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 @ EASA 2020

"Two Narratives of Sexualized Harassment during Fieldwork: Processing Harassment in Academic Writing and Ethnographic Fiction"

Lisbon, Portugal

July 2020

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

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

May 6, 2020

postponed to:

to be announced

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

postponed to:

to be announced (November 2020)

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

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


March 19, 2020

postponed to:

November 3, 2020; 7-9 pm

Chapter (Open Access)

Kloß, Sinah T. (2020): "Giving and development: Ethno-religious identities and ‘holistic development’ in Guyana." In: 

Faith-Based Organizations in Development Discourses and Practice (eds. J. Koehrsen, A. Heuser), London: Routledge, pp. 113-138.

Latest Book

Edited Volume

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

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

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

Past Events

Conference @ Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne

Kontextwechsel und Bedeutung

organized by Dietrich Boschung, Thierry Greub, Sinah Kloß and Thoralf Schröder

February 5-7, 2020