Sophia Hornbacher-Schönleber 

Research Associate

Tel.: +49 (0)69/798-33230
E-Mail: hornbacher-schoenleber (at)

Office: IG 0552
Office hours: by appointment

Short biography

Sophia Hornbacher-Schönleber took up her position as research associate and lecturer at Goethe University (team Prof Göpfert) in 2024. Her research centres on activism and the intersection of ethical reflexivity and political practice in Indonesia. After studying social and cultural anthropology as well as philosophy at the Universities of Freiburg (BA, 2014), Frankfurt (MA, 2016) and Cambridge (MRes, 2017), she completed her PhD on Marxist Muslim activists in Java at the University of Cambridge in 2021. Her thesis focused primarily on the ethical and intellectual work that activists do to reconcile these historically antagonistic traditions of thought in the Indonesian context. She is in the process of developing a book manuscript based on this research. Her current project drives the analysis of the intersection of ethics and politics further by exploring notions of social justice, egalitarianism and ecology in a grassroots peasant movement in Central Java against a transnational cement corporation.

Research interests

activism, peasant/agrarian studies; socialism, the intersection of environmentalism and agrarian activism; politics and ethics; history and memory; Islam and secularism; ethnography of Indonesia (especially Java); methodology