Susanne Schröter is head of a research group on "Contemporary discourses on state and society in the Islamic world" and carries out a research project founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) entitled "Re-negotiating gender in contemporary Indonesia. Empowerment strategies of Muslim and secular women activists".
After working as Curator at the Women's Museum, Wiesbaden from 1986 to 1990, she became lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz (1991–1996). She was head of the anthropology library and ethnographic collection at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz from 1993 to 1994. In 1994, she obtained her Ph.D. (magna cum laude) in Anthropology at the University of Mainz with a thesis on the construction of "masculinity" and "femininity" in Melanesia (Dissertation title: "Männliche Selbsterhaltungsstrategien angesichts der Vorstellung omnipotenter Weiblichkeit - Materialien zur Konstruktion von 'Männlichkeit' und 'Weiblichkeit' in Melanesien"). From 1995-1997, she was a Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz. From 1997-1999, she worked as a Research Fellow at the Frobenius-Institute, Frankfurt. In 1999, she finalized her Habilitation ("Kéo rado - Die Austreibung des Bösen. Ein Beitrag zur Religion und Sozialstruktur der Ngada in Ostindonesien") and received accreditation as Privatdozentin at Goethe-University Frankfurt with a thesis on religion and social structure among the Ngada in East Indonesia. In 1999, she was a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz.
In 2000, she worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, and as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven. From 2001 to 2002, she was Visiting Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Historical Ethnology, Goethe-University Frankfurt, and from 2002 to 2004 Research Fellow at the Frobenius Institute, Frankfurt. In 2003, she organized the conference "Christianity in Indonesia. Perspectives of Power" at Goethe-University Frankfurt (in Cooperation with Leiden University). In 2004, she worked as a Visiting Professor at the Doctoral Program "Identity and Difference: Gender Constructions and Interculturality, 18th-21st Centuries" at the University of Trier, as Associate Professor of Anthropology at Goethe-University Frankfurt. In 2004, she became Professor of Southeast Asian studies at Passau University, where she worked until 2008. In 2005, she organized the conference "Islam and Gender in Southeast Asia" at Passau University, Germany. Since 2008, she is Professor of Anthropology of colonial and postcolonial orders at the Cluster of Excellence "Formation of Normative Orders", Goethe-University Frankfurt (German Universities Excellence Initiative).
- "Curriculum vitae". Archived from the original on April 13, 2010.
- "Research project: Re-defining gender in contemporary Indonesia. Empowerment strategies of Muslim and secular women activists" (pdf). 2008.
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