Call for Applications: Masterclass with Prof. Dr. Nurit Bird-David

Masterclass Bird David 2020 CfP webProf. Dr. Nurit Bird-David (Haifa) is our guest of this year's Ad.E.Jensen Memorial Lecture: "The Connected Society: Lessons from Gatherer-Hunter Cultures to the Digital Age".

A masterclass with Prof. Dr. Nurit Bird-David on "Indigenous Insights on Nature and Society" (July 9 - 10, 2020, Frankfurt a.M.) is part of the event.
Advanced MA students and doctoral candidates may apply, submissions are due by 15 May 2020. Further information here.

For further information on dates, topic and programme of the Ad.E.Jensen Memorial Lecture 2020, follow this link.

Library closed

Bcherregal korrigiertThe Leo Frobenius Library of Cultural Anthropology will be closed from 18 March 2020 until further notice. Any changes will be announced here. Thank you for your understanding.

"BAXXE ፤ HOME" on exhibition at the Bautzen Museum

Baxxe Heimat Flyer Bautzen 1On 14 March the exhibition "BAXXE ፤ HOME" will open at the Museum Bautzen as part of the museum's exhibition sequence on notions of "Home".

The exhibition shows photos from the Frobenius Institute's archives, which document the early expeditions to the Gedeo region in Ethiopia between the 1930s and 1950s. These images are contrasted with recent photographs by the Ethiopian photographer Maheder Haileselassie and students from the Gedeo region, who present their own views of "home". Film screenings will accompany the program.

The exhibition builds on a cooperation between the Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology and the Goethe-Institute in Addis Ababa, wehre it was on display from November 2019 to January 2020. It can now be seen in expanded form at the Museum Bautzen.

Further information: (German language)

Short film about the Frobenius Institute


The short film "Das Frobenius-Institut stellt sich vor" gives an overview of the research, collections and other activities of the scholars working at the Frobenius Institute. A film by Viola Laske and Yanti Hölzchen, based on an idea developed in the seminar "Anthropology in Public" (winter term 2017/18).

You can find the film on Youtube

Rock art copy on display in Zurich

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  A copy of the rock painting "Big Elephants" from the Frobenius Institute's archives is part of the exhibition "Énergie animale", on display until 7 June 2020 at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich. The exhibition shows objects, graphics, photo series and much more, which illustrate how animals are perceived and the roles they are assigned.

The rock art copy was painted by by Joachim Lutz during Leo Frobenius' expedition to Zimbabwe in 1928. As early as 1931, the Zurich Museum of Decorative Arts showed examples of such artistic recreations of savannah animals.

Exhibition award "Ausgezeichnet Ausgestellt"

Einladung Marschner 2020 geschnittenThe exhibition "Frobenius - the Art of Science", on display from March 24 to July 14, 2019 at the Museum Giersch of Goethe University Frankfurt, is shortlisted for the "Ausgezeichnet Ausgestellt" award of the Dr. Marschner Foundation. The prize, endowed with 25,000 Euro, is aimed at all non-profit or public sponsorship institutions in Frankfurt am Main and Offenbach and is awarded annually. From the submitted applications, projects that stand out for their substantial curatorial achievement and whose implementation is aimed at both a broad public as well as at a specialist audience are selected for the prize.

In addition to "Frobenius - The Art of Research", six other exhibition projects have been nominated. The award ceremony has been rescheduled to May 2020, after initially being scheduled for 18 March.

About the exhibition
Press release of the Dr. Marschner Foundation (German language)

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