Dr. Katja Rieck is project lead in the BMBF-funded initiative “Iran and Beyond – Breaking the Ground for Sustainable Scholarly Collaboration (IRSSC). Performance of Culture, Religion and Body as Strategies of Self-Empowerment in the Islamic Republic of Iran” . Within the framework of the IRSSC project, Dr. Rieck will analyze how local and globally circulating patterns of practice and knowledge have an impact on religiously connotated, motivated or legitimized practices as well as on comparable, but purportedly ‘secular’, not religiously legitimized ‘cultural’ practices, e.g. in the field of charity that have emerged in recent years (through modification, re-reactualization, reinvention).
In July 2017 Katja Rieck received her PhD in social and cultural anthropology at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main (Germany). She received her BA in political science and economics from Princeton University (New Jersey, USA) and her MA in socio-cultural anthropology and Oriental studies from Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. From 2009 to 2017 she was a pre-doctoral research associate at the Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”. Between January 2018 and May 2019, she was coordinator of the DAAD project “The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Resources: Iranian and German Perspectives” at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe-University Frankfurt. Within the framework of this project, collaborative networks in research and teaching were established between the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Goethe-University and various faculties of the University of Isfahan and the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Until 2017, Katja Rieck’s research focused on the role of critique of capitalism and new ideas of culture in the emergence of anti-colonial resistance in India in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and its long-term impact on the basic structures of the post-colonial Indian nation-state. Since 2017, she has been focusing transformation processes in the MENA region against the backdrop of neoliberalization policies, with a specific focus on charitable practices in the Islamic world and the diaspora. Her current project focuses on civil society practices of charity in Iran.
Politics and civil society in the MENA region in the context of neoliberal reforms
Current economic and cultural developments in Iran
Civil society practices of charity and their economic and socio-cultural effects
“The Cultural Heritage That Is Not One. India’s Panchayats as an Aporia in Cultural Heritage Discourse?”, paper to be presented at the online international conference Reinventing Cultural Heritage: A Joint International Conference of the University of Tehran and the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), October 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).
3.3.2020: “An Anthropologist’s Adventures in Data Management: Navigating Between Research Accountability and Disciplinary Ethics”. Research colloquium of the Orient-Institut Istanbul.
16.10.2019: “Redoing Charity in Media Res: The Challenges of Crafting a Proposal for Funding for a Study of Civil Society Charity Organizations in Contemporary Iran”. Research colloquium of the Orient-Institut Istanbul.
December 2018: “Sixteenth-century Ottoman Soup Kitchens: Exploring Resource Cultures and Values of Charitable Practices”, Workshop Values and Valuation: Identifying Resources in the Quest for the Good Life, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, 1–7 December 2018.
“Axel Honneth’s ‘Kampf um Anerkennung’ vs. Michel Foucaults ‘Analytik der Macht’: Zwei Perspektiven auf die Herausbildung postkolonialer Identität in Indien im Vergleich” [Axel Honneth’s ‘Struggle for Recognition’ vs. Michel Foucault’s ‘Analytics of Power’: Comparing Two Perspectives on the Formation of Postcolonial Identity in India]. Paper presented at the biennial conference of the German Anthropological Association as a contribution to the workshop Ethnologie der Anerkennung: Neue Perspektiven auf Identität und Zugehörigkeit” [The Anthropology of Recognition: New Perspectives on Identity and Belonging], Berlin, 4–7 October 2017.
“Experiencing India: National Consciousness at the Intersection between Political Economy and Hinduism”, paper at the Deutscher Orientalistentag as a contribution to the workshop Emerging Fields of Knoweldge and Experience: Interactions Between Religion, Science and Literature in the 19th Century”, Jena, 18–22 September.
“Wissen/Macht im (post)kolonialen Indien – Indische Politische Ökonomie als alternatives Wissensmodell und die Transformation der kolonialen Ordnung” [Knowledge/Power in (Post)Colonial India: Indian Political Economy as Alternative Knowledge and the Transformation of the Colonial Order], paper presented at the biennial conference of the German Anthropological Association as a contribution to the workshop Alternative Wissensmodelle als Kritik an epistemologische Machtstrukturen [Alternative Knowledge as Critique of Epistemological Power Structures], Marburg, 30 September–3 October 2015.
“A Tale of Two Utopias: Contesting Power/Knowledge in Late Colonial India”, paper presented at the conference Ökonomische Utopien [“Economic Utopias”], funded by the Hertie Foundation and the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, 26–27 October 2013.
