Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dilger
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology; Deputy Head of the Institute of SCA; Head of the Research Area Medical Anthropology I Global Health
Appointments only via secretary's office, Mrs. Baerbel Schiller
Tel. (030) 838 56505, Email email@example.com
Research and Teaching Interests
- Anthropology of Religion (esp. Pentecostalism and Islam)
- Medical Anthropology (esp. HIV/AIDS, Anthropology of Biomedicine, Transnationalization of Health, Medicine and Healing)
- Sexuality, Kinship and Gender (esp. Masculinities)
- Transnationalism and Migration
- Urban Anthropology
- Anthropology of Education and Learning
- Eastern and Southern Africa (Tanzania, South Africa)
- Migratory Contexts
Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. Thesis: “The Power of AIDS. Kinship, Belonging and the Morality of Illness and Death in the Context of Rural-Urban Migration in Tanzania”
Magister Studies in Social Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. Minor subjects: African Studies and English Studies (both Humboldt Universität Berlin)
Kiswahili Studies on Zanzibar, Institute for Kiswahili and Foreign Languages (Taasisi ya Kiswahili na Lugha za Kigeni)
Academic Positions and Fellowships
Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin
June 2019 - June 2021
Vice Dean for Research at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
Residential Fellow at the Centro Incontri Humani, Ascona
Visiting Fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand
Visiting Professor at the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna
Second Appointment as Junior Professor (Following Positive Evaluation through External Reviewers and the Faculty Council of the Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Junior Professor for Religious Diversity in Transnational Contexts, Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Lecturer and Part-time lecturer, FU Berlin, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Research Associate in the Project "Living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (PI: Prof. U. Luig), FU Berlin, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology
2021- Advisory Board Member of the Center for Medicine and Society, University of Freiburg
2020- Member of the Scientific and Steering Committee of The Person in Medicine Institute, University of Paris
2020- Ethics Advisor of the ERC Project Globalizing Palliative Care? A Multi-sited Ethnographic Study of Practices, Policies and Discourses of Care at the End of Life (PI: Annemarie Samuels, University of Leiden)
2019- Member of the Advisory Board of Qualiservice Bremen (National Centre for the Sharing of Qualitative Data from the Social Sciences)
2014 Member of the Advisory Board of the Lancet Commission on “Culture and Health” (led by Prof. David Napier, University College London)
2013- Principal Investigator in the Graduate School of East Asian Studies. (Funded in the framework of the "German Excellence Initiative")
2011- Board member of the Center for Area Studies, FU Berlin
2009-2011; 2015-2017, 2017-19 Member of the "Fachbereichsrat Politik- und Sozialwissenschaftschaften" (Faculty Council, Political and Social Sciences), FU Berlin
2010- Head of the research area "Medical Anthropology I Global Health", FU Berlin
2009- Director of the master program social and cultural anthropology at FU Berlin
2008-2010; 2011- Head of Department, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin.
2008- Principal Investigator & Deputy Director (since 2015) in the Berlin Graduate School "Muslim Cultures and Societies: Unity and Diversity". (Funded in the framework of the "German Excellence Initiative")
2007- Selection committee member (“Auswahlkommissionsmitglied”) of the scholarship department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation
2017 Co-Recipient of the Margherita-von-Brentano award for the research collective “Female Refugees in Berlin” (together with Kristina Dohrn, students from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, and the activist group International Women Space)
2010-13 Senior Fellow of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)
2010 Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for international workshop "Urban Health in sub-Saharan Africa" (Point Sud, Bamako: January 12-15, 2010) (With Dr. Viola Hörbst, Centre for African Studies, Lisbon Universitarian Institute)
2009 Grant of the Volkswagen Foundation for international symposium on "Prolonging Life, Challenging Religion? ARVs, New Moralities and the Politics of Social Justice" (Lusaka, April 15-17, 2009). (With Rijk van Dijk, African Studies Centre Leiden; Marian Burchardt, Universität Leipzig; Thera Rasing, University of Zambia). More Info...
2007 Senior Researcher, Summer School "Entangled Medical Fields: Transformation of Meaning, Knowledge and Practice"; Libreville, Gabon: July 17-26. Organized by: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Africa, Frankfurt (ZIAF), Point Sud, Université de Nantes, Université Omar Bongo; funded by Volkswagen Foundation.
2007 Selected participant at the Sixth Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality, topic: "Population Politics, Migration and Human Rights". Organized by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation in collaboration with Wissenschaftszentrum. Berlin (WZB): February 14-20
2006 University of Florida, International Center und Office for Research: Conference grant for workshop "Transnational Medicines, Mobile Experts: Rethinking Medicine in and beyond Africa".
