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Prof. Dr. Christoph Antweiler

Principal Investigator

Christoph Antweiler

University of Bonn
Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Department of Southeast Asian Studies
Nassestraße 2
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 73-9740



Current Position

Vice Director of the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA), Professor for Southeast Asian Studies, Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) 


Christoph Antweiler focuses on dependent economic and personal relations pertaining to work in Southeast Asia. Work relations, for example in Indonesia, tend to be subdivided into several steps involving several people between the customer and the contractor. If someone wants to build a house, he hires one individual as a contractor who then organizes the building team and large parts of the building planning and implementation. In doing this, he often uses relatives or people dependent on him or who owe him from earlier dependent relations. This creates a chain of patron-client relations often involving semi-free work relations.

14 monographs, 8 edited volumes, 115 academic papers. Circa 15 invited talks and lectures, 18 dissertations as main supervisor (since 2005).


  • 1996                          Habilitation and Venia Legendi in General Cultural Anthropology
  • 1991–1994                Scholarship of the Thyssen Foundation for Postdoctoral Qualification (Habilitation)
  • 1987                          PhD in Cultural Anthropology
  • 1975–1983                Diploma Studies in Geology and Palaeontology, University of Cologne, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2008–present            Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1996                          Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Director of Institute, University of Trier, Germany
  • 1990–1995                Research Associate, Institute of Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne, Germany;
                                      Two years as Managing Assistant


Professor C4 of Southeast Asia Studies, University of Passau, Germany (2004)

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects

2006-2008: Spokesperson of the DFG Cluster of Excellence “Gesellschaftliche Abhängigkeiten und soziale Netzwerke: Historische Forschungen und Gegenwartsanalysen zu Chancen und Risiken einer sozialen Beziehungsform" ["Social Dependencies and Social Networks: Historical Research and Current Analysis on the Opportunities and Risks of a Social Form of Relationship“], University of Mainz and Trier, Germany

Additional Academic Activities

2010-present: Member of the Advisory Board "Präsentationen der außereuropäischen Sammlungen im Humboldt-Forum" [Presentations of the Non-European Collections of the Humboldt Forum], Humboldt-Forum, Berlin, Germany; Member of Academia Europaea, London, UK

Third-Party Funding

Erasmus+ research and exchange project entitled “Fostering Multi-lateral Knowledge Networks of Transdisciplinary Studies to Tackle Global challenges”, (begun 2016 and running for 3 years, approx. 1 million €).

Selected Publications

1.    Our Common Denominator. Human Universals Revisited, New York and Oxford 2016.
2.    Inclusive Humanism. Anthropological Basics for a Realistic Cosmopolitanism, Göttingen und Taipeh 2012.
3.    Kulturwissenschaft jenseits modischer Extreme. Ethnologie als Kulturanthropologie [Cultural Studies beyond Fashionable Extremes. Ethnology as Cultural Anthropology], in: S. Conermann (ed.): Was ist Kulturwissenschaft? Zehn Antworten aus den „Kleinen Fächern“ [What are Cultural Studies? Ten Responses from the “Small Disciplines”]. Bielefeld 2012, 47-91.
4.    Mensch und Weltkultur. Für einen realistischen Kosmopolitismus im Zeitalter der Globalisierung [Men and World Culture. Towards a Realistic Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization]. Bielefeld 2011.
5.    Interkulturalität in Südostasien – Migration als Motor der Genese von Kulturräumen [Interculturality in Southeast Asia. Migration as an Engine for the Creation of Cultural Spaces], in: C. Barmeyer, P. Genkova and J. Scheffer (eds.): Interkulturelle Kommunikation und Kulturwissenschaft. Grundbegriffe, Wissenschaftsdisziplinen, Kulturräume [Intercultural Communication and Cultural Studies. Basic Concepts, Scientific Disciplines, Cultural Areas]. Passau 2011, 499-517.
6.    Was ist den Menschen gemeinsam? Über Kultur und Kulturen [What is Common about Humans? On Culture and Cultures]. Darmstadt 2009.
7.    Grundpositionen interkultureller Ethnologie [Basic Positions of Intercultural Cultural Anthropology]. Nordhausen 2007.
8.    Ethnologie lesen. Ein Führer durch den Bücher-Dschungel [Reading Cultural Anthropology. A Guide through the Book Jungle]. London 2003.
9.    "Urbane Rationalität. Eine stadtethnologische Studie zu Ujung Pandang (Makassar), Indonesien [Urban Rationality. An Urban Ethnological Study on Ujung Pandang (Makassar), Indonesia]. Berlin 2000.
10. Ethnologie als gesellschaftlich relevante Humanwissenschaft. Systematisierung praxisorientierter Richtungen und eine Position [Cultural Anthropology as Socially Relevant Human Science. Systematizations of Practice-Oriented Approaches and One Position], Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 123, 2, 1998, 215-255.


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