We conduct research in South East Asia, Oceania, Africa, America and Göttingen in urban and rural contexts. We have been specialising in the major regions of Oceania in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa since the Institute was founded. Today, four professorships and a systematically structured library with about 40,000 volumes are available are part of our Institute. An internationally renowned collection continues to be one of the special features of anthropology in Göttingen.
OUR RESEARCH AREASMATERIALITY AND ENVIRONMENT
In the research area 'Materiality and Environment' we work on human-environment relations. Besides research on the effects of political, social and economic inequality and the influence of global developments on local environments, another major field of research at our institute is the materiality of objects and their changing biographies. Here, objects from our Ethnographic Collection in Göttingen are also the focus of research work in which our students are involved.RESEARCH PROJECTS
MOBILITY AND IDENTITY
The research area 'Mobility and Identity' focuses on questions of local-global interdependence and social diversity. Central topics are mobility, migration and diaspora, identification and differentiation, media and digital networks, as well as the aspirations and visions of the future of young people.RESEARCH PROJECTS
RELIGION AND KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS
Our research in the area of 'Knowledge and Religion' investigates the interrelation of knowledge systems, ontologies, ideologies and religions with social, political, ecological and economic developments.RESEARCH PROJECTS