These are the latest publications of our staff members.
This book introduces the emerging, but still little-known, phenomenon of Nollywood-inspired filmmaking by African migrants in Europe. Using the unique example of a performance ethnographic case study in Switzerland, it shows how members of the African diaspora represent themselves through audio-visual media and what influence the post-colonial images of the Nigerian video film industry have on their image production.
Drawing on Jean Rouch’s Shared Anthropology and the methods of Performance Ethnography, this book provides an in-depth look at the complexity of migrants’ everyday lives and showcases Nollywood-inspired transnational filmmaking practices. In its refreshing and accessible writing style, it also illustrates the performance ethnographic research process, highlights the pitfalls and challenges of collaborative film projects, and critically engages with fundamental questions of social research in decolonial settings.
Based on ethnographic research after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan-controlled Azad Kashmir, this article uses ‘disaster citizenship’ as a conceptual lens focusing on how people renegotiated their relationships with the state in the context of political interventions for reconstruction.
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The universalist ambition of the 17 Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and 169 targets as a global plan of action for people, planet, prosperity and peacebuilding deserves analytical scrutiny from multiple angles. While the SDGs are largely heralded as a paradigm shift compared to their predecessor Millennial Development Goals (MDGs), we argue that four fundamental dynamics undermine or severely hamper SDGs as a game changer to address the deep-running sustainability challenges facing the planet.
Balancing the Commons in Switzerland outlines continuity and change in the management of common-pool resources such as pastures and forests in Switzerland.
The book focuses on the differences and similarities between local institutions (rules and regulations) and forms of commoners’ organisations (corporations of citizens and corporations) which have managed common property for several centuries and have shaped the cultural landscapes of Switzerland. At the core of the book are five case studies from the German, French and Italian speaking regions of Switzerland. Beginning in the Late Middle Ages and focusing on the transformative periods in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it traces the internal and external political, economic and societal changes and examines what impact these changes had on commoners. It goes beyond the work of Robert Netting and Elinor Ostrom, who discussed Swiss commons as a unique case of robustness, by analysing how local commoners reacted to, but also shaped, changes by adapting and transforming common property institutions. Thus, the volume highlights how institutional changes in the management of the commons at the local level are embedded in the public policies of the respective cantons, and the state, which generates a high heterogeneity and an actual laboratory situation. It shows the power relations and very different routes that local collective organisations and their members have followed in order to cope with the loss of value of the commons and the increased workload for maintaining common property management. Providing insightful case studies of commons management, this volume delivers theoretical contributions and lessons to be learned for the commons worldwide.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the commons, natural resource management and agricultural development.
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)
SAGW Bulletin 3/22: Geld: seine Werte, seine Wandlungen
Strasser, S. (2022). Ambivalences of Un/Deservingness: Tracing Vulnerability in the EU Border Regime. In J. Tošić & A. Streinzer (Eds.), Deservingness – Reassessing the Moral Dimensions of Inequality (Vol. 45, pp. 251-277). New York, Oxford: Berghahn.
"Knowing Women: Same-sex Intimacy, Gender, and Identity in Postcolonial Ghana" (Cambridge UP, 2021) is a study of same-sex desire in West Africa, which explores the lives and friendships of working-class women in southern Ghana who are intimately involved with each other. Based on in-depth research of the life histories of women in the region, Serena O. Dankwa highlights the vibrancy of everyday same-sex intimacies that have not been captured in a globally pervasive language of sexual identity.
This article is an attempt to discuss the image of Alexander von Humboldt as a pure natural scientist with a humanist ethos, and to highlight that he was in fact one of the first thinkers who anticipated positions known today as political ecology. We outline that his universal knowledge obviously has contradictory perspectives, and was interpreted in several directions.
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.
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
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