|Prof. Dr. Martin Bartelheim (chairman) is Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen. His scientific interests lie in the archaeology of the Chalcolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages in Central Europe and the Mediterranean with special focus on the development of societies, economies and landscapes. Since 2013 he is the speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre 1070 ResourceCultures that undertakes interdisciplinary research into the socio-cultural dimensions of resource use. He has authored a book on "The role of metallurgy in Prehistoric societies" in 2007 and co-edited several books such as "Sociocultural Dynamics and the Use of Resources" (2017) and "Key resources and socio-cultural developments in the Chalcolithic of the Iberian Peninsula" (2017).
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Prof. Dr. Peter Berger is Associate Professor of Indian Religions and the Anthropology of Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen. He conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork among indigenous communities in highland Odisha, India (since 1996). His general interests in socio-cultural anthropology concern a) history, theory and methodology of anthropology; b) anthropology of religion (especially religious change, values, ritual, food); c) indigenous religions (especially in Central India). He is currently Head of the Department of Comparative Study of Religion and was visiting professor at the University of Zürich in 2012 and visiting fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Munich in 2015. His books include "Feeding, Sharing and Devouring: Ritual and Society in Highland Odisha, India" (de Gruyter 2015), and he co-edited "Ultimate Ambiguities: Investigating Death and Liminality" (Berghahn 2016), "The Modern Anthropology of India" (Routledge 2013) and "The Anthropology of Values" (Pearson 2010).
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Prof. Dr. Andre Gingrich is director of the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and since 2017 professor emeritus of the department for Social and Cultural anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria.
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Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger is Professor of Cinema Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt (Main), where he directs the Graduate Research Training Program "Configurations of Film". He obtained his PhD in film studies from the University of Zurich in 1999 and was Krupp foundation chair of documentary studies at Ruhr University Bochum from 2004, before moving to Frankfurt in 2011. His research focuses on film history, film theory and on marginal film forms, including research and science films. Recent publications include "Gene, Gehirn, Archiv. Über den Ort der menschlichen Natur im humanethologischen Filmarchiv" (in Zeitschrift für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie 2/2017). A collection of essays on science and film "Epistemic Screens. Science and Film", co-edited with Scott Curtis and Oliver Gaycken, is due out from Amsterdam University Press in 2019. He is a co-founder of NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies and the founding editor of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft. He is a member of the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature and a Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellency "The Formation of Normative Orders".
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PD Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen - Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. She holds a PhD from Muenster University on exchange relations among the Southern African Khoekhoen and a PD degree (habilitation/second PhD) from Tuebingen University on Applied Anthropology. Her research focuses on informal and formal social security systems, ritual exchange, cultural resources and public anthropology. She is coeditor of the book "Berufsorientierung für Kulturwissenschaftler" (2009). Recent publications include "Contested claims to social welfare: Basic income grants in Namibia" (2017), "Ressource Complexes, Networks, and Frames. The Sambatra in Madagascar" (2017), "'On the safe side of life': Cultural Appropriations of Funeral Insurances in Namibia" (2016) and "'My dad has 15 wives and 8 ancestors to care for'. Conveying anthropological knowledge to children and adolescents" (2015). Currently, she is editing a publication which intends to serve as a handbook for the newly established field of Applied Anthropology within German universities.
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Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Krause is professor of Prehistory at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany.
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|Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin is professor of Ancient History at Goethe University Frankfurt (Main). His current research concerns cultural and religious entanglements in late antiquity. He is Principal Investigator of the project "The Polyphony of Late Antiquity" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). His books include "Justinian. Das christliche Experiment" (2011) and "Die Frühen Christen" (2nd edition 2019). A volume entitled "The image of Christian rulers in Late Antiquity" is in print. Additionally, he is co-editor of the Historische Zeitschrift and a member of the editorial board of the Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum and of Studies in Late Antiquity. He is a full member of the German Archaeological Institute and awardee of the Erwin Stein Prize (2019) and of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2015).
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Prof. em. Dr. Georg Pfeffer is a retired Professor of Ethnology of the Free University Berlin and (with D.K. Behera) the editor of the series "Contemporary Society: Tribal Studies." He is also the author of "Verwandtschaft als Verfassung, Unbürokratische Muster öffentlicher Ordnung” (2016) and other books, as well as about 100 anthropological articles. He has founded the Anthropology Department of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and conducted extended empirical research in Pakistan and India. Most of his work focuses upon caste and kinship as the dominant structures of a non-bureaucratic public order.
