Past events



Film Screening and Discussion "India: The Modi Question"

We invite you to join us on 1st of May 2023 at Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern to watch Part 1 of the two-part BBC Documentary on India’s Prime Minister Narender Modi and the rise of majoritarian politics in India. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Julia Eckert (Political Anthropologist, University of Bern), Sharib Ali (Human Rights Activist and Scholar, University of Bern) and Surya Ghildiyal (University of Bern). 18:30 H, Room: F-105, Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern


Politisch-poetisches Wohnzimmergespräch

Im politisch-poetischen Wohnzimmergespräch spricht Fatma Aydemir mit Mona-Lisa Kole und Rohit Jain über das Buch „Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum“ von 2019. Darin fragen sich 14 Autor*innen, ob und wie sie in Deutschland angesichts von Rassismus und Monokultur heimisch sein können. Im Verlauf des Abends klinken sich Stimmen aus der Diaspora in Bern ein. Ein Community-Abend der Vielen. Nachdenklich, wütend, witzig und stolz!

Questioning the Safe Haven: Interdisciplinary Inquiries into Violence in Refugee Arrival and Settlement

A Workshop Series hosted by the Institute of Social Anthropology of the University of Bern

Organisers: Carolin Fischer, Manuel Insberg and Sabine Strasser

We are delighted to welcome eight researchers from multiple disciplines and various European universities from 8 to 10 March 2023 to discuss articulations and repercussions of violence in refugee arrival and settlement with a specific focus on European contexts. Based on empirical and theoretical contributions, we seek to substantiate the argument that violence does not necessarily end once refugees are granted legal protection. Across Europe refugee arrival is often coupled with violent experiences of continuous uncertainty, economic precarity and deportability. Hence, instances of violence do not disappear from peoples’ everyday lives. A key objective of the workshop is therefore to disentangle, challenge and ultimately better understand the notion of a safe haven and the scientific and political implications that derive from its shortcomings.


interdisciplinary Lecture Series: Silicon Mountains. Digitization and Social Change in Swiss Alpine Regions

This autumn semester, the interdisciplinary Silicon Mountains Lecture Series deals with the topic of digitalisation and social change in the Swiss mountain region. The lecture series is particularly aimed at students of history, social anthropology and geography. However, it also offers exciting insights for other interested parties inside and outside the university.


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