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 (and the diaspora), 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"


March 19, 2020; 7-9 pm

Talk @ International Workshop

Knowledge? Wisdom? India and the East in the Idea of a Different Modernity in Latin America (1900s-1930s)

Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

"Back to the Vedas: Sound Knowledge, Ritual Efficacy and the Recreation of Hindu Orthopraxy in the Guianas"

January 17-18, 2020

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.

Talk and Session @ Workshop Gender, Sexuality and Fieldwork

"Vulnerability and Dependency in the Field: Sexualized Harassment and Ethnography",  Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale (CUSO), Geneva, Switzerland (December 9-10, 2019)

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

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

Past Events

Tätowierungen: Zwischen Mode und Tradition (Tattoos: Between Fashion and Tradition)

November 30, 2018

VHS Forum, Cologne

Talks and roundtable discussion organized by Moritz Berg and Sinah Kloß