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Dr. Sinah Kloß

Researcher and Coordinator of Research Group "Marking Power: Embodied Dependencies, Haptic Regimes and Body Modification"

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University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
"Marking Power: Embodied Dependencies, Haptic Regimes and Body Modification"
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 73 62562
s.kloss[at]uni-bonn.de

  

  

Research

Haptic Regimes of Tattooing:
Body Modification, Sensory History and Embodied Dependencies in Indo-Caribbean Communities

The research project discusses the sensory history of body modification and the interrelation of permanence, tactility, religion and servitude in the doubly marginalized Hindu Indian communities of colonial Suriname, Trinidad and Guyana. It focuses on the tattoos and tattooing practices of Indian indentured laborers in the Caribbean as well as contemporary Caribbean Hindu women, their tattoos and related life histories. Particularly touch and tactility are taken as a starting point to dismantle the role of "skinscapes" (Howes 2005) and second skins (Turner 1980) in asymmetrical and embodied dependencies from an anthropological and historical perspective.

Current Position

Education

  • 2010–2014         Ph.D. Studies, Social Anthropology, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 2005–2010         Magistra Artium (M.A.), Human Geography, Social Anthropology and Indology, University of Göttingen, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2016–2020         Research Associate, Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2015–2016         Research Associate, Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2010–2013         Research Associate, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany

Fellowships and Visiting Research

  • 2018                   Affiliated Fellowship at the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies,
                               University of Leiden, Netherlands
  • 2017                   Visiting Research at the University of Guyana, School of Education and Humanities, Guyana
  • 2015–2017         Fellowship at the Center for Religion, Economy and Politics (ZRWP), University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2011–2012         Visiting Research at the University of Guyana, School of Education and Humanities, Guyana

Third Party Funding

  • Volkswagen Foundation
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Selected Publications 

  • Fairer Handel: Chancen, Grenzen, Herausforderungen. Gröne, K., Braun, B., Kloß, S., Schüller, M., Bollig, M. (eds.). München: oekom 2020.
  • Tattoo Histories: Transcultural Perspectives on the Narratives, Practices, and Representations of Tattooing. New York: Routledge (Routledge Studies in Cultural History) 2020.
  • Indelible Ink: An Introduction to the Histories, Narratives, and Practices of Tattooing. In: Tattoo Histories: Transcultural Perspectives on the Narratives, Practices, and Representations of Tattooing. New York: Routledge 2020, 3–30.
  • Giving and Development: Ethno-Religious Identities and "Holistic Development" in Guyana. In: Heuser, A., Köhrsen, J. (eds.): Religion and Development in the Global South. New York: Routledge 2020, 113–138.
  • Special Issue "The Global South as Subversive Practice" (2017–2018). In: The Global South, 11 (2), Indiana University Press. DOI: 10.2979/globalsouth.11.2.01
  • Sexual(ized) Harassment and Ethnographic Fieldwork: A Silenced Aspect of Social Research. In: Ethnography, 18(3), 2017, 396–414. DOI: 10.1177/1466138116641958
  • Contesting ‘Gifts from Jesus’: Conversion, Charity, and the Distribution of Used Clothing in Guyana. In: Social Sciences and Mission, 30(3), 2017, 346–365. DOI: 10.1163/18748945-03003003
  • Fabrics of Indianness: The Exchange and Consumption of Clothing in Transnational Guyanese Hindu Communities. London, New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2016.
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