PD Dr. Claudia Lang

PD Dr. Claudia Lang

Research Fellow

Ethnologie
Institutsgebäude
Schillerstraße 6, Room 421
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37227
Fax: +49 341 97-37229

Abstract

Claudia Lang is an associate professor (Heisenberg). Her research focuses on health-related transformation processes and their impact on politics, ethics and care practices in globalizing societies.  Her regional focus is South Asia. She is currently investigating the reconfiguration of mental health and care in the context of digitization. What new forms of care and human-technology relationships are emerging? Other areas of work include the globalization, translation and experience of psychiatric categories; the reconfiguration of suffering; Ayurvedic psychiatry; community health care; and health and wellbeing in the context of planetary health.

Before joining the University of Leipzig, she held academic positions at the Centre de Recherche, Médecine, Sciences, Santé, Santé Mentale, Société (cermes3), Paris

the University of Münster, and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.

Teaching: global health, traditional medicine, religion, India

 

Professional career

  • 09/2018 - 07/2019
    Postdoctoral research fellow with the ERC project GLOBHEALTH at the Centre de Recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé, Santé Mentale et Société (cermes3), Paris
  • 04/2018 - 09/2018
    Stand-in professor for Prof. Dr. Ursula Rao, University of Leipzig, Institute of Anthropology
  • 09/2016 - 03/2018
    Postdoctoral research fellow with the ERC project GLOBHEALTH at the Centre de Recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé, Santé Mentale et Société (cermes3), Paris
  • 07/2016 - 08/2016
    Visiting professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • 04/2016 - 09/2016
    Employed research fellow LMU Munich, Institute of Anthropology. Project leader of the project “The local reality of depression: Depression in the context of biomedicine and subjectivities of depressionin Kerala, South India“, funded by DFG
  • 10/2015 - 03/2016
    Stand-in professor for Prof. Dr. Helene Basu, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • 04/2015 - 09/2015
    Employed research fellow LMU Munich, Institute of Anthropology. Project leader of the project “The local reality of depression: Depression in the context of biomedicine and subjectivities of depressionin Kerala, South India“, funded by DFG
  • 10/2014 - 03/2015
    Stand-in professor for Prof. Dr. Frank Heidemann, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • 07/2012 - 09/2014
    Employed research fellow LMU Munich, Institute of Anthropology. Project leader of the project “The local reality of depression: Depression in the context of biomedicine and subjectivities of depressionin Kerala, South India“, funded by DFG
  • 09/2009 - 08/2011
    Employed research fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Institute of Anthropology. Project “Glocalizing depression in the context of Ayurvedic psychiatry in Kerala, South India”, funded by DFG
  • 10/2007 - 03/2008
    Employed lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Institute of Anthropology
  • 06/2006 - 05/2007
    Employed research fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Institute of Anthropology, pilot project "Local reception and transformation of the concept of depression in the medical pluralism of South Asia", funded by BGF
  • 11/2002 - 10/2004
    Employed research fellow for the, project “Intersexual people between the two sexes”, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Institute of Anthropology, funded by BGF

Education

  • 10/2014 - 03/2016
    Mentee in the LMU Mentoring Programm in the context of LMUexcellent, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 06/2006 - 11/2016
    Habilitation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Referees: Prof. Dr. Frank Heidemann (LMU Munich), Prof. Dr. William Sax (South Asia Institute, Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Mitchell Weiss (Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel)
  • 11/2002 - 02/2006
    Dr. phil., Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, thesis title: Intersexualität. Menschen zwischen den Geschlechtern (Intersexuality. People between the two sexes) at grade “summa cum laude”

Claudia Lang's research focuses on health-related transformation processes and their impact on politics, ethics and care in globalizing societies.  Her regional focus is South Asia.

She is currently investigating the reconfiguration of mental health and care in the context of digitization. How is the global psyche encoded in digital mental health technologies? What new forms of care and human-technology relationships are emerging? How do techno-utopias and dystopias shape hopes and concerns in this field?  

Other areas of work include the emotional effects of rapid social change and how globalized psychiatric categories such as depression are fabricated, translated and become part of local social, moral and economic worlds. For example, she asks how Ayurvedic doctors incorporate the modern problem of depression and (re)invent Ayurvedic psychiatry. In another project, she investigates the integration of mental health care into the primary health care in Kerala.


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Claudia Lang's teaching aims to introduce students to current debates and anthropological topics and to support them in developing their own questions, critical thinking and independent scientific work. The teaching approach is the combination of lectures and seminars, individual and collaborative, theoretical and practical learning in and outside the classroom, and the integration of research and teaching. 

Specific subject areas are medical anthropology, anthropology of religion, global health, South Asia, gender and methods. 

  • Courses in recent years

    Anthropology and Crisis Communication, Seminar, MA Anthropology, University of Leipzig

    Introduction to Medical Anthropology of South Asia, Seminar, BA Anthropology, LMU Munich 

    Regional Anthropology of South Asia, Lecture and Seminar, BA Anthropology, University of Leipzig

    Methods of Anthropology, lecture and field research exercise, BA Anthropology, University of Leipzig

    Anthropology and Mental Health, Seminar, BA Anthropology, University of Münster