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Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe

 Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe

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Prof. Dr. Schlehe has a research semester in Summer 2021.



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Curriculum Vitae


Study of Cultural Anthropology (major), Sociology and Psychology (minors) at the Universities of Freiburg/Brsg., Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1982 M.A. Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg/Brsg., Germany
  • 1987 Ph.D. Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg/Brsg.
    Title of Dissertation: “Das Blut der fremden Frauen. Menstruation in     der anderen und in der eigenen Kultur” (The Blood of Foreign Women.     Menstruation in the Other and in the Own Culture)
  • 1997 Habilitation on: Ratu Kidul, die Meereskönig des Südens. Geisterbilder     im Kontext javanischer Lebensweisen (Ratu Kidul, the Queen of the Southern Sea. Images of     Spirits in the Context of  Javanese Life)


Professional Experience



  • 1979-89: Research Travel in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia)
  • 1989-91: Fieldwork in Central Java, Indonesia (14 months)
  • 1999: Fieldwork in Mongolia (4 months)
  • 1995-present: Each year 1-2 months of fieldwork in Indonesia


Grants and awards

  • 1984-85: Dissertation Grant from the State of Baden-Württemberg
  • 1989-91: Research Grant from the „German Research Council” (Deutsche         Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
  • 1993-95: Habilitation Grant from the „Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft“ (DFG)
  • 1996-97: Habilitation Grant from the „Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft“ (DFG)
  • 2009: Prize for excellent teaching of the University of Freiburg
  • 2015: Elected member of Academia Europaea
  • 2017: member of the reading committee for ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars) book prize



  • 1984-1985: Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Freiburg/Brsg., Germany
  • 1985-1991: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Tübingen. Ger-many
  • 1992: Visiting Lecturer, Population Studies Center, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (financed by the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD).
  • 1995: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Freiburg/Brsg., Germany
  • 1995-96: Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Bremen, Germany
  • 1997-98: Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Bremen, Germany
  • 2000: Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz, Germany
  • 2000: Lecturer at the "International Women's University" (ifu, Expo 2000, Hannover)
  • 2001: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Since 2002: Professor and head of the department for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freiburg University
  • 2002-present: Participation in interdisciplinary MA study progammes, steering committee member:

         •    International Social Sciences M.A. program "Global Studies"
         •    Historical Anthropology/Interdisciplinary Anthropology
         •    Gender Studies

  • 2017-2019: Head of teaching project “Academic Anthropology and Professional Practice” funded by the Ministry of Education, Baden-Württemberg
  • 2020-2021: Head of DAAD-IVAC(International Virtual Academic Collaboration)-Program „Virtual Teaching and Learning“ Program - collaboration between Indonesian, Argentinian and German Universities


Research Projects

  • 2006-2015: Interdisciplinary Ph.D. research group (Graduiertenkolleg): Friends, Patrons, Clients. The practice and semantics of friendship and patronage in comparative historical and anthropological perspective. Funded by DFG
  • 2004-2022: Head of transcultural collaborative team-research project with students and lecturers from Freiburg University, Germany, and Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Hasanuddin University, Makassar (2014-2017), and Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta (2020), Indonesia. Funded by German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD), University of Freiburg and Gadjah Mada University
  • 2007-2017: Head of two research projects "Representations of historical life worlds in theme- and culture parks: Reflections of 'self' and 'other' in European and Asia" and “Popular Historical Cultures in Indonesia: Current References to the Past in the Context of Democratisation and Decentralisation” within the interdisciplinary research group "Historical life-worlds in contemporary popular knowledge cultures". Funded by DFG
  • 2008-2014: Interdisciplinary Network: Passages of Culture. Media and Mediations of Culture in African Societies. Funded by VW foundation
  • 2009-2015: Interdisciplinary Research Program: Grounding Area Studies in Social Practice. Research on Southeast Asia at Freiburg. Funded by Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF)
  • 2009-2013: Research Project: Knowledge of the West in Indonesia:
  • Anthropological Investigations in Urban and Rural Spaces on Java and Sulawesi. Funded by DFG
  • 2014-2015: Part-time fellowship at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), research focus “Dynamic alignments and dealignments in global Southeast Asia”
  • 2014-2015: “Group of Eight Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme”, topic „Social Identities in Contemporary Indonesia; a new framework of studying Asia” in cooperation with Australian National University, Canberra, (funded by German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD)



  • German: native speaker
  • English: fluent
  • Indonesian: fluent
  • French: reading
  • Dutch: reading

Thematic research focus

Main research interests

Cultural globalisation and intercultural issues, gender, religious dynamics, popular forms of representing cultures, the anthropology of disaster, social imaginaries of East and West, new approaches to transnational collaboration, student migration. Regional specialisation: Southeast Asia; prolonged fieldwork in Indonesia and Mongolia.

Selected recent publications

For a complete list please refer to the German version.


Schlehe, Judith and Vissia Ita Yulianto (2020): An anthropology of waste. Morality and social mobilisation in Java. In: Indonesia and the Malay World. Vol. 48, issue 140: 40-59.


Schlehe, Judith (2019): Cosmopolitanism, Pluralism and Self-Orientalisation in the Modern Mystical World of Java. In: Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 47 (3): 364-386.


Schlehe, Judith (2017): Contesting Javanese Traditions: The Popularization of Rituals between Religion and Tourism. In: Indonesia and the Malay World, Vol. 45, Issue 131: 3-23.


Schlehe, Judith (2017): Staging Multiculturalism in Theme Parks: Re-imagining Post-Reformasi Indonesia, In: Wiendu Nuryanti (ed.): Wisdom. Local Wisdom, Global Solutions. Yogyakarta: Gadjah Mada University Press: 78-89.


Schlehe, Judith and Eva F. Nisa (2016): The Meanings of Moderate Islam in Indonesia: Alignments and Dealignments of Azharites. In: Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Freiburg. Occasional Paper Series Nr. 31, 2016.