Every winter term, the Frobenius Institute invites international scholars of cultural anthropology and related disciplines to present their current research projects in its colloquium on ongoing research. The colloquium is characterized by its diversity of topics, regional contexts and disciplines, and serves the discursive, dialogical and critical acquisition of knowledge. The personal encounter in the colloquium is intended to enable and strengthen scientific cooperations.


Colloquium in winter term 2021/22

Programme brochure with abstracts

Kolloquium 2020 21 broschre cover

From January 2021, the colloquium will be held in presence (Campus Westend) or online via Zoom. We reserve the right to make changes according to the regulations under the pandemic. Therefore,  please always consult the current information on our homepage.

In Presence:
Campus Westend, Goethe University
Room SH 5.104

Participation online via zoom:
The login data will be sent out via our newsletter the day before the lecture date. Register for the newsletter here.

Mondays, 4.15 pm - 5.45 pm (Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris)
Start: October 25, 2021 (weekly up to and including February 14, 2021)

Oct 25th, 2021 (Online)
Adam Kuper (London School of Economics and Political Science)
But is it art?

Nov 1st, 2021 (Online)
Marco Di Nunzio (University of Birmingham)
The act of living: street living, marginality, and development in urban Ethiopia

Nov 22nd, 2021 (Online)
Madeleine Reeves (University of Manchester)
Sharing the shade? On the somatic labour of neighbouring after conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan

Nov 29th, 2021 (in presence)
Michaela Oberhofer (Museum Rietberg, Zürich)
How do you decolonize yourself? Kuratorisch-künstlerische Annäherungen an das Archiv von Hans Himmelheber.

Dec 13th, 2021 (Online)
Ketevan Gurchiani (Ilia Tbilisi State University) und
Paul Manning (Trent University)
Gardens otherwise and elsewhere: a historical and ethnographic study of Georgians gardens

Dec 20th, 2021 (Online)
Efrat Yerday (Tel Aviv University)
Jewish illegality: Ethiopian Jews in Israel between 1955-1975

Jan 10th, 2022 (Online)
Scott MacEachern (Duke Kunshan University)
Boko Haram: pasts, and some possible futures

Jan 17th, 2022 (Online)
Andrew Apter (University of California, Los Angeles)
Frobenius unbound: black Atlantis and the poetics of displacement in the Yoruba Diaspora

Jan 24th, 2022 (Online)
Lale Yalcin-Heckmann (University of Pardubice, Czech Republic / MPI, Halle)
Scented rose: observations of a plant and a commodity

Jan 31st, 2022 (Online)
Gulniza Taalaibekova (Frobenius-Institut, Frankfurt am Main)
Social media and novel forms of religious speeches in Kyrgyzstan

Feb 7th, 2022 (Online)
Diago Maria Malara (University of Glasgow)
Possessed by the post-socialist Zeitgeist: ideological spirits, contested historicity, and the problem of the "modern youth" in Ethiopian Orthodox exorcism

Feb 14th, 2022 (Online)
Christina Henneke (Frobenius-Institut, Frankfurt am Main) und
Richard Kuba (Frobenius-Institut, Frankfurt am Main)
Wandjina's digital return: Kollaborative Auswertung und digitale Repatriierung der historischen Frobenius-Expeditionen in Nordwest-Australien


Preceding Colloquiums

Brochure Colloquium 2020/21  –  Colloquium presentation on YouTube

Brochure Colloquium 2019/20

Brochure Colloquium 2018/19

Program Colloquium 2017/18