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06114 Halle (Saale)

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Seminar für Ethnologie

Reichardtstraße 11
06114 Halle (Saale)

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Seminar für Ethnologie
06099 Halle (Saale)

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Information about Coronavirus / Covid-19 (updated 7/6/22)

Important informations about teaching programme

  • It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask; neither in class, nor at the SfE.
  • Students should keep an eye on this homepage and the homepage of the university. Students should also check informations for their individual courses on StudIP.
  • We would also like to inform you about the psychological counseling services    provided by the Studentenwerk Halle.

Schedule of lectures summer term 2022
KVV_Ethnologie_SoSe2022_3103.pdf (485.5 KB)  vom 01.04.2022

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

The Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Long Night of the Sciences

Staff and students from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology invite you to three events as part of the Long Night of the Sciences on 1 July. First, Anna-Lena Wolf invites you to an ordinary working day on an Indian tea plantation   . Second, Felix Schiedlowski and Amy Walker (Human Geography) will present findings from their research on the end of lignite mining in Eastern Germany   . Finally, our MA students Philipp Baum and Anastasia Klaar will deliver results from seminar research on toxicity in Saxony-Anhalt   . The lectures will be held in German.

Guest lecture Gruppuso

Guest lecture Gruppuso

Guest lecture Gruppuso

Gastvortrag von Paolo Gruppuso am 28.06.2022 (in Präsenz und Online)

Paolo Gruppuso (Rachel Carson Center, LMU München) wird am 28 Juni 2022, 16:15 – 17:45 Uhr einen Gastvortrag zum Thema “The Invention of Wetlands: Reclamation, Conservation, and Future Sustainability” am Seminar für Ethnologie halten. Die Veranstaltung findet in Präsenz im Seminarraum (Reichardtstr. 11, 06114 Halle) sowie online hier. (Passwort: Wetlands-22) statt. Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung finden Sie im untenstehenden Dokument.

Guest Lecture Gurppuso
Guest Lecture Gurppuso.pdf (1.2 MB)  vom 03.06.2022

Amo Lecture 2022

Amo Lecture 2022

Amo Lecture 2022

A.W. AMO LECTURE 2022
Amo-Lecture-2022-Ndlovu-Gatsheni.pdf (1.1 MB)  vom 18.05.2022

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert

Guest Lecture by Dr Andrew Gilbert

On Thursday, June 23, Dr Andrew Gilbert    (Toronto / Bremen) will be a guest at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology. Gilbert will give a presentation as part of the seminar "SOUND WORK(S). Ethnographic Perspectives on Music/Sound and Work" by Prof Asta Vonderau. In his presentation "How do We Work Together? Insights into Multimodal Ethnography" he will explore the possibilities of multimodal research in anthropology. The lecture will take place on June 23, starting at 10.15 am at Raum 101, MMZ (Mitteldeutsches Medienzentrum, Mansfelder Straße 56). Everyone is welcome to attend!

Artisanal gold mining in Tanzania

Artisanal gold mining in Tanzania

Artisanal gold mining in Tanzania

ETROD: Artisanal gold mining in Tanzania - Filmic and ethnographic explorations of hope and uncertainty

Join for another event of the Extractivism and Transition Research Online Dialogues: Anna Frohn Pedersen will provide insights into her  research on artisanal gold mining in Tanzania. In her PhD project Anna  conducted ethnographic research in a mining village in the northern part  of Tanzania. In an attempt to find adequate forms of representing the  miners’ (self)understanding of their work and lives, Anna engaged in  participatory film-making in addition to her research papers. In this  session we are going to discuss two different outputs from her research:  a film and a research paper that both deal with the risks, challenges  and uncertainty that are embedded in mining but also the hopes and  dreams it invokes. Please find the film here   , password: Nyarugusu2019.

