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.
“Touching Deities: Offerings, Energies, and the Notion of Touch in Guyanese Hinduism”, In: Religion and Touch (eds. C. Welch and A. Whitehead), Sheffield: Equinox Publishing (Religion of the Senses), pp. 51-66.
Discussant @ Round Table
Equal Opportunity Office, University of Bonn
July 20, 2021; 12-2pm
Talk @ Workshop "Narratives of Dependency", University of Bonn
"Tattooed Dependency: Embodied Narratives of Suffering and Endurance"
July 16, 2021; 12:15pm
Talk @ DGSKA (German Anthropological Association) Working Group "Gender & Sexualities | Queer Anthropology"
"The Gatekeeper’s Touch: Sexualized Harassment and Power Dynamics during Ethnographic Fieldwork"
July 7, 2021; 5pm
"Ritualtransfer und Transnationalismus: Zur Konstruktion von Kontexten vor dem Hintergrund transnationaler Migration." 2021. In: Kontextwechsel und Bedeutung (ed. T. Greub, S. Kloß, T. Schröder), Paderborn/Leiden: Fink/Brill, pp. 193-211, Fig. p. 8-10 (Tafeln).
Talk @ Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, University of Bonn
June 14, 2021; 6pm
Talk @ Institutskolloquium, Institute of Anthropology, University of Heidelberg
"Fieldwork as Embodied Practice: Sexualized Harassment, Gender and Power Dynamics in the Field"
May 25, 2021; 5pm
Talk @ Lecture Series "Rethinking Area Studies, Producing Space from the ›Global South‹? Post/Colonial Perspectives and
"Un-Mapping the 'Global South': Reflections on a Heuristic Concept"
University of Regensburg, Germany
April 15, 2021; 6 pm
Talk @ Bard College, New York, USA
March 29, 2021; 12 pm (EST)
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:
Conference @ Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany
organized by Barbara Potthast, Claudio Pinheiro and Sinah Kloß
June 29-July 1, 2020
due to COVID-19 postponded to:
October 6-8, 2021
Conference @ BCDSS, University of Bonn, Germany
Transforming Spirit Bodies: Changing Materialities and Embodied Dependencies
September 29-30, 2022
Dr. Sinah Kloß
University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS)