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2014 Naga Textiles: Design, Technique, Meaning and Effect of a Local Craft Tradition in Northeast India. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers. (Dissertation Thesis)

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work in progress. Monograph on dance, ritual and religions on the example of the Sakela dance of the Rai in Eastern Nepal.

forthcoming. (with Alban von Stockhausen). “Ethnographic Comparison and Pre-History? A Comparison of the Chamdam Status Rituals among the Dumi Rai of Eastern Nepal and the Feasts of Merit among the Ao Naga of Northeast India”. For a volume on Ethno-linguistic prehistory of the Eastern Himalaya, edited by Stephen Morey, mark Post and Toni Huber.

forthcoming. “The visible invisible: Mimetic manifestations of the spirits in ‘shamanic’ dance movements among the Dumi Rai of Eastern Nepal”. In a volume on Encounters with the Invisible: Revisiting Possession in the Himalayas edited by Anne de Sales and Marie Lecomte-Tilouine. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

forthcoming (with Martin Gaenszle and Alban von Stockhausen) “Increasing Materiality and Emerging Concepts of Ethnic Religious Identity: The Case of ‘Kirat Religion’ in Nepal” (Manuscript for Material Religion).

2019. “YouTube and the Rising Trend for Indigenous Folk Dance: The Case of the Sakela Dance of the Rai in Nepal and their Diasporas.” In: M. Schleiter & E. de Maaker, Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia. London etc.: Routledge.

2019 (with Alban von Stockhausen and Chatur Bhakta Rai) “Nuja: Text, Melody, and Movement of a ‘New Grain’ Ritual Performance among the Dumi Rai of Eastern Nepal”. In: M. Gaenszle (ed.), Ritual Speech in the Himalayas: Oral Texts and their Contexts. (Harvard Oriental Series). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Pp. 71-104.

2018 “Dancing Who We Are: The Embodiment of Rai Ethnic Identity in Sakela Performance”. In: Social Science Baha: Conference Proceedings 2012: The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya. Kathmandu: Social Science Baha. Pp. 271-293.
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2017 “Book Review: Werner M. Egli: The Sunuwār of Nepal and their Sense of Communication: A Study in the Culture, Psychology and Shamanism of a Himalayan People”. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 142 (2017): 148-151.

2017 “‘Sakhela’ – Verkörperung und Leibhaftigkeit lokaler Mythen in den rituellen Tänzen Ostnepals”. In: Armin Morich (ed.), Kosmischer Tanz: Eranos 2015 und 2016. Basel: Schwabe Verlag. S. 63-101.

2016 “How ethnic identity becomes real: The enactment of identity roles and the material manifestation of shifting identities among the Nagas”. Asian Ethnicity 17 (3): 384-399. Online 23 Oct. 2015:

2015 “The Dancers Complied, the Chicken Denied: Explorations into the Pragmatic Work of Rituals among the Dumi Rai of Eastern Nepal”. Shaman 23:1&2, spring/autumn 2015): 163-188.
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2014 Naga Textiles: Design, Technique, Meaning and Effect of a Local Craft Tradition in Northeast India. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers. (Dissertation Thesis)

2014 “Kiranti Culture in Contemporary Nepal” – workshop report. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 44 (Spring-Summer 2014). Pp. 93-96.
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2013 “Fashion Zeitgeist in Northeast India”. In: Tereza Kuldova (ed.), Fashion India: Spectacular Capitalism. Oslo: Akademika forlag. Pp. 73-88.
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2013 “The Ethnic Fashion Scene in Nagaland”. Archiv (Weltmuseum Wien) 61-62. Pp. 31-50.
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2013 Review: Datta, Birendranath: Cultural Contours of North-East India.2012. Anthropos (108.2013.2). Pp. 644-645.
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2013 (with Alban von Stockhausen) “Contesting Power, Negotiating Influence: Rai Shamans and New Religious Movements in Eastern Nepal”. In: Davide Torri and Diana Riboli (eds), Shamanism and Violence. Surrey/Burlington: Ashgate Publishers. Pp. 103-118.
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2012 (with Alban von Stockhausen) “Connecting to the Past”. In: Julian Jacobs (ed), The Nagas: Hill Peoples of Northeast India – Society, Culture and the Colonial Encounter. Extended new edition. London: Edition Hansjörg Mayer. Pp. i-xxxi.
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2012 “Origin and Migration Myths in the Rhetoric of Naga Independence and Collective Identity”. In: Toni Huber and Stuart Blackburn (eds), Origins and Migrations in the Extended Eastern Himalayas. Leiden, Boston: Brill. Pp. 213-238.
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2012 “Ongoing Research about Dumi Rai Culture and Tradition by the University of Vienna”. Isilim Magazine. Dumi Kirat Rai Fansikim: Kathmandu.

2009 Review: Michael Aram Tarr and Stuart Blackburn. 2008. Through the Eye of Time – Photographs of Arunachal Pradesh 1859-2006: Tribal Cultures in the Eastern Himalayas. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research no 35-36 (autumn 2009-spring 2010), p. 185-191.
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2008 “Der Ursprung des Webens”. In: W. Marschall, P. von Wyss-Giacosa & A. Isler (Hrsg.), Genauigkeit: Schöne Wissenschaft. Bern und Sulgen: Benteli. S. 237-239.
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2008 Naga Identitäten: Zeitenwende einer Lokalkultur im Nordosten Indiens. Gent: Snoek. (English edition: Naga Identities: Changing Cultures in the Northeast of India. Gent: Snoeck). Co-editor with Michael Oppitz, Thomas Kaiser and Alban von Stockhausen, and contributions: (with the co-editors) “Die Naga – Eine Einführung” (“The Nagas – an Introduction”) pp. 11-29 / “Besiegte Krieger, erfolgreiche Weberinnen: Männerkleidung im Wandel männlicher Identität bei den Ao Naga” (“Defeated Warriors, Successful Weavers: Or how Men’s Dress Reveals Shifts of Male Identity among the Ao Nagas”) pp. 129-146.
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2008 (with Alban von Stockhausen) “‘Kulturelle Extravaganz’ und Identitätssuche im heutigen Nagaland”, In: R. Kunz & V. Joshi (Hrsg.), Naga: Eine vergessene Bergregion neu entdeckt. (English edition: “‘Cultural extravagance’ and the search for identity in presentday Nagaland”, In: Naga: A Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered). Basel: Merian. Pp. 180-187
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2005 Jenseitswelten: Von Geistern, Schiffen und Liebhabern. Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich. Herausgeberin und Beiträge: “Eine Einführung” S. 7-9 / “Im Blickfeld der Dämonen” S. 38-41. / (mit Alban von Stockhausen) “Verstehen im Zwischenzustand” S. 33-37.

2003 (with Alban von Stockhausen) “Traditional and Modern Knowledge – two inseparable sisters” in: Isilim Magazin, Kathmandu.



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