Short CV/Education and training

  • 1977 – 1986
    Studied anthropology, sociology, German ethnology and education at Mainz University, Germany

  • 1986
    Magister Artium degree (MA) in ethnology

  • 1986 – 1990
    Research associate at the Frauenmuseum (Women's Museum) Wiesbaden, Germany

  • 1991 – 1996
    Instructor in the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Mainz University

  • 1991 – 1993
    Doctoral fellowship at Mainz University

  • 1993 – 1994
    Acting academic councillor in the Department of Anthropology and African Studies in Mainz

  • 1994
    Doctorate in anthropology

  • 1995 – 1997
    Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and African Studies in Mainz

  • 1997 – 1999
    Research associate at the Frobenius Institute in Frankfurt

  • 1999
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 1999
    Awarded the title of "Private Lecturer" (PD)

  • 1999
    Acting C4 Chair of general anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and African Studies in Mainz

  • 2000
    Research visitor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, USA

  • 2000
    Visiting professor in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University, New Haven, USA

  • 2001
    Research associate at the Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    Acting C4 Chair of general anthropology in the Institute of Historical Ethnology in Frankfurt

  • 2002 – 2004
    Research associate at the Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt

  • 2004
    Visiting professor in the Research Training Group "Identity and Difference. Gender constructions and interculturality (18th – 21st centuries) at Trier University, Germany

  • 2004
    Appointed C2 University lecturer at Frankfurt University, Germany

  • 2004
    Appointed C4 University professor and Chair of Southeast Asia studies I – Insular Southeast Asia, at the University of Passau, Germany

  • 2008
    Appointed to a professorship in "Anthropology of colonial and post-colonial orders" in the Excellence Cluster "The formation of normative orders" at Frankfurt University

Selected publications

  • Schröter, S. (ed.): Gender and Islam in Southeast Asia. Leiden: Brill (forthcoming), 2011

  • Schröter, S.: Vom Naturrecht der Urgesellschaft zu den kulturellen Rechten indigener Völker: Rechtsethnologische Konstruktionen und Reflexionen. In: Günther, Klaus/Stefan Kadelbach (eds.): Recht ohne Staat. Frankfurt: Campus (forthcoming), 2011

  • Schröter, S. (ed.): Christianity in Indonesia. Perspectives of power. Berlin: Lit, Series: Southeast Asian Modernities, 2010

  • Schröter, S. (ed.): Aceh. History, politics and culture. Singapur: ISEAS (together with Arndt Graf and Edwin Wieringa), 2010

  • Feministische Re-Interpretationen des Qur’an und der Sunna. In: Lanwerd, Susanne/Márcia Moser, eds.: Frau – Gender – Queer. Gendertheoretische Ansätze in der Religionswissenschaft. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, pp. 46-54, 2009

  • Schröter, S.: Gender und soziale Transformation in Südostasien – Frauen als Agentinnen des sozialen Wandels? Geographische Rundschau 10/2009, 2009

  • Schröter, S.: Islamismus als postkolonialer Diskus. In: Reuter, Julia/Paula-Irene Villa, eds.: Postkoloniale Soziologie. Empirische Befunde, theoretische An-schlüsse, wissenschaftliche Reflexionen. Bielefeld: Transcript, pp. 137-158, 2009

  • Schröter, S.: Sex Talks oder der Untergang des Abendlandes. In: Gottowik, Volker/Holger Jebens/Editha Platte, eds.: Zwischen Aneignung und Verfremdung. Ethnologische Gratwanderungen. Frankfurt: Campus, pp. 159-180, 2008

  • Schröter, S.: Female leadership in Islamic societies, past and present. In. Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Dagmar/Andrea Fleschenberg, eds.: Godesses, heroes, sacrifices. Female power in Asian politics. Southeast Asian Modernities. Berlin: Lit, pp. 52-73, 2008

  • Schröter, S.: Re-Islamisierungsprozesse in Südostasien. In: Orient 4: 17-30, 2007

  • Schröter, S.: FeMale. Über Grenzverläufe zwischen den Geschlechtern. Frankfurt: Fischer, 2002

  • Schröter, S.: Die Austreibung des Bösen. Ein Beitrag zur Religion und Sozialstruktur der Sara Langa in Ostindonesien. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, 2000

Selected projects

  • Cultural and political transformations in Aceh, Indonesia, after the tsunami (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)), 2009 – 2012

  • “Re-defining gender in contemporary Indonesia. Empowerment strategies of Muslim and secular women activists“ (funded by the DFG), 2008 – 2010

  • "Indigenisation of Christianity in Indonesia" (funded by the DFG), 2001 – 2004

  • "Kinship, religion and gender relations among the Ngada in eastern Indonesia" (funded by the DFG), 1994 – 1998

  • Studies on Africa researcher Erika Sulzmann (funded by the Sulzmann Foundation), 1994


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