These are the latest publications of our staff members.
These are the latest publications of our staff members.
herausgegeben von Thomas Gartmann und Michaela Schäuble. U.a. mit einem Aufsatz von Prof. Heinzpeter Znoj. Open Access!
This book presents an innovative analysis of the land conflicts arising from large-scale oil palm plantations in Colombia. The study reveals the powerful political dimension of music in the context of the post-conflict that the Colombian country is going through and investigates the local impact of oil palm monocultures in rural areas of Colombia. The research examines strategies, mechanisms and peace-building actions initiated by the forced displaced rural communities to return to their land.
Based on three case studies of communities on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Colombia and the compilation of almost forty unpublished songs - most of them in Vallenato rhythm - composed by the peasant communities, the book brings together the musical productions that have emerged in this context and offers a detailed analysis from within and about rural community processes, examining the role of community culture in conflict transformation.
In the context of the ever-increasing political problematization of migration in Europe, agencies charged with migrant administration create diverse categories of difference to distinguish between the »deserving migrant« and the illegal one: They assess the detainability or the credibility of asylum seekers, the danger posed by Islamic organizations, and make situational decisions that determine whether migration or labour law applies to individual agricultural workers. In this book, each chapter analyses how organizational interpretations of the common good shape bureaucratic practices. Together, these ethnographic analyses reveal how migration policies in different European countries take shape in administrative practice.
Schild, Pascale 2019. Bielefeld: transcript.
Published Dissertation: Measuring Justice. Quantitative Accountability and the National Prosecuting Authority in South Africa
written by our collegue Claudia Roth†
Until the end of July 2018, the book can be purchased for a discounted prize (50%). Simply enter the code LEM496 at the checkout
With photographs by Sarah Hildebrand and essays by social anthropologists Gerhild Perl, Julia Rehsmann and Veronika Siegl
Mining, Transnational Corporations and Local Populations
Reihe: Action Anthropology/Aktionsethnologie
Now available as paperback
Institutional Change of the Commons in the Kafue Flats, Zambia, Lanham: Lexington/Rowman&Littlefield. (2013) (with a foreword by Elizabeth Colson)
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.
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
Der Deutschlandfunk hat in der Sendung "Aus Kultur-und Sozialwissenschaften" das Buch von Lene Faust vorgestellt inklusive eines Audiobeitrags.
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“.
In her new review article «For a more-than-human public health”, published in Biosocieties, Janina Kehr discusses two recent books on zoonoses, that is infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. She sensitizes us to the fact that mass-scale public health measures taken against novel zoonoses as Covid-19, like disposable masks or plastic items, might well produce yet poorly understood side-effects on the environment and interspecies relationships in the future. These should be taken into account by pushing the One Health approach towards a more-than-human public health framework.
In Design and Nature. A Partnership, edited by Kate Fletcher, Louise St. Pierre, and Mathilda Tham. London: Routledge.
Collection no. 001 – February 2019 – Infrastructural Times
In the Special Section: African-European Trajectories of Im/mobility Exploring Entanglements of Experiences, Legacies, and Regimes of Contemporary Migration by J. Tosic and A. Lems.
Michaela Schäuble (2019) Ecstasy, Choreography and Re-Enactment: Aesthetic and Political Dimensions of Filming States of Trance and Spirit Possession in Postwar Southern Italy, Visual Anthropology, 32:1, 33-55,
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"Pursuing the Perpetual Conflict: Ethnographic Reflections on the Persistent Role of the “Terrorist Threat” in Contemporary Peru." History and Memory 31, no. 1 (2019): 59-86.
in Social Anthropology, Volume27, Issue1 (February 2019), pp. 33-49
Compiled by T. Haller in participation with Julia Caroline Bohn, Sarina Bucher, Martina Jana Burato, Milena Janice de Sá, Maya Maria Eng, Sebastian Funke, Barbara Gobeli, Andreas Stefan Hunkeler, Yaren Kirmizitas, Ana Kurdgelashvili, Tamara Inka Mendoza, Flavio Adrian Meyer, Ava Katharina Moll, Christoph Müller, Katrin Maria Negele, Selina Clarissa Niethammer, Svenja Dorothea Schär, Stephanie Schnyder, Benjamin Andrea Schüpbach, Athitya Sinnathurai, Nora Liliana Spiri, Claudia Stürzinger Aguilar, Victor Hugo Vallejo Sanchez, Anna Katharina Vokinger, Romy von Gunten, Samuel Paul Weissman, Flurina Dominique Werthmüller, Martina Ruth Hedwig Wiggenhauser, Ariane Nora Zangger
It is possible to build institutions for the management of natural resources through legitimate bottom-up participatory processes – if the concept of constitutionality is applied. This conclusion emerges from a series of research articles that has its origins in a collaboration between the University of Bern’s Institute of Social Anthropology, CDE, and Institute of Geography. The articles were published in a special issue of Human Ecology on the links between societal structures, power relations, and participation – a hotly debated topic in the field of sustainability governance.
Writing with Light, Cultural Anthropology website, January 22, 2018.
in: Tvedt, Terje, and Terje Oestigaard (eds.). Series III;Vol 3: Water and Food: From hunter-gatherers to global production in Africa. I.B. Tauris, 2015: CHapter 15:369-397.
Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz., 2016, 35 (2), 405–416.
in: VRÜ Verfassung in Recht und Übersee, Seite 175 - 192
In: Van Loyen, Ulrich (Hg.) "Der besessene Süden. Ernesto de Martino und das andere Europa." Sonderzahl: Wien, S. 105-134.
Karin van Holten & Eva Soom Ammann
in: Horn, Vincent & Cornelia Schweppe: Transnational Aging: Current Insights and Future Challenges. Routledge Research in Transnationalism no. 32, Taylor & Francis, New York 2016
Begeisterung und Blasphemie. Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaft, Heft 2: 103-109.
Handbuch der Medienethnographie, hrsg. Von Cora Bender und Martin Zillinger. Berlin: Reimer Verlag, S. 343-368