Prof. Helene Basu will present a paper on “Subaltern knowledge practices: Women saints, kinship and empowerment”.
Prof. Helene Basu
Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Germany
Helene Basu is Professor of Social Anthropology at Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster and currently director of the Institute of Ethnologie. She has conducted fieldwork in India, Tanzania and South Africa. Her research covers Hindu and Muslim socio-religious practices and belonging, migration across the Indian Ocean and the “African diaspora” (Sidi) in Gujarat as well as ritual healing, emotion and visual anthropology. Her publications include Habshi-Sklaven, Sidi-Fakire, 1995; Von Barden und Königen. Ethnologische Studien zur Göttin und zum Gedächtnis, 2004; eds with Pnina Werbner Embodying Charisma, Modernity, Locality and the Performance of Emotion 1998; ed. Journeys and Dwellings – Indian Ocean Themes in South Asia 2008; Hrsg. Eds with Knut Jacobsen, Angelika Malinar et al. Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol. 1-6, 2009-2015; eds with Ulrich Willems, Detlef Pollack et al. Kontroversen um die Moderne, 2012; eds with William Sax The Law of Possession. Ritual, Healing, and the Secular State 1915; eds. with Gerd Althoff, Rituale der Amtseinsetzung, 2015; eds. with Roland Littlewood, Arne Steinforth, Spirit & Mind – Mental Health at the Intersection of Religion and Psychiatry 2017. She has made two ethnographic films (Drugs & Prayers 2009; Spirits of Envy 2012).