Welcome to Dr. Grit Wesser, DAAD visiting lecturer in 2024 summer semester


We are excited to welcome DAAD guest lesturer Dr. Grit Wesser (she/her) to JGU Mainz for the coming summer semester! Grit is a social anthropologist working on the relationship between kinship and ‘the state’. She has explored this connection through ethnographic and historical fieldwork on a life cycle ritual (her PhD research in eastern Germany) and on people’s knowledge attainment about the practices of the state security apparatus in the former GDR/East Germany (interdisciplinary research project ‘Knowing the Secret Police’).
Grit earned her MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and Politics (2011) and her PhD in Social Anthropology (2016) from the University of Edinburgh. She held teaching and research positions at the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University, and the International College of Dundee. Her research interests include kinship and gender, memory and history, ritual and personhood, the anthropology of surveillance, and the anthropology of food with a regional focus on (East) Germany.
Grit looks forward to her DAAD guest lectureship at the KAEE during the SoSe 2024 when she teaches Made in the G.D.R.?: East Germany beyond Spreewald-Gherkins, Stasi, and Skinheads (Seminar); Memory, History, and the Archive: Methods of Historical Anthropology (Tutorial); and The Anthropology of Surveillance: “Does Suspicion Breed Confidence?” (Lecture).

New issue of Berliner Blätter, Vol. 88 (2023): Troubling Gender. Anthropological Perspectives on Gender Politics in/of Europe


In recent years, the politics of gender and sexuality have turned extremely hostile across Europe. Long fought for rights and antidiscriminatory politics have come under heavy attack, while Gender Studies programs have been banned. In tandem, feminist arguments are being instrumentalized by right-wing movements and gender/sexuality are used as markers of both progress and backwardness within the postsocialist European landscape reproducing old and creating new hierarchies within the societies and between them. »Troubling Gender« brings together queer/feminist voices and ethnographic analyses from the Eastern and Western European contexts seeking to make sense of these developments and of their local and regional articulations; it examines the possibilities for solidarity across different positionalities and engages with diverse histories of struggle.

Berliner Blätter:

Information for first-year students


Are you starting your studies in one of the subjects at the Institute of Film, Theater, Media and Cultural Studies (FTMK) in the 2024 summer semester? We would like to invite you to the interdisciplinary welcome event for all first-year students at FTMK, not only to introduce you to the integrated study area "Culture - Theater - Film", but also to introduce you to members of the institute's staff:

When? Tuesday, 9 April 2024, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Where? Room P11 (ground floor) in the Philosophicum lecture hall building on campus, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18


WELCOME TO THE SUBJECT! Study-specific introductions for the BA
So that you can also get to know the lecturers responsible for your respective subject, get help in using JOGU-StiNe and ask all your questions about starting your studies at FTMK, the academic advisors will offer subject-specific BA introductory events following the institute welcome. Here you will learn all the details about the specific course of study, your examination regulations and course registration.

When? Tuesday, 9 April 2024, from 11:30 a.m.
Where? Philosophicum, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
Who? Cultural Anthropology: Room P13


WELCOME (BACK?) Study-specific introductions for the MA
Regardless of whether you are starting your Master's programme in Mainz after completing a BA degree (at FTMK) or have found your way to JGU from another university, we also want to make it easier for you to continue your studies.

MA Cultural Anthropology
When? Tuesday, 9 April 2024, from 2 pm
Where? Philosophicum, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, Room P2

You can find more information about the start of the programme here (in German).


MA graduate Mara Hoffmann awarded 2023 Lutz Röhrich Prize


The 2023 Lutz Röhrich Prize of the Walter Kahn Fairy Tale Foundation (Märchenstiftung Walter Kahn) was awarded to our graduate Mara Hoffmann, M.A.. Her Master's thesis entitled "The 'Sleeping Beauty of the Palatinate' - a cultural anthropological look at the fairytale village of Dörrenbach" was supervised by PD Dr. Christina Niem and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Mirko Uhlig. The Märchenstiftung's award ceremony was held at the same time as the European Fairy Tale Award in Volkach am Main at the end of September. Congratulations, Mara!

