Lise Meitner Research Group BirthRites - Cultures of Reproduction

BirthRites is an Independent Lise Meitner Research Group hosted by the Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The research group started in December 2019. We focus on the anthropology of reproduction and its implications for cultural evolution and population dynamics.

Our aims are: to better understand the relationship between culture and reproduction in the past, present and future; to develop theoretical models of reproductive dynamics grounded in the field of cultural evolution, and to draw together research practices from the humanities and sciences.

Our work is interdisciplinary. We combine insights from high-resolution field research, ethnography, comparative analysis, statistical and theoretical modeling, historical and conceptual approaches to reproduction. The work is organised around three broad approaches: micro-level field research; comparative, historical and macro-level research; and theoretical and conceptual research. 

Positions available

Lise-Meitner-Forschungsgruppe BirthRites - Kulturen der Fortpflanzung



  • Jasmine Calladine

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter:innen

Administrative Staff

Technical Staff


  • Willem Church
  • Justyna Olko
  • Shaun Stipp

Associated researchers

  • Pablo Varas Enriquez (affiliated PhD student, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
  • Anna Tubek (affiliated PhD Student, Department of Public Health, Jagiellonian University Krakow)
  • Brigitte Laboukly (Vanuatu field manager)
  • Andrzej Galbarczyk (Poland field manager, Department of Public Health, Jagiellonian University Krakow)
  • Sarah Myers (Guest researcher)
  • Clare Mc Fadden (Guest researcher)