Regionalgruppe München

Die Regionalgruppe München wurde am 9. Juni 2008 gegründet. Ihr Sprecher ist zurzeit Prof. Dr. Jörn H. Kruhl.


Prof. Dr. Jörn H. Kruhl



Dr. Lutz Cleemann



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Dear Humboldtians,


On behalf of the Regional Group Munich of the Deutsche Gesellschaft der Humboldtianer we cordially invite you to the last Humboldt Salon in 2018, on November 27, which takes place in the Internationales Begegnungszentrum München (IBZ), as usual.


During the Salon a lecture will be given by Prof. Dr. Frank Heidemann (Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) on:


Between Maldives and Lakshadweep – Minicoy´s History „in-between“. 


Minicoy, locally called Maliku, is the most southern island of the Lakshadweep. Once it belonged to the sultanate of the Maldives, and today it marks the south-west maritime boundary of India. The people of Maliku are Muslims and follow matrilineal and matrilocal kinship rules. Most men work internationally as seamen, or - after an early retirement from commercial seafaring - locally as fishermen. They maintain a high reputation in their economic field and never complained about under-employment. As a decisive aspect of their economic success, I would suggest, is the seaman’s ethos. Sailing and fishing appears as the privileged (or even only) way for a young man to come up in life. In songs, proverbs and narratives the ocean appears as a male arena, a space of (or for) working, longing, competition, and (formerly) decapitation. Trade goods, fish and cash, come from the ocean. In the seamen´s perception, there is no dichotomy of land and sea, but rather a continuum of village, coconut-plantation, lagoon, atoll and open sea.

Frank Heidemann is professor for social and cultural anthropology at the University of Munich. His research interests include politics, religion, indigeneity, social aesthetics, visual anthropology and the history of anthropology. Most of his fieldwork was based in South India and Sri Lanka, especially in the Nilgiri Hills, on the Andaman Islands, and more recently on the Lakshadweeps. After his habilitation on politics and religion of the Badaga people (Akka bakka, 2006, Berlin, Lit) he authored an introduction to Ethnology (2013, in German, utb, Vandenhook and Ruprecht), and co-edited „Manifestations of History. Time, Space and Community in the Andaman Islands“ (with P. Zehmisch, Primus 2016), „The Bison and Its Horn. Indigeneity, Performance and the State in South Asia“ (with R. Wolf, Asian Ethnology, 2014) and „The Modern Anthropology of India“ (with Peter Berger, Routledge 2013). On social aesthetics, atmosphere, proximity, and social proprioception he published in Aesthetics (2013 (23, 1,) 49-67) and in A. Grieser’s and J. Johnston’s Aesthetics of Religion (2017 Berlin, De Gruyter, 457-67).


Venue:         Internationales Begegnungszentrum München (IBZ -- Amalienstr. 38, 80799 München)

Date:           Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 19:30


Snacks and beverages will be available, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In order to facilitate preparations, we kindly ask you to confirm participation and indicate the number of persons attending the Salon, by Sunday, November 25, 2018, to Of course, partners are welcome!

With kind regards,


Jörn H. Kruhl  and  Lutz Cleemann

(Humboldt Club Munich)

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