News of the Department

West Sahara Conference: Invitation and Call for Papers

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.

Given the political importance of the region and the conflict for Europe and the Maghreb, the dynamic developments in the field of renewable energies and the end of the ceasefire, we would like to encourage an interdisciplinary exchange about new research approaches and questions. 

In the first part of the conference, ongoing and completed research work will be presented and discussed. The participation of students in the final phase and early career researchers with thematically relevant research projects is welcomed. We are pleased about a wide range of research projects from both the natural sciences and the cultural, linguistic and humanities. The presentations are limited to 15 minutes and can be held in German or English.

On the second day, current developments and relevant research questions will be discussed together with journalists and activists in three thematic workshops. 

See here.the full program and details about online participation.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact us at  


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

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

    Colloquiums in the Winter Semester 2023/4

Africa Colloquium (Prof. Hahn): see Program
At the Africa Colloquium, doctoral students from the Institute of Anthropology and international guests present ongoing research work and new results with a connection to Africa. 

Lecture series "Decolonizing anthropology. A self-critical assessment of the position in research and teaching >
see Program
This joint online lecture series, run by several anthropological institutes will be followed by group discssions in person in Frankfurt. One session of the lecture series will be organized by Prof. Göpfert together with students at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Colloquium of the Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology (Prof. Hardenberg): see Program
In the colloquium on ongoing research work, the neighboring Frobenius Institute invites international scientists from cultural anthropology and related disciplines to present their current research projects. All interested students and colleagues are cordially invited!                                                           

                                                                                          All interested students and colleagues are cordially invited!


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".