Professorship of the Cluster of Excellence – Anthropology of Colonial and Postcolonial Orders (Prof. Dr. Schröter)

The research focus of the Cluster of Excellence’s professorship for the “anthropology of colonial and postcolonial orders” concentrates on the transformation of normative orders in the Islamic world and in countries with significant Muslim minorities. The aim is to study contemporary developments in the religious, cultural and political spheres from both diachronic (colonial) and synchronic (postcolonial) perspectives in a manner that closely integrates theoretical and empirical work.

Methodologically speaking, ethnographic field work, especially participant observation, is of particular importance. The regional foci of research included Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand), China, Central and South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran), the Mediterranean Region (Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) and Western Europe (Germany, England, France and Belgium).

Research was conducted by the professor, her research associates (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter) and her PhD students, the latter coming mostly from those countries where studies were undertaken. A continuous lecture series and a number of international workshops and conferences provided a framework in which further case studies from Africa and a number of Asian countries could be discussed for which the research group was not in a position to gather its own empirical data.

The breadth of the case studies available, either directly or indirectly, made it possible to examine changes in normative orders on a global scale and to analyze how local, national, regional and transnational aspects helped to shape these changes. In association with Cluster colleagues from other disciplines, we began an interdisciplinary research initiative on post/secularism. The results of our joint efforts point to the increasing importance of religion as a norm justifying force and indicates that the trend toward the return of religion (“Rückkehr der Religionen,” Riesebrodt) tends to promote fundamentalist and even extremist currents.

Research results were presented at national and international conferences organized in cooperation with various Hessian ministries (for Social Affairs and Integration and for Sciences and the Arts), the Hessian State Investigation Bureau, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the French and U.S. Consulates General. These workshops and conferences gave rise to numerous publications, including two edited volumes in the Normative Orders series published by Campus Verlag. In the area of academic internationalization, activities included the supervision of eight dissertations written by international PhD Students.

In 2014 the Frankfurt Research Center on Global Islam (Frankfurter Forschungszentrum Globaler Islam, FFGI) was established under the aegis of the Cluster of Excellence. This greatly increased the visibility of the research focus areas and facilitated the transfer of research results to political and social institutions, thereby contributing to both the Cluster of Excellence‘s and Goethe University’s “Third Mission” objectives. Members of the FFGI at the Cluster of Excellence were invited to give lectures and provide consulting services for schools and local offices of the state children’s and youth services, state judicial institutions, municipal administrations and law enforcement agencies, as well as for political parties. Professor Schröter was entrusted with various positions in influential civil society organizations, including a position on the executive board of the German Orient-Institute (Deutsches Orient-Institut), the Hessian Information and Competence Center against Extremism (Hessische Informations- und Kompetenzzentrum gegen Extremismus, HKE) and the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society (Institut für Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft, IDZ).

The most important publications of this professorship of the Cluster of Excellence:

Schröter, Susanne: „Islamic feminism. National and transnational dimensions”, in: J. Cesari, (ed.), Islam, gender and democracy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 115-138.

Schröter, Susanne: Gott näher sein als seiner eigenen Halsschlagader. Fromme Muslime in Deutschland, Frankfurt: Campus, 2016.

Schröter, Susanne/Christoph Günther/Mariella Ourghi/Nina Wiedl: „Dschihadistische Rechtfertigungsnarrative und mögliche Gegennarrative“, in: HSFK-Report 4/2016, Frankfurt am Main.

Schröter, Susanne: „Die jungen Wilden der Ummah. Heroische Geschlechterkonstruktionen im Jihadismus“, in: Friedensgutachten 2015, Berlin: Lit, 2015, pp. 175-186.

Schröter, Susanne (ed.): Geschlechtergerechtigkeit durch Demokratisierung? Transformationen und Restaurationen von Genderverhältnissen in der islamischen Welt, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013.

Schröter, Susanne (ed.): Gender and Islam in Southeast Asia. Women's rights movements, religious resurgence and local traditions, Leiden: Brill, 2013.

The most important events of this professorship of the Cluster of Excellence:

 „Entstehung von islamistischem Terrorismus: Die Rolle rechtsfreier Räume und Parallelgesellschaften“, February 3, 2017, Berlin.

„Muslimische Jugend – zwischen Integration, Abschottung und neuen Wegen“, October 28, 2016, Frankfurt am Main.

 „Welcher Islam gehört zu Deutschland?”, April 29, Frankfurt am Main.

„Islamischer Extremismus: Prävention und Deradikalisierung zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit“, July 3, 2015, Frankfurt am Main.

„Salafismus und Jihadismus. Der Traum vom Gottesstaat im 21. Jh.”, November 28, 2014, Frankfurt am Main.

“Islamism versus Post-Islamism? Mapping topographies of Islamic political and cultural practices and discourses“, December 13 – 15, 2013, Frankfurt am Main.


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