Research projects

The main areas of research in Cultural and Social Anthropology at the LAI are the anthropology of migration, anthropology of religion, transatlantic interrelations, visual anthropology and the anthropology of media, urban anthropology as well as ethno- and sociolinguistics specialized in indigenous languages. These areas contribute to the interdisciplinary research profile of the LAI: “Latin America: Entanglements and Translations”. The research projects focus on transnational, transregional and translocal entanglements as well as the epistemologies and historicities upon which they build. On the one hand they form Latin America´s past, even before the European invasion of the continent, and on the other hand the present age.

These research interests also find an expression in the current doctoral projects. Cultural and Social Anthropology trains Ph.D. students at the International Research Training Group “Between Spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalization”, – International Research Network “Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America” and the interdisciplinary Brazil Research Center of the LAI.

The results of research areregularly presented to peers at the congresses of the German Society of Anthropology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde), the Society of Ethnography (Gesellschaft für Ethnographie), the European Association of Social Anthropologists and the International Congresses of-Americanists.


Current projects:


Completed projects with funding:

* Zeitzeugen des Kulturkontakts: Neue Forschungs- und Interpretationszugänge zum materiellen Erbe der indigenen Bevölkerung des Amazonasgebietes (Oberer Rio Negro) is a joint project with Dr. Michael Kraus (Universität Bonn) and Prof. Dr. Ernst Halbmayer (Universität Marburg). The congress on this subject which combines the participation of local experts on the Columbian Amazonia and university academics specializing in museum collections of the material culture of this region is planned for August 2014 (funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung).

* Project Erforschung interkultureller Kommunikationsräume in Alt-Peru am Beispiel der formativzeitlichen Besiedlung der Siedlungskammer Cayán. This archaeological, ethnohistorical and social anthropological project investigated the role of the Cayán valley for communication and exchange between the highlands and the lowlands of Peru in a perspective from the pre-Columbian era up to the present (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG).


Current postdoctoral projects:

* Lidola, Maria: "Wissen in medizinischen Süd-Süd-Kooperationen: Kubanische Ärzt/innen in urbanen Armutsgegenden Rio de Janeiros, Brasilien"

* Aguilera, Sabina: “Unraveling Tarahumara perceptions of landscape through historical documents” (stipendiary Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung)


Completed habilitations:

* Stephanie Schütze: "Transnationale politische Räume: Arenen des politischen Engagements mexikanischer Migrant/innen zwischen Mexiko und den USA"

* Karoline Noack: "Textilien und die Produktion von kolonialer Differenz in der Kontaktzone: Trujillo in der nördlichen audiencia Lima, Peru im 16. und frühen 17. Jahrhundert" (2010)