Dr. Claudia Rauhut

Research Associate

Institute for Latin American Studies
Phone: +49 30 838 60452
Personal website Freie Universität Berlin

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Academic Profile

As a Social Anthropologist and Political Scientist Claudia Rauhut has been working at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin for 10 years. Combining micro-level empirically grounded research with postcolonial approaches on global history, she focuses on the long-term legacies of European colonialism, transatlantic slave trade and plantation slavery in the Caribbean, Latin America and the US. She is interested in how this heritage is identified today and turned into a matter of redress by different actors in the field of social movements, politics of memory and history, religion, material and immaterial heritage. In her current project she works on the topic of “Materializing slavery within Caribbean activism for reparations”. It is part of her broader research on “Transregional perspectives on slavery reparations: activism, debates, and the politics of history”, focusing on Jamaica and Cuba.

1 monograph and 1 edited volume, 19 articles, various reviews, numerous national and international lectures, 22 Magister, 26 M.A. and 21 B.A. theses as first or second reviewer.

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, University of Leipzig, Germany

Magister in Social Anthropology and Political Science, University of  Leipzig, Germany

Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Havana, Cuba

Interdisciplinary Studies at University of St. Denis/Paris, France

Professor (Interim) of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the Institute for Latin American Studies22, Freie Universität Berlin

International Fellow at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies 

IRC Junior fellow at the Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script, Freie Universität Berlin

Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Institute of Latin American Studies, 22Freie Universität Berlin

Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Reparation Research, University of the West Indies/ Jamaica

Visiting Scholar at Casa de las Américas / Prográma des Estudios sobre Afroamérica/ Cuba

Visiting Scholar at the Department of History and Archeology, University of the West Indies

Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig

Visiting Scholar at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University/ USA, November – December 2015

Doctoral Fellow at DFG Research Training Group “Critical junctures of globalization”, University of Leipzig, Germany

Speaker of the Regional Working Group Afroamerika, German Anthropological Association

Fellowship at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

Postdoctoral Scholarship at the Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script, Freie Universität Berlin

Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, own research project “Slavery Reparations in the Caribbean. Transregional Perspectives on Actors, Debates, and the Politics of History” (278.000 €)

Scholarship of the research-alumni program of the Freie Universität Berlin, Visiting Scholar at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University/ USA

Gender Equality Fund, Freie Universität Berlin for Postdoctoral Research in Jamaica

Scholarship of the Saxonian State Ministry for Science and the Arts

PhD Fellowship at DFG Research Training Group “Critical junctures of globalization”, University of Leipzig, Germany

Various conference, printing, and travel grants

  • Santería und ihre Globalisierung in Kuba (2012). Tradition und Innovation in einer afrokubanischen Religion. Würzburg: Ergon-Verlag, Reihe “Religion in der Gesellschaft”
  • Justicia reparativa frente a los legados de la esclavitud en el Caribe. Perspectivas interregionales. Íconos - Revista de Ciencias Sociales, 2021, no. 71: 161–78.
  • The link of a former British Prime Minister’s ancestor to Caribbean Slavery Economy in the current call for reparations in Jamaica. In: Cherishing the Past, Envisioning the Future. Entangled Practises of Heritage and Utopia in the Americas. Edited by Olaf Kaltmeier, Wilfried Raussert et al. New Orleans: University of New Orleans Press, 2021, pp. 77–99.
  • Reassessing the Compensation Payments to British Slave Owners in Current Caribbean Claims to Reparations. Sociologus. Journal for Social Anthropology 2020, no. 70 (2): 123–41.
  • Das fortdauernde Erbe der Sklaverei in der Karibik: Warum karibische Staaten Reparationen von Europa fordern. In: Comparativ – Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 2019, Vol. 29 (6): 104–120.
  • (with Manuela Boatcă). Globale Ungleichheiten in der longue durée: Kolonialismus, Sklaverei und Forderungen nach Wiedergutmachung. In: Globale Ungleichheit. Über Zusammenhänge von Kolonialismus, Arbeitsverhältnissen und Naturverbrauch. Hrsg. Karin Fischer und Margarete Grandner. Wien: Mandelbaum Verlag, Buchreihe „Gesellschaft – Entwicklung – Politik“ 2019, pp. 91–107.
  • Mobilizing Transnational Agency for Slavery Reparations: The Case of Jamaica. In: The Journal of African American History 103, no. 1–2 (Winter/Spring 2018), pp. 133–162.
  • Caribbean Activism for Slavery Reparations. An Overview. In: Practices of Resistance in the Caribbean: Narratives, Aesthetics and Politics. Edited by Wiebke Beushausen, Miriam Brandel, Joseph Farquharson, Marius Littschwager, Annika McPherson, Julia Roth. London: Routledge 2018, pp.137–150.
  • Las religiones afrocubanas frente a la política migratoria entre Cuba y Estados Unidos. En: Foro de Debate sobre Cuba, Iberoamericana, XV, 57 (2015), pp. 179–184.

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