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Dr. Anna-Maria Walter

Dr. Anna-Maria Walter

Teaching Assignment


Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
LMU Munich
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

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Intimate Connections
Love and Marriage in Pakistan’s High Mountains

Anna-Maria Walter, forthcoming (2021)

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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, LMU Munich

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2021 – 2023
    Postdoctoral Researcher in the ERA-Net RUS Plus funded project “Conservation, tourism, and remoteness in Europe (CONTOURS)”, University of Oulu, Finland
  • 2021
    Teaching Assignment, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University
  • 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”



  • December 2020: Chance und Einschränkung? Die Rolle von Handys in Identitätskonstruktionen junger Frauen in Gilgit, Nordpakistan. Institut für Ethnologie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.
  • November 2020: Who owns the Mountains? How Media Representations permeate Vertical Cosmologies. Asian Borderlands Research Network. Online Pre-conference.
  • 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.