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Prof. Dr. Martin Sökefeld

Prof. Dr. Martin Sökefeld

Professor, Head of Department

Areas of research and interest

Main areas of interest: Anthropology of politics, "natural" disasters, refugees, migration, diaspora and transnationalism, theory of identity, Islam, Alevism. Regional specialisation: South Asia, especially Northern Pakistan (Gilgit-Baltistan) and Kashmir, Germany.


Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
Office No. 030
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9600
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9602

Office hours:
On Mondays 3 - 4 pm and by appointment


  • Since September 2021: Chairman of the German Anthropological Association
  • October 2019 - present: Chairman of the Ethics Committe for Social and Cultural Anthropology, European Ethnology and Intercultural Communication of the Faculty for the Study of Culture, LMU Munich
  • October 2015 - September 2017: Vice-Dean of the Faculty for the Study of Culture, LMU Munich
  • October 2013 - September 2015: Dean of the Faculty for the Study of Culture, LMU Munich
  • since October 2008: Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich
  • 2005 - 2008 Assistant Professor, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • May 2005 Habilitation, Hamburg University
  • 1999-2005 Assistant Professor, Institut of Social Anthropology, Hamburg University
  • 1997-1999 Assistant Lecturer, Institute of Social Anthropology, Hamburg University
  • 1996 PhD, Faculty for the Study of Culture, Tübingen University
  • 1991 - 1994 Research fellow, Institute of Social Anthropology, Tübingen University (as part of the research project "Culture Area Karakorum")
  • 1990 Master, University of Cologne
  • 1983 - 1990 Studies of Social Anthropology, Philosophy and Roman languages, University of Cologne

Research projects

Workshops and Conferences

  • Workshop Follow the Agency: Handlungsmacht als gemeinsames Thema ethnologischer Forschung und Sozialer Arbeit? 16.-17. Februar 2023, Institut für Ethnologie, LMU München.
  • Workshop Islam, Deportation and Return: Removal Experiences of Muslim Irregularised Migrants, 14. und 15. Oktober 2022, Institut für Ethnologie, LMU München.
  • Roundtable Un/commoning Asylum: Genealogies of Exclusion and the Restoration of the Right to Refuge, jointly organised with Sabine Strasser (University of Bern), Roundtable RT 02 at the 17th EASA Biennial Conference in Belfast, 26-29 July, 2022.
  • Grenzen der Zugehörigkeiten: Das Ende der Aushandlungen im Kontext globaler Mobilität. Roundtable, organisiert with Prof. Dr. Heike Drotbohm (Universität Mainz) at the conference of the German Anthropological Association, Konstanz, 29.9.-2.10.2019.
  • Workshop Post-disaster situations and the appropriation of disaster governance from below, organised together with Pascale Schild, University of Bern, at the 15th EASA Conference, Stockholm, 14-17th August 2018.
  • Willkommenskultur in der Migrationsgesellschaft: Flucht, Asyl und Regulierungspraxis (Welcome culture in migration society): Workshop, LMU Munich, February 2 - 3, 2018.
  • The politics of lists: Contestations of inclusion and exclusion at the state/non-state interface. Workshop, co-organized with Sabine Strasser (University of Bern) at the conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (German Anthropological Association), Berlin, October 4 - 7, 2017. Call for papers.
  • Spaces of Conflict in Everyday Life: Figurations and Methodology. Conference of the Research Network Crossroads Asia, LMU Munich, October 11, 2014. 
  • "Under suspicious eyes: surveillance states, security zones and ethnographic fieldwork:" Workshop, jointly organised with Sabine Strasser (University of Berne) at the 13th EASA-Conference, Tallinn, 31 July - 3 August 2014. Call for papers.
  • Summer School Anthropological Fieldwork Methods. In cooperation with Karakorum International University, Gilgit, and Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad. Gilgit, Pakistan, August / September 2013.
  • Research School Anthropology of Disasters. Gilgit, Pakistan, March 19 - 30, 2012. More information here.
  • "Politics of Disasters:" Workshop, jointly organised with Edward Simpson (SOAS), at the 12th EASA conference, Paris, July 10-13, 2012. Call for papers
  • "Jammu and Kashmir: Boundaries and Movements". International Symposium, funded by the DFG, Frauenwörth, July 16-19, 2011. More informationen here.
  • "Ethnologie und Naturkatastrophen": Workshop, jointly organised with Ute Luig, conference of the DGV, Vienna, September 14-17, 2011. Call for papers.
  • "At the margins of Islam in Europe": Workshop, jointly organised with Marzia Balzani,11th EASA conference, Maynooth, August 24-27, 2010. Call for papers.

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