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ISEK - Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies Social and Cultural Anthropology

Juliane Neuhaus

Juliane Neuhaus, Dr.

  • Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer
  • Counselling Mobility and Career
+41 44 635 22 21
Room number
AND 5.08

Office hours

Please contact me via email. We can meet via MS TEAMS, Zoom or Skype or in my office at AND 5.08.

Supervision of students

I am happy to supervise students working on the following topics: Legal and Political Anthropology, Anthropology of the State, Development Cooperation, Migration in Oceania, Mission, Colonialism, Racism.

Responsibilities in the study management

  • Mobility
    • Subject Coordination Ethnology: Consultation and coordination of the European mobility SEMP (ex-ERASMUS)
    • Mobility in Switzerland and worldwide: advice on all questions of student and staff mobility (staff mobility)
  • Quality of teaching and scientific work
    • Teaching Day
    • Guidelines and leaflets for students and lecturers
    • Advice in case of suspected plagiarism
    • Digital Teaching
  • Institute Culture
    • Semester Welcome Ethnology (in autumn)
    • Cooperation with the Ethnology Association and EthnologyForum (in spring)
  • Berufsorientierung
  • Coordination of the exercises of the introductory year
  • Teaching planning of the chair-independent lecturers

Research Areas

Legal anthropology, legal pluralism, anthropology of the state, gender, anthropology of Christianity, anthropology of knowledge, migration in and out of the Pacific, subject history, racism in Switzerland

Research Regions

Ozeania, especially Papua New Guinea and Switzerland

Focal points in teaching

Ethnography of Oceania, colonialism, decolonization, racism in Switzerland, missionary work, history of the discipline, anthropology of the state, legal anthropology, introduction to anthropology, research ethics, anthropology of Switzerland, anthropology & the public, anthropology & career.

Together with Mischa Gallati and Yonca Krahn, Juliane received the highly competitive UZH teaching credit 2017 for their project "Switzerland for Incomings" (running from 2018 to 2020).

Short bio

Juliane Neuhaus is permanent academic staff at ISEK-Ethnology. She teaches alternating courses and is active in research, and in addition she is part of the study management team BA/ MA.

For her dissertation, "It Takes More Than a Village Court: Plural Dispute Management and Christian Morality in Rural Papua New Guinea," she examined local law and state intervention in Morobe Province. She is also concerned with issues of epistemology in Oceania; the decolonization of the academy; and the decanonization of the history of the discipline.

Her research has been funded by the SNF and the DFG. Before becoming a researcher and lecturer in Zurich, she was a fellow of the Marie Heim-Vögtlin Program of the Swiss National Science Foundation, fellow at the Graduate College Switzerland Anthropology and mentee at Mentoring DeutschSchweiz. From 2002 to 2005 she was a research assistant at the Institute für Ethnologie at the University of Hamburg.

During her studies of Anthropology and Public Law (International Law) at the University of Hamburg, she was an undergraduate research assistant at the Institute of Anthropology with Prof.em. Hans Fischer and as a museum educator at the Museum für Völkerkunde in Hamburg. During her studies she made her first field research experiences on the North Sea island of Amrum, where she dealt with questions of identity. She completed her studies with a Magister thesis on "Rechtspluralismus in Dorfgerichtshöfen in Papua-Neuguinea. Ethnologische Ansätze und empirische Sachverhalte" (2000).

From 2010 to 2017, she held the position of Executive Director of the Swiss Ethnological Society (SEG). In 2001, she completed a six-month university internship at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva. During her studies she did internships at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg and at the Völkerkundemuseum in Berlin-Dahlem (European Department).