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Leonie Benker


Freie Universität Berlin

Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology

CRC 1171 "Affective Societies"

Associate Researcher (PreDoc)

Sub-Project A06: "Contested Property"


Since 2020 PhD student at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität 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.

Scholarships and award

Since July 2021 PhD scholarship of the Hans Böckler Foundation.

2021 Rudolf-Virchow-Award of the Berlin Society for Anthropology, Ethnology and Prehistory.

2017 PROMOS research grant for final theses (Humboldt University of Berlin).

2013 PROMOS study grant for stays abroad (Humboldt University of Berlin).

Research Interests


  • Political Anthopology
  • Legal History
  • Contemporary History


  • East Africa, African Great Lakes Region

Research Projects

Since 2020 On the emergence of a "post-postcolonial" political imaginary in Uganda (Funding: Hans Böckler Foundation; Role: PreDoc Researcher)

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 research grant for final theses (three months of fieldwork in Northern Uganda); Role: M.A. Candidate)

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

Forthcoming "'Es ist noch nicht genug über diesen Krieg berichtet worden': Konkurrierende Erzählungen über den LRA-Konflikt in Norduganda.” Mitteilungen der Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte.

Forthcoming Koloniales Erbe und deutsche Erinnerungskultur: Die Restitutionsdebatte und ihre Fortläufer in deutschen Medien (2018-2020). Baessler-Archiv.

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

2021 Northern Ugandan Perspectives on the International Criminal Court: Pluralizing Local Voices (Association for African Studies in Germany (VAD) 2020/21 Conference)

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)