig, as well as the Orient Institute Beirut.

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The Panauka Documentation Project

funded by Endangered Languages Documentation Project (ELDP) at SOAS, University of London, from February 2011 to January 2013

The aim of the Paunaka Documentation Project (PDP) is to document and describe the language of the last speakers and semi-speakers of Paunaka, a South-Arawakan language spoken in the Chiquitanía in eastern Bolivia. In addition, we examine how people identify as Paunaka in a setting, where the unifying identity is Chiquitano.

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