Leberecht Funk

funk 2013

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Doctoral Candidate & Contract Teacher (Prof. Dr. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler)

Field of Activity

Doctoral Research: "Society, Cosmology, and Socialization of Emotions" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler)

Address Mailing address: Landoltweg 9-11 Office address: Thielallee 52
Room 103
14195 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0)30 838 57674
Email leberecht.funk@fu-berlin.de

Academic Positions

since 10/2014

Project team member in the research area „Anthropology of Emotion“, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (IfE), Freie Universität Berlin

04/2014 - 09/2014

Research Associate at Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (IfE), Freie Universität Berlin

09/2009 - 10/2013

Research Associate in the Project „Socialisation and Ontogeny of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Perspective“ (PI: Prof. B. Röttger-Rössler), Cluster Languages of Emotion, Freie Universität Berlin

02/2007 – 02/2009

Research Associate at the Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden in the department of East Asia

 

Academic Qualifications

10/2005

M.A. in Social Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. Minor subjects: Sinology (Freie Universität Berlin) and European Ethnology (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

 

Memberships

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV)
  • International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)

 

Summer Term 2015

(with Birgitt Röttger-Rössler) Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, BA & MA Level: Perspectives on Childhood from Social Anthropology and Cultural Psychology (Social and Cultural Anthropological Colloquium)

Winter Term 2014/2015

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, MA Level: (New) Kinship Studies
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, BA Level: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Summer Term 2014

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, BA Level: Childhood in China

Summer Term 2013

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, BA Level: Experiences as „Self“ and Ideas of the „Person“

Summer Term 2012

(with Susanne Jung) Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, BA Level: Childhood and Socialization in Cross-Cultural Comparison

Doctoral Research

Society, Cosmology, and Socialization of Emotions

 

The Tao are a group of about 3.500 people living on an island south east of Taiwan. They share close cultural affinities with the northernmost inhabitants of the Philippines.

My doctoral dissertation emerges from the interdisciplinary research project “Socialization and Ontogeny of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Perspective” which was located at the cluster “Languages of Emotion” at the FU Berlin and lead by Prof. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler from the FU Berlin and the developmental psychologist Manfred Holodynski from the University of Münster. Apart from the Tao, research was carried out among the Minangkabao in Indonesia and the Bara in Madagascar.

Central research questions were formulated from the joint theoretical perspective of our project. Among others these questions were:

  • What are the culturally approved display rules of emotional expression in Tao society?
  • What is the local meaning of emotion words?
  • How do Tao children learn the emotional repertoire of their society?
  • How do caretakers make use of emotionally arousing socialization practices?
  • Which emotions play a leading role in the process of socialization?
  • How do emotions develop in the course of ontogeny and how do they influence each other?

While being in the field (10/2010 – 08/2011) I learned that the answers to these questions may only be given if one considers the “animist framework” in which thinking and feeling takes place among the Tao. It was thus necessary to explore in great detail the Tao’s cultural models of person, emotion, and development as well as the conception of souls found among them. A further challenging aspect of my dissertation is the dynamic transformation process which started in the 1970s and persists until today.

The analysis of my data revealed that an initially induced anxious disposition is actively overcome by means of hardening exercises which start from toddlerhood onwards and are introduced by care-givers. Interactional patterns differ significantly within bilateral kin groups, peer groups, and between antagonistic descent groups. All three social dimensions have considerable influence on children’s emotional development. The socialization goal among the Tao is constant attentiveness and carefulness. People are always on the guard to avoid dangers from the social, natural, and supernatural realms which according to them cannot be clearly separated but are rather interlinked in multiple ways.

Concepts and methods from social & cultural anthropology and developmental psychology are combined within a mixed method approach.

