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Prof. Dr. Thomas Reinhardt

Prof. Dr. Thomas Reinhardt

Titular Professor, Lecturer

Areas of research and interest

Major Research Interests:
Media Anthropology, Diaspora and Postcolonial Studies, Visual Anthropology, Semiotics, History and Methods of Anthropology, History of Knowledge, Memory Politics

Regional Focus: Africa, Afro-America, Europe


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Ethnologie
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Room: C011
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9612
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9602

Office hours:
on Wednesdays, 12 - 1 pm, online by appointment

Short CV

  • 2014 (January through July) Chaire Alfred Grosser, Sciences Po Paris 
  • Since 2012 Titular Professor for Anthropology, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
  • 2009 – 2012 Senior Lecturer for Anthropology; Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
  • 2007 Visiting Professor for African Studies; Department for African Studies, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2005 – 2007 Adjunct Professor for Historical Anthropology; Goethe University, Frankfurt, and Teaching Fellow for African Studies; University of Cologne
  • 2005 – 2008 Research Fellow; Research College “Media and Cultural Communication”, SFB/FK 427, University of Cologne
  • 2005 Habilitation in Historical Anthropology and appointment as Adjunct Professor [Privatdozent]; Goethe-University, Frankfurt (Germany); Thesis: History of Afrocentrism: Images of Africa and America made in the USA [published 2007]
  • 2001 Independent Scholar; Scholars in Residence Program, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City
  • 2000 – 2004 Research and Teaching Fellow for Historical Anthropology; Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt/Main
  • 1999 Ph.D. [Dr. phil.] in Anthropology; Goethe-University, Frankfurt; Dissertation: Beyond Writing: Dialogical Anthopology after Postmodernism [published 1999]
  • 1997 – 2001 Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant for Cultural Studies; University-GH Paderborn
  • 1996 – 2001 Joint-Editor of CARGO: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie
  • 1995 M.A. [Licentiatus philosophiae] in Anthropology and German Studies; University of Basel, Switzerland; Thesis: The Ethnographic Description as Text
  • 1986 –1995 Academic studies at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany, and the University of Basel, Switzerland: Anthropology, German Studies. Romance Studies


USA, Ghana, Senegal


Further Information


  • Publications

  • Research: Medializations of the Shadow

    As ‚artefact’ in he strict sense oft he term, the shadow seems to be a rather recent phenomenon. If we take a look at the shadow practices of a vast number of past and contemporary societies, however, it is obvious that over and again shadows have been regarded as meaningful signs and media for interacting with gods and spirits. As such, they don’t just ‚happen’ but are conceptualized as more or less purposeful, intentional acts of communication. more