Every winter term, the Frobenius Institute invites international scholars of cultural anthropology and related disciplines to present their current research projects in its colloquium on ongoing research. The colloquium is characterized by its diversity of topics, regional contexts and disciplines, and serves the discursive, dialogical and critical acquisition of knowledge. The personal encounter in the colloquium is intended to enable and strengthen scientific cooperations.


Colloquium in winter term 2020/21


Programme brochure with abstracts

Colloquium presentations on YouTube 

Kolloquium 2020 21 broschre cover

From January 2021, the colloquium takes place exclusively online via Zoom. We reserve the right to make changes according to the regulations under the pandemic. Therefore,  please always consult the current information on our homepage.

Participation online via zoom:
The login data will be sent out via our newsletter the day before the lecture date. Register for the newsletter here.

Mondays, 4.15 pm - 5.45 pm (Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris), PEG 1.G 168 (Campus Westend)
Start: November 30, 2020 (weekly up to and including February 8, 2021)

Nov. 30, 2020
Akin Ogundiran (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
More than a city-state: Ifẹ̀ empire and the Yorùbá project, AD 1200-1420

Dec. 7, 2020
Julian Sommerschuh (University of Cologne, Department of Philosophy)
Value pluralism and cultural change: A view from Southern Ethiopia

Dec. 14, 2020
Jörg Haustein (University of Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity)
Embodying the spirit(s): Spirit beliefs and Pentecostal demonology in Ethiopia

Jan. 11, 2021
Samuel Wilby (London School of Economics and Political Science)
A burning issue: Labour, land and life among highland swidden cultivators in Odisha, India

Jan. 18, 2021
Daniel Mains (University of Oklahoma, Honors College)
Under construction: Struggles over governance, labor, and technology in urban Ethiopia

Jan. 25, 2021
Markus Schindlbeck (Former Ethnological Museum / National Museums in Berlin)
On the tracks of Meinhard Schuster in South America and New Guinea. Experience with the processing of foreign research notes

Feb. 1, 2021
Odile Goerg (Université de Paris-CESSMA)
Why study cinema in West Africa? Going to the movies as a social and political act

8 Feb. 2021
Laura de Harde (University of Pretoria / University of the Witwatersrand)
Awakening the archive of Elizabeth Goodall