 

Field Research

10/2010 – 08/2011

Lanyu, Taiwan

01 – 02/2010

Lanyu, Taiwan

 

Object Research

02/2007 – 02/2009

East Asian Collections at the Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden and the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig

 

Research Interests

Regional

  • East Asia (especially China)
  • Southeast Asia

 

Thematic

  • Emotion
  • Childhood and Sozialization
  • Concepts of Personhood
  • Animism
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Objekt Research and Material Culture

 

2015

(with Martin Voss) Participative Vulnerability and Resilience Assessment and the Example of the Tao People (Taiwan). In: Krüger, Fred, Bankoff, Greg, Cannon, Terry & Lisa Shipper (eds.): Cultures and Disasters. Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction. Routledge, 255-276.

2015

(with Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Gabriel Scheidecker & Manfred Holodynski): Learning (by) feeling: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Socialization and Development of Emotions. In: Ethos 43 (2): S. 187-220.

2014

Entanglements between Tao people and Anito on Lanyu Island, Taiwan. In: Musharbash, Yasmine & Geir-Henning Presterudstuen (eds.): Monsters and Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, S. 143-157.

2012

Fühlen(d) lernen: Zur Sozialisation und Entwicklung von Emotionen im Kulturvergleich. In: Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaften 15: S. 217–238. Read article [pdf]

2010

’Halte den Sarg bereit, und der Mann wird nicht sterben’ – Der chinesische ‚Langlebigkeitssarg’ des Völkerkundemuseums zu Leipzig. In: Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen 45: S. 269 – 288.

2009a

’Kindespietät’ und ‚langes Leben’ in China. In: Carolin Kollewe & Karsten Jahnke (eds.), FaltenReich - Vom Älterwerden in der Welt. Leipzig: Völkerkundemuseum, S. 88-93.

2009b

Yaotoufo [Wackelpagode]. In: Bai ying zhi guang. Sakesen - bolan gongting wenwu jingpin ji (1670 - 1763 nian) [Im Zeichen des weißen Adlers. Höfische Kunst aus Sachsen-Polen (1670-1763)],Beijing: Zijincheng chubanshe [The Forbidden City Publishing House]. S. 74.

 2009c

Ein formaler Vergleich der institutionalisierten Geschlechterbeziehungen bei den Moso (China) und den Nayar (Indien). Eine Antwort auf Roland Hardenberg. In: Paideuma 55: S. 221-240.

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 2008a

Wackelpagode. In: Cordula Bischoff (ed.): Goldener Drache, Weißer Adler: Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am sächsisch-polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795); [anlässlich der Ausstellung Goldener Drache – Weißer Adler. Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am Sächsisch-Polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresen, Residenzschloss, 11.10.2008 – 11.01.2009], S. 73-74.

 2008b

Mandschurisches Generalsgewand. In: Cordula Bischoff (ed.): Goldener Drache, Weißer Adler: Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am sächsisch-polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795);[anlässlich der Ausstellung Goldener Drache – Weißer Adler. Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am Sächsisch-Polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresen, Residenzschloss, 11.10.2008 – 11.01.2009], S. 184.

 2008c

Damenschuhe für Lotosfüße. In: Cordula Bischoff (ed.): Goldener Drache, Weißer Adler: Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am sächsisch-polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795);[anlässlich der Ausstellung Goldener Drache – Weißer Adler. Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am Sächsisch-Polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresen, Residenzschloss, 11.10.2008 – 11.01.2009], S. 294.

 2008d

Drei Specksteinfiguren. In: Cordula Bischoff (ed.): Goldener Drache, Weißer Adler: Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am sächsisch-polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795); [anlässlich der Ausstellung Goldener Drache – Weißer Adler. Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am Sächsisch-Polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresen, Residenzschloss, 11.10.2008 – 11.01.2009], S. 312.

 2008e

Deckeldose. In: Cordula Bischoff (ed.): Goldener Drache, Weißer Adler: Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am sächsisch-polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795); [anlässlich der Ausstellung Goldener Drache – Weißer Adler. Kunst im Dienste der Macht am Kaiserhof von China und am Sächsisch-Polnischen Hof (1644 – 1795), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresen, Residenzschloss, 11.10.2008 – 11.01.2009], S. 329.