SPEAKERS

Behrens AndreaDr. Andrea Behrends (University of Halle-Wittenberg)

Andrea Behrends leads a project named Anthropological Cooperative Research on Technologies, Signification and Processes of Creative Adaption in Relation to African Oil Production, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Furthermore, she is co-founder of an anthropological research centre in N'Djamena, Chad and is currently writing a book about "border crossings" on the border between Chad and the Sudan. Behrends works as a lecturer and visiting professor at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. Her publications analyse questions of political anthropology, conflicts, resources and globalization.

 

Eckert JuliaProf. Dr. Julia Eckert (University of Bern)

Julia Eckert is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern and her research areas are based around theories of conflict, social movements, and political anthropology. She completed her post-doctoral degree at the Martin-Luther University in Halle/Wittenberg. Her post-doctoral dissertation was titled "The Virtuous and the Wicked: Anthropological Perspectives on the Police in Mumbai". At the Max-Planck- Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle she chaired the "Law against the State" research group. This group researched the relationship between the juridification of protest and the transnationationalization of legal standards. Julia Eckert published numerous books and edited volumes in which questions of citizenship, conflict resolution and anti-terrorism are addressed, especially for the case of India.

 

Eisenlohr PatrickProf. Dr. Patrick Eisenlohr (University of Göttingen)
Patrick Eisenlohr teaches at the University of Göttingen. He is Professor of Society and Culture in Modern India and is director of a research group with the same name at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS). Eisenlohr obtained international recognition for his research in the areas of anthropology of media and linguistic anthropology. Specific topics of his research include language, religion and citizenship as well as diasporas. During his PhD at the University of Chicago he researched ethno-linguistic identity and diaspora in Mauritius. In 2004 Eisenlohr was visiting professor at the New York University and subsequently assistant professor at The Washington University in St. Louis. From 2008 until 2012 he was Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Utrecht.

 

Finke Peter Prof. Dr. Peter Finke (University of Zürich)
In 2006 Peter Finke became Professor of Anthropology at the University of Zürich and Member of the Research group "Asia and Europe". His research interests span social theory, economic anthropology and post-socialist transformations. Currently he is editor of the German Journal of Anthropology. Peter Finke concluded his PhD on rural farmer economies in Kazakhstan and Kirgizstan at the University of Cologne. From 2000 he was a member of the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle and conducted research on collective identities in Uzbekistan. He completed his post-doctoral degree on the same subject at the University of Leipzig. Before becoming a Professor at the University of Zürich, Finke was visiting professor at the University of Hampshire and at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

 

Dr. Katja Geisenhainer (University of Vienna)

As an anthropologist and university lecturer, Katja Geisenhainer's major interest is the history of anthropology. Supported by a Lise-Meitner-Fund, she is currently researching the relationship between anthropology in Vienna and different institutions in other German-speaking countries. In her PhD dissertation, Katja Geisenhainer critically engaged with the work and legacy of the anthropologist Otto Reche. Reche was director of the Institute of Anthropology in Leipzig during the years of National Socialism and was engaged in racist phenotype research. Furthermore she addressed Reche's involvement in the Nazi atrocities by analysing the case of the Jewish anthropologist Marianne Schmidl (1890 - 1942). Her most recent publication is an anthology about Anthropology in Leipzig, which she co-edited with Bernhard Streck and Lothar Bohrmann.

 

Streck Bernhard

Prof. Dr. em. Bernhard Streck (University of Leipzig)

Bernhard Streck was director of the Institute of Anthropology between 1994-2010, during the difficult years after Germany's reunification. He has published extensively in the fields of history of anthropology, intercultural comparison, anthropology of religion and migration studies. His regional specializations range from the Middle East to the Northeast of Africa. In 2013 Bernhard Streck authored the book "Sterbendes Heidentum" (Dying Paganism) which compares religious belief systems, world-views and practices that existed prior to the 'religions of the book'. His most recent book describes the life of Leo Frobenius, an anthropologist, researcher and ethnographic collector in Africa. Also, he co-edited the anthology dedicated to the history of the Institute of Anthropology in Leipzig.

 

 

 

 

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