Exhibition Opening: MUSEUM ON THE COUCH

Museum on the Couch 3.0

Participants of the module "Museum on the Couch - Reflexive Interventions in Anthropology" present their installations, interventions, and performances in the permanent exhibitions of the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde in Leipzig. The project offers an interactive space for students to engage with the problems faced by contemporary ethnographic museums, both theoretically and practically.

The exhibition opens on Friday, 23th June at 6 pm.

To kick off the vernissage, students show two one-off performances - HERAKLES2 or OVER-DETERMINED" by Mona Louisa-Melinka Hempel, and "Rituals of Death" by Diana Sánchez Llerena, Vittoria Fiore, Miranda Marks, Yuejia Peng, Nihan Uslu and Monika König. There are also six installations/interventions to be explored.

On Wednesdays and on weekends from 3pm onwards, participants give tours. Those who wish to explore the exhibits on their own may identify them by a red dot.

The exhibition runs from 24th June until 15th October.

Next Round in our 'Commodifications' Series

Lecture Alex

In the coming summer term, the lecture series at the Insitute of Anthropology and the Institute of African Studies addresses the subject of commodification. Climate finance, state rationing, and the commercialization of healing are just three of the themes we are going to engage with. We are looking forward to welcoming Gabriele Alex from the University of Tübingen and many other international researchers. The lectures take place from 5-7 in lecture hall 4, in the auditorium building in Universitätsstrasse 3. The program is available for download HERE.

For students in the MA Anthropology program, we offer an accompanying seminar in the summer term, Mondays 11-13, to prepare and deepen the series' contents. Individual sessions are going to be held together with students of African Studies. Please find further information in our teaching schedule. Interested BA students please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Summer School “Seeing the Self through the Lens of the Other”

We invite post-graduate students enrolled in a Master's program in the social sciences or humanities at the University of Leipzig as well as Halle and Jena to apply for a Summer School titled "Seeing the Self through the Lens of the Other."
The summer school will take place from 03 to 12 July 2017 and will earn students a credit of 10 ECTS.

Deadline for applications is 15 May 2017.

Read more in the Call for entries and Program.

Application form (pdf/docx)

Indology Lecture Series in the Summer Term

The Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies hosts a lecture series in the summer term. The program and further information are available for download HERE. The lectures take place on Tuesdays, 5-7 o'clock, in Schillerstraße 6, room S102. Everyone is welcome!


The MA Anthropology is a two year program with a strong research orientation. During their first two semesters students learn advanced theory and method, train their academic skills (writing of research proposal, advanced essay writing in the style of a journal article, etc.) and deepen their regional expertise (students can chose from African Studies, Oriental Studies, India/Tibet/Mongolian Studies, China Studies of Japan Studies). During the third semester, students conduct research for their master thesis or an internship. The last term is devoted to writing the MA thesis (apprix. 30,000 words). Classes are taught in English and German. Core courses are offered in English. Electives might be taught in English or German. Please consult about language requirements before enrolling.

Application deadline for enrollment in October 2016 is 1 May 2016.

Entry exams are held in the beginning of June 2016.

Please find more detailed information here.

Master Of Arts Anthropology 2016: New Handbook Available


A revised handbook provides useful information on the international Master of Arts Anthropology. The document is available for download HERE




Photos by Students

The pictures which form the banner of the Homepage are contributions made by our students and Doctoral candidates who have agreed to share their ethnographic experiences with us. By clicking on the respective images, you can access brief descriptions that characterize the pictures in their social and cultural context and sketch the context of their creation. We thank the conscientious contributors!


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