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PD Dr. Paola Ivanov


Ethnologisches Museum

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz; PD for Social and Cultural Anthropology at FU Berlin; Curator of the collection East / Northeast / Central / South Africa at Ethnologisches Museum

CRC 1171 "Affective Societies"

Head of Project

Sub-Project A06: "Contested Property"

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Since 02/12/2017 Teaching authorisation for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin
Summer 2016 Deputy Professor for Ethnology at the Institute for Ethnology at Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
2014 Venia Legendi for Ethnology at Universität Bayreuth

Research Interests


Aesthetics, material culture, consumption and art and their relevance for social articulation processes, the production of knowledge and the consitution of trans/locality;

Anthropology of the body and mind;

Islam and gender in a global context;

Global interconnectivity and mobility;

Cultural interactions and related historical and contemporary processes of change;

„(Post)modernity“ in Africa;

Political forms of organization;

Anthropology of religion;

Economic anthropology;

Museums, curation and heritage;

Provenance research (ethnological collections)

Regional Indian Ocean and East African coastal cities; Central, Northeast and East Africa
Methodological Theory of Practice; phenomenology; material turn
Temporal 19th - 21st Century

Ongoing Research Projects

Collaborative Research Center (CRC)1171 "Affective Societies", project A06 "Contested Property: Affect and Emotion in Transcultural Normative Conflicts about Ethnographic Collections in the Humboldt Forum", Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.

Time: 2019-2023

Role: Head of Project

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)

"Tansania -Deutschland - geteilte Objektgeschichten";

Time: 2016-17

Funding: Kuratorium Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Current Publication

Verne, Markus, Paola Ivanov and Magnus Treiber (Eds.) Körper Technik Wissen. Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2017, 522 S., ISBN 978-3-643-13739-5. Series: Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung, Bd. 79.