News of the Department

New Colloquiums Series in Summer 2024

Institute Colloquium (Prof. Göpfert): See Program

The presentations in the colloquium this semester focus largely on humour, but also include topics related to migration, aging, populism, and gender justice.  

Colloquium Americanum (Dr. Lindner): See Program

This colloquium series, held on Thursday afternoon, will showcase research from the department and guest lectures on the wide American continent. 

All interested students and colleagues are cordially invited

Prof. Diawara is new Director MIASA in Ghana

In January 2024, Prof Mamadou Diawara was appointed “Director Germany" of the “Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa" (MIASA) at the University of Ghana in Legon, Accra. Together with Dr Grace Diabah, “Director Ghana", he will form the dual leadership of MIASA until the end of 2025. 

The aim of MIASA is to increase the global visibility of research in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies by scientists from sub-Saharan Africa. The main research topic is "Sustainable Governance". MIASA in Accra is one of five Merian Centres worldwide and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

Further information on MIASA can be found here.

Prof Mamadou Diawara (3rd from right) and the MIASA team at the University of Ghana

Photo credit: MIASA

   Recent Activities

West Sahara Conference

Western Sahara - Settler Colonialism and Resistance 
Research approaches in German-speaking countries

February 26 - 27, 2024, Goethe University Frankfurt

Students and researchers of all status groups with a focus on the Western Sahara, the Western Sahara conflict or settler colonialism are cordially invited to present their ongoing work and the results of completed research projects as part of the two-day conference. The event serves to improve networking and enables an intensive interdisciplinary exchange about the consequences of settler colonialism and forms of resistance using the example of Western Sahara.

See here.the full program


Visit and Lecture Series with Anna Tsing

In December, the influential anthropologist Anna Tsing visited the department. Tsing gave a lecture series,  as part of the Dagmar Westberg Lectures 2023: "Waterlands: Political Geomorphologies at a Muddy Edge." Tsing also met with students, research teams, and visited cultural sites in Frankfurt.  

  • Here is Tsing's video commentary on the current exhibition of the Frankfurter
  • Here is Tsing's interview with The Zeit during the stay.

DFDK Conference, 23-24.11.2023
"The Museum as a Place of Knowledge?"

This conference examines the knowledge production, epistemology and future of museums.
Further details can be found in the attached flyer and program .
Registration by email to Prof. Hans Peter Hahn:

   New at the Department

NoJoke has a new website!

For information on the ERC-funded project "Humour as an Epistemic Practice of the Political Present" follow


The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology would like to share the report on the “Survey on promoting diversity and discrimination in anthropology studies." The survey was conducted in the summer semester of 2021 by Prof. Whittaker at the Institute of Anthropology
> To the report “Diversity subject?"
In addition, we would like to share the results of the qualitative diversity survey on the study experience at Goethe University with recommendations for a diversity-sensitive design of studies and teaching: “Prove to yourself that you belong there".