JProf. Dr. Gerhild Perl

© Kuno Schläfli

✆ +49- 0651/201-2773

Fax: +49-651/201-3933

✉ Universität Trier
    Fachbereich IV - Ethnologie
    Universitätsring 15
    D-54286 Trier

Raum C 435

Sprechstunde während des Semesters: 
Dienstag von 15.00 bis 16.00 Uhr


I am an Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Trier. Before that, I was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Bern, where I completed my Ph.D. in February 2019. I held visiting fellowships at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge (2017/18) and the Institute “Sociétés en Mutation en Méditerranée” at Aix-Marseille University (2021). I did my MA studies at the Universities of Vienna and Lisbon. My dissertation on death during migration across the Spanish-Moroccan Sea was awarded the Maria Ioannis Baganha Award and the Dissertation Prize of the German Anthropological Association (GAA/ DGSKA). Currently, I am developing a new research project on inheritance as a cultural, economic, social, temporal, and affective practice in transnational spaces.

Transnational networks, transcultural processes, and temporality are overarching themes of my teaching and research. My research is mainly based on critical border, mobility, and migration studies, interdisciplinary theories of affect and emotion studies, moral anthropology, phenomenology, postcolonial and feminist theory, and, more recently, psychoanalysis.



Huttunen, L. and G. Perl (eds.) proposal accepted. An Anthropology of Disappearance: Politics, Intimacies and the Troubling Question of Knowing. Berghahn Books.

G. Perl in preparation. The Affective Afterlife. Tracing Death during Migration across the Spanish-Moroccan Sea.

Hildebrand, S., G. Perl, J. Rehsmann and V. Siegl 2018. Hope. Transl. by A. Cox. Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel.


Artikel in Zeitschriften (peer-reviewed)

Perl, G. 2020. The production of illicit lives: Racial governmentality and colonial legacies across the Strait of Gibraltar. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie | Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology 145(2): 81–100. (open access)

Perl, G. 2019. Migration as survival. Withheld stories and the limits of ethnographic knowability. Migration and Society: Advances in Research 2: 12–25. (pre-print)

Perl, G. and S. Strasser 2018. Transnational moralities. The politics of ir/responsibility of and against the EU border regime. Identities. Global Studies in Culture and Power 25(5): 507– 523.

Perl, G. 2018. Lethal borders and the alter-politics of “ordinary people”. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 27(2): 85–104.

Perl, G. 2016. Uncertain belongings: Absent mourning, burial, and post-mortem repatriations at the external border of the EU in Spain. Journal of Intercultural Studies 37(2): 195–209. (pre-print)


Beiträge in Sammelbänden

Perl, G. 2018. Wasser/ Water. In: Hildebrand, S., G. Perl, J. Rehsmann and V. Siegl (2018): Hope. Transl. by A. Cox. Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel: 153–175.

Perl, G. 2017, reprint. Uncertain belongings: Absent mourning, burial, and post-mortem repatriations at the external border of the EU in Spain. In: Hunter, Alistair and Eva Soom Ammann (eds.): Final journeys: Migrant end-of-life care and rituals in Europe. Routledge, London: 101–116.

Mitterbauer, Julia and G. Perl 2008. Enemies from the inside. An exploration into queer, feminist, and anti-nationalist activism in Belgrad. In: H.arta and Katharina Morawek (eds.): Are you talking to me? Discussions on knowledge production, gender politics and feminist strategies. Löcker Verlag, Vienna: 171-179.


Blogeinträge, Essays und Feuilleton (Auswahl)

Perl, G. 2021.The promise of solidarity. Anthropological Theory Commons.

Perl, G. and S. Strasser 2021. Transnational moralities. Europe’s persistent politics of irresponsibility. Identities. Global Studies in Culture and Power. Blog Articles Series.

Perl, G. and S. Strasser 2019. Empty spaces. In Anthroblog. Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Bern.

Perl, G. (2015): Versuch einer Antwort. Reflexionen über einen Forschungsaufenthalt an der Grenze. In UniPress 164.

Perl, G. (2014, reprint): Der Telefonengel®. Versuch über das Sterben. In Schreibkraft da capo 26, Graz.

Perl, G. (2011): Unbehagliche Körper. Von Leichen, Toten und Kadavern. In Paradigmata Zeitschrift für Menschen und Diskurse 3, Wien, 48-52.

Perl, G. (2011): Der Telefonengel®. Versuch über das Sterben. In Schreibkraft grenzwertig 20, Graz.


Rezensionen, Interviews und Übersetzungen

G. Perl 2020. Invited book review on How lifeworlds work: Emotionality, sociality, and the ambiguity of being by Michael Jackson. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. pp 240. American Ethnologist 47(3): 346–347.

C. Schwaller; G. Perl and Kehr, J. 2020. Valuation Struggles: Rethinking the Economy in Times of Crisis. A Conversation with Susana Narotzky, Patrícia Matos, and Antonio Maria Pusceddu. TSANTSA.Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association 25: 175–186.

G. Perl 2020. Translation of the peer-reviewed article: Auf der Suche nach Ethik. Gesetzliche Bestimmungen und empirische Fragestellungen für die Anthropologie (Searching for Ethics. Legal requirements and empirical issues for anthropology) by J. Perrin, N. Bühler, M.-A. Berthod, J. Forney, S. Kradolfer, L. Ossipow 2018. Tsansta. Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association 25: 243–267.



D. Aleaxandra and G.Perl 2021. Interview zur Ausstellung „Confrontig Hostile Terrains“: Lange Momente der Stille und des Nachdenken. In uniaktuell – The online magazine of the University of Bern


Abgeschlossene Forschungsprojekte

2021. Public Anthropology Projekt: “Confronting Hostile Terrains: Border Regimes and their Global Impact.” Mit Darcy Alexandra. [gefördert vom Schweizer Nationlafonds SNF, der Burgergemeinde Bern, Fund for the promotion of young researchers, Univ. of Bern, Diversity Initiative Grant, Faculty of Humanities, Univ. of Bern]

2021. “Transnational inheritance: Family succession and social reproduction between France and Morocco”[gefördert vom Schweizer Nationlafonds SNF]

2017–2018. “The shipwreck of Rota. Moralities of violent death in the Spanish-Moroccan borderlands.” [gefördert vom Schweizer Nationlafonds SNF]

2014–2017.  Mitarbeit im Projekt: “Intimate Uncertainties. Precarious life and moral economy across European borders” (PI: Sabine Strasser). [gefördert vom Schweizer Nationlafonds SNF]