2005 German Research Foundation (DFG), Grant for Post-Doc Research Project on "Masculinities and AIDS in Cape Town, South Africa". (Declined because of acceptance of position at the University of Florida)
2005 Conference Grant by the Volkswagen Foundation and the FU Berlin for International Symposium "AIDS and the Moral Order". (With U. Luig)
2004 Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, Book Publication Grant
2004 Research Commission of the FU Berlin, Grant for exploratory work for research project "Masculinities and AIDS in Cape Town, South Africa"
1999 Heinrich Böll Foundation, Scholarship for Ph.D. Studies (6 months), followed by funding through DFG
1993 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Scholarship for Kiswahili Studies on Zanzibar, Taasisi ya Kiswahili na Lugha za Kigeni
Professional Memberships and Positions
2019- Co-Convenor of the Medical Anthropology Europe Network within the European Association of Social Anthropologists
2015-19 President of the German Anthropological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie)
2007- Steering Committee Member of the International Research Network on Religion, AIDS and Social Transformation in Africa (RASTA)
2006- Founding member of the EASA Network Medical Anthropology
2005- African Studies Association (ASA) and Tanzania Studies Association
2004-10 Chairperson of the Work Group Medical Anthropology, subsection of the German Anthropological Association (DGV e.V.)
2004-06 Appointed member of a “Steering committee for the foundation of a network of Medical Anthropologists within the European Association for Social Anthropologists (EASA)”
2004- African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.)
2002- European Association for Social Anthropologists (EASA)
2001-04 Vice Chair of the Work Group Medical Anthropology, subsection of the German Anthropological Association (DGV e.V.)
1998- AIDS and Anthropology Research Group, subsection of the American Anthropological Association
1998- Founding member of the Work Group Medical Anthropology, subsection of the German Anthropological Association (DGV e.V.)
Current book project
"Learning Morality, Inequalities, and Faith: Christian and Muslim Schools in Tanzania" (Forthcoming with Cambridge University Press / The International African Library)
January 2022-December 2024
Scientific Network "Public Anthropology: Knowledge Practices and Societal Interventions of the Anthropological Disciplines" (together with Gisela Welz, Goethe Universität Frankfurt; Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). More...
July 2019-June 2023
"Governing Religious Diversity in Berlin: Affective Dynamics of In- and Exclu-sion in Urban Space" (Project C03 within the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1171 "Affective Societies: Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds"; PI: H. Dilger, Research Associates: Omar Kasmani, Dominik Mattes). More...
March 2017-February 2020
"Religious Reform, Faith-Based Development and the Public Sphere in Sub-Saharan Africa (Lagos, Dar es Salaam and Cape Town)" (German Research Foundation, DFG; together with Prof. Abdulkader Tayob, University of Cape Town; Prof. Felician Tungaraza, University of Dar es Salaam; Mercator fellow: Dr. Marloes Janson, SOAS; PhD Students: Fungai Chirongoma, Mussa Muhoja). More...
July 2015-June 2019
"Embodied Emotions and Religious Belonging in the Context of Migration: Sufi Centres and (New) Pentecostal Churches in Berlin" (Research project C03 in the SFB 1171 "Affective Societies"; Principal Investigator: H. Dilger, Research Associates: Omar Kasmani, Dominik Mattes). More...
September 2015-August 2017
"Productive Pathologies: Professional Patients and the Commodification of Disease in Egypt" (German Research Foundation, DFG; PI: H. Dilger, Research Associate: M. Abdalla)
International Summer School in Medical Anthropology "Well-being at the Margins: Seeking Health in Stratified Landscapes of Medicine and Healing" (Grant by: Volkswagen Stiftung). More...
April 2013-March 2015; September 2015-September 2017
"African Medical Migration: Nigerian Doctors in the USA between Conflicting Priorities of Moral, Economic and Professional Commitment" (German Research Foundation, DFG; PI: H. Dilger, Research Associate: J. Schühle
April 2012-July 2012
"Religious Reform, Faith-Based Development and Public Life in Sub-Saharan Africa (Lagos, Dar es Salaam and Cape Town)" (Seed grant by the Forschungskommission, FU Berlin; H. Dilger, Dr. Marloes Janson)
November 2011-April 2012
"Bridging the gaps in healthcare and healing: Traditional medicine and the biomedical health sector in Zanzibar" (Funded by: World Doctors – Südtiroler Ärzte für die Dritte Welt; PI: H. Dilger, Research Associate: Caroline Meier zu Biesen
April 2011-January 2012
"Living with MPS: Illness Perceptions and Health Practices among Patients with a Turkish Migration Background in Germany" (Funded by: Charité Berlin; PI: Hansjörg Dilger, Research Associate: Linn Leißner)
"Unequal Histories: Christian and Muslim Schools in Dar es Salaam" (Funded by the Department of Political and Social Sciences, FU Berlin; research conducted by Hansjörg Dilger)
December 2008-November 2010; October 2011-September 2013
"Bioprospecting in the African Renaissance: From Muthi to Intellectual Property Rights” (German Research Foundation, DFG; PI: Hansjörg Dilger, Research Associate: Britta Rutert)
“Antiretroviral Therapy in Tanzania: Drugs and Patients in the Context of Global Power Structures and Local Agency” (Thyssen Foundation; PI: Hansjörg Dilger, Research Associate: Dominik Mattes).
