Seminar Series

Political and Legal Anthropology Seminar Series

The Seminar Series of the Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology comprises postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates based at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Freie Universität Berlin) as well as affiliated and visiting scholars. Through its seminar series and workshops, the research area provides a platform for discussing ongoing research projects and developing theoretical frameworks. The Political and Legal Anthropology Seminar Series takes place on a regular basis during the semester (every other Tuesday 18:00-20:00). If you are interested in participating in the seminar series as a visitor and presenting your work, please contact Prof. Dr. Olaf Zenker (Email:

Meetings in the Winter Semester 2016/20

25 October 2016



Marcos Freire de Andrade Neves:

The Rules of Care: Applying for a Green Light

(Discussant: Giorgio Brocco) 

15 November 2016



Klaus Behnam Shad:

Asyl – ein unbegrenztes Menschenrecht?

(Discussant: Daniel Staemmler) 

WED 23 November 2016


(Rost-/Silberlaube) Room L115

Thomas Scheffer (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

Studying Law-In-Action: The Trans-Sequential Analysis of Procedural Work

18-20h: Lecture

THU 24 November 2016

Room JK 33/121

Thomas Scheffer (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

10-12h: Legal Anthropology Workshop I – Reading Seminar

14-16h: Legal Anthropology Workshop II – Data Analysis

13 December 2016

Alessandro Tiberio:

Bagnasciuga / On the Shore: Rethinking Precarity, Nativism and Crisis in the New Borderlands of "Fortress Europe"

(Discussant: Ziga Podgornik-Jakil)

10 January 2017



Giorgio Brocco:

Family (Dis)position and Unfamiliar Ties: Relatedness and Albinism in Global Tanzania

(Discussant: Jonathan Kempen) 

24 January 2017


Jonathan Kempen:

Origin, Belonging, and Coexistence of South Africa's Ndebele Peoples 

(Discussant: Marcos Freire de Andrade Neves)

WED 08 February 2017



Room L116

Adam Branch (University of Cambridge)

The Trial of Dominic Ongwen: Rupturing Narratives of Responsibility

18-20h: Lecture

THU 09 February 2017

Room JK 33/121

Adam Branch (University of Cambridge)

10-12h: Workshop – International Criminal Justice and Uganda