Dr Luisa Schneider

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Postdoctoral Affiliate

Luisa T. Schneider is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Law and Anthropology in Halle (Saale), where she leads a research project on intimate relationships, privacy, violence, and state–citizen engagement among unhoused persons in Germany.

Overall, she is interested in examining the frictions between people’s theoretical rights and their practical realisation that arise from the divide between private and public spheres, through the politico-legal separation between home/house and street and through conflicts over which areas of life the state may regulate and which matters are considered to be inviolable. She has carried out research in Europe and Sierra Leone since 2011.

Luisa holds a DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford (2018), where she examined violence in relationships in Sierra Leone and responses to it at the interpersonal, household, community, and state levels. Set against the post-conflict and post-TRC watershed, her work combines an analysis of top-down policy and legal approaches to violence prevention with grassroots understandings of the role and place of violence in relationships. Luisa has also been a research fellow at the Center for African Studies, University of Copenhagen and at DIGNITY, the Danish Institute against Torture (2018).

Max Planck Institute Profile 

Selected Publications

Schneider, L. (2020 forthcoming). Degrees of permeability: confinement, power and resistance in Freetown’s central Prison. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology. Vol.38 (1).

Schneider, L. (2019). Sierra Leone takes welcome leap on rape: but next steps are crucial. The Conversation, published February 21, 2019.

Schneider, L. (2019). Sierra Leone’s laws to protect women have unintended consequences. The Conversation, published January 23, 2019. 

Schneider, L. (2019). Why Sierra Leonean women don’t feel protected by domestic violence laws. The Conversation, published January 9, 2019.

Schneider, L. (2018). Partners as Possession: A Qualitative Exploration of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma: 1–19. DOI: 10.1080/10926771.2018.150685.

Schneider, L. (2018). Can you imagine? Reflections on the SL elections and implications for penal policy and practice, by Andrew Jefferson and Luisa Schneider. Academic Blog. published April 19, 2018.

Schneider, L. (2018). Review Scubla, L. Giving life, giving death: psychoanalysis, anthropology, philosophy (Studies in Violence, Mimesis and Culture, translated from the French by M.B. DeBevoise). East Lansing (Michigan): Michigan State University Press. 2016. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, JASO-Online. (1), 122–125.

Schneider, L. (2017). Concomitants of academic anthropology. Paradigmata. Zeitschrift für Menschen und Diskurse No.14, Frühling 2017. 34–37.

Schneider, L. (2016). The ogbanje who wanted to stay: The occult, belonging, family and therapy in Sierra Leone. Ethnography 18(2), 133–152. DOI: 10.1177/1466138116673381.

Schneider, L. (2016). Review. Zeitlyn, D., Just, R., Excursions in realist anthropology: a merological approach, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014, x, 156 pp., VIII(1), 119–123.

Schneider, L. (2015). Secret Societies in Sierra Leone. Paradigmata. Zeitschrift für Menschen und Diskurse No.12, Frühling 2015. 30–34.