Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983 – 1990
    Studied ethnology, literature, Spanish and history at the Universities of Tübingen and Berlin, Germany, with scholarships from the Evangelisches Studienwerk (German Protestant scholarship organisation)

  • 1990
    Magister Artium degree (MA), Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1992 – 1993
    Doctoral fellowship from the Evangelisches Studienwerk

  • 1993 – 1995
    Research associate in the German Research Foundation (DFG)-funded research project "Traditional rulers, new elites and the state in a peasant society: on the struggle for power and influence among the Baatombu in northeast Benin" at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1995 – 2000
    Lecturer in the Department of Ethnology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1997
    PhD in ethnology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1998 – 1999
    Research fellowship at the Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    Research associate in the DFG-funded research project "Social parenthood in West Africa" at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 2002 – 2007
    Assistant professor of ethnosociology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • 2007
    Award for outstanding scholarly achievements from the DFG (funding in the form of a Heisenberg professorship)

  • 2008 – 2009
    Heisenberg professor of social anthropology at the University of Bayreuth

  • Since 2010
    Professor's chair in social anthropology at the University of Bayreuth

Selected publications

  • Alber, E.: Im Gewand von Herrschaft. Modalitäten der Macht bei den Baatombu (1895-1995). Studien zur Kulturkunde, Volume 116. Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, Cologne 2000.

  • Alber, E.: Migración o movilidad en Huayopampa- Nuevos temas y tendencias en la discusión sobre la comunidad campesina en los Andes. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima 1999.

  • Alber, E., Beer, B., Schnegg, M., Pauli, J.: Verwandtschaft heute. Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin 2010.

  • Alber, E., van der Geest, S., Reynolds Whyte S.: Generations in Africa. Connections and conflicts. Lit Verlag, Berlin, Hamburg, Münster 2008.

  • Alber, E., Martin, J.: Familienwandel in Afrika. Afrika spectrum 42/2, 2007.

  • Alber, E., Geissler, W., Reynolds Whyte, S.: Grandparents and Grandchildren. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2004.

  • Alber, E., Elwert, G., Eckert, J.: Macht, Situation, Legitimität. Sociologus 53/2. Duncker & Humblot Verlag, Berlin 2003.

  • Alber, E.: No School without Foster Families in Northern Benin: A Social Historical Approach. In: Haldis Haukanes, Tatjana Thelen (eds.): Parenting after the century of the child. Travelling ideals, institutional negotiations and individual responses. Aldershot: Ashgate Publisher: pp. 57-78, 2010.

  • Alber, E.: Meidung als Modus des Umgangs mit Konflikten. In: Julia Eckert (ed.): Anthropologie der Konflikte. Georg Elwerts konflikttheoretische Thesen in der Diskussion. Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld: pp. 169-185, 2004.

  • Alber, E., Sommer, J.: Quand l´application du droit national est déterminée par la demande locale. Étude d´une résolution de conflit villageois au Bénin. In: Cahiers d´Études Africaines 175, 2004. pp. 659-680.

  • Albers, E.: Grandparents as foster parents: Transformations in foster relations between grandparents and grandchildren in Northern Benin. In: Africa 74/1, 2004. S. 28-46.

  • Albers, E.: Machttheorien. In: Sociologus 53/2, 2003. S. 143-166.

  • Albers, E.: Denying biological parenthood – Child fosterage in northern Benin. In: Ethnos 68/4, 2003. S. 487-506.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the family and work situation of members of the University of Bayreuth – CovCare@UBT"

  • "Development and Education in the Vernacular for Infants and Children (DEVI): Learning Cultures in a Rural Villages in West Africa", funded by the British Academy

  • "Making a Living: Learning trajectories towards the ability to earn a livelihood", subproject at the Cluster of Excellence EXC 2052 – "Africa Multiple: reconfiguring African Studies"

  • "Learning beyond the classroom: Coping with illiteracy in literate urban environments in Bolivia and Benin", subproject at the Cluster of Excellence EXC 2052 – "Africa Multiple: reconfiguring African Studies"

  • "Social parenthood in West Africa", funded by a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • "Football migration" – a dream of Europe and its effect on Germans' image of foreigners

  • Subproject within the Migration and Knowledge research network (ForMig), Federal State of Bavaria, 2009 – 2012

  • Intrafamily resource flows and relations between generations in West Africa, research grant, DFG, 2008 – 2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editor of the journal Sociologus

  • Vice dean and principal investigator in BIGSAS (Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies)

  • Deputy chairperson of the developmental sociology and social anthropology section, German Sociological Association (DGS)

  • Liaison to students from the scholarship programme of the Heinrich Böll Foundation at the University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • Chairperson of the preselections committee, Evangelisches Studienwerk (Protestant scholarship organisation) in Bayreuth

Additional qualifications

  • 2007 Heisenberg-Professorship awarded by the German Research Council (DFG)


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