Dr. Hanna Werner


Junior Fellow (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)


Weltbeziehungen / C19.02.31

Office hours

by arrangement

Visiting address

Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Dr. Hanna Werner

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae

Hanna Werner studied anthropology, sociology and psychology at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis and received her PhD from Humboldt University Berlin in 2013. She has done research in India and Tanzania and taught at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Heidelberg, the University of Chicago, the Steinbeis University Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the Technical University of Berlin. Since January 2019, she has been a Junior Fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt.

Research Project

Hanna Werner’s work focuses on modernity, postcolonial theory and criticism, the politics of cultural identity, nationalism, power/knowledge, governmentality, and social/environmental movements.

Selected Publications


  • 2015. The Politics of Dams. Developmental Perspectives and Social Critique in Modern India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • 2014. The (Im)Possibility of Development Critique. In Environment, Politics and Activism: The Role of Media. Somnath Batabyal, ed. Pp. 17-38. New Delhi: Routledge.
  • 2014. Rivers, Dams and Landscapes. Engaging with the Modern on Contested Grounds. In Large Dams in Asia: Contested Environments between Technological Hydroscapes and Social Resistance. Marcus Nüsser, ed. Pp. 125-147. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • 2013. Wasser als Gegenstand (kultur)politischer Debatten in Indien, Südasienchronik/South Asia Chronicle,3, S. 214-241.
  • 2006. Knowledge, Interpretation and Practice: The Dynamics of Traditional Healing and Local Knowledge in Rural Tanzania. In African Indigenous Science and Knowledge Systems: Triumphs and Tribulations. Essays in Honour of Gloria Thomas Emeagwali. Olayemi Akinwumi, Okpeh Ochayi Okpeh, C. B. N. Ogbogbo, and Adoyi Onoja, eds. Pp. 333-356. Abuja: Roots Books & Journals.


  • 2009. Review of Debjani Ganguly and John Docker. eds., 2007. Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality. Global Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge. Asian Studies Review 33(4):553–555.
  • 2006. Die Diskursivierung des Unverfügbaren. Review of Dominik Schrage, ed. 2005. Die Flut. Diskursanalysen zum Dresdner Hochwasser im August 2002. Ästhetik und Kommunikation 134(37):118-120.