Anke Reichenbach

Associate Professor

Habilitation in Anthropology (2007) University of Leipzig, Germany.

PhD in Anthropology (2000) University of Leipzig, Germany.

MA in Anthropology and Middle East Studies (1996) University of Leipzig, Germany.

Research and Professional Activities

Research interests:

Ethnography of Middle East, Gulf Ethnography,

Urban Anthropology, Heritage and Identity, Popular Culture, Anthropology of the Emotions, Anthropology of Humor and Laughter, Ethnorhetorics

Current Projects: Between Longing and Belonging: Dancing Argentine Tango in Dubai (Research Cluster: Emotional Dimensions of Urban Living: Portraits of Life in Dubai)

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate courses:

Global Awareness II: The Age of Empires

Global Awareness III: The Twentieth Century

Social and Economic Trends in the Gulf

Introduction to Culture and Society

The City: Culture, Place, Sustainability

World Cinema: The Cinemas of the Arab World

Popular Culture

Comparative Sociology

Qualitative Research Methods

Bedouin Society

World Regions: The Middle East

Politics of Identity

Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East


Reichenbach, Anke, 2016, “Gender, Nationality and Public Space: the Case of Emirati Women in Dubai.” In: Yildiz Ecevit (ed.) International Conference on Knowledge and Politics in Gender and Women’s Studies. Ankara: Gender and Women’s Studies, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Middle East Technical University, pp. 1-8.

Reichenbach, Anke, 2016, “Zwischen Reiz und Risiko. Zur weiblichen Konstruktion urbaner Räume in Dubai” [Between Excitement and Danger. On Female Constructions of Urban Space in Dubai]. In: Andrea Fischer-Taher & Katharina Lange (eds.) Ethnographien des Wandels im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika [Ethnographies of Change in the Middle East and North Africa]. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, pp. 137-160.