Selected Publications

Transfers of Belonging Reconnecting State and Kinship

April 2018

Transfers of Belonging


November 2017

Reconnecting State and Kinship


Anthropological Perspectives on Care Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel

September 2015

Anthropological Perspectives on Care

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Soziale Elternschaft im Wandel

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The Anthropology of Sibling Relation

Child Fostering


The Anthropology of Sibling Relations

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Child Fostering in West Africa

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Verwandtschaft heute

Generations in Africa


Verwandtschaft heute

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Generations in Africa. Connections and conflicts.

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Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber

Academic Career

2016-2017 Research Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Universität Bielefeld, leadership of a research group concerning kinship and politics

2011-2012 Senior Research Fellow in the international research centre [Forschungskolleg] Work and human life cycle (Humboldt-University Berlin)

since 2010 Chair of Social Anthropology

2008-2009 Heisenberg-Professorship in Social Anthropology (University of Bayreuth)

2007 Heisenberg-Professorship awarded by the German Research Council [DFG]

2002-2007 Associate Professor [Juniorprofessorin] of Ethnosociology (University of Bayreuth) successfully evaluated in 2005

2001-2002 Researcher in the DFG-funded research project Social Parenthood in West Africa (Institute of Social Anthropology, Free University Berlin)

1998-1999 Research Fellowship at the Frobenius-Institute (Goethe-University, Frankfurt a. M.)

1998 Fobenius Society's Research Award for excellent dissertation (Frobenius-Institute, Goethe, University, Frankfurt a. M.)

1997 PhD in Social Anthropology (Free University of Berlin) Transformations of Power and Rule among the Baatombu in Northern Benin (1900-1995)

1995-2000 Lecturer [wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin] (Prof. Dr. Georg Elwert, Institute of Social Anthropology, Free University of Berlin)

1993-1995 Research Assistant in the DFG-funded research project Traditional Rulers, New Elites and the State in a Peasants Society: On the Struggle for Power and Influence among the Baatombu in North-Eastern Benin (Institute of Social Anthropology, Free University of Berlin)

1992-1993 PhD scholarship fundet by the protestant scholarship foundation [Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst]

1990 Master's degree [Magister] in Anthropology (Free University of Berlin)

1983-1990 Studies in Social Anthropology, Literature Studies, Spanish and History (Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen and Free University ofBerlin) funded by the protestant scholarship foundation [Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst]