Scientific Advisory Board

The AGEM has a scientific advisory board according to its statutes (§ 3,3). The task of the advisory board is to advise the executive committee, to make the association known in the professional world and to strengthen its profile. It is composed as follows for the 2018 – 2020 term of office:

Christoph Antweiler (since 2016)

*1956, anthropologist, Professor for Southeast Asian Studies, Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) and vice director of the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA), University of Bonn. Antweiler focuses on dependent economic and personal relations pertaining to work in Southeast Asia. Work relations, for example in Indonesia, tend to be subdivided into several steps involving several people between the customer and the contractor. If someone wants to build a house, he hires one individual as a contractor who then organizes the building team and large parts of the building planning and implementation. In doing this, he often uses relatives or people dependent on him or who owe him from earlier dependent relations. This creates a chain of patron-client relations often involving semi-free work relations. Antweiler is a member of the Academia Europaea (London) and a member of the International Advisory Board, Humboldt-Forum (Berlin).

Cornelius Borck (since 2016)

Cornelius Borck is Director of the Institute of History of Medicine and Science Studies (IMGWF) of the University of Lübeck, and Acting Director of the Center for Cultural Research Lübeck (ZKFL). He studied medicine, philosophy religious studies and history of medicine in Hamburg, Heidelberg and Berlin. After completing his studies with a PhD in Neuroscience at Imperial College London and a postdoc in science studies at Bielefeld University, he was awarded a Karl-Schädler-Research Fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, directed the research group “Writing Life, Media Technologies and the History of the Life Sciences 1800-1900” in the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and held a Canada Research Chair in Philosophy and Language of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal.

Hansjörg Dilger (since 2018)

*1968, Prof. Dr. phil. I completed my PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin in 2004, with a dissertation on “HIV/AIDS and Social Relations in the Context of Rural to Urban Migration in Tanzania.” From 2005-2007, I was Assistant Professor for African Health and Society at the University of Florida, Gainesville (USA), bevor accepting a position as Junior Professor at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) in 2013. Since 2013, I have been Full Professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at FUB, where I am also Head of the Research Area Medical Anthropology. In 2014, I was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna, and Visiting Fellow at the African Center for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand.

My research and teaching focus on different aspects of Medical Anthropology and the Anthropology of Religion in settings of globalization and transnational connectivity. Together with Dominik Mattes, I have co-edited the special issue Im/Mobility and Dis/Connectivity in Medical Globalization: How global is Global Health? in Global Public Health (2018). I was also co-editor of the volume Medicine, Mobility and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing (with Stacey Langwick and Abdoulaye Kane, Indiana University Press, 2012). In 1996, I was founding member of the Working Group Medical Anthropology within the German Anthropological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, DGSKA e.V.), und was the Working Group’s Chair from 2004-2010. Since 2015, I have been President of the DGSKA e.V., which was named Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde until 2017.

Katarina Greifeld (since 2004)

*1956, Dr. phil., freelance expert on development politics in Frankfurt o. t. M., PhD in anthropolgy (1984), major publication (ed.): Ritual und Heilung. Eine Einführung in die Medizinethnologie, Berlin 2003, new edition Berlin 2013 “Medizinethnologie. Eine Einführung”. Greifeld is member of AGEM since 1980 and has been chairwoman from 2009-2009 and 2. chairwoman from 1988-1992.

Contact: greifeld@gmx.de

Michi Knecht (since 2018)

Michi Knecht ist seit 2014 W3-Professorin für Ethnologie am Institut für Ethnologie und Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Bremen. Nach dem Studium der Ethnologie, Soziologie, Psychologie und Geschichte magistrierte sie an der Universität Köln und promovierte in Empirischer Kulturwissenschaft und Ethnologie an der Eberhard-Karls-Tübingen mit einer empirischen Arbeit zu den politischen, religiösen und wissensproduzierenden Praktiken der Lebensschutzbewegung. Sie war wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Ludwig-Uhland Institut für empirische Kulturwissenschaften, Hochschulassistentin an der Humboldt-Universität, Ko-Projektleiterin im SFB 640, „Repräsentationen sozialer Ordnung im Wandel – intertemporale und interkulturelle Vergleiche“ und lehrte und forschte u.a. am International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture der Universität Gießen und an den Universitäten Graz, Basel und Kadir-Has / Istanbul. Gemeinsam mit Stefan Beck, Jörg Niewöhner und weiteren Kolleginnen und Kollegen baute sie am Institut für Europäische Ethnologie der HU das „ColLaboratory Social Anthropology and Life Sciences“ (heute: Labor für sozialanthropologische Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung) auf. Ihre Habilitation an der Humboldt-Universität 2011 beschäftigte sich mit einer Kritik des Interpretaments der Medikalisierung und den Bedingungen ethnographischer Wissensproduktion im Themenfeld assistierender Reproduktionstechnologien. Im Zentrum ihrer gegenwärtigen Forschungen stehen Fragen nach Neu-Ordnungen des Sozialen an den Schnittstellen von Politik, Wissenschaft, Technologie und globalen Verflechtungen und Asymmetrien sowie nach den Verbindungen zwischen wissenschaftlichen Praktiken und gesellschaftlichen Prozessen. Aktuelle Projekte beschäftigten sich mit Familientechnologien, Gesundheit und „welfare-bricolage“ in superdivers-urbanen Nachbarschaften, dem Umbruch von Anonymitätsregimenen, Wissenspraktiken des Meeres und Prozessen einer(Bio)Ökonomisierung von Reproduktion. An der Universität Bremen baut Michi Knecht gemeinsam mit Friederike Gesing und Michael Flitner das „Bremen NatureCultures-Lab“ auf. Gemeinsam mit Ingo H. Warnke ist sie seit April 2108 Sprecherin der geistes-, kultur- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschungsplattform „Worlds of Contradiction (WoC).

