Der wissenschaftliche Beirat des Frobenius-Instituts
Prof. Dr. Martin Bartelheim (chairman) is Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen. His scientific interests lie in the archaeology of the Chalcolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages in Central Europe and the Mediterranean with special focus on the development of societies, economies and landscapes. Since 2013 he is the speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre 1070 ResourceCultures that undertakes interdisciplinary research into the socio-cultural dimensions of resource use. He has authored a book on "The role of metallurgy in Prehistoric societies" in 2007 and co-edited several books such as "Sociocultural Dynamics and the Use of Resources" (2017) and "Key resources and socio-cultural developments in the Chalcolithic of the Iberian Peninsula" (2017).
Prof. Dr. Peter Berger is Associate Professor of Indian Religions and the Anthropology of Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen. He conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork among indigenous communities in highland Odisha, India (since 1996). His general interests in socio-cultural anthropology concern a) history, theory and methodology of anthropology; b) anthropology of religion (especially religious change, values, ritual, food); c) indigenous religions (especially in Central India). He is currently Head of the Department of Comparative Study of Religion and was visiting professor at the University of Zürich in 2012 and visiting fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Munich in 2015. His books include "Feeding, Sharing and Devouring: Ritual and Society in Highland Odisha, India" (de Gruyter 2015), and he co-edited "Ultimate Ambiguities: Investigating Death and Liminality" (Berghahn 2016), "The Modern Anthropology of India" (Routledge 2013) and "The Anthropology of Values" (Pearson 2010).
Prof. Dr. Andre Gingrich
Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger is Professor of Cinema Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt (Main), where he directs the Graduate Research Training Program "Configurations of Film". He obtained his PhD in film studies from the University of Zurich in 1999 and was Krupp foundation chair of documentary studies at Ruhr University Bochum from 2004, before moving to Frankfurt in 2011. His research focuses on film history, film theory and on marginal film forms, including research and science films. Recent publications include "Gene, Gehirn, Archiv. Über den Ort der menschlichen Natur im humanethologischen Filmarchiv" (in Zeitschrift für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie 2/2017). A collection of essays on science and film "Epistemic Screens. Science and Film", co-edited with Scott Curtis and Oliver Gaycken, is due out from Amsterdam University Press in 2019. He is a co-founder of NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies and the founding editor of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft. He is a member of the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature and a Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellency "The Formation of Normative Orders".
PD Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen - Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. She holds a PhD from Muenster University on exchange relations among the Southern African Khoekhoen and a PD degree (habilitation/second PhD) from Tuebingen University on Applied Anthropology. Her research focuses on informal and formal social security systems, ritual exchange, cultural resources and public anthropology. She is coeditor of the book "Berufsorientierung für Kulturwissenschaftler" (2009). Recent publications include "Contested claims to social welfare: Basic income grants in Namibia" (2017), "Ressource Complexes, Networks, and Frames. The Sambatra in Madagascar" (2017), "'On the safe side of life': Cultural Appropriations of Funeral Insurances in Namibia" (2016) and "'My dad has 15 wives and 8 ancestors to care for'. Conveying anthropological knowledge to children and adolescents" (2015). Currently, she is editing a publication which intends to serve as a handbook for the newly established field of Applied Anthropology within German universities.
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Krause
Prof. em. Dr. Georg Pfeffer is a retired Professor of Ethnology of the Free University Berlin and (with D.K. Behera) the editor of the series "Contemporary Society: Tribal Studies." He is also the author of "Verwandtschaft als Verfassung, Unbürokratische Muster öffentlicher Ordnung” (2016) and other books, as well as about 100 anthropological articles. He has founded the Anthropology Department of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and conducted extended empirical research in Pakistan and India. Most of his work focuses upon caste and kinship as the dominant structures of a non-bureaucratic public order.
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pinther is Professor of African Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. She studied cultural anthropology and art history in Frankfurt (Main) and Munich, and obtained her Ph.D on urban imaginaries and image practices in Ghana. She was a senior researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt, from 2010-2014 she was Assistant Professor for the Arts and Visual Cultures of Africa at Free University Berlin. Since 2014 she is Professor for the Arts of Muslim Cultures and the Arts of Africa at LMU Munich. Her research activities focus on urban cultures, contemporary art and architecture in Africa, design histories and forms of migration. Among her publications are "Afropolis. City, Media, Art" (2012, with Larissa Förster & Christian Hanussek) and recently "Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow. Design Histories between Africa and Europe (2017/18, with Alexandra Weigand). She is head of a DFG-project on Fashion and Styles in African Cities: Case Studies from Lagos and Doula (2017-2020). Kerstin Pinther is also a curator and currently works on a film project on design and architectural histories in Bamako, Mali (with Cheick Diallo & Tobias Wendl).
Prof. Dr. Eva Spies is Junior Professor for the Study of Religion with a special focus on Africa at the University of Bayreuth. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and has done ethnographic research in Niger and Madagascar. Her current research focuses on empirical and theoretical questions of religious diversity and the relationality of religious traditions. In Madagascar she studies encounters and mutual perceptions of religious groups in the context of Christian South-South mission. Another focus of her work is the field of religion and international development, in particular the forms of religious engineering – a concept she developed together with Paula Schrode. Eva Spies is PI of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), member of the executive board of the Institute of African Studies in Bayreuth and founder and spokesperson of the work group “Africa” of the German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW). Recent publications include: "Schrift und Charisma: Zur Rolle von Lehrbüchern in der pfingstlich-charismatischen Mission in Subsahara-Afrika". (2017) and "Pluralicity and Relationality: New Directions in African Studies." (2016, with Rüdiger Seesemann).
Prof. em. Dr. Gerd Spittler was Professor of Sociology at the University of Freiburg (1980-88) and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth. Since his retirement he is teaching regularly at the Universities of Niamey (Niger) and Sousse (Tunesia). He is a Honorary member of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie". He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin (1999/2000) and at the research college "Work and the Human Life Cycle in Global History" in Berlin (2009/10). In 2017/18 he was a fellow at "Institut d’Études Avancées" in Nantes. His last book publications are "African Children at Work (2012, with Michael Bourdillon) and "Anthropologie der Arbeit. Ein ethnographischer Vergleich" (2016).