Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Aktuelle Gastwissenschaftler/innen

Dr. Arani Basu


Dr. Arani Basu is a sociologist with research interests in digital media, transnational migration and political economy. As a Hanns-Siedel Fellow he received his PhD degree from the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Arani also has a diploma in media studies jointly from South Asian Media School, Lahore and Goldsmiths, University of London. Before moving to academics, Arani worked as a journalist. Based on his journalistic and academic experiences, he is writing his monograph titled Understanding Propaganda: A Study of Indian Media, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2024. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Krea University and teaches undergraduate students, including conducting his research project on digital media consumption among migrants.


Basu, A. (2024) Understanding Propaganda: A Study of Indian Media, Palgrave Macmillan Singapore (forthcoming)

Basu, A. (2016). Role of Media in Electoral Politics in India: A Study of General Elections 2014 (Doctoral dissertation, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

Article in Review Process

Basu, A. and Datta, A. Digital practices and long-distance nationalism among the emerging Indian diaspora in Germany (International Migration Review)

Basu, A. and Datta, A. What is development? Locating the indigenous people in India (South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies)

Articles in Journals

Basu, A. and Datta, A. (2023) Kerala Nurses in Germany: From Heteronormativity to Transnational Patriarchy, Migration and Diversity, Vol. 2, Issue 3  

Basu, A. and Datta, A. (2023) Saffronization of a Land: Can Hinduism be separated from Hindutva? Transcience: A Journal of Global Studies, Vol. 14, Issue ½


Dr. Bindu Bhadana

AB3D67E1-A6D9-4AA9-B02A-F008DEE62A5F.jpgDr. Bindu Bhadana is an independent scholar and Visiting Faculty at Anant National University in Ahmedabad. She has a PhD in Transcultural Studies from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Following her Master of Arts in Medieval Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi with a course in Journalism and Mass Communications, she has been working extensively within the field of arts and culture for the past 30 years. Her PhD thesis  titled Postnational Perceptions in Contemporary Art has been published in Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing within the series on Media and Cultural Studies edited by Professor Nadja-Christina Schneider in June 2023.