Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
g.hoffstaedter@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51211

Overview

Gerhard is a senior lecturer in anthropology at the University of Queensland. He has a BA in Social Anthropology and Politics and an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury and was awarded a PhD in anthropology and sociology from La Trobe University. From 2014-2017 he was an Australian Research Council DECRA research fellow.

He conducts research in development studies, on refugee and immigration policy and spiritual and existential security as well as religion and the state. He is a regular commentator in newspapers, radio and online media on topics of his research.

His first book entitled Modern Muslim Identities: Negotiating Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysia is published by NIAS Press.He is co-editor of a volume on human security and Australian foreign policy published by Allen and Unwin as well as one on Urban refugees: Challenges in Protection, Services and Policy, published by Routledge.

He is also course director for World101x: Anthropology of current world issues, UQs fifth edX massive open online course. The course offers 9 weeks of anthropological episodes with an array of additional resources, including a host of interviews with fellow anthropologists. Just google: 'World101x' to find out more.

Research Impacts

I regularily write for the press and appear on radio and TV interviews on my research topics. I volunteer with refugee organisations and provide information to stakeholders.

I am committed to the free dissemination of knowledge and the principles embedded in free education. I am a co-founder of the Melbourne Free University and have given talks at the Brisbane Free University. I also run a free Massive Open Online Course on the anthropology of current world issues on edX and run an interview series with anthropologists, which is available via youtube as well as a series of filmed panel discussions with UQ anthropologists.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Kent
  • Master of Arts, University of Kent
  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2015). Between a rock and a hard place: Urban refugees in a global context. In Koichi Koizumi and Gerhard Hoffstaedter (Ed.), Urban refugees: challenges in protection, services and policy (pp. 1-10) London: Routledge.

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2015). Postscript. In Koichi Koizumi and Gerhard Hoffstaedter (Ed.), Urban refugees: challenges in protection, services and policy (pp. 269-270) London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315733258

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2015). Urban refugees and the UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur: Dependency, assistance and survival. In Koichi Koizumi and Gerhard Hoffstaedter (Ed.), Urban refugees: challenges in protection, services and policy (pp. 187-205) London: Routledge.

  • Clarke, Matthew, Hoffstaedter, Gerhard and Tittensor, David (2014). Invisible aid: Islam, Muslim NGOs and development. In Matthew Clarke and David Tittensor (Ed.), Islam and development: exploring the invisible aid economy (pp. 197-205) Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2014). Islam Hadhari: Membentuk Muslim Sederhana dan Moden. In Bridget Welsh, James U. H. Chin and Noor Amin bin Ahmad (Ed.), Bangkit: Tempoh Pentadbiran Abdullah Badawi di Malaysia (pp. 196-206) Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre.

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2014). Islamic praxis and theory: negotiating orthodoxy in contemporary Malaysia. In Bernard Platzdasch and Johan Saravanamuttu (Ed.), Religious diversity in Muslim-majority states in Southeast Asia: areas of toleration and conflict (pp. 253-267) Singapore: ISEAS Publishing.

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2014). Malaysia: Reactionary. In Joshua Barker, Eric Harms and Johan Lindquist (Ed.), Figures of Southeast Asian modernity (pp. 176-178) Honolulu, HI, United States: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard and Roche, Chris (2013). 'All the world's a stage': structure, agency and accountability in international aid. In Matthew Clarke and Simon Feeny (Ed.), Millennium development goals: looking beyond 2015 (pp. 21-35) Abingdon, Oxon, England: Routledge.

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2013). God is the greatest: multiple forms of Muslim religiosity in Peninsular Malaysia. In Thomas Reuter and Alexander Horstmann (Ed.), Faith in the future: understanding the revitalization of religions and cultural traditions in Asia (pp. 251-268) Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004233669_013

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2013). Islam Hadhari: making moderate, modern Muslims. In Bridget Welsh and James U. H. Chin (Ed.), Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi years in Malaysia (pp. 354-363) Malaysia: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre.

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard and Tittensor, David (2013). Religion and development: prospects and pitfalls of faith-based organizations. In Matthew Clarke (Ed.), Handbook of research on development and religion (pp. 402-412) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9780857933577.00031

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard (2013). Religious pluralism in Malaysia: can there be dialogue?. In Joseph Camilleri and Sven Schottmann (Ed.), Culture, religion and conflict in Muslim Southeast Asia: negotiating tense pluralisms (pp. 41-51) Abingdon, Oxon, England: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203079980

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard and Clarke, Matthew (2012). Mission and the wane of the secular. In Matthew Clarke (Ed.), Mission and development: God's work or good works? (pp. 189-196) New York, NY, United States: Continuum International Publishing Group.

  • Hoffstaedter, Gerhard and Roche, Chris (2012). Security from below: an alternative perspective on human security. In Dennis Altman, Joseph A. Camilleri, Robyn Eckersley and Gerhard Hoffstaedter (Ed.), Why human security matters (pp. 148-166) Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin.

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.