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Ad.E. Jensen Memorial Lecture

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About the Ad.E. Jensen Memorial Lecture









Guest 2019

Prof. Sondra Hausner (Oxford) is this year's guest of the Ad.E. Jensen Memorial Lecture!

"A genealogy of method: anthropology's ancestors and the meaning of culture" is the title of her lecture series to be held on following dates:

June 3rd 2019 (opening lecture)
June 17th 2019
June 24th 2019
July 1st 2019

Time and place:
mondays, 4.15pm - 5.45pm; Campus Westend, Casino building, room 1.811


All lectures are open to the public.
We welcome a short notice for attending the opening lecture and reception on June 3rd via email (frobenius[at] by May 10th 2019.



A masterclass with Prof. Sondra Hausner addressed to MA-students and PhD candidates whose projects relate to her work will take place:

"Conversations with classic theorists"
June 25th-26th, 2019, Frankfurt a.M.

Masterclass Final web neuCall for papers

Extended application deadline: May 31st, 2019

Applications addressed to:
Holger Jebens (Jebens[at]





About the Ad.E. Jensen Memorial Lecture

Each year the Frobenius Institute invites an internationally renowned researcher to give a series of guest lectures during the summer term. The lecture series is dedicated to Adolf Ellegard Jensen (1899-1965), who in 1946 was appointed Director of the Frobenius Institute, as well as Director of Frankfurt's Museum of Ethnology. The subject of these lectures is usually centred on Jensen's main research interests, which were myth, ritual and cult. However, the invited guests are free to choose their own preferred subjects.

 Watch the lectures at the YouTube channel of the Frobenius Instituteyoutube



Previous Jensen Memorial Lectures were:

2018: "Values, Social Theory, and the Anthropological Study of the Good", Prof. Joel Robbins (Cambridge)

2017: "On the pursuit of wealth and happiness: Some lessons from Central India", Prof. Chris Gregory (Canberra)

2016: "Repatriating Anthropology - Ethics and empirics in some lessons from Native America", Prof. Dr. Justin B. Richland (Chicago)

2015: "Cultures and Translation", Prof. Souleymane Bachir Diagne (New York)

2014: "Fieldwork in Philosophy: Refiguring Social Inquiry's Conceptual Ground", Prof. Ann Laura Stoler (New York)

2013: "From Artifact to Primitive Art", Prof. Nancy Lutkehaus (Los Angeles)

2012: "Is Religion a Special Form of the Social?", Prof. Maurice Bloch (London)

2011: "The Anthropology of Encounter - from 'first contact' to the everyday", Prof. Francesca Merlan (Canberra)

2010: "Kult und Kunst - Ästhetik des ethnographischen Archivs", Prof. Fritz W. Kramer (Berlin)


Kunst im Ritual. Ethnographische Erkundungen zur Ästhetik

Reimer-Verlag, Berlin 2014

ISBN 978-3-49601-5017






2009: "Lessons in the Anthropology of Nature", Prof. Philippe Descola (Paris)

2008: Nine lectures on the topic "The end of anthropology?": Adam Kuper (London), Ulf Hannerz (Stockholm), Signe Howell (Oslo), Maurice Godelier (Paris), Antonio Palmisano (Triest), John Comaroff (Chicago), Vincent Crapanzano (New York), Patricia Spyer (Leiden) und Mark Münzel (Marburg)


The End of Anthropology?

Edited by Holger Jebens and Karl-Heinz Kohl

Sean Kingston Publishing, 2011

ISBN: 978-1907774058






2007: "A Quest for Understanding: Eastern Indonesia in Historical and Comparative Perspective", Prof. James J. Fox (Australian National University)

2006: "The Making of Colonialism in Equatorial Africa", Prof. Robert Harms (Yale)

2005: "Amazons: Women Warriors of Dahomey in and out Africa", Prof. Suzanne Preston Blier (Harvard)

2004: "Colour of the Sacred", Prof. Michael Taussig (New York)

taussig colour

What Colour is the Sacred?

University of Chicago Press, 2009

ISBN: 9780226790053







2003: "Social Anthropology: only a Western science?", Prof. Maurice Godelier (Paris)

2001: "Violence, Social Order and the Spectral State. Policing The South African Postcolony", Prof. Jean Comaroff, Prof. John Comaroff (Chicago)

2000: "Emotion: Experience and Expression - A Cross-Cultural View", Prof. Unni Wikan (Oslo)

1999: "The Anthropology of Imagination" Prof. Vincent Crapanzano (New York)

crapanzano horizons

Imaginative Horizons. An Essay in Literary-Philosophical Anthropology

University of Chicago Press, 2003

ISBN: 9780226118734







1998: "The Crisis of Presence: Death and Alterity in Amerindian Amazon" Prof. Tullio Maranhão (St. Paul)

1997/98: "Out of our Minds. Science, Ecstasis and the Ethnography of Africa" Prof. Johannes Fabian (Amsterdam)

fabian  out of our minds

Out of Our Minds. Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa

University of California Press, 2000

ISBN: 9780520221239