Read more in the accompanying press release (in German).


New issue of the journal ‘Volkskunde in Rheinland-Pfalz’


The new issue of the journal ‘Volkskunde in Rheinland-Pfalz’ has been published, and for the first time all content is freely available through Open Access. The current issue primarily brings together contributions from students of cultural anthropology in Mainz, who present the results of their final theses in essay form. These are six Bachelor’s and two Master’s theses. There was already such a focus in 2012. The issue at that time mainly offered summaries of master’s theses that depicted the broad spectrum of research and teaching at the Mainz location. Once again, students are given the opportunity to make their research accessible to an interested public.

Volume 38 (2023) can be found at



New publication and volume by Milana Čergić


Dr. des. Milana Čergić, research associate in Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, together with Mehdi Belasri and Andrea Umberto Gritti, has published a new volume of the journal Balkanologie: Revue d’études pluridisciplinaire under the title "Entrepreneurs et mutations économiques dans les Balkans, XIXe-XXIe siècle [Entrepreneurs and economic change in the Balkans, 19th–21st century]". Among the various contributions on entrepreneurship in the Balkans is Dr. Čergić’s paper "Un businessman « poussé » par l’élite politique ou un bienfaiteur ? Négocier le succès entrepreneurial en Bosnie-Herzégovine [A Businessman “Pushed” by the Politicians or a Benefactor of Society? Negotiating Entrepreneurial Success in Bosnia and Herzegovina]".


MSCA MasterClass for Postdocs 14–16 June 2023


In November 2023, the FORTHEM Alliance once again decisively expanded its range of activities and is now also increasingly turning its attention to supporting young scientists. To this end, the nine partner universities have set up their own FORTHEM Academy for Early-Stage Researchers. Over the next four years, FORTHEM will offer courses in the following areas:

  1. Networking of young academics with academics from partner universities at all career levels
  2. Diverse training in the form of workshops, MasterClasses, etc.
  3. Trainings and activities around the topic of Open Science (FORTHEM Journal, Science Slams, etc.)
  4. Setting up a FORTHEM mentoring programme
  5. Reforms in the assessment of science
  6. Strategy development for sustainable support of young scientists within the framework of the FORTHEM Alliance

As one of the first measures, only one MasterClass will be held for postdocs who plan to conduct their own research project at one of the FORTHEM universities while applying for a Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Commission. Participants in the MasterClass will receive a detailed introduction to the topic and the application formalities, meet former reviewers, learn from successful applicants and receive personal support and a wide range of information material in the event of an application.

For further information on the MasterClass and the link to the registration as well as an overview of the FORTHEM Academy for Young Scientists, please click on the following links:

FORTHEM Academy for Early-Stage Researchers

FORTHEM MasterClass for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Visiting Professor from Spain (28 April–5 May 2023)


We are pleased to welcome Professor for ‘Antropología Social’ Dr. Antonio Miguel Nogués Pedregal von der Universität Miguel Hernández in Elche, Spain, as our guest. He is visiting Johannes Gutenberg University for the third time as part of the Erasmus+ programme and will be giving lectures and seminars. As a social and cultural anthropologist, Nogués Pedregal researches in particular on the topics of tourism and leisure, festivals, customs and rituals, as well as on questions of cultural heritage. In addition to heritage studies, political anthropology is another focus of his research and teaching.


Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow Milorad Kapetanović


We are very pleased to welcome Milorad Kapetanović as a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow for the 2023 summer semester. Dr. Kapetanović is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Habsburg and Balkan Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Kapetanović will offer two courses in the SoSe for Mainz students: ‘Wild Peoples: Gender, Race and Desire in the Colonial Gaze of European Ethnology and Beyond’ and ‘Feminist Approaches to Pornography: Abuse, Liberation and the Marketisation of Images’.