Welcome to the website of the research group for Social and Political Anthropology - Prof. Dr. Judith Beyer

The research group Social and Political Anthropology specializes in political and legal anthropology. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork (with a focus on Central and Southeast Asia), our current research interests are the anthropology of the state, statelessness, practices of ordering, community, authority, (neo-)traditionalization, legal pluralism, constitutional politics and activism.

Master of Arts - Anthropology and Sociology

Our Master's Programme in Anthropology and Sociology brings together core elements from both disciplines in a research-oriented study programme that focuses on contemporary social issues and problems.

Application period for summer term: 08.12.-15.01.
Application period for winter term: 27.05- 15.07.

Anthropology in Konstanz

Anthropology in Constance stands for a internationally, theory orientend and reasearch-strong science, that builds bridges to qualitative approaches in Cultural Sociology. The working groups of Prof. Dr. Thomas G. KirschProf. Dr. Judith Beyer and Prof. Dr. Stefan Leins represent regional expertises on Africa, Asia and Europe. Dr. Maria Lidola is specialized on Latin America and Europe. Our thematical emphases are in Political and Legal Anthropology, in Anthropology of Religion and Migration and on Cultures of Economy.

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training programme

The Hilde Domin-Programme provides academic safe spaces for students and doctoral researchers who have been forced to flee their countries. Starting in March 2023, the University of Konstanz will provide a four-year training programme for about 160 scholarship recipients in the Hilde Domin-Programme. The goal is to provide continuing education for students in exile who might play a key role in reconstructing their own countries at a later stage. The programme also teaches intercultural competencies in order to enable the participants to get a better foothold in Germany.

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Judith Beyer hält Keynote auf Mittelaltertagung

Prof. Judith Beyer hat die Keynote auf der jährlichen Tagung des Konstanzer Arbeitskreis für mittelalterliche Geschichte e.V. gehalten. Der Titel lautete „(Un-)Gleiches Recht für alle? Ethnologische Perspektiven.

Neuer Publikation von Prof. Dr. Beyer

Neuer Artikel "Unsicheres Wissen. Die asymmetrische Ko-Konstruktion von Plausibilität in britischen Asylverfahren" in dem Sammelband "Vorläufige Gewissheiten" von Thomas G. Kirsch und Christina Wald.

Prof. Beyer trägt in Zürich vor

Am 12. Januar trägt Prof. Judith Beyer zum Thema „Staat und Klientelstruktur. Rechtsethnologische und psychoanalytische Lesarten“ am Psychoanalytischen Seminar Zürich vor.

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