Dr. Mareike Riedel

Curriculum Vitae

Mareike Riedel joined the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics at the MPI Göttingen as a postdoctoral research fellow in September 2018. With a background in law, linguistics, literature, and journalism, her current research focuses on the impact of identity discourses on the regulation of religious minority practices, with a special emphasis on the experiences of Jewish communities in Germany and Australia. Before coming to Göttingen, Mareike was a doctoral scholar at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), where she completed her PhD in sociolegal studies. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a member of the Law and Anthropology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Mareike’s research interests include the intersections of law and religion, human rights, as well as critical and interdisciplinary approaches to law. At the MPI in Göttingen, she will explore the spatio-legal regulation of Jewish communities and the interaction of these communities with the politics of memory.

Research projects



Riedel, M. (2011). Vermutung des Künstlerischen. Der Esra-Beschluss des Bundesverfassungsgerichts - eine rechts- und literaturwissenschaftliche Analyse. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Journal Articles

Riedel, M. (accepted and forthcoming). Law, Religion, Race, and the Construction of Jewish Difference. Journal of Law and Society.

Riedel, M. (2019). An uneasy encounter. Male circumcision, Jewish difference, and German law. Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 79, 55-84.

Foblets, M.-C., Alidadi, K., Bernaerts, J., Burai, P., Kokal, K., Riedel, M., & Steyn, E. (2016). Which law for which religion?: ethnographic enquiries into the limits of state law vis-à-vis lived religion. Rechtsphilosophie, 3, 237-282.

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