Upcoming events

City: Berlin

Presentation by Ralph Buchenhorst at the conference “Envisioning the Future: Zukunftsvisionen für Deutschland und Europa” (Interdisciplinary Conference of the DAAD-funded Centres for German and European Studies) / Panel: “Zukunftsfähigkeit der Gesellschaft – Welche Zukunft hat unsere Weltgesellschaft?”

Abstract:
Societies achieve future viability by pursuing accountability in ordering practices to produce predictability of future global scenarios. In this context, the relation communities and institutions establish to their natural environment plays a pivotal role. The notion of modernity entails that the evolution of rationally organized institutions like capitalism, techno-sciences and legal framings would finally allow us to control global policies and social development in the future. At the same time evidence of climate change, mass migration and heavy extractivism show how limited modern institutions are in their attempt to regulate global social and economic enmeshments. In Latin America and Europe different projects of de-growth and de-colonial approach attempt to present viable alternatives.
The paper seeks to compare two current debates on de-colonial and de-growth alternatives to the ongoing neo-liberal approach to globalization. Sumak Kawsay, the Ecuadorian concept of Full Life or Buen Vivir,is a community based local approach to organize harmonious social relations around the idea that the surrounding eco-systems has similar rights to those of human beings. Conviviality is a project established mainly by German and French intellectuals to develop a new social, moral and political philosophy that does not rely any longer on the idea of infinite economic growth, opposing the global hegemony of finance capitalism and looking for various forms of prosperity without growth. In Germany, both alternatives are being prominently discussed by influential Development Aid policy makers such as the Green Party, BUNDJugend, Heinrich-Böll Stiftung and Brot Für Die Welt.
Through this comparison, similarities and differences between both concepts should become clearly visible. Furthermore, the paper will ask if these new approaches present viable solutions for technologically advanced societies of the West. In a final step, it attempts to situate both debates within the larger question of how to handle counter-hegemonic discourses and practices without an essentialist approach that sells these discourses and practices as a self-legitimizing universal paradigm. To meet the open space format proposed by the organizers, one example of each concept is shortly presented and accompanied by questions regarding their implementation on a larger scale.

Further information on the conference

2019

City: Freetown
Venue: Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone
Organizer: Sung-Joon Park, Sylvanus Spencer, Susan Erikson, David Kananizadeh

International Summer School in Medical Anthropology
Methods and Analysis Training for Planetary Care
(Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation “Knowledge for Tommorow”)

From Disasters to Planetary Care: What the August 2017 mudslide in Sierra Leone can teach us about accountability, postcolonial urban experiences, and healthy cities in the Anthropocene
(Download Call for Applications)

The international summer school “From disasters to planetary care” is concerned with the August 14 mudslide disaster that occurred in Freetown in 2017. After the experiences of civil war (1991-2002) and the recent Ebola epidemic (2014-2016), the mudslide is seen by Sierra Leoneans as yet another major national tragedy in which over 1000 fellow citizens died. Unlike the Ebola epidemic, it was a man-made disaster resulting from the massive degradation of natural and cultural landscapes in and around Freetown. Sierra Leoneans were not surprised that the mudslide took place, but they were quite surprised at the unprecedented scale of the disaster and they generally agree that it could have been prevented. How prevention is to be achieved in postcolonial African cities like Freetown, though, poses what urban planners have called a “wicked problem”(Rittel and Webber 1973), and is the subject of the proposed short course. (more…)

Past events

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Venue: University of Halle
Organizer: Research Cluster "Society and Culture in Motion" and DFG Priority Program 1448 "Adaptation and Creativity in Africa"

The lecture will explore some of the meanings attached to the concept and practice of restitution in precolonial African systems of thought. It will dwell in particular on those traditions that considered the most damaging wrongs as those causing harm to one’s ‘vital force’. We will elicit the juridical underpinnings of the right to restitution and revisit the relation between ‘persons’ and ‘objects’ it presupposed.

Achille Mbembe is currently Research Professor at WiSER, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his Ph.D. in history at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France, in 1989. He subsequently obtained a D.E.A. in political science at the Instituts d’études politiques also in Paris. He has held appointments at Columbia University in New York, Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Duke University and at the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal. Today, Achille Mbembe figures as the most renown philosopher, political theorist, and public intellectual of the African continent and won several outstanding prizes, also in Germany. His most important works are: Les jeunes et l’ordre politique en Afrique noire (1985) ; La naissance du maquis dans le Sud-Cameroun (1920-1960); Histoire des usages de la raison en colonie (1996); De la postcolonie. Essai sur l’imagination politique dans l’Afrique contemporaine (2000); Sortir de la grande nuit : Essai sur l’Afrique décolonisée (2003); Critique de la raison nègre (2013); Politique de l’inimitié (2016). Most of his books have been translated into English and German.

