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Dr. des. Anna-Maria Walter

Dr. des. Anna-Maria Walter

Researcher and Lecturer


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Ethnologie
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

PhD Research Project

Adoption of the mobile phone by women within the web of gender relations in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
(Working Title)

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Sökefeld

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2019 – 2020
    Honorary Fellowship, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy, University of Exeter
  • July 2018
    Defence of PhD thesis “Intimate connections – Conjugal affection amid Gilgit’s high mountains, Islamic doctrines and mobile phones”
  • since October 2016
    Lecturer at the Department of Socal and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich, teaching "Introduction to the region and ethnographies of Gilgit-Baltistan", "Anthropology of emotions", "The Muslim woman".
  • October 2013 - September 2016
    Researcher in DFG-Project "Adoption of the mobile phone by women within the web of gender relations in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan"
  • August 2013 – September 2013
    DAAD-Workshop „Anthropological Fieldwork Methods” at the Karakoram International University (KIU), Gilgit, Pakistan
  • April 2011 - February 2013 
    Tutoress, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich 
  • November 2011 - April 2012
    Draft of project proposal to DFG for research about mobile telephony in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
  • September 2011 – October 2011
    DAAD-Project “Coping with Change in Gilgit-Baltistan”
  • October 2005 - February 2011
    Magister-Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. Major: Social and Cultural Anthropology Minors: European Studies, American Cultural History. Master’s thesis: “Social impacts of mobile telephony in rural India”


  • Forthcoming: Establishing intimacy through mobile phone connections. In: Martin Saxer, Philipp Schorch and Marlen Elders (eds.): Exploring materiality and connectivity in anthropology and beyond. London: UCL Press.
  • 2019: Embodying ineffable concepts. Empathic intimacy as tool for insight. In: Thomas Stodulka, Samia Dinkelaker und Ferdiansyah Thajib (eds.): Affective dimensions of fieldwork and etnography. Cham: Springer. 143-156.
  • 2018: Emotions in conflict. Multiple entanglements in two (failed) love stories from Gilgit-Baltistan. In: Scrutiny, 7&8 (2013-14). 69-94.
  • 2018: Die Verteufelung des Handys. Oder wie Liebesbeziehungen in der Region Gilgits, Nordpakistans, neu verhandelt werden. In: Hans Peter Hahn and Friedemann Neumann (eds.): Dinge als Herausforderung. Kontexte, Umgangsweisen und Umwertungen von Objekte. Bielefeld: transcript. 101-117.
  • 2016: Between “pardah” and sexuality. Double embodiment of “sharm” in Gilgit-Baltistan. In: Rural Society 25/2, 170-183.
  • 2016; Love at your fingertips. german research, DFG. 38:2. 6-11.
  • 2015: Liebe geht durch den Daumen. DFG-Magazin forschung. 3/2015. 4-9.
  • 2014: Changing Gilgit-Baltistan: Perceptions of the recent history and the role of community activism. In: Ethnoscripts (Anthropology of Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Pakistan) 16/1. Hamburg. 31-49.
  • 2011: Mobile dial - social trial? Social impacts of mobile telephony in rural India. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.



  • April 2019: Matters of the Heart vs. Female Heights. Highland Asia Workshop, Bad Gastein, Austria.
  • March 2019: The desire for romance in northern Pakistan. Spouses declaring their love. Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Denver, USA.)
  • August 2017: A new interface in the interphase. How Bollywood, Islamic doctrines and mobile phones dissect the imperative of spouse evasion. Workshop “Global dynamics of Shia marriages. Workshop”. University of Amsterdam.
  • July 2017: Vertrautheit und Partnerschaft in Nordpakistan. Aushandlungen sich wandelnder Liebeskonzepte im Spannungsfeld von Handy, Islam und Bollywood. Lecture series “South Asia on the move”. Lecture series, Fachschaft Ethnologie & Indologie, Mainz. 03.07.2017
  • June 2017: “Sprich mit mir”. Wie in Nordpakistan Konzepte von Liebe und Romantik verhandelt werden. Workshop “Liebe und Ehe im Wandel, Beispiele weiblicher Lebensentwürfe in Südasien”. VHS Ulm.
  • February 2017: Interactive explorations around mobile phone connections in and to northern Pakistan. Artistic-Academic Intervention. International Symposium “Connecting Materialities / Material Connectivities”. Center for Advanced Studies, LMU.
  • October 2016: (Pre)Marital intimacy through mobile space. Women’s appropriation of mobile telephony and the negotiation of moral concepts in Gilgit-Baltistan. MUSA Workshop "Negotating Technologies". Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
  • July 2016: Negotiating marriage between customary law, Islamic norms and 'modernity'. An ethnographic example of a divorce case from Gilgit-Baltistan, Northern Pakistan. Workshop "Marriage, law and the state in India", Institute of Ethnology, Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster.
  • May 2016: Intimate connections. Sensing conjugal emotions between high mountains, Islam and mobile phone. Forschungskolloquium, Institut des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.
  • May 2016: Intimacy inside out. New modes of expression of guarded emotions. Pakistan Workshop, Rook How, Lake District, Great Britain.
  • March 2016: Emotions in conflict. Multiple entanglements in ‘factive’ narratives from Gilgit-Baltistan. Department of Anthropology, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad.
  • March 2016: Love connections. Women’s moral appropriation of mobile phones in Gilgit-Baltistan. Department of History, Government College University, Lahore.
  • March 2016: Mobile phone romances in Gilgit-Baltistan. Doing research on women’s emotions. Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi.
  • November 2015: Intimacy through mobile space. Emplacement of mobile phone practices and the negotiation of moral concepts in Gilgit-Baltistan. Gender, embodiment, and moral society. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver.
  • September 2015: Erweiterung intimer Beziehungen über das Handy. Die Verhandlung von Geschlechterbeziehungen in der Region Gilgit, Nordpakistan. Workshop 47 “Material culture”. Conference of the German Anthropological Association, Marburg.
  • May 2015: The extension of intimate relationships through mobile phones in the context of ongoing gender negotiations in the District of Gilgit, Northern Pakistan. Pakistan Workshop, Rook How, Lake District, Great Britain.
  • May 2015: Love at the push of a button. The moral appropriation of mobile phones in Gilgit-Baltistan. National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad.
  • January 2015: Embodied sharm in the Gilgit Region, Northern Pakistan. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.
  • August 2013: Women and mobile phones. Workshop Anthropological Fieldwork Methods. Karakoram International University, Gilgit, Pakistan.
  • May 2013: Appropriation of the mobile phone by women within the web of gender relations in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Mobile Telephony in the Developing World Conference. University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • April 2012: Kulturelle Aneignung des Handys. Ethnographische Beispiele aus Südindien und Nordpakistan. Studentisches Blockseminar „Kulturelle Aneignung“. Fachschaft Ethnologie, Munich.