- Prof. Dr. Mamadou Diawara
- Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Hahn
- Prof. Dr. Roland Hardenberg
- Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter
- Prof. Dr. Marin Trenk
- Prof. Dr. Mirco Göpfert
- Prof. apl. Dr. Iris Gareis
- Prof. apl. Dr. Volker Gottowik
- Prof. apl. Dr. Holger Jebens
- Prof. apl. Dr. Verena Keck
- PD Dr. Birgit Bräuchler
- Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Georget
- PD Dr. Andrea Reikat
- Prof. apl. Dr. Ute Röschenthaler
- Dr. Homayun Alam
- Dr. Susanne Fehlings
- Dr. Martin Fotta
- Dr. Rainer Hatoum
- Dr. Susanne Jauernig
- Dr. Gabriel Klaeger
- Dr. Markus Lindner
- Dr. Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg
- Dr. Almut Schneider
- Dr. Marko Scholze
- Dr. Judit Tavakoli
- Oliver Bertrand, M.A.
- Dr. des. Yanti Hoelzchen
- Beata Dörr
- Melina Kalfelis, M.A.
- Roos Keja, M.A.
- Dr. des. Kathrin Knodel
- Kirsten Lankenau
- Ronja Metzger, M.A.
- Friedemann Neumann, M.A.
- Julia Rice, M.A.
- Dr. des. Katja Rieck
- Dr. des. Alewtina Schuckmann
- Dr. des. Baktygul Tulebaeva
- The Student Council
Prof. Dr. Mirco Göpfert
Phone: +49 69/798-33078
E-Mail: goepfert (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de
Room: IG 0.553
Office hours: Thursdays 1-2 pm or by appointment (contact per E-Mail)
Mirco Göpfert is professor for social and cultural anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2014 and taught at the University of Konstanz before coming to the Goethe University in 2018.
Main research interests
- Anthropology of the state and bureaucratic practice
- Violence and security, crime and punishment
- Power, resistance and aesthetics
- Humour as political and epistemological practice
Main theoretical interests
- Practice theory
- Phenomenological approaches in anthropology
- Heuristic and methodology of ethnographic research
Main regional interests
- West Africa, particularly Ghana und Niger
- 3 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana (2006)
- 20 Monate Feldforschung in Niger (2008-2014)
- 10 Monate Feldforschung in Iran (2015-2018)
Dissonance | Resonance | Tipping Points: The Heuristic und Practice of Humour in Comparative Perspective
[since 2019; initial funding granted by GRADE and ZIAF]
The aim of this project is a comparative ethnography of humorous practice. Starting from three case studies, the project explores the heuristic and practice of humour (a) in a context marked by repression and partial isolation, (b) in a field of seemingly unlimited connectivity and (c) in its postcolonial marginalisation. Case study A focusses on satirists in Iran; case study B on comedians in Berlin, case study C on humourists in Dakar (Senegal).
Cartooning in Iran
This project explores the graphic practice of cartooning (and caricaturing) in Iran. I try to make sense of it as a craft (including technical skills and its materiality), as an articulation of the political (with a special interest in the tipping point to what is frowned upon or criminalized), and as a mode of producing knowledge about the world (considering the openness and ambiguity of these drawings). Empirically this project thus focusses on (a) the lifeworlds in which cartoons are produced, (b) the skills, techniques and materiality of cartooning and (c) the contexts of visualisation and publication.
Boundary work: Police in West Africa
[DFG, 2011-2014, with Jan Beek; directed by Carola Lentz]
West Africa’s police are usually regarded as a dysfunctional state institution, both in popular and scholarly discourses. Representing the state´s monopoly on the legitimate use of force and thus expected to be politically neutral, the police are often criticized as institutionally not autonomous. The research project analyses the autonomy of police institutions at the level of everyday police practices. West African police work in an environment of low legitimacy is faced with competing non-state policing organizations and depends on superordinate or coordinate state institutions. Police practices have adapted to these conditions and therefore have come to terms with permanent informal interference by non-police actors, in some cases using the situation to their advantage by outsourcing certain police tasks. Despite these adaptations, police officers still aim to partially preserve the autonomy of their institution. The project analyses this ambivalent boundary work in which police and civil actors constantly adjust, redraw or preserve the boundary distinguishing them in everyday interactions.
Lisa Schrimpf (student assistant)
Carolin Schulz (student assistant | "Dissonance|Resonance|Tipping Points")
Dr. Cassis Kilian (project team | "Dissonance|Resonance|Tipping Points")
Stella Dietrich, B.A. (project team | "Dissonance|Resonance|Tipping Points")
Tamara Gupper, B.A. (project team | "Dissonance|Resonance|Tipping Points")
Dr. Maryam Dezhamkhooy (Humboldt-Fellow, July to December 2019)