City: Vienna, Austria
Venue: University of Vienna
Organizer: Tatjana Thelen, Kirsten Rüther, Peter Schweitzer

The Vienna Ethnography Laboratories (Ethnolabs) take up current topics of social scientific debates that pose challenges for ethnographic research. They offer  a unique forum for interdisciplinary discussion and development of  methodological reflection of young researchers with senior scholars.

Guest Scholars:
Prof. Jörg Niewöhner, Professor for Urban Anthropology and Human-Environment Relations at the Institute for European Ethnology (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Prof. Antina von Schnitzler, Associate Professor of International Affairs (The New School, NY)

Description

City: Kigali, Rwanda
Venue: IRIBA Center
Organizer: Stefanie Bognitz, Assumpta Mugiraneza, Fazil Moradi, Richard Rottenburg

Conference Program

City: Johannesburg
Venue: Wits Art Museum

On 6th September between 10:00 and 17:00 at Wits Art Museum a workshop with talks and discussions is hosted by by Fak’ugesi Festival in association with the artistic research project Digital Imaginaries. The workshop and the related art exhibition at WAM are the second leg of a three city project, which started in Dakar, Senegal in May and will conclude in Karlsruhe, Germany in November 2018. The workshop is also part of Fak’ugesi Talks: Premonition and Digital Imaginaries – a series of talks that explore how digital data practices shift how uncertain futures are anticipated.

The workshop takes place alongside the exhibition to engage an exploratory debate on questions surrounding artistic research, digital data, and decolonisation in a globalised information society. Program will include a tour of the exhibition and a focus on the subject of vernacular algorithms, followed by a series of talks with leading theorists, philosophers and artists including Sarah Nuttal, Achille Mbembe, Richard Rottenburg, Oulimata Gueye and more.

City: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Venue: Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone
Organizer: Sylvanus Spencer

The “Trust in Medicine after EVD Epidemics“ held its stakeholder workshop for the introduction of anthropology teaching at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone on July 27, 2018. We are looking forward to an inspiring and novel course in anthropology in 2019 at Fourah Bay College.

City: Leipzig, Germany
Organizer: Stefanie Bognitz and Fazil Moradi

Panel “Archive, Promise, and the Future in African Contexts” at the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) Conference, 27-30 June 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.

Panel Abstract:
This panel addresses the relation between promise, archive, and the future, and how the archive forms memory and creates a tension between the past and the living present, the past and the future, and between the actual and the virtual in African contexts. The structure of the archive not only preserves but shapes memory and is always future-oriented. As Derrida explains in Archive Fever: “the archivization produces as much as it records the event.” We are interested in how the archive embraces contradictory experiences of irredeemable losses in the past and the future hope. In African contexts, the archive continues to remain instrumental in bringing to the fore these contradictory experiences and at the same time lies in the ‘experience of the promise.’
We are specifically interested in promises and well as challenges of the archive in regard to access to the past, the forming of memory and imagination of history, postcolonial and decolonial knowledge practices, the establishment of evidence and facts, the workings of denial and denunciations based on archival work and its prospect of comparison, the possibilities and limits of practices of critique.
Contributions should trace some of the connections and disconnections, conceptions and misconceptions, access and exclusion regarding knowledge and comparison in relation to archival practices. Specific interest will be paid to forms of organization, writing, technologies of inscription, laws, everyday practices and narratives that accompany the archive and its quest toward memory making, knowledge preservation, but also ignorance, denial, or forgetting.

City: Leipzig, Germany
Organizer: Sandra Calkins & Kerry Holden

Panel “Infrastructures’ Intimacies: Failure, Affectivity, and Promises” at the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) Conference, 27-30 June 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.

In recent years, significant contributions were made to research on infrastructure, advancing technopolitical critiques and generating insight into its biopolitical dimensions. However, less attention has been paid to the effects of sedimentation of infrastructural projects that layer up over different time periods, evoking memories of failure and success and haunted by the fantasies of past generations. The foundations of many physical infrastructures in the Global South were laid in colonial times, part of modernist promises of development and later the focus of centralizing efforts of postcolonial state-building. Good, efficient infrastructure conjures an ideal image of being impersonal and highly standardized across time and space. Yet, infrastructural breakdown has been a common feature of many African sites, and the focus in scholarship has turned to exploring ‘people as infrastructure’, probing how people stand in for defunct artefacts. We contend that the gaps and breakages in infrastructure experienced in many African countries provoke experiences that merit further historical and ethnographic inquiry. Recent scholarship has explored the affective dimensions of infrastructure. We extend this inquiry to understanding how failure is experienced personally; humbling, harming, and disappointing people as they carry out their work; forcing them to find alternate solutions to maintaining movement in what are imagined and, presumably desirable, circulatory systems. We invite papers that explore how people experience the remains of infrastructure. How do people reconcile failure with past and future promises? What fantasies emanate from the historical layering of discontinuous infrastructural projects and the leftovers of empire? And what intimate relationships form in infrastructural gaps?