To sign up for the event, please sent a mail to

Conference 'After Law'

Conference 'After Law'

Conference 'After Law'

International Conference "After Law: Mobilization, Injustice, and Confrontation in the Post-Juristocratic Transition" (6-10 June 2022, Université de Lausanne)

On 6-10 June, Olaf Zenker and Mark Goodale (Université de Lausanne) will host an international conference entitled “After Law: Mobilization, Injustice, and Confrontation in the Post-Juristocratic Transition”. This workshop will take place at the "LACS - Laboratoire d'Anthropolgie Culturelle et Sociale" in Lausanne (Switzerland). After the end of the Cold War, the world experienced an impressive rise of law - especially in the form of liberal constitutionism and a strengthened judicial review - towards a "juristocracy" (Hirschl 2004). However, the last few years have seen a counter-movement increasingly shifting away from the rule of law and towards much more ambiguous forms of self-determination, mobilization and resistance. Are we at the beginning of a "post-juristocratic transition" - and if so, what are its consequences? These questions are at the heart of this interdisciplinary conference.

Further information on the programme can be found in the document below.

Conference Programme 'After Law'
Poster After Law.pdf (319.2 KB)  vom 02.06.2022

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War in Ukraine

The Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology condemns Wladimir Putin’s war against the Ukrainian people and territory. We watch the dramatic events unfolding in Ukraine with dismay. The institute supports the “EASA Statement on the Russian war against Ukraine”   . We try to offer support as best as possible for those affected by war. Information for refugees and those who want to provide support in the city of Halle can be found here   . The university has supplied information here and here. The German Anthropological Association has issued information for Ukrainian scientists here   . Inquiries to the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology can be addressed to felix.schiedlowski@ethnologie.uni-halle.de.

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schnepel

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schnepel

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schnepel

Retirement of Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schnepel

After 20 eventful years at Martin Luther University, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schnepel recently retired with the end of the winter semester 2021/22. As a founding member of the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology since 2002, he was crucial in establishing Social and Cultural Anthropology at Martin Luther University and in making Halle one of the centres of the discipline beyond Germany. His work was not limited to the Institute, however, as he made a significant contribution to anchoring the discipline at MLU by assuming numerous leading positions. Burkhard Schnepel was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy I (2010-14), Director of the Oriental Studies Centre (from 2007), co-initiator and founding director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (from 2009), board member of the graduate school "Asia and Africa", and member of the Senate (2014-18). In addition to his institutional commitment, Burkhard Schnepel also led numerous third-party funded projects on research in South Asia and the Indian Ocean, which were supported by the German Research Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Max Planck Society, among others. His research interests include topics such as sacred kingship, theories of ritual and performance, personhood, and cultural heritage. He has also made important contributions to the anthropology of the night and of tourism. The main focus of his research in Halle, however, consisted in ethnohistorical studies, with his research initially focussing on Orissa, India, subsequently including Mauritius, and finally extending to the Indian Ocean. Burkhard Schnepel established Halle as the most important German location for Indian Ocean Studies with international appeal. With his Max Planck Fellow Group "Connectivity in Motion: Port Cities of the Indian Ocean", the organisation of several international and interdisciplinary conferences and summer schools, the cooperation with Utkal University in Orissa, the University of Mauritius, McGill University in Canada and New York University Shanghai, as well as numerous relevant publications on the Indian Ocean, Burkhard Schnepel has contributed significantly to the reputation of Martin Luther University. We would like to express our sincere thanks for his significant commitment to the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and to the social sciences and humanities as a whole, and wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement.

The Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology

The Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology

The Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology

Forschungsbasierter Masterstudiengang Ethnologie / Social and Cultural Anthropology

MA Social and Cultural Anthropology Halle

MA Social and Cultural Anthropology Halle

MA Social and Cultural Anthropology Halle

Der zweisprachige Masterstudiengang MA Ethnologie 120 beinhaltet neben dem sozial- und kulturtheoretisch fundierten Studium auch die angeleitete Konzeption und Durchführung eines individuellen empirischen Forschungsprojekts weltweit. Beispiele studentischer Masterforschungsfelder gibt es hier.

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