“History, Genuine or Spurious? History and Anthropology after the Crisis of Representation”, paper presented at the biennial conference of the German Anthropological Association as a contribution to the workshop Ethnology, Social Anthropology, History, Vienna, 13–17 September 2011.
“Was Evans-Pritchard Wrong? Reflections of an Anthropologist among Political Philosophers”, paper presented at the Department of Anthropology Research Colloquium, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, 15 May 2011.
“The Particularisation of Political Economy in Colonial India: From the Critique of British ‘Moral and Material Improvement’ to the formation of a post-colonial normative order”, given as part of the interdisciplinary workshop Normative Orders Between Particularity and Universality, Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, 19 July 2010.
“‘Appropriating’ Colonial Narratives of Justification? Nationalist Imaginings of a Post-Colonial India”, held at the Department of Anthropology Research Colloquium, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, 8 November 2009.
“Appropriating Progress? Radhakamal Mukerjee’s Vision of Post-Colonial India as Village-Writ-Large”, held at the biennial conference of the German Anthropological Association as a contribution to the workshop Local Modernities? Articulating transnational ideas in South Asia, Frankfurt/Main, 30 September 2009.
Rieck, Katja. A Matter of Principle: Economic Discourse and the (Re)Making of Modern Societies in Imperial Britain and Colonial South Asia. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag (2020).
Articles / Contributions to Edited Volumes
Rieck, Katja. “Religion in the Art of Colonial Resistance: Hinduism and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty, 1870-1920“. Journal of Religion and Culture, 28, Special Issue: Activism and Social Change (2019).
– “Knowledge/Power in (Post)Colonial India, 1870-1920: Indian Political Economy as Counter-Knowledge and the Transformation of the Colonial Order”. Sociologus, 67/1 (2017), Special Issue: Alternative Models of Knowledge as a Critique of Epistemic Power Structures, Guest Editor: Anna Meiser.
– “The Colonial Order of Things and its AlterNatives: Contesting Power/Knowlege in Late Colonial India”. Sophia Ebert & Johannes Glaeser (eds.). Ökonomische Utopien (2015). Berlin: Neofilis Verlag.
with Lucia Traut and Katja Triplett (2014a). “Imaginationspolitiken” [The Politics of Imagination]. Lucia Traut and Annette Wilke (eds.). Imagination im Kontext der Religionsästhetik. Critical Studies in Religion/Religionswissenschaft (CSSRW). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
(2014b). “Religionsästhetik, Imagination und die Politisierung des Fortschritts in Indien, 1870-1920”, [Religious Aesthetics, the Imagination and the Politization of Progress in India, 1870-1920]. Lucia Traut and Annette Wilke (eds.). Imagination im Kontext der Religionsästhetik. Critical Studies in Religion/Religionswissenschaft (CSSRW). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
(2018). “Review – Shahram Khosravi. Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran. 274 p. Philadephia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017”. Anthropological Quarterly.
(2013). “Review – Zaman, Muhammad Qasim. Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism. ix + 363 p. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012”. Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia, vol 1( 2).
Conference and Workshop Proceedings and Project Reports
(2019). “Building Global Partnerships: A Report on the DAAD-funded Project “The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Resources: Iranian and German Perspectives”. https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/78213389/Final_Report
(2018). “‘Values and Valuation: Identifying Resources in the Quest for the Good Life’: A German-Iranian Workshop Organized and Hosted by the Department of Sociology, University of Isfahan, Iran, 1.–7. December 2018”, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and supported by the Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology. https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/76484611/Isfahan_Workshop
(2018). “‘Resource-Based Perspectives on the Good Life (Buen Vivir) in the Humanities’: A German-Iranian Workshop Organized and Hosted by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University / Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 25.–29. June 2018”, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and supported by the Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology. https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/
(2017). “Tagungsbericht: Konferenz Scharia und Grundgesetz, 5. Mai 2017, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main” [Conference Proceedings: Sharia’ and the German Grundgesetz, Conference held 5. May 2017 at the Goethe University Frankfurt], Zeitschrift für Recht und Islam. Accessible online: http://zri.gair.de/images/ZRI092017.pdf#page=315.
(2014). “Post(Secularism) – Theoretical and Empirical Findings on a Contested Category”, Proceedings of the International Conference ‘Normative Ordnungen im Wandel: Globale Herausforderungen’ [Normative Orders in Transformation: Global Challenges], hosted by the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main. http://www.normativeorders.net/de/?catid=0&id=3396