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Current projects at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

DAAD IVAC - International Virtual Academic Collaboration


Students from Germany, Indonesia and Argentinia may collect collaborative research experience under the general topic of "Aging in Globalized Societies" and discover software supported evaluation methods. Under qualified supervision of project partners from Indonesia, Argentinia and Germany, student teams or tandems are instructed to conduct independent research exercises, experiment with digital software and evaluate the collected data in close cooperations. 


Project duration: 1.10.2020 - 31.09.2021

Head of the project: Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe

Project handling: Dr. Ingo Rohrer

The New Silk Road: National Visions and Everyday Imaginaries of Modernity in Eurasia


A majority of the previous academic analysis of the Chinese "Belt-and-Road-Iniative" (BRI) focusses on new economic corridors, shifts in the tectonics of geopolitics and the question what this ultimately means for "the West". Our projects wants to open up an alternative access to the BRI. We will take into account how Chinese concepts of modernity and development are received in neighboring Kazakhstan: in what way emerge new hybrid structures of multiple modernities with the reference point China, arise aversions against Chinese hegemony or even nationalistic sinophobies? 


Project leaders:

Dr. Philipp Schröder (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology)

Dr. René Trappel (Department of Sinology)


Funding organisation:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, "Innovationsfond Forschung"

International Training Research - Cooperation Project in Collaboration with Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Since 2014, collaborative field research projects are conducted between students of the University of Freiburg and the Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta (UGM) in annual change in Germany and Indonesia. While at the beginning of the cooperation, one student of each university worked together on a research project, now the collaboration evolved to a cooperative research in small student groups. 

From 2011 to 2017, students of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Political Science from both universities conducted their research together. Under the title "From Tandem to Teamwork: A Training Model for Fieldresearch Across Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries", the cooperation was also extended by another university in Indonesia (Hasanuddin University, Makassar). 

Since 2018, as part of the European Campus, also the University of Basel is integrated into the project. From 2018-2021, it will be funded by the participating universities (Freiburg, Basel, Yogyakarta) under the title "International Tandem-Training Research Cooperations".


Head of the project: Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe

Project duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2022

Funded by the strategy funds of the University of Freiburg, Basel and Yogyakarta

Further information: Lehrforschungskooperation

Worship as Leisure Space? Religiosity in Daily Life and Worship Experience in Namibia


This tandem project explores leisure from an religious anthropology's perspective. It analyses various forms of worship in the north of Namibia with the categories of SFB and asks for the overlappings and boundaries of leisure practices and worship actions. It examines comparatively the predictable procedures of ritualized worship services in an historic Anglican missionary church and the more eventful experiences, influenced by inspiration and catharsis, of charismatic church services. 


Head of the project: Prof. Dr. Gregor Dobler

Project duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Further information on the initial project phase with the title "Performativity of Leisure: Free Time Practices in two Farming Societies" you can find here.