Liebelt Claudia 1.2019

Beauty and the Norm

Beauty and the Norm

Debating Standardization in Bodily Appearance

Caring for the holy Land

Caring for the 'Holy Land'

For reviews see, Rhacel Salazar Parreñas in American Anthropologist, Vol. 115, No. 4 (December 2013), pp. 699-700 and Avram S. Bornstein in American Ethnologist, Vol. 40, No. 3 (August 2013), pp. 598–599.


Dr. Claudia Liebelt

Assistant Professor at the Chair for Social Anthropology

Contact Data

Email: claudia.liebelt(at)
Phone: +49 (0) 921 55-41 12
Fax: +49 (0) 921 55-41 18
Bureau: GW II, Room 0.02
Consultation hour: upon appointment by email during the semester break

Research Interests and Background

Claudia Liebelt (PhD, Halle, 2010) is Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth. Her research interests include the Anthropology of the Body, gender and sexuality, beauty and aesthetic body modification, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion (esp. Islam), migration and citizenship, care and domestic work, as well as Medical Anthropology. She has conducted fieldwork in Israel, Morocco, Turkey and the Philippines.

Until recently, she directed a research project on  Aesthetic Body Modifications and Femininity in a Global City: Cultures of Beauty in Istanbul financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG, 2013-2018), which resulted in a habilitation thesis on the topic. As a postdoc researcher she was part of a large-grant AHRC-project based at the Universities of Keele and Hull (UK) and studied the “Sociality, Caring and the Religious Imagination in the Filipino Diaspora” (2007-2010, PI Prof. Pnina Werbner).

She has authored  Caring for the 'Holy Land': Filipina Domestic Workers in Israel (Berghahn Books 2011) and has edited a volume on Beauty and the Norm: Debating Standardization in Bodily Appearance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), as well as special journal issues on "Manufacturing Beauty, Grooming Selves: The Creation of Femininities in the Global Economy" (Sociologus, 2016) and "Gendering 'Everyday Islam'" (with Pnina Werbner, Contemporary Levant, 2018). She also co-directed an ethnographic documentary on Filipina return migrants in Manila (Cycles of Care, with Lizza M. David, UK/D 2011, 52 mins). Trailer

She is the review editor of Sociologus, Journal for Social Anthropology.

Academic Career

Currently Supervised Dissertations

Selected Publications

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