Judith Marie Eggers

Current Projects

Research Interests
International migration, legal anthropology, anthropology of borders, state, bureaucracy, unaccompanied refugee minors.

Research Area(s)
Europe (Italy, Germany)


Judith Eggers holds degrees in Romance Languages and Cultural Studies (B.A. University of Bonn) and Social and Cultural Anthropology (M.A. University of Halle-Wittenberg). In her studies she has predominantly concentrated on the anthropology of migration and the anthropology of borders. Her Master's thesis, Lampedusa and the Border: Perspectives on the entanglement of institutionalized ‘borderization’ mechanisms with multiple everyday experiences and life histories, focused on the constructed external European border on the Italian island of Lampedusa and everyday experiences and perceptions of local actors involved.

After completing her studies she worked as a social worker in a shelter for unaccompanied underage male refugees in Bremen. As a research fellow and doctoral student at the MPI Judith Eggers is now working on the Thyssen-funded project Migration and the transformation of German administrative law: an ethnographic study of state–migrant interactions in administrative courts in Berlin, directed by MPI Associate Researcher Larissa Vetters.

Why Law & Anthropology?

"I am interested in applying anthropological research methods in order to understand the processual character of ‘law’ in diverse legal settings. Following up the entanglements of everyday experiences and perceptions of ‘law’ with cultural and social diversity, as well as examining the implementation of law, can help us establish an understanding of legal procedures as processes that entail the involvement and interaction of very diverse actors and their ever-changing positioning within a conflict situation. I believe that using rich empirical data and focusing on a familiar and yet seemingly estranged legal realm (namely German administrative law) in a local setting to question legal categories and the taken-for-granted dominant vision of German state law is a valuable approach to understanding the ‘law’ as a complex social phenomenon."

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