Further research areas


Religious Diversity in Transnational Contexts

Much of my current research is oriented towards the exploration of religious diversity in Eastern African cities, but I am equally interested in the way religious practice and organization have been affected and transformed by processes of globalization in rural and urban places in other parts of Africa and beyond. The main focus of my ongoing work on religion is on “new” Muslim and Christian organizations, but I am also concerned with the reconfiguration of ritual and “traditional” religious practice (including aspects of religious healing) in an interconnected world.


Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology

The critical investigation of political and legal processes and structures in their mutual entanglements constitutes the subject matter of the Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. Against the backdrop of increasingly globalised in/voluntary mobilities, interdependencies and hybridisation, central fields of study include contested senses of belongings and legal entitlements (including rights to material resources), physical and symbolic violence, conflictual formations of individual and collective identities, attempts at legitimising domination and social inequalities, struggles surrounding the power to define values, norms and collective goals, as well as the evaluation, and sanctioning, of practices through reference to allegedly valid legalities and normative orders.