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Leonie Benker


Freie Universität Berlin

Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology

CRC 1171 "Affective Societies"

Student Assistant

Sub-Project A06: "Contested Property"

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room K 33/202
14195 Berlin


2020 Master of Arts (M.A.) in Global History, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin

2015 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Area Studies Asia/Africa, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Research Interests


  • Legal History
  • Contemporary History


  • East Africa, African Great Lakes Region

Research Projects

2019 - 2023 (employment period July 2019 - March 2020) Contested Property: Affect and Emotion in Transcultural Normative Conflicts about Ethnographic Collections in the Humboldt Forum (Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG); Role: Student Assistant)

2017-2019 "Not enough has yet been told about this war": Competing Narratives About the Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda (PROMOS-grant for student research projects (three months of fieldwork in Northern Uganda), funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2015 - 2019 (employment period Dec. 2015 - June 2019) Sentiments of Justice and Transitional Justice: Affective Transculturality in Proceedings before the International Criminal Court" (Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG); Role: Student Assistant)

Journal Article

2018 The Birth of Criminalistics and the Transition from Lay to Expert Witnesses in German Courts. Journal on European History of Law 9 (2): 59-66 (co-authored with Raluca Enescu).


2016 Donald Trump in Uganda, or: how we wanted to talk about Dominic Ongwen and ended up talking about Donald Trump. affective-societies.de, 31 October 2016 (co-authored with Jonas Bens, also in a German version)

Paper Presentation

2016 Witnesses and experts in the judgments of the Imperial Court of Justice (1880–1938) (7th European Society for the History of Science Conference, ESHS) (with Raluca Enescu and Julian Sandhagen)