David Loher is a social anthropologist, specialised in the anthropology of law, the anthropology of the state, and economic anthropology. For his PhD, he conducted ethnographic research on programs for so-called assisted voluntary return migration (AVR) between Switzerland and Tunisia. The study explores the paradox of governed voluntariness and asked how voluntariness is produced, shaped, and governed in the context of the European border regime.
In the current research project Creeping Death. Asbestos Victims and the Allocation of Moral and Legal Responsibility in the Aftermath of an Industrial Disaster, David Loher studies the asbestos industry and examines how responsibility is allocated for the industry’s deadly legacy. In particular, he is interested how ideas of moral responsibility and legal responsibility co-constitute each other.
Creeping Death. Asbestos Victims and the Allocation of Moral and Legal Responsibility in the Aftermath of an Industrial Disaster
The allocation of responsibility is a key operation in jurisdiction, as it is an important feature of moral reasoning. The research project Creeping Death. Asbestos Victims and the Allocation of Moral and Legal Responsibilities in the Aftermath of an Industrial Disaster examines how responsibility for the consequences of asbestos-related diseases and the pollution of the environment is negotiated in the courtroom and beyond. It asks how moral and legal responsibility are intertwined. The case study focuses on the social and legal struggles around the former Eternit factory in Casale Monferrato (Piedmont, Italy) and analyses how notions of responsibility have changed over the years. In particular, the research project is interested in the question how uneven temporalities and space shape the allocation of moral and legal responsibility. With this approach, it contributes to the ongoing debate on corporate responsibility in contemporary world society.
From the East India Company to Contemporary Transnational Corporations TNCs. Towards an Anthropology of Corporations.
Methods in social anthropology
Teaching Exchange in Vienna
Teaching Exchange in Poznan
Methods in social anthropology (offered twice)
Exercise: Methods of Social Anthropology