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Research Interests
State-society relations; Anthropology of markets and trade; Religious belief and ritual practice; Spirit possession; Bureaucratic documents; Historical anthropology; Infrastructures of electricity and electrification

Research Area(s)
Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam

Kirsten Endres’s research has focused on ritual performance and change, small-scale trade and urban renewal, state and society relations, infrastructural development and state-making processes, and Vietnamese society and culture. After studying Social and Cultural Anthropology, she spent several years teaching German at Thai Universities. She obtained her doctorate degree in Anthropology (2000) from the University of Munich and her habilitation degree (2010) from the University of Halle-Wittenberg. In 2009, she joined the MPI as a postdoctoral fellow and became Head of Research Group in 2010. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Halle-Wittenberg.

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