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Political and Legal Anthropology Seminar Series

Past dates of the Political and Legal Anthropology Seminar Series.


Adam Branch at the Political and Legal Anthropology Network at the Institut of Social and Cultural Anthropology

On 8 and 9 February 2016 we were able to welcome Adam Branch, University Lecturer at the Department for Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge, as a guest at the Freie Universität Berlin. At the invitation of Prof. Dr. Olaf Zenker, head of sub-project B04 at the CRC “Affective Societies” and the Political and Legal Anthropology Working Group at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, he joined us for an evening lecture and a reading seminar.


Round table „Powerless Empowerment? Critical Reflections on Dealing with Flight” at the Akademie der Künste

As part of the lecture series “Emotions and their Effects. Affective Dynamics of Flight and Migration” the round table discussion “Powerless Empowerment? Critical Reflections on Dealing with Flight” took place on Friday the 6th of January 2017 in the thinking space of the “Uncertain States” exhibition at Akademie der Künste. The lecture series is a cooperation between the Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies” at FU Berlin and the Akademie der Künste. In establishing dialogue between artists, the exhibition and scientists, it reflected on emotions and affectivs in the context of flight, migration and mobility. A text by Katharina Lorenz.


Prof. Thomas Scheffer at the CRC 1171 and the Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

At invitation of Prof. Olaf Zenker, head of the project B04 at the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “Affective Societies” and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology’s Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology, Thomas Scheffer, Professor for Sociology at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M., held a guest lecture and a workshop at Freie Universität Berlin on 23/24 November 2016.


Reaching Out: Screening a War Crimes Trial in Northern Uganda

Jonas Bens recounts his experiences in a Northern Ugandan village during the screening of the ICC trail against Dominic Ongwen - once a high-ranking commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army from Northern Uganda


Notes from the Field: Donald Trump in Uganda

Jonas Bens and Leonie Benker write about their experiences with (US) politics in Uganda.


Research Seminar on the Current Situation of Refugees in Berlin

In the past summer semester as part of a BA research seminar by Olaf Zenker, students of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology did anthropological research in four different settings all related to the current refugee situation in Berlin.


Prof. Kamari Maxine Clarke at the Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

On 9 and 10 February 2016 Prof. Kamari Maxine Clark was a guest of Prof. Olaf Zenker at his research project B04 at the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “Affective Societies” as well as his Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.


Social and Cultural Anthropology Seminar Series

Current Issues in Political and Legal Anthropology, Winter Semester 2015/16