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Claudia Liebelt, PD Dr.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Anthropology


  • April 2020-July 2021, Heisenberg Position on "Gender, Body, Beauty: Transnational Formations of the Self," Chair for Social Anthropology, University of Bayreuth

Academic Positions and Training

  • October 2019–March 2020, Guest Professorship for Gender & Diversity Studies, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
  • June 2019, Dr. habil. and venia legendi in Social and Cultural Anthropology; title of habilitation thesis: ‘Istanbul Appearances: beauty and the making of middle-class femininities in urban Turkey,’ Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Bayreuth
  • December 2010–September 2019, Assistant Professor ('Akademische Rätin') at the Chair of Social Anthropology, University of Bayreuth
  • 2013–2018, Principle Investigator ('Eigene Stelle') of a large grant research project on Aesthetic Body Modifications and Femininity in a Global City: cultures of Beauty in Istanbul funded by the German Research Foundation
  • April–July 2017, Replacement Professorship, Chair of Social Anthropology, University of Bayreuth
  • April–November 2010, Lecturer at the Chair of Social Anthropology, Bayreuth University
  • July 2007–September 2010, Research Fellow, Research Institute for Law, Politics & Justice, Keele University (UK), as part of the comparative project In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Prophet: Sociality, Caring, and the Religious Imagination in the Filipina Diaspora (PI: Prof. Pnina Werbner; funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK)
  • November 2010, Dr. phil. in Social Anthropology (summa cum laude), ‘Caring for the “Holy Land”: Transnational Filipina Care Workers in the Israeli Migration Regime,’ Faculty of Philosophy I, Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg; supervisors: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schnepel (Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Eyal Ben-Ari (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
  • 2005–April 2008, PhD Fellow, Graduate School Culture and Society in Motion, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • August 2003, Magistra Artium (MPhil) in Social Anthropology (major), Islamic Studies, and Sociology, University of Cologne; graduated with honours

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Anthropology

Research Interests

My research foci are in the Anthopology of the Body and the Senses, Political Anthropology, Gender and Sexualities, Care and Intimate Labour, as well as Islam and Secularity. I am especially interested in debates on the biopolitics of beauty, embodied normativities, postsecularism, new materialities, as well as categorizations of race, class and gender, with a regional focus on the Middle East and Turkey. As part of my Heisenberg Position at the University of Bayreuth, I currently conduct research on the