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Jürgen Schaflechner

Assistant professor, University of Heidelberg

Jürgen Schaflechner holds a PhD in South Asian Literary Studies and Anthropology (2014) from Heidelberg University in Germany. His research and teaching focuses on cultural and post-colonial theory, the politics of religious and ethnic minorities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the role of documentary film in anthropological research. Jürgen’s most recent publications deal with religious stereotypes in Urdu horror fiction from Pakistan, the politics behind cases of so-called forced conversions of Hindu women to Islam in Sindh, and the ritual dynamics at a Hindu temple in Baluchistan. Jürgen has also explored his research topics through the production of six independent documentary films (find them at . He currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.


  • –present
    Research Associate, University of Heidelberg