Tasveer Ghar: A Digital Archive of South Asian Popular Visual Culture

Christiane holds the new Professorship of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" (www.asia-europe.uni-heideberg.de) at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. With a background in Art History and Art Education, she became interested in contexts of art production, dissemination and consumption. For her M.A. thesis, Christiane researched and published on the German cultural historian Aby Warburg who developed the 'Mnemosyne Image Atlas', which had an impact on Tasveer Ghar's focus on popular culture and image itineraries. For her book Empowering Visions. A Study on Videos and the Politics of Cultural Nationalism in India (London: Anthem Press 2005), Brosius explored the iconography, rhetoric and production context of video propaganda of the Hindu Right (especially late 1980s to 1990s). Her other research interests are "ritual agency," urban anthropology, diaspora studies and commercial Hindi film. Her latest book is India's Middle Class. New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity (Routledge, New Delhi, 2010). It carries ethnographic case studies about urban architecture and town-planning, heritage tourism and spiritualism, and lifestyle specialists and magazines. Currently, Christiane is working on the globalised imaginary of Valentine's Day and the visualisation of romantic love. 

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