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|Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pinther is Professor of African Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. She studied cultural anthropology and art history in Frankfurt (Main) and Munich, and obtained her Ph.D on urban imaginaries and image practices in Ghana. She was a senior researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt, from 2010-2014 she was Assistant Professor for the Arts and Visual Cultures of Africa at Free University Berlin. Since 2014 she is Professor for the Arts of Muslim Cultures and the Arts of Africa at LMU Munich. Her research activities focus on urban cultures, contemporary art and architecture in Africa, design histories and forms of migration. Among her publications are "Afropolis. City, Media, Art" (2012, with Larissa Förster & Christian Hanussek) and recently "Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow. Design Histories between Africa and Europe (2017/18, with Alexandra Weigand). She is head of a DFG-project on Fashion and Styles in African Cities: Case Studies from Lagos and Doula (2017-2020). Kerstin Pinther is also a curator and currently works on a film project on design and architectural histories in Bamako, Mali (with Cheick Diallo & Tobias Wendl).|
Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe is head of the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology at University of Freiburg.
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Prof. Dr. Markus Scholz is professor of Archaeology and History of the Roman Provinces (Provinzialrömische Archäologie) at the Goethe-University Frankfurt a. M. since 2015. His main scientific interests concern Roman Frontier Studies and studies on Roman frontier societies, especially along Rhine and Danube, Roman grave monuments and burials, ceramics, Latin epigraphy and forms of communication in the Roman provinces. He focusses mainly on the northwestern provinces of the Roman Empire. He published on Roman forts and military structures, on Roman citizenship, on the development of funeral architecture and on so called small epigraphy (inscriptions mineures), i. e. graffiti and handwritten Text on curse tablets and on all kinds of objects of everyday life.
Prof. Dr. Eva Spies is Junior Professor for the Study of Religion with a special focus on Africa at the University of Bayreuth. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and has done ethnographic research in Niger and Madagascar. Her current research focuses on empirical and theoretical questions of religious diversity and the relationality of religious traditions. In Madagascar she studies encounters and mutual perceptions of religious groups in the context of Christian South-South mission. Another focus of her work is the field of religion and international development, in particular the forms of religious engineering – a concept she developed together with Paula Schrode. Eva Spies is PI of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), member of the executive board of the Institute of African Studies in Bayreuth and founder and spokesperson of the work group “Africa” of the German Association for the Study of Religion (DVRW). Recent publications include: "Schrift und Charisma: Zur Rolle von Lehrbüchern in der pfingstlich-charismatischen Mission in Subsahara-Afrika". (2017) and "Pluralicity and Relationality: New Directions in African Studies." (2016, with Rüdiger Seesemann).
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|Prof. em. Dr. Gerd Spittler was Professor of Sociology at the University of Freiburg (1980-88) and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth. Since his retirement he is teaching regularly at the Universities of Niamey (Niger) and Sousse (Tunesia). He is a Honorary member of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie". He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin (1999/2000) and at the research college "Work and the Human Life Cycle in Global History" in Berlin (2009/10). In 2017/18 he was a fellow at "Institut d’Études Avancées" in Nantes. His last book publications are "African Children at Work (2012, with Michael Bourdillon) and "Anthropologie der Arbeit. Ein ethnographischer Vergleich" (2016).|
The Frobenius-Institut focuses anthropological and historical research, since its foundation mainly in Africa, but also including South and Southeast Asia, Australia, South and North America and Oceania. More recently, its activity has been concentrated on research of cultural appropriation processes within the context of globalisation.
As Germany's oldest anthropological research institution, the Frobenius Institute holds four scientific collections and a number of scientific legacies. The holdings are the product of a collecting and documentation activity which started in 1898 and continued well after the death of the Institute's founder, Leo Frobenius, in 1938. One of the most remarkable features were the Institute's numerous research expeditions during which great importance was given to visual documentation. This lead to the creation of a large pictorial archive quite unique in Europe (online image database). Affiliated to the Frobenius-Institut is the Anthropological Library which has been founded in 1898 as a research library and which today counts among the most important libraries with focus on anthropology (catalogue).
