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Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe

Every year, approximately 50 Fellows are invited to work on their projects at FRIAS for 2 to 12 months in an intellectually stimulating environment. Fellows that have already been at FRIAS before can return to FRIAS for 2 to 6 weeks within the framework of the Alumni Programme, for example in order to finish a project. Furthermore, junior and senior researchers are regularly invited as guest researchers.


Our Research Focus profited enormously from the international team of Fellows and guest researchers at FRIAS.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Schätz, ERC Consolidator Grant 2015, Research Focus Quantum Transport 2014/15

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Sociocultural Anthropology
Internal Senior Fellow
October 2014 - September 2015

Room 02 016
Phone +49 (0)761-203 97394
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Judith Schlehe, born in 1956, is Professor in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. She has published widely on religious dynamics, popular forms of representing cultures, cultural globalisation and intercultural issues, gender, the anthropology of disaster, and new approaches to transnational collaboration. Prof Schlehe is a a Principal Researcher at the Southeast Asian Studies Group at the University of Freiburg and a member of several other interdisciplinary research groups. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in several parts of Indonesia.


Selected Publications

  • (forthcoming) Schlehe, Judith and Sita Hidayah: Transcultural Ethnography: Reciprocity in Indonesian-German Tandem Research. In: Huotari, Mikko/Jürgen Rüland/Judith Schlehe (eds.): Methodology and Research Practice in Southeast Asian Studies. Palgrave Macmillan 2014.
  • Schlehe, Judith: Translating Traditions and Transcendence: Popularized Religiosity and the paranormals’ Position in Indonesian Society. In: Schlehe, Judith and Evamaria Sandkühler (eds.): Religion, Tradition and the Popular. Transcultural Views from Asia and Europe. Bielefeld: transcript 2014.
  • Schlehe, Judith: Concepts of Asia, the West and the Self in Contemporary Indonesia: an Anthropological Account. In: South East Asia Research, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2013.
  • Schlehe, Judith: Cultural Politics of Representation in Contemporary Indonesia. In: European Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 10, 2, 2011.
  • Schlehe, Judith: Anthropology of Religion: Disasters and the Representations of Tradition and Modernity, In: Religion. Special issue on "Religions, Natural Hazards, and Disasters", Vol. 40, No. 2, 2010.


FRIAS Research Project

Negotiating Academic Cultures: International Cooperation in the Social Sciences

Description: Exploring academic cultures and investigating international academic collaboration in the Social Sciences will enhance the reflection of how our activities as scholars working in Southeast Asia are being enabled or constrained by the broader context of mutual cultures of cooperation, imaginations of the Other, flows of ideas and ideologies, as well as structural inequalities. Epistemological and methodological questions will be related to dialogical practices and juxtaposed with Southeast Asian approaches to self-determination. Based on anthropological field research and previous studies, the main focus will be on how returnees, after having studied abroad (“academic migrants” to the West, the Arab world or foreign Asian countries), reintegrate in their home universities and collaborate internationally.