Dr. des. Mrinal Pande

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Institut für Ethnologie
Studtstraße 21, Raum 3.3
D-48149 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83-27321
Fax: +49 251 83-27313


  • Aktuell

     SFB 1150 Kulturen des Entscheidens (Collaborative Research Centre 1150 Cultures of Decision Making)

     Projekt B2-2 Exzellenzcluster Religion und Politik

    Project: "The Voice as a medium of popular religiosity in India: Religious Pluralism and Practices of Social Distinction"

    Consultation hour

    Advance reservation via E-mail:

  • Teaching

    Teaching in the Winter Semester 2017/18

    081081 Narrative in Anthropology
    16.10.17 - 29.01.18, Mo 12-14, F 229

    Teaching in the Summer Semester 2017

    089076 Narratives of Marriages in India
    24.04.17 - 24.07.17, Mo 12-14, STU 105 (2.10)

    Teaching in the Winter Semester 2015/16

    Anthropology of Decision-making
    28.10.15 - 10.02.16, Mi 14-16, STU 105 (2.10)
    083092 Media Anthropology in South Asia
    28.10.15 - 10.02.16, Mi 12-14, STU 105 (2.10)

    Teaching in the Summer Semester 2015

    Anthropology of Diaspora and Migration
    13.04.15 - 13.07.15, Mo 14-16, SRZ 11

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Current Research Interests

    Mrinal Pande completed her doctoral thesis in the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” in Muenster from 2012 until 2015.

    Her dissertation titled "Mobile Performances of Hindu Texts: The Voice of Morari Bapu in Multiple Media" examines the cultural and social forms of voice in contemporary Hindu performances. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, her study considers the implications of voice practices cultivated by the performer and listeners, and its embodied and sensory engagements. With a focus on South Asian, her research interests include Anthropologies of Religion and Mobility, Performance Theories, Body and Sensory studies,Voice and Media, Imaginaries of Otherness, and Transcultural entanglements.

    Academic Education

    2017 Defended the doctoral thesis titled "Mobile Performances of Hindu Texts: The Voice of Morari Bapu in Multiple Media"
    since 2015 Research Assistant at SFB 1150 ‘Cultures of Decision-Making’ in the
    Project A-06 Social Practices and Media Narratives of Matrimonial Decision-Making in India
    2012 - 2015 Doctoral programme with Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster.
    1996 - 1998 Master of Arts (History), University of Mumbai.
    1996 Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Mumbai

    Teaching Experiences

    since 2015

    Lecturer at the Institute of Ethnology, University of Muenster

    BA WiSe 2015/16: (Seminar: Anthropology of Decision-making)
    MA WiSe 2015/16 (Seminar: Media Anthropology in South Asia: Marriage Practices in India)
    BA SuSe 2015 (Seminar: Anthropology of Diaspora and Migration)

    2001 - 2002 Guest faculty at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai (subject: Foundation Course in Humanities and Social Sciences including History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography)
    1999 - 2000 Lecturer at the Department of History, Ramnarain Ruia Degree College, Mumbai (subjects: Ancient, Medieval and Modern Indian History and Modern World History)
    1998 Lecturer at the Department of Modern Indian History, Government Law College, Mumbai (subject: History of Modern India)


    2011 Completed the course 'Understanding the Hindu Identity' at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) recognized as Independent Centre of Oxford University with 64 pts (considered as excellent achievement)
    1998 Qualified the 'National Eligibility Test' conducted by the University Grants Commission, and declared eligible for Lectureship in Universities/Colleges in India.
    1996 Certificate of Academic proficiency in History awarded for Bachelor studies, Ramnarain Ruia Degree College, Mumbai
    1993 - 1996 Recipient of the Government Open Merit scholarship during BA studies.

    Conferences and Workshops

    05/2017 Narratives of Marriage and Love in Bollywood Films, paper presented as part of the Conference "Ressourcen des Entscheidens", SFB 1150, University of Münster.

    Mediating Modernities: Indian Women's Narratives of Marriages, delivered the S. Gambhir Memorial Lecture at the Department of History,​ ​S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai​.


    Framing Matrimonial Decision-Making: Methodological queries, in the Workshop “Marriage, Law and the State in India” at the Institute of Ethnology as part of the SFB 1150 project A-06.


    Mobile Trajectory of the Ramkatha: Diasporic Practices in a Comparative Context, in the session "Global Processes and Diasporic Experience", at the 'International Conference on Ramlila and Ramkatha Manchan' under the theme 'Epic Processes: Mobility, Patronage and Aesthetics', at the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts, New Delhi.


    Negotiating Hindutva: Narratives of Crisis , paper presented in the panel "Perception of Crises in South Asia: Processes of Negotiation in Decision Making", at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV) Conference at the Philipps University Marburg


    Voice as Media: From Sound to Body Effect, paper presented in the session "Religions and Media: Performances", at the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, University of Erfurt


    Mapping The Ramkatha Soundscape: An Empirical Study, paper presented at the Workshop on Mediality 'Voices from Beyond' held as part of the field of research Secularization and Sacralization of Media at the Excellence Cluster 'Religion and Politics', University of Muenster.


    Staging Of The Ramkatha: The Role of Performance, paper presented at the Winter School - Exzellenzcluster ' Religion und Politik' (EXC) in cooperation with the 'Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik' (ZRWP) in interdisziplinärer Perspektive - Methoden und Themen at Collegium Helveticum, University of Zurich


    'Mediating Performance Through The Senses: A Case Study Of Morari Bapu's Ramkatha', paper presented at the Seminar of the Gujarat Research Network (Europe), organised by the Provincial Globalisation Research Programme, at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam


    Co-founded “Rajtarangini” a cultural association at the Ruia College, Department Of History, University of Mumbai.


    Co-organized a workshop on Numismatics in collaboration with the R.G. Bhandarkar Institute, Pune.


    Co-organized a workshop “Society and Religion in British India”, Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, Mumbai

    Field Research


    (July-Aug) Ethnographic fieldwork in Rome, Italy


    (Jun- July) Ethnographic fieldwork in Bakersfield, USA

    2012 - 2014

    7 Months of intermittent field work in Western India mostly in Gujarat and Mumbai


    Aided a field study conducted by Centre for Global Studies, Mumbai on Minimum Credible Deterrence and India’s Nuclear Security.


    Conducted field study on the Relevance of Gandhian values in Modern Indian society in Mumbai.

    Language Skills

    English - fluently written and spoken
    Hindi - fluently written and spoken
    Marathi - written and spoken
    Gujarati - conversational
    German - conversational

  • Publications

    Accepted Mapping The Ramkatha Soundscape: An Empirical Study
    (a work-in-progress to be published in a compendium, "Stimmen aus dem Jenseits" )
    Accepted Mobile Trajectory of the Ramkatha: Generations in the Diaspora
    (to be published as a book chapter under the theme "Epic Processes: Mobility, Patronage and Aesthetics")