June 2008-November 2008
Preliminary Study on “Migration and the diversity of healthcare structures in Berlin: Integrating epidemiological and ethnographic approaches” (Grant by Volkswagen Foundation; PI: Hansjörg Dilger, together with U. Luig, S. Beck., M. Dören, S. Willich, J. Müller-Nordhorn, M. Knecht).
July 2007-June 2009; February 2010-March 2012
“Masculinities and AIDS in Cape Town, South Africa“ (German Research Foundation, DFG; PI: Hansjörg Dilger, Research Associate: Hanspeter Reihling)
Books and Editorships (selection)
Forthcoming: Learning Morality, Inequalities, and Faith: Christian and Muslim Schools in Tanzania. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press / International African Library.
2021 (with M. Warstat, eds.) Umkämpfte Vielfalt: Affektive Dynamiken institutioneller Diversifizierung. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus. Download Open Access
2020 (with A. Bochow, M. Burchardt and M. Wilhelm-Solomon, eds.) Affective Trajectories: Religion and Emotion in African Cityscapes. Durham: Duke University Press. Download Introduction
2019 (Kollektiv Polylog) Das ist meine Geschichte: Frauen im Gespräch über Flucht und Ankommen. Münster: Unrast Verlag (in German, Arabic, Farsi and Turkish; with Illustrations by Huda Takriti). Reading Samples here
2018 (with J. Kehr and P. van Eeuwijk, eds.) "Transfigurations of Health and the Moral Economy of Medicine: Subjectivities, Materialities, Values". Special Issue in: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 143 (1). Download Introduction
2018 (with D. Mattes and H. Dilger, eds.) "Im/Mobilities and Dis/Connectivities in Medical Globalization: How global is Global Health?" Special Issue in: Global Public Health 13 (3). Download Introduction
2016 (with K. Dohrn, eds., in Collaboration with International Women Space) Living in Refugee Camps in Berlin: Women's Perspectives and Experiences. Berlin: Weißensee Verlag. Download Preface, Introduction & Postface. (Reviews)
2015 (with S. Huschke and D. Mattes, eds.) "Ethics, Epistemology and Engagement: Encountering Values in Medical Anthropology." Special Issue in: Medical Anthropology 34 (1).
2014 (with R. van Dijk, M. Burchardt and T. Rasing, eds.) Religion and Aids-Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Surrey: Ashgate.
2013 (with D. Schulz, eds.) "Politics of Religious Schooling: Christian and Muslim Engagements with Education in Africa." Special Issue in: Journal of Religion in Africa 43 (4).
2012 (with A. Kane and S. Langwick, eds.) Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (Reviews)
2011 (with A. Hardon, eds.) "Global AIDS Medicines in East African Health Institutions". Special issue in: Medical Anthropology 30 (2).
2010 (with M. Burchardt and R. van Dijk, eds.) "The redemptive moment: HIV treatments and the production of new religious spaces". Special Issue in: African Journal of Aids Research 9 (4).
2010 (with U. Luig, eds.) Morality, Hope and Grief: Anthropologies of Aids in Africa. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. (Reviews)
2010 (with Bernhard Hadolt, eds.) Medizin im Kontext. Krankheit und Gesundheit in einer vernetzten Welt. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang Verlag. (Reviews)
2005 Leben mit Aids. Krankheit, Tod und soziale Beziehungen in Afrika. Eine Ethnographie. Frankfurt / New York: Campus. [Living with AIDS. Illness, death and social relationships in Africa. An Ethnography] (Reviews)
2004 (with A. Wolf, U. Frömming and K. Volker-Saad, eds.) Moderne und postkoloniale Transformation. Ethnologische Schrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Ute Luig. Berlin: Weißensee Verlag. [Modernity and Postcolonial Transformation. Social-anthropological Essays in Honor of the 60th Birthday of Ute Luig]
2001 (guest editor) afrika spectrum 36 (1), Special Issue ‘AIDS in Africa. Broadening the Perspectives’. Hamburg: Institute for African Affairs.