Eckhardt Koch (since 2004)

Jg. 1951, Prof. Dr. med., Facharzt für Neurologie, Psychiater und Psychotherapie. Bis Januar 2017 Leitender Arzt „Interkulturelle Psychiatrie“ der Vitos Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie Gießen-Marburg. Ab 1992 Aufbau und Leitung einer psychotherapeutisch / psychosomatisch ausgerichteten Station für interkulturelle Psychiatrie. Seit Gründung im November 1994 bis 2010 erster Vorsitzender der Deutsch-Türkischen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und psychosoziale Gesundheit e.V. (DTGPP). In dieser Funktion Organisation von Kongressen in Deutschland und der Türkei. Seit 2013 Migrationsbeauftragter der Vitos Holding Kassel und seit 2014 Honorarprofessor am Institut für Europäische Ethnologie/Kulturwissenschaft der Philipps-Universität Marburg. Forschungsfelder Transkulturelle Psychiatrie und interkulturelle Öffnung von Institutionen, zahlreiche zumeist transkulturell-psychiatrische Publikationen in Büchern und Zeitschriften sowie Buchpublikationen.

Korrespondenzadresse: Wilhelm-Roser-Str.33a, 35037 Marburg

Contact: eckhardt.koch@t-online.de, www.dtgpp.de

William Sax (since 2004)

*1957, Prof. William S. Sax, PhD obtained degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle and Banaras Hindu University before earning his M.A. (1982) and PhD (1987) in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He taught for two years at Harvard University and eleven years in Christchurch, New Zealand before becoming head of the Department of Anthropology in 2000.

Ulrich van Loyen (since 2016)

Nach einem Studium der Philosophie, Neueren Deutschen Literatur, Italianistik und Theologie in Rom und München promovierte Ulrich van Loyen 2009 mit einer intellektuellen Biographie des Oxforder Sozialanthropologen und Prager Lyrikers Franz Baermann Steiner an der LMU München. Anschließend arbeitete er am Lehrstuhl für Medientheorie an der Universität Siegen. Zwischen Herbst 2012 und Mai 2015 war er Stipendiat der Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung: er beschäftigte sich mit dem italienischen Religionswissenschaftler und Ethnologen Ernesto de Martino und führte Feldforschungen in Neapel zum Kult der Madonna dell’Arco sowie der “anime sante del purgatorio” durch. Derzeit arbeitet er an der Kölner Universität.

Contact: uvanloye@uni-koeln.de, http://artes.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/22652.html

Eberhard Wolff (since 2004)

*1959, Adjunct Professor for Cultural Anthropology at the University of Basel and Academic Associate at the Department for Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies of the University of Zürich, both Switzerland. He holds a Master and a Dr. rer. soc. In Cultural Studies from the University of Tübingen. For many years he has been working at various Institutes for the History of Medicine in Germany and Switzerland. Eberhard Wolff’s fields of research and publication comprise a variety of topics, among which the History and Anthropology of Health, Medicine and the Body prevails. Additionally he is editor of the Swiss Medical Journal (Schweizerische Ärztezeitung) and teaches Medical History at the University of Zürich Medical Faculty.

Martin Zillinger (since 2016)

After completing his studies in ethnology and philosophy at Hamburg, Berkeley and Tübingen, Martin Zillinger undertook field research in Meknes, Morocco, on new media and trance practices, with fellowship support from the DFG and DAAD. The resulting book has been awarded the research prize of the Frobenius society. In research that grew out of a follow-up DFG project on Trance Mediums and New Media at the University of Siegen, Zillinger has increasingly dealt with the connection between migration and religion among Arab-speaking migrants in Brussels and Paris. His fieldwork in the wide-ranging networks of these religious groups has taken him to East Africa, where he is currently undertaking research on inclusion and exclusion in socio-ecological transformation processes. Zillinger also conducts research in media anthropology and leads a research project on digital publics in Morocco, as well as a project on new “Communities of Practice” at the Global South Studies Center Cologne. His many publications address issues at the intersection of media studies and philosophy, and are focused on the problems of religion – often in transit and translation – among both (North-)African and Migrant communities in Europe.

Contact: Martin.Zillinger@uni-koeln.de, a.r.t.e.s Graduate School for the Humanities, Universität zu Köln, http://artes.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/19989.html