Social and Cultural Anthropology

Poonam Kamath, M.Sc., M.A.

Doctoral student and lecturer


E-mail: Poonam.kamathspam

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Poonam Kamath is a doctoral student at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, under the supervision of Dr. Karin Polit. She studied Medical Anthropology (M.A.) at the University of Heidelberg and her Master’s thesis focussed on mental health issues and contemporary nosologies in the urban and clinical space in Mumbai. Since 2017, she has worked as a research assistant on two projects: 'WunschKinder- Differences in the meanings of a “desired child” between German and Indian Women' (Funded by the DFG : the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the other titled, '“Home Away from Home”: Cultural Capital of the Indian Diaspora in Germany' which is a collaborative project between the Universities of Bonn and Heidelberg, and the Indian Embassy/Consulate. Prior to her Master’s degree in Germany, she studied Chemistry (B.Sc.) at the University of Mumbai, India, and Biotechnology (M.Sc.) at the University of Bangalore, India.


Her ongoing doctoral research at the University of Heidelberg deals with Kinderwunsch and Feminism in Germany. Her research foci include Digital Anthropology, Mental Health, STS, Feminism and Women’s Health.