1999 “Besser der Vorhang im Haus als die Fahne im Wind”. Geld, AIDS und Moral im ländlichen Tanzania. Münster - London: LIT Verlag. [Better the Curtain in the House than the Flag Flowing to and fro”. Money, AIDS and Morality in Rural Tanzania]
Journal Articles (Selection)
2018 (with J. Kehr and P. van Eeuwijk): "Introduction: Transfigurations of Health and the Moral Economy of Medicine: Subjectivities, Materialities, Values". In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 143 (1): 1-20.
2018 (with D. Mattes) "Im/Mobilities and Dis/Connectivities in Medical Globalization: How global is Global Health?" Introduction to Special Issue in: Global Public Health 13 (3).
2017 "Embodying Values and Socio-Religious Difference: New Markets of Moral Learning in Christian and Muslim Schools in Urban Tanzania". In: Africa - Journal of the International African Institute 87 (3): 513-36. Download
2016 (with K. Dohrn): "Preface: Engaging Anthropology in the 'Refugee Crisis' in Berlin – The Need for New Collaborations in Teaching and Research". In: H. Dilger, K. Dohrn (eds.), in Collaboration with International Women Space: Living in Refugee Camps in Berlin: Women's Perspectives and Experiences. Berlin, Weißensee Verlag, 9-22.
2015 (with B. Hadolt): "Medicine in Context: Towards a Social and Cultural Anthropology of Medicine(s) in an Interconnected World". In: Medicine, Anthropology, Theory 2 (3).
2015 (with S. Huschke and D. Mattes): "Ethics, Epistemology and Engagement: Encountering Values in Medical Anthropology." In: Medical Anthropology 34 (1): 1-10.
2014 (with L. F. Bohle and U. Groß): "HIV-serostatus disclosure in the context of free antiretroviral therapy and socio-economic dependency: experiences among women living with HIV in Tanzania." In: African Journal of AIDS Research 13 (3): 215-227.
2014 "Claiming Territory: Medical Mission, Interreligious Revivalism, and the Spatialization of Health Interventions in Urban Tanzania." In: Medical Anthropology 33(1), Special Issue "Turning Therapies: Placing Medical Diversity" (ed. by D. Parkin, K. Krause and G. Alex): 52-67.
2013 (with D. Schulz): "Politics of Religious Schooling: Christian and Muslim Engagements with Education in Africa" Introduction to Special Issue in: Journal of Religion in Africa 43 (4) (guest editors: D. Schulz and H. Dilger): 365-378.
2013 "Religion and the Formation of 'Unequal subjects' in an Urban Educational Market: Transnational Reform Processes and Intertwined Histories of Christian and Muslim Schooling in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania." In: Journal of Religion in Africa 43 (4): 451-479.
2012 "Targeting the Empowered Individual: Transnational Policy-Making, the Global Economy of Aid and the Limitation of ‘Biopower’ in the Neoliberal Era." In: H. Dilger, A. Kane and S. Langwick (eds.) Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa. Transnational Health and Healing. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 60-91.
2012 (with B. Hadolt) "Medizinethnologie." In: B. Beer and H. Fischer (eds.): Ethnologie: Einführung und Überblick. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag (7th edition), 309-329.
2011 "Contextualising Ethics: or, the Morality of Knowledge Production in Ethnographic Fieldwork on 'the Unspeakable'". In: P.W. Geissler and S. Molyneux (eds.): Evidence, Ethos and Experiment: The Anthropology and History of Medical Research in Africa. Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books, 99-124.
2011 (with B. Rutert and G. M. Matsabisa) "Bioprospecting in South Africa: Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Knowledge Economy? – a Field in the Becoming." In: CAS Working Papers No. 1-11, Center for Area Studies der Freien Universität Berlin.
2010 (with N. Sullivan and D. Garcia) "Negotiating Professionalism, Economics and Moral Obligation: An Appeal for Ethnographic Approaches to African Medical Migration." In: African Diaspora 3 (2): 237-254.
2010 (with M. Burchardt and R. van Dijk): "Introduction - The redemptive moment: HIV treatments and the production of new religious spaces". In: African Journal of Aids Research 9 (4): 373-383.
2009 "Doing Better? Religion, the Virtue-Ethics of Development and the Fragmentation of Health Politics in Tanzania." In: Africa Today 56 (1): 89-110.