As an autonomous institution, the Frobenius-Institut is associated to the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and works in close collaboration with the Institut für Ethnologie (Institute for Ethnology), as well as with the Weltkulturen Museum (Museum of World Cultures) in the city of Frankfurt am Main.
Current yearbook 2018/19 (German language)
Nigeria 100 years ago – Through the eyes of Leo Frobenius and his expedition team
Exhibition series with images from the ethnographic picture archive and the photographic archive of the Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt (Germany)
Opening on 9.11.2010 in Abuja, Ife, Makurdi, Minna und Yola (Nigeria) in cooperation with the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments.
All countries have at one time or another been explored by travellers, geographers, anthropologists and other adventurers. The materials collected during such exploratory expeditions have become invaluable records of events and situations taking place at those points in time. Leo Frobenius' travels in Nigeria between 1910 and 1912 fall into this category. On the completion of this expedition, Frobenius and his two colleagues had produced more than 3,000 images (photographs, sketches, oil paintings, aquarelles, etc.).
These images give a rich impression of architecture, art, artisanship, royalty and day-to-day life in Nigeria one hundred years ago, mainly in the areas of the Yoruba, Tiv and Nupe as well as Adamawa. For several reasons, however, the materials collected by Frobenius have not been accessible to the public.With this in mind, the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in collaboration with the Frobenius Institute at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany have decided, on the occasion of the centenary of Frobenius' expedition andthe 50th anniversary of Nigeria's independence, to exhibit this magnificent archival collection, with a view to stimulating discussion on his legacy. We may have reason to not agree with Frobenius' methods and some of his conclusions; nonetheless, we cannot but appreciate the wealth of knowledge that can be attained from viewing his photographs, drawings and sketches.
See the different exhibition parts (click to open):
1.Introduction (included in all regional parts)
2. Yorubaland (at the National Museum, Ile-Ife, Osun State)
3. Nupeland (at the U.K. Bello Art Theater, Minna, Niger State)
4. Tivland and Jukunland (at the National Museum, Makurdi, Benue State)
5. Adamawa (at the Lamido Zubairu Educational Center, Yola, Adamawa State)
6. Portraits (included in the regional parts)
Press Coverage (selection, click to enlarge):
Opening ceremonies (click to see the pictures):
Richard Kuba und Musa Hambolu „Nigeria 100 Years Ago – Through the Eyes of Leo Frobenius and his Expedition Team“.
Frankfurt, Frobenius Institut, 2010. - 82 S.
Opening ceremony at the Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Arts and Culture (FTC Council for Arts and Culture), Abuja, November 9, 2010
Brochure for the opening in Abuja
Speeches delivered (click to open):
Entrance to the exhibition hall
Opening ceremony: the venue
Welcome address by the Director General of the NCMM, Yusuf Abdallah Usman
Exhibition tour guided by NCMMs Director for Research and Training, Dr. Musa Hambolu
Pupils watching the exhibition
Interview of NCMMs Director General, Yusuf Abdallah Usman, for the NTA Evening News
A coss section of the public at the opening. The exhibition was composed of the highlights of the regional parts shown in Ife, Makurdi, Minna and Yola
Opening ceremony at the National Museum, Ile-Ife, Osun State, November 9, 2010
Banner of the occasion
The Chairman of the occasion, HRH Oba (Engr) Olayiwola Adereti, the Obawara of Iwara kingdom of Ife delivering his opening remarks
Mrs. Ireti George (Deputy Director/Curator, National Museum Ibadan) reading the Director General's welcome address at the occasion
Mr. 'Bode Adesina (Curator, National Museum Ile-Ife) delivering his address at the occasion
The head of Ifa traditional religion worldwide, Chief Adisa Aworeni (Araba-Agbaye), making remarks at the occasion
Entrance to the exhibition hall
A cross section of Royal Fathers and other dignitaries moving towards the exhibition gallery
The curator explaining to the Chairman an aspect of the exhibition
Opening ceremony at the U.K. Bello Art Theater, Minna, Niger State, November 9, 2010
High table of the occasion, chaired by Alhaji Adamu Chika Abubakar, Commissoner of Tourism, Culture and Information, Niger State
Guest of Honour: Muazu Babangida Alyu (OON), Talban Minna
Royal Father of the day: The Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar (CFR)
The curator Justin C. Nwaneri explaining the exhibition