AG Medical Anthropology

Bärnreuther, Sandra


Sandra Bärnreuther is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich and an associate member at the “History of Knowledge” Center in Zurich. She studied sociocultural anthropology and geography in Delhi (Delhi University), New York City (NYU), Munster, and Heidelberg. Sandra Bärnreuther conducted 18 months of fieldwork on reproductive medicine in India for her PhD in sociocultural anthropology, awarded by the South Asia Institute and the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe” at the University of Heidelberg. She has also worked as a lecturer and researcher at the universities of Heidelberg and Frankfurt, spent time as a visiting student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (2011-2012) and the University of Edinburgh (2013), was a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago (2014), and a research fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (2016).


Research Interests

Anthropology of science and medicine; reproductive technologies; biotechnologies; the body and biological substances; gender; postcolonial studies


Research Area(s)

South Asia



Monographs and Edited Volumes

2011. “Where Lhas Cannot See It: Geburt in Ladakh – Zwischen lokalen Praktiken, Biomedizin und Biopolitik.” Berlin: Weißensee Verlag.

Journal Articles

2016. “Innovations ‘Out of Place’: Controversies Over IVF Beginnings in India Between 1978 and 2005”. In Medical Anthropology, vol. 35, n. 1: 73-89.

2008. “Home or Hospital Delivery? The Perception and Use of Biomedicine in a Rural Village in Ladakh”. Ladakh Studies, vol. 23: 12-19.