2009 "'African Sexualities' Revisited: The Morality of Sexuality and Gender in the Era of Globalization and AIDS." In: C. Pope, R. T. White and R. Malow (eds.): HIV/AIDS: Global Frontiers in Prevention/Intervention. London: Routledge, 124-136.
2008 "'We Are All Going to Die': Kinship, Belonging and the Morality of HIV/AIDS-Related Illnesses and Deaths in Rural Tanzania." In: Anthropological Quarterly 81 (1): 207-232.
2007 "Healing the Wounds of Modernity: Community, Salvation and Care in a Neo-Pentecostal Church in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania." In: Journal of Religion in Africa 37 (1): 59-83.
2006 "The Power of Aids: Kinship, Mobility and the Valuing of Social and Ritual Relationships in Tanzania." In: African Journal of Aids Research 5 (2): 109-21.
2003 "Sexuality, AIDS and the Lures of Modernity: Reflexivity and Morality among Young People in Rural Tanzania." In: Medical Anthropology 22 (1): 23-52.
2001 "'Living PositHIVely in Tanzania'. The Global Dynamics of AIDS and the Meaning of Religion for International and Local AIDS Work." In: afrika spectrum 36 (1) 2001, Special issue “AIDS in Africa. Broadening the Perspectives”: 73-90.
2011 "Claiming Territory: Medical Mission and Histories of Inequality in a Religiously Diverse City". International Workshop "Medical Diversity and Its Spaces", Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen: March 28-29, 2011.
2010 "Heavenly Action: Religion, Class and the 'Failures' of AIDS Activism in Urban Tanzania". Keynote Lecture at the Summer School “Religion, AIDS, and Social Activism in Africa”, Kampala, Makerere University: July 5-9, 2010
2010 "Ungleiche Geschichte(n): Christliche & muslimische Bildungseinrichtungen in Ostafrika im Kontext geopolitischer Transformationsprozesse". Lecture Series "Räume in Bewegung. Regionale und transregionale Dynamiken in einer multipolaren Welt", Freie Universität Berlin, Center for Area Studies: June 24, 2010.
2010 "Geschlecht, Macht und Bild: Visualisierungen des Körpers in einer globalen Epidemie". Interdisciplinary lecture series "KörperBilder. Konzepte und Repräsentationen von Geschlecht". Freie Universität Berlin, "Offener Hörsaal": June 08, 2010.
2010 "Religion macht Staat: Transsäkulare Verflechtungen und religiös motivierte Entwicklung im urbanen Tansania". Seminar series "Afrikanisches Echo", organized by the "Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig" and the Institute for Anthropology, University of Leipzig: January 06, 2010.
2009 "Beyond Biopower: Transnational Policy-Making and the Global Economy of Aid in Tanzania". Anthropology of Health and Illness Seminars at the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh: May 27, 2009.
2008 "Targeting the Empowered Individual: Transnational Policy-Making, the Global Economy of Aid, and the Limitations of ‘Biopower’ in Tanzania". Africa Seminar Series, University of Oslo, Department of Social Anthropology: November 18, 2008.
2008 "Religion, the Virtue-Ethics of Development and the Transnationalization of Health Politics in Contemporary Tanzania". Workshop "Regimes of care, relations of care: anthropological perspectives on the changing order of public health in Africa". University of Cambridge, Department of Social Anthropology and African Studies Centre: June 7, 2008.
2008 “Securing Wealth and Managing Social Relations: Kinship, Gender and Rural-Urban Migration in Neoliberal Tanzania”. Carter Lectures “Migrations in and out of Africa: Old Patterns and New Perspectives,” Center for African Studies, University of Florida: February 15-16, 2008.
2007 "Trajectories of Knowledge in the Neoliberal Era". Background paper for the 97. Dahlem Conference "The Globalization of Knowledge and its Consequences" (Organized by Jürgen Renn, Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin). Freie Universität Berlin: November 18-23, 2007.
2007 “Modernity, Development and the Rise of the Neo-Pentecostal Movement in Tanzania”. International Gender Studies Centre Workshop “Women and ‘Faith-Based Development’: Mixing Morality and Money”. Oxford University, Department of International Development: September 2007.
2007 “‘Doing Research on the Unspeakable’: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Ethnographic Fieldwork on HIV/AIDS in Africa”. 5th Nordic Conference in Medical Anthropology at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik: June 14-17, 2007.
2007 “Visualizing AIDS: Transnational Flows of Images, Local Moral Worlds, and the Dilemmas of HIV Prevention in Tanzania”. Carter Lectures, Center for African Studies, University of Florida: March 29-31, 2007. (In connection with the Triennial Conference on African Art)