Stine Simonsen Puri

Stine Simonsen Puri

Teaching associate professor

Primary fields of research

I am interested in how we can use play and movement for developing insight into the world and or own position in the world. As an anthropologist this involves a method that emphasizes participation in bodily activities during fieldwork as a key to knowledge combined with more verbal research methods.


In my research I have focused on gambling and dance in relation to India. I have studied horse race betting as an entry to the understanding of black money and power in Delhi as well as rain gambling along with speculation in agricultural markets in the desert of Rajasthan as a method to understand peoples engagement with climate uncertainties. Furthermore, I have studied (and learnt) Indian temple dance as an entry to an embodied understanding of Hinduism as well as a dance developed by Rudolf Steiner called eurythmy, and the ways that Western modern dance has developed in conversation with Indian dance, in order to have a more global understanding of the history of dance.  



I teach foundational anthropological theory and methods, economic anthropology (in Center for Comparative Cultural Studies for which I am co-director and in Cross-cultural Studies) and introduction courses to South Asian History, Culture and Society (In Modern india and South Asian Studies). In my teaching I am in particular interested in the development of multi modal teaching methods, where I work consciously both with textual. Auditive, visual and kinesthetic learning processes. In particular, I am interested in the development of teaching methods that engage the body as an instrument of knowledge.

Fields of interest

India and anthropology; Gambling, speculation, play and economy; Climate and agriculture; Hinduism, spirituality, movement and dance. 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Escalations: Theorizing Sudden Accelerating Change

    Højer, Lars, Kublitz, A., Puri, Stine Simonsen & Bandak, Andreas, 2018, In: Anthropological Theory. 18, 1, p. 36-58 22 p., 2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Speculation: Futures and Capitalism in India

    Bear, L., Birla, R. & Puri, Stine Simonsen, 2015, In: Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 35, 3, p. 387-391 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Relationships of chance: Friendships in a gambling setting of urban India

    Puri, Stine Simonsen, 2016, In: South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. 39, 1, p. 109-125 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Billeder på integration: Kulturmøder, samfundsforandringer og projektmetoder

    Petersen, A. M. & Puri, Stine Simonsen, 2014, Aarhus: Systime. (Systime iBog).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookEducation

Selected activities

  1. Betting on the Monsoon in Rajasthans Desert

    Puri, Stine Simonsen (Other)

    21 Apr 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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