Further Information

Dr. Roos Gerritsen


Roos Gerritsen Portrait

I am an anthropologist whose research focuses on popular visual culture, media, food, urban spaces and the senses in south India.

My current project a ‘Taste for Change’ explores new urban food practices in India. It looks at new hands-on, small-scale food initiatives and everyday practices in South India that aim to rethink the role of food in everyday life. This project in South India investigates the ways in which these practices relate to imaginations of a better past, present, and future in everyday urban life and in what way pleasures and the senses interrelate to notions of sustainability, health, and wellness. It uses a combination of multimodal methodologies that attend to the sensorial experiences of urban life. This interest in methodology and multimodal representational forms has been present since my PhD work in which I extensively used photography as topic as well as method of research. It has also materialized in various non-standard academic publication forms and in exhibitions and art workshops that I have organized or been involved in.

My PhD research dealt with Tamil fan clubs and the production, dissemination, and consumption of cinematic imagery of movie stars. This research looked into the role of such fan imagery in the formation of cinematic publics as well as individual fan careers by empirically investigating the ways in which visual technologies have been deployed at the level of grassroots or vernacular politics. Other important foci of her research situate these vernacular fan images into neoliberalism and neoliberal publics that seemed to have indicated a shift in the use of public space. The book manuscript is currently under contract at an international university publisher. I am extending my research focus on the ‘fringes’ of the movie industry by investigating the everyday urban lives of extras and junior artists in the Tamil movie industry.




Gerritsen, Roos. 2017. Review of House Full review in Visual Anthropology, by Lakshmi Srinivas. Visual Anthropology 30: 368–70.

Gerritsen, Roos. 2016. ‘Intimacy on Display: Movie Stars, Images and Everyday Life in South India.’ In: Visual Anthropology 29 (4–5): 382–405.

Gerritsen, Roos. 2016. ‘Keeping in control: The figure of the fan in the Tamil film industry’. In: Studies in South Asian Film & Media volume 7, issue 1-2 pp 5-24.

Gerritsen, Roos. 2013. ‘Canvases of political competition: Image production as politics in Tamil Nadu, India’. In: Ethnos, June, 1–26.

Gerritsen, Roos. 2011. ‘Chennai beautiful: Shifting urban landscapes and the unanticipated city’. Published on Tasveer Ghar – House of images.

Beelen, Karl, Roos Gerritsen, and A. Srivathsan. 2010. ‘Climbing up the rank ladder: Imagining Chennai as a world class city’. In Monu: Most valuable urbanism 13 (97-113).

Gerritsen, Roos. 2008. Photo essay. ‘Some notes on cine-addictions: Image trails running from the intimate sphere to the public eye’. In: South Asian Visual Culture Series 2.

Gerritsen, Roos. 2008. The politics of entertainment: Some notes on cine-addictions, intimacy, and the public eye. In: Publication of 3rd International seminar on mass communication. Pondicherry University.

Gerritsen, Roos. 2006. Tamil wedding souvenirs of predictive love: Future memories in South India. In: Etnofoor 19(2):5-22.


Gerritsen, Roos. Forthcoming. Fandom on Display: Intimate Visualities and the Politics of Spectacle. Forthcoming 2019.

Gerritsen, Roos & Stephen Inglis (eds.). 2016 Street Art: Popular Expression in Urban India. Chennai: Dakshina Chitra Publications.

Book chapters

Gerritsen, Roos & Stephen Inglis. 2016. ‘Introduction’. In: Gerritsen, R. & Stephen Inglis (eds.). Street Art: Popular Expression in Urban India. Chennai: Dakshina Chitra Publications.

Gerritsen, Roos. 2015. Chennai beautiful: Shifting urban landscapes and the unanticipated city. In: Christiane Brosius, Sumathi Ramaswamy and Yousuf Saeed (eds.), Visual Homes, Image Worlds: Essays from Tasveer Ghar - The House of Pictures. New Delhi: Yoda Press.


Gerritsen, Roos. 2013. ‘Visuele cultuur cruciaal voor filmfans’. In: India Nu. 203-204 (14-15).

Gerritsen, Roos. 2010. ‘The unanticipated city: Shifting urban landscapes and the politics of spectacle in Chennai’. Published on Material World Blog.

Gerritsen, Roos. 2008. ‘The politics of entertainment: Fan club imagery and agency in South India’. In: Student magazine ICA, Leiden University.

Gerritsen, Roos and Maarten Onneweer. 2006. ‘Wetenschap schrijven: Handleiding voor de BA student in de Sociale Wetenschappen.’ Reader for Institute of Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology, Leiden University.


Thematic interests

  • Anthropology of South Asia
  • urban cultures
  • popular cultures
  • urban aesthetics
  • material and visual culture
  • vernacular politics
  • sustainability consumption
  • everyday utopias

Regional foci

  • South Asia (particularly South India)
Seitenbearbeiter: Webmaster
Letzte Änderung: 18.04.2018
zum Seitenanfang/up