Externally Funded Projects

Günther Schlee is involved in several Third Party funded research. Among other, resources of funding come and came from

German Research Foundation | Volkswagen Foundation | Max Planck Society Special Funds | European Union

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Completed Projects

  •  The German Research Foundation and its respective national research foundations in Austria and Switzerland co-fund international research cooperations among research institutions based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland  (D-A-CH). Günther Schlee together with Peter Finke (Zurich University) and Prof. Paul (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg) were granted the project “Ethnic Differentiation, Interethnic Relations and Conflict in Central Asia: The Case of the Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakstan” (2013-2017).
  • Local Heads of the project: Jürgen Paul and Günther Schlee, Researcher: Wolfgang Holzwarth.

Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung)

Completed Projects

  • "Travelling Models in Conflict Management. A comparative research and network building project in six African countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Sudan) (2006-2009 and 2009-2011)“
    Günther Schlee was one of 6 German country partners in this project. It was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung).
  • Friendship and Kinship (Freundschaft und Verwandtschaft') funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (2002–2005). Joint application with the University of Bielefeld.

Max Planck Society (MPG)


International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (REMEP)
The Research School is designed as an interdisciplinary research network connecting four Max Planck Institutes and two universities. The contributing partners include the following: the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg i.Br., where the central administration of the Research School is based; the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg; the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt/Main; the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale. The cooperating universities are the Albert-Ludwigs-University, in Freiburg i.Br. and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Prof. Dr. Günther Schlee
Spokesperson (2014-2019)
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jörg Albrecht
Deputy Spokesperson (2014-2019)
Max Planck Institut for Foreign and International Criminal Law


Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging)

The Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) is a virtual institute for the advancement of research on the causes, patterns, processes, and consequences of aging. It is part of the broad activities carried out by the Max Planck Society in this field. Within this Network, Prof. Schlee supervises the PhD research of Ogato Ambaye on The issue of aging in Ethiopia. the case of Sidama. Postdoctoral research is done by Andrea Nicolas on Feasting and the politics of age: Tulama-Oromo Gadaa organisation and Anita Poser on Bosmun Konzepte des Alterns im Wandel (Ramu-Fluss, Papua-Neuguinea).

Projects funded by the European Union

Completed Projects

  • DIASPEACE (2008 – 2010)
    Diasporas for Peace: Patterns, Trends and Potential of Long-distance Diaspora Involvement in Conflict Settings. Case studies from the Horn of Africa.
  • KASS (2004-2008)
    An interdisciplinary project placed at the MPI for Social Anthropology with an anthropological agenda funded by the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme (2004-2008). Lead Researcher: Patrick Heady, Directors: Chris Hann and Günther Schlee.
  • MARIE CURIE SocAnth (2006–2010)
    Marie Curie SocAnth is an international PhD programme promoting anthropology in Central and Eastern Europe. Marie Curie Host Fellowships for Early Stage Research Training (EST) granted by the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme (2006–2010) to an international group of applicants.
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