Ramstedt, Martin

Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany)


Dr. Ramstedt is senior researcher at the Department of Law and Anthropology, at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology, in Halle/Saale, Germany. Prior to this engagement, he worked as European Science Foundation research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands, as researcher at the Meertens Institute, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science institute for Dutch ethnology in Amsterdam, and as senior researcher in the Project Group “Legal Pluralism” at the MPI in Halle. He has taught on different aspects of the interplay between religio-ethnic identity politics and legal pluralism in a globalizing world as guest lecturer at the universities of Münster, Leiden, Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Halle and London. His research interests cover the following inter-related topics: religio-ethnic identity politics and multiple citizenship, local ramifications of the indigenous peoples movement, collective ownership and the juridification of heritage, state recognition of religion and ethnicity and the increase of legal pluralism, the translation of legal categories into different socio-legal spaces. The socio-political contexts, in which these topics are embedded, are mostly situated in Indonesia and Southeast Asia at large as well as, to a much lesser extent, in Europe and India. Dr. Ramstedt has published widely on the intersection of the anthropologies of law, politics, and religion. Among his recent publications are two edited volumes and a special issue of a peer-reviewed international journal: Religion in Disputes co-edited with Franz and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann as well as Bertram Turner (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), Law and Religio-Ethnic Identity in Post-New Order Indonesia co-edited with Fadjar I. Thufail ( Asian Ethnicity 13/4, special issue, Routledge 2012), and Decentralization and Regional Autonomy in Indonesia: Implementation and Challenges co-edited with Coen J.G. Holtzappel (ISEAS 2009).