Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Former Visiting Scholars

Rafia Zaman, M.Phil.

Rafia Zaman (M.Phil), Ph.D. student at the Center for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, worked as a guest doctoral candidate in the field of mediality and intermediality in Asian and African societies in May 2012. Her stay was funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. She is doing research on the Muslim women's rights movement in India and has contributed to the conference "New Mobilities and Evolving Identities: Islam, Youth and Gender in South and Southeast Asia" (20.-21.4.2012).


Sushmita Nath, PhD


Guest Doctoral Fellow of the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
February-May 2013, funded by the International Office of HU.    

At the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität of Berlin, Sushmita’s research focused on a comparative examination of the conception of state neutrality in India and Germany through the Shah Bano case in India and the Fereshta Ludin case in Germany.


Dr. Vasanthi Mariadass

Dr. Mariadass, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, was a guest researcher in the interdisciplinary field of mediality and intermediality in the summer semester of 2011. Her research stay was funded by the DAAD.


Prof. Dr. Rinku Lamba

In the summer semester of 2011, Prof. Lamba was a visiting professor in the cross-sectional area of mediality and intermediality in the societies of Asia and Africa. Her stay was funded by the Equal Opportunity Fund of the Humboldt-University of Berlin.



Dr. Salma Siddique


Salma Siddique studied History at St.Stephen’s College and trained as a filmmaker at AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi. She completed her doctoral thesis Between Bombay and Lahore: A partition history of cinema in South Asia (1940-1960) at University of Westminster, London in 2015. During the past seven years, she has taught film theory and media production at higher education institutions in India and the UK. Her research interests include film and historical processes, film archives, auteur filmmaking from Iran, and South Asian cinemas. She is also the associate editor of the journal BioScope: Screen Studies in South Asia.  In 2015 she was awarded the DRS postdoctoral fellowship at Freie University, and is currently based in Berlin. Since 2018 she has been a postdoctoral fellow of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.