The Institute of Social Anthropology teaches social anthropology in its full diversity. Key areas of research at our institute include (but are not limited to): migration, anthropology of the state, economic and ecological anthropology as well as media anthropology. Our different degree programs – one bachelor and three master’s programs which include the specialised master’s program Anthropology of Transnationalism and the State (ATS) and CREOLE – provide students with a thorough grounding in anthropological theory and methodology. Furthermore, they offer vast possibilities for specialisation. The Institute of Social Anthropology also participates in several postgraduate programs for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.
Anthroblog: "qu_erzählen RETHINKING DIFFERENCE"
Podcasts of members of the Winter School "Queering Podcasts"
The Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern is pleased to announce the upcoming Anthropology Talks taking place on the 5th and 6th of October 2021. Anthropology Talks 2021 features Didier Fassin, Anne-Claire Defossez, Judith Marcou and Lorenzo Alunni.
Registration: Students please register for the lecture and the workshops via KSL, all others via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Treaty of Sèvres was the last pact to be signed in the aftermath of World War I, bringing the state of war between the victorious Allied powers and the Ottomans to an end. It was, however, scrapped in less than three years, in response to the rise of Turkish resistance in Anatolia and replaced by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923. For a treaty that had such a short life, Sèvres cast a very long shadow. Indeed, not a day passes, even today, without Sèvres being mentioned in the Turkish press. What was Sevres and what were its contents? Why did it scar republican memory in Turkey so deep? When did the term “Sèvres Syndrome” appear in Turkish political terminology? This lecture will discuss these questions and examine if we can trace a pattern of collective remembrance and mark turning points.
İlker Aytürk is associate professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University, Ankara and teaches Turkish political history. His current research focuses on the evolution of the Turkish far right during the Cold War.
Workshop, Schloss Münchenwiler, Murten, 5–8 September 2021
© Korporation Schwendi, Sarnen (Walter Abächerli, 2018)
Sabine Strasser, Jelena Tosic und Annika Lems stellen ihre Arbeit als EASA book series editors im Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) vor.
Kim Kessler studied at our Institute from 2011 - 2015 and wrote his Bachelor's thesis on the history of anthropology at the University of the South Pacific during an exchange year in Fiji. It explores the paradox that the Pacific Island region has great significance for anthropology through research works by Margaret Mead, Raymond Firth and Derek Freeman, among others, but at the same time the discipline of anthropology has a niche existence in this region. After completing his Master's degree at the University of the South Pacific, Kim developed his Bachelor's thesis into a publication. He is now a PhD student at the University of Otago, NZ.
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Due to the current situation and the Rector's directive, all staff members of the Institute of Social Anthropology are in home office. You can still reach them by e-mail.
Living Water, an integral part of Pavel Borecký’s PhD dissertation at UNIBE, was selected to “Testimonies” competition at 24th Ji.hlava IDFF (October 27-November 8). The film is an atmospheric journey into the clash between the state of Jordan, agricultural businesses and Wadi Rum indigenous communities over the last abundant source of drinking water.
Hier veröffentlicht das Institut für Sozialanthropologie Blogbeiträge zur Corona-Krise von Mitarbeitenden und Studierenden.
Podcast with Pascale Schild and Sandhya Fuchs, moderated by Ian M. Cook
a new contribution to the Anthropological Theory Commons' debate on Solidarity.
De Genova N, Tazzioli M, et al. Minor keywords of political theory: Migration as a critical standpoint A collaborative project of collective writing. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. March 2021. doi:10.1177/2399654420988563
Responsibility and accountability in entangled global relations are negotiated across jurisdictional boundaries, localities and scales of legality. In this special issue, we trace struggles for corporate accountability from extraction sites in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru to an abandoned asbestos factory in Italy. We enquire into the gap between the legal institutions which govern attributions of responsibility in procedural, tort and corporate laws, lived experiences of harm connected to transnational business activities and moral expectations of responsibility in global relations. In the struggles for justice discussed in this special issue, we detect potential ways of rethinking ascriptions of responsibility to reflect the deep entanglements of our economies.
The Hospital Multiple : New Somatosphere Series by Janina Kehr and Fanny Chabrol with an introduction on speculative infrastructures and the ethnographic possibilities of grasping hospitals otherwise.
Review of Michael Jackson's book "How Lifeworlds Work: Emotionality, Sociality, and the Ambiguity of Being“ (2017) (PDF starting at page 35).
Edited By Dan Podjed, Meta Gorup, Pavel Borecký, Carla Guerrón Montero
This Special Issue contributes to the debate on land grabbing as commons grabbing with a special focus on how the development of state institutions (formal laws and regulations for agrarian development and compensations) and voluntary corporate social responsibility (CRS) initiatives have enabled the grabbing process. It also looks at how these institutions and CSR programs are used as development strategies of states and companies to legitimate their investments (Anseew et al 2012, Lavers 2012, Schoeneveld and Zoomers 2015). This Special Issue calls for contributions analyzing how these strategies are embedded into neo-liberal ideologies of economic development (Escobar 2010, Haller 2013). We propose looking at James Ferguson’s notion of the Anti-Politics Machines (1990, 2006) that served to uncover the hidden political basis of state-driven development strategies. We think it is of interest to test the approach for analyzing development discourses and CSR-policies in agrarian investments. We argue that these legitimize the institutional change from common to state and private property of land and land related common pool resources (Haller ed 2010), which is the basis of commons grabbing that also grabbed the capacity for resilience of local people.
LAND is an peer reviewed open access journal.
In the midst of a seemingly never ending pandemic crisis, that deeply affects economies worldwide, “Valuation Struggles”, an interview by Corinne Schwaller, Gerhild Perl and Janina Kehr with members of the ERC-project team „Grassroots Economics“ published in Tsantsa, reveals timely insights into contemporary economic anthropology. It dialogically addresses key concepts and arguments that Susana Narotzky, Patrícia Matos and Antonio Maria Pusceddu have discussed during the 2019 “Anthropology Talks” of the institute, such as the interrelation between “grassroots economies” and “grassroots economics”, “geometries of knowledge value”, “class”, and “crisis“.
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