Dieses Seminar bietet eine kombinierte Einführung in die ethnologische Verwandtschafts- und Geschlechterforschung. In den ersten Sitzungen arbeiten wir die historischen Zusammenhänge zwischen diesen beiden Forschungssträngen und ihren aktuellen Ausprägungen heraus. Daraufhin beschäftigen wir uns vor allem mit den theoretischen Grundlagen der ethnologischen Geschlechterforschung und der feministischen Anthropologie, d.h. mit Macht und Unterordnung, sex/gender-Systemen, kulturellen Konstruktionen von Geschlechtlichkeit und postkolonialen Geschlechterdiskursen. Dabei beleuchten wir neuere Debatten und Themenbereiche der ethnologischen Forschung anhand ausgewählter Materialien, darunter Texte zu Wissenschaftstheorie und Objektivität, Reproduktion, Auto-Ethnographie, Queer Studies oder Materialität und Cyborgs.


This seminar is an introduction to the histories, cultures, and politics of the African Great Lakes, a region of incredible ethnolinguistic and ecological diversity spanning what is today Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. We work to understand the region through a series of themes including economic and social life, religion and politics, kinship, health, human-environment relations, war, and cultural production. We also explore practices of circulation and exchange—of people, languages, ideas, and practices—that connect different societies in the Great Lakes historically and in the present. This approach serves to contextualize some of the obsessions of contemporary North Atlantic representations of the area (e.g., AIDs, genocide, civil war), while raising the larger question of whether it is meaningful to speak of this area as a “region” in the first place. The course draws on diverse materials in anthropology, history, film, fiction, and art. Hausarbeiten und Präsentationen in deutscher Sprache sind willkommen.

In this seminar, we explore anthropological notions of "culture" and "society," and consider both their historical development and theoretical potential (and limits). We begin with early field-defining efforts to establish the study of culture and society. We then consider key following paradigms and debates, including functionalism, structuralism, symbolic anthropology, political-economic and Marxist approaches, feminist anthropology, globalization, and the so-called crisis of representation. The conclusion of the course will take some more recent debates on secularity, ontology, more-than-human others, and decolonizing knowledge. Seminar participants are encouraged to undertake research and offer presentations.Homework and presentations in German are welcome.


Epidemics, poverty, pollution, climate change, species extinction, refugees, permeable borders, economic downturns, xenophobia, authoritarian governments—these are only a few of the things widely perceived as crises today. What is more, these and other so-called crises often seem less like the exception to people’s lifeworlds and more like their defining conditions. In this seminar, we explore these and other ways that lifeworlds are seemingly put in crisis. Along the way, we critically interrogate both notions— ‘lifeworld’ and ‘crisis’—and explore their uses and abuses in shaping thought, experience, politics, and social life in the contemporary world. Throughout the semester, alongside course discussions on anthropology, philosophy, film, and other genres, students will track and analyze a particular ‘crisis’ of their choosing. Das Seminar wird in deutscher und englischer Sprache durchgeführt.