Sinah Theres Kloß

I'm a social anthropologist and research group leader at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS), University of Bonn, Germany. My main research areas are the anthropology of religion; body politics and embodiment; material culture studies; tattooing, clothing and dress; transnational migration; and Postcolonial and Southern theory. My regional focus is on the Caribbean, especially Guyana and Suriname, but I also specialize in the transcultural flows between India and the Caribbean.


Talk @ International Latin America Workshop

"'Being Proper Punish': Narratives of Suffering, Service and (Religious) Work among Hindu Women in Guyana and Suriname"

University of Bonn, Germany

January 29, 2021; 2 - 4 pm

Talk @ Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

"Touching Deities: Offerings, Energies, and the Notion of Touch in Guyanese Hinduism"

December 1, 2020

1:45 - 3:15 PM

Essay @ Blog CoronAsur: Religion and COVID-19, National University of Singapore

"‘We knew it!’ - Caribbean Hindu Responses to Restrictions of Touch during COVID-19", October 28, 2020.

Article @ Lateinamerika Nachrichten

"'Polittricks' bestimmen das System:

Präsidentschaftswahlen, Ölprofite und Ethnopolitisierung in Guyana", Lateinamerika Nachrichten 557, November 2020, pp. 20-22.


Kloß, Sinah T. (2020): "Götterstatuen als multi-sensorische Porträts: Zur (materiellen) Ähnlichkeit und Bedeutung der Berührung bei hinduistischen Murtis." In: Revisionen des Porträts (ed. T. Greub), Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, pp. 129-148, Fig. p. 11)

Talk @ 60 Minutes in Ethnography, Theory, Anthropology, University of Cologne

"Tätowierte Klänge: Körpertexte und Tattoos in karibischen Hindu-Gemeinschaften"

May 6, 2020

due to COVID-19 postponed to:

Summer term 2021

Talk @ Ev. Erwachsenenbildungswerk Westfalen und Lippe e. V.

"Wenn der Glaube unter die Haut geht: Religiöse Symbolik in Tattoos"


March 19, 2020

due to COVID-19 postponed to: tba

Talk @ International Conference

Between Mobilities and Demarcations of Boundaries: Education and the Politics of Education in the Caribbean

Socare Annual Conference, Erlangen

"Having to Educate: The Notion of ‘Holistic Development’ and Post-Development Discourse in Guyana"

March 22, 2020

due to COVID-19 postponed to:

March 2021

Latest BookS

Edited Volume

New York: Routledge (Routledge Studies in Cultural History).

Edited volume

Munich: oekom.

Upcoming Events

Conference @ Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany

North and South: Forms of Inequality within International Politics of Scientific Production

organized by Barbara Potthast, Claudio Pinheiro and Sinah Kloß

June 29-July 1, 2020

due to COVID-19 postponded to:

to be announced

Conference @ Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne

Pregnant Bodies - Embodied Pregnancy

organized by Antonia Villinger, Sinah Kloß and Günter Blamberger

May 25-26, 2020

due to COVID-19 postponed to:

January 14-15, 2021

PhD Seminar

Dependency, Vulnerability and Embodied Fieldwork: Sexualized Harassment and Power Dynamics in the Field

University of Bonn

April 21-22, 2021

Deadline for Applications: October 15, 2020