Please find here the events organized by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology of the last five years.


Goethe University's Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology's 2023-2024 seminar series addresses public places of collecting and curating knowledges. We are interested in how these places – in more or less virtual, physical, embodied spaces – configure the entities known. We invite contributors to discuss the politics of epistemic configurations across databases, collections, real world laboratories and museums. We are curious about intended and unintended political effects as well as the situated negotiation of such effects.
6.12.2023, 16:00-18:00 | SH 4.104:

Işıl Seçil Yıldırım (Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, University of Frankfurt) "Nobody remains unchanged." In conversation with urban lab workers. An individual and collaborative confrontation with Nazi history. An increasingly diverse society demands a socially inclusive public memory that is shaped by all sections of the population. This approach was the starting point for the remembrance work on Nazi history as part of the Stadtlabor at the Historisches Museum. Part of the inclusive remembrance work is also the participation of people with a history of migration. What does this work mean for social actors who come together as part of the project and talk about their family history? Some of them talk about specific experiences in Frankfurt during the Nazi era, while others have only recently arrived in Frankfurt as refugees or migrants and have had nothing to do with the Nazi era.


You are kindly invited to attend a public lecture on disasters, offered by Dr. Malka Older from Arizona State University on Tuesday, 17. October, 6 pm (ct) in room PEG 2G.107. 

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and sociologist. After working in international assistance and disaster response for more than a decade, she completed her doctorate in the sociology of organizations at Sciences Po. Her academic writing focusses primarily on disaster response, temporality, and geopolitics. Her science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post, while her latest book, The Mimicking of Known Successes, was a most anticipated pick for Today.com, Buzzfeed, Polygon, Book Riot, and Ms. Magazine. 

The lecture will address disaster presents and disaster futures, focussing on how disasters, with their compressed time frames and often intense documentation and scrutiny, offer clues for better collaboration and the pitfalls of desperation. No registration is required. We are looking forward to your numerous attendance.


There have been changes in the program of the Institute Colloquium. The date on December 14 with Nurhak Polat is unfortunately cancelled, but instead we have planned a new event with Ruth Dorothea Eggel. We are looking forward to meet you!