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Katharina Poggendorf-Kakar is a writer who lives in Goa, India. She studied Comparative Religion, Anthropology and Indian Art History at the Freie Universität (Free University), Berlin/Germany, where she took her master’s degree (1995) and her doctorate (2001) in Comparative Religion.

Between 1999 and 2002, Katharina Poggendorf-Kakar was a lecturer in Comparative Religion at the Free University. She was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, USA, in 2001/2002. In the years 2000 to 2006, she taught Indian Religions at the College of Protestant Theology, Berlin/Germany.

In 1991 she worked as an executive tour-guide of various Indian groups during the Festival of India in Germany and between 1990 and 1996 as a museums guide for special exhibitions as well as for the permanent collection of the Museum of Indian Art, Berlin. Further, she was a free-lance project assistant in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), Berlin, where she worked for five years on different projects in the field of dance and music. In 1995 she was the project manager of the cultural festival Indien Verstehen (Understanding India), a one-month-event with exhibitions, music, dance, cinema and lectures on India in KITO, a cultural institute in Bremen, Germany.

Since 2003 she is living and working as a writer in Goa and is working on her first novel. Her publications include Hindu-Frauen zwischen Tradition und Moderne: Religiöse Veränderungen der indischen Mittelschicht im städtischen Umfeld, Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, 2002 and most recently, together with Sudhir Kakar, Die Inder. Porträt einer Gesellschaft, München: Beck Verlag, 2006.

Katharina Poggendorf-Kakar is married to the writer and psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar.