These are the latest publications of our staff members.
Amidst ongoing wars and insecurities, female fighters, politicians and activists of the Kurdish Freedom Movement are building a new political system that centres gender equality. Since the Rojava Revolution, the international focus has been especially on female fighters, a gaze that has often been essentialising and objectifying, brushing over a much more complex history of violence and resistance. Going beyond Orientalist tropes of the female freedom fighter, and the movement's own narrative of the 'free woman', Isabel Käser looks at personal trajectories and everyday processes of becoming a militant in this movement. Based on in-depth ethnographic research in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan, with women politicians, martyr mothers and female fighters, she looks at how norms around gender and sexuality have been rewritten and how new meanings and practices have been assigned to women in the quest for Kurdish self-determination. Her book complicates prevailing notions of gender and war and creates a more nuanced understanding of the everyday embodied epistemologies of violence, conflict and resistance.
This paper engages with the violent conditions deriving from neoliberal trends in European migration and asylum governance. Anna Wyss and Carolin Fischer explore how continuous precarity, in conjunction with an integration imperative, affects the lives of recently arrived Afghan refugees in Germany and Switzerland.
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on three case studies of communities on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Colombia and the compilation of almost forty unpublished songs - most of them in Vallenato rhythm - composed by the peasant communities, the book brings together the musical productions that have emerged in this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)
Podcast with Pascale Schild and Sandhya Fuchs, moderated by Ian M. Cook
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