Dr. Roman Sieler



SFB 1070 ResourceCultures

Eberhard Karls University

Gartenstraße 29

Room 307

72074 Tubingen

Tel. +49-(0)7071-29-73586

Email: roman.sieler[at]uni-tuebingen.de


C 06: The ResourceComplex Health and Body using the Example of Unani Medicine in South India


Academic Education

since Sep. 2017

Postdoctoral researcher in the SFB 1070 ResourceCultures at the University in Tübingen

Aug. 2016 - Aug. 2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University
March 2014 - Aug. 2016

Assistant Professor and course coordinator, Master of Arts 'Health and Society in South Asia, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

April 2012 - March 2014

‘Postdoctoral Researcher’ at the Department of Social Sciences of the Institut Français de Pondichéry (French Institute of Pondicherry), India

March 2011 - March 2012

Associate lecturer  at the Universities in Heidelberg and Tübingen

Nov. 2011

PhD in Anthropology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University
Dissertation title: Lethal Spots – Vital Secrets: Varmakkalai, a South Indian Healing/Martial Art.
Supervisors: William S. Sax and Gabriele Alex. A revised version of the thesis was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press, New York.

Aug. 2008 - Nov. 2011 Affiliate Doctoral Researcher at the French Institute of Pondicherry, India
Jan. 2007 - Dec. 2007

Intern for Monitoring and Research, Swiss Red Cross Society, as part of Tsunami rehabilitation efforts in South India for interpretation, translation, and surveys on Water and Sanitation

Nov. 2006

Magister Artium Ethnology at the South-Asian-Institute, Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg. Magister thesis: "Unberührbare Körper" - Ethnologische Überlegungen zu Kaste und Embodiment


Research Focuses

  • South Asia, especially South India (Tamil Nadu)
  • medical ethnology; scientific research; ethnohistory; human-environment-relationships



Sep. 2013

ICAS (International Convention of Asia Scholars) IBP Reading Committee Specialist Publication Accolade in den Sozialwissenschaften für Dissertation

July 2010 - Dec. 2010 Graduate Scholarship of the Graduate Academy, University of Heidelberg
Aug. 2008 - July 2010 DAAD Long-term Research Fellowship