Next Institute’s Colloquium

Lea Schulte-Droesch (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): “Making place through ritual – Land, environment and region among the Santal of Middle India”

According to performative ritual theory, rituals have effects. They regularly create and affirm cultural concepts.Based on ethnographic fieldwork among the Santal, one of the largest tribal societies of Middle India, I aim to show, how different rituals both reveal and continuously recreate notions of place. In three parts, my research addresses ideas of land and rootedness in this land, cultural perceptions of the environment and Santal political activism prominent in the area of my fieldwork.
By introducing various ritual contexts, my research reveals the dynamics of rituals, as their actors engage with a changing political situation in India. I hereby draw a contemporary picture of the practice of making place through ritual among the Santal.

Wednesday, 16th of April 2014 / Institute of Ethnology, Studtstraße 21, Raum STU 105 (2.10)

Everybody is welcome!


Summer Semester is here!

Hello Students,

The new semester begins soon, so don’t miss the “Institutseinführung” – the meeting with our lecturers at the institute.Especially the new MA-students should be there to get to know everybody. Also the veterans are welcome to this session to say hit to the rookies. You will get infomation about the seminars and lectures of the next summer term. The meeting will take place next Wednesday , the 9th of April, at 2 pm at the institute. After it there will be a barbecure. Bonding over chilled drinks and nice food, what a wonderful way to start a new semester. So, be there or be square!

See you soon,

Your Council

Interesting new events!

Do you want to learn some Burmese or Old Javanese?

Do you want to travel to Italy or Switzerland to be part of an event cornerning human rights and diversity management?

Do you want to sit together with others and discuss possible changes that might occur in politics in the near future?

We’ve just added some events to our “Dates”-section that you might find interesting. Make sure to check ’em out!


News concerning G-signatures

Hey folks,

during the semester break you will now be able to borrow books with a G-signature over night!

You will now also be able to borrow books over the weekend. These books have to be returned on the following monday.

For more detailled information on that matter get in touch with the people of the secretariat.