Project Researchers

Julia Leser

I am a political anthropologist and a postdoctoral researcher in the project “Challenging Populist Truth-Making in Europe: The Role of Museums in a Digital ‘Post-Truth’ European Society” (CHAPTER), which is based at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (starting in January 2021). My research is concerned with the role of emotions in knowledge production processes, in particular in political realms. My fields of interest include political anthropology, political ethnography, and affect studies, and further include national security and migration control, nationalism, populism, and political theory.

I studied Political Science and Japanese Studies at Waseda University (Japan) and Leipzig University (Germany), where I obtained my PhD degree in 2019. My prior research affiliations include the BMBF-funded project ‘Strangers in Their Own Land?’ (Leipzig University), the BMBF-funded project ‘Beyond the Glass Ceiling’ (TU Darmstadt, HAWK Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen), and the DFG-funded project ‘Institutionalizing Human Trafficking – A French-German Comparison’ (Leipzig University).

For my doctoral research, I have carried out ethnographic research in a German police department for sexual offences, investigating the affective nature of police officers’ decision-making in their everyday practices. Since 2018, I have been conducting ethnographic research at populist parties’ meetings in Germany, focusing on the functions of affects in political practices and in producing ‘truths.’ Since 2020, I am one of the official speakers of the DVWP working group ‘Political Ethnography.’