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 @ Ev. Erwachsenenbildungswerk Westfalen und Lippe e.V.

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

Ev. Gemeindezentrum EGZ Uffeln, Vlotho

November 4, 2022, 7:30 pm

Talk @ ZERG Lecture Series

"Marks of Dependency: Religious Tattooing among Caribbean Hindu Women"

ZERG Lecture Series: "Control, Coercion, and Constraint II: The Role of Religion in Overcoming and Creating Structures of Dependency"

University of Bonn, Germany

June 28, 2022; 6:15 pm

Discussant @ Workshop

"Materialities, Relationalities, Porosities: Anthropological Perspectives on Skin Beyond the Social"

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin

February 18, 2022


"Tattoo," 2021. In: The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley Online Library.

Book Chapter

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

"'Picture a Scientist' - Frauen der Wissenschaft"

Podiumsdiskussion & Streaming-Event

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

Book Chapter

"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

"Sartorial Contestations of Indianness: Guyanese ‘Indian Wear’ and the Creation of the Indian Other"

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

Latest BookS

Edited Volume

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

Edited Volume.

Paderborn: Brill | Fink.

Edited volume

Munich: oekom.

Upcoming Events

Conference @ BCDSS, University of Bonn, Germany

Transforming Spirit Bodies: Changing Materialities and Embodied Dependencies

September 29-30, 2022

© TatuBakru, Pierre Bong, Paramaribo/Suriname 2007
© TatuBakru, Pierre Bong, Paramaribo/Suriname 2007

The interdisciplinary conference focuses on the bodies and embodiments of spirits, their (im-)materialities, and the bodily transformations, which they may be subject to in different socio-cultural contexts. Contributions analyze the embodied experiences of asymmetrical dependencies among humans and spirits and how the sensory experiences of interdependence are negotiated in their interactions. They examine and compare the particular (historical) moments and conditions under which these bodily transformations occur and how they can influence understandings of human–nonhuman interdependence.

Conference @ BCDSS, University of Bonn, Germany

Competing Memories: The Politics of Remembering Slavery, Emancipation and Indentureship in the Caribbean

Socare e.V.'s bi-annual conference, organized by Sinah Kloß (Bonn), Andrea Gremels (Frankfurt) and Ulrike Schmieder (Hannover)

March 29-31, 2023