Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Prof. Dr. Patrick Eisenlohr


Patrick Eisenlohr heads the research group "Society and Culture in Modern India" at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) in Göttingen. He completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2001. From 2001 to 2007 he was assistant professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, he held an appointment as visiting professor at New York University in 2004, and from 2008 to 2014 he was professor of cultural anthropology at Utrecht University.

Patrick Eisenlohr has worked on a range of issues in the anthropology of media, linguistic anthropology and sound studies, especially on the sonic dimensions of religion, media and religion, language, religion, and citizenship, as well as language and diaspora.

Together with other members of the research group "Society and Culture in Modern India" he addresses questions of religious and ethnic diversity in contemporary India and in Indian diasporas, with a particular emphasis on urban contexts and its transnational ramifications. The key themes for the research group are:


  • Media and religion
  • Transregional religious networks
  • Sonic dimensions of religion
  • Religion in the city
  • Language and religion
  • Civic Islam and the public sphere
  • Religion and questions of citizenship in India and Indian diasporas