City: Leipzig, Germany
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg & René Umlauf

Panel “Lifeworld and Technology” at the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) Conference, 27-30 June 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.

Technology gains increasing relevance in most African countries. Agendas of the largest multi- and bilateral organizations promote the use of innovative technologies and emphasize the hopes and benefits a more (technologically) connected Africa could bring to the rest of the world. Even beyond development scenarios, the everydayness of many African citizens is strongly affected by technology. Be it in the form of concrete devices like a cell phones or more in form of complex networks or systems e.g. water, sanitation or electricity infrastructures – the everyday lifeworld of most Africans has been significantly shaped by the use of as well as exposure to modern technologies. In this panel, we will explore the inescapable intertwinement of ‘technicization’ and the ‘lifeworld’ – on the topic of which the German philosopher Hans Blumenberg points out that the two cannot readily be treated apart, and that ‘technicization is lifeworld’. The panel calls for contributions that relate the technology/lifeworld complex to persisting questions of rationalization and standardization – as these are the legitimizations and effects of the infrastructures of modernity, deeply implicated in its institutions, in its administrations and bureaucracies, forecasting, and surveillance systems. We invite conceptual as well as empirical contributions that focus on but are not limited to questions like:

  • How can we study the relation between technology and lifeworld? What are the methodological implications/challenges?
  • What are the onto-epistemic insights/values of thinking technology as integral part the lifeworld?
  • How can these insights be related to already existing concepts like e.g. adaptation and translation?
City: Leipzig, Germany
Organizer: Uli Beisel & Sung-Joon Park

Panel “Infectious Connections: Humans, Nonhumans, and Life in the Global Health in Africa” at the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) Conference, 27-30 June 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.

Since the Ebola epidemic in West Africa 2014-2016, zoonotic diseases are acutely on the radar of policy makers, politicians, and the public. Zoonotic diseases, transmitted from animals to humans, are predicted to be on the rise, with rare and previously less known infectious disease outbreaks occurring more frequently than before. Such epidemics are horrifying and exceptional, but presumably part of greater ecological transformations, which significantly change how animal life, human life, and the environment interact. This panel invites scholarly work within African Studies on these emerging and emergent infectious connections and what it means for the study of health and diseases by exploring interactions between humans and animals, humans, and micro-organisms as well as the lived or self-destructive practices through which changing environments are inhabited. We are also interested in socio-cultural analysis of the interconnections between humans and fragile, fragmented, or ailing public health infrastructures; technological innovations to build ‘better’ or change ‘natural’ environments. In specific, we invite papers on:

  • the global circulation of zoonotic diseases,
  • the political ecologies of such harmful multispecies encounters,
  • the political economy of disease emergence, clinical and epidemiological research into neglected diseases,
  • the modes of production of data as well as medicines,
  • preparedness practices and biosecurity measures more generally.
City: Toronto, Canada
Organizer: Bertram Turner

Panel at the annual meeting of the Law & Society Association.

City: Dakar, Senegal
Venue: FASTEF, Université Cheikh Anna Drop de Dakar
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg and Julien McHardy

City: Leipzig
Venue: University of Leipzig, Hörsaal 4

Description

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Venue: Seminar für Ethnologie, Reichardstr. 11
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg

In this weekly colloquium we discuss participants’ work in progress and selected authors. Since the number of participants is restricted, new participants are kindly requested to approach Richard Rottenburg well in advance.

Current participants:
Konstantin Biehl, Stefanie BognitzLorenz GoschArmin Höland, David Kananizadeh, Maria Kuzcera, Margarita Lipatova, Laura Matt, Fazil MoradiSung-Joon ParkRichard RottenburgTabea ScharrerTimm SureauAlena ThielBertram TurnerRené Umlauf

City: Bielefeld, Germany
Organizer: Erdmute Alber, David Warren Sabean, Simon Teuscher, Tatjana Thelen

Closing Conference of the ZiF Research Group “Kinship and Politics: Rethinking a conceptual split and its epistemic implications in the social sciences”

City: Berlin, Germany
Organizer: Uli Beisel & Sung-Joon Park

2017

City: Berlin, Germany
Organizer: René Umlauf, Eva Riedke, Uli Beisel, Richard Rottenburg

The editorial workshop sets out to explore the inescapable intertwinement of ‘technisication’ and the ‘lifeworld’ – on the topic of which the German philosopher Hans Blumenberg (1963) points out that the two cannot readily be treated apart, and that “technicisation is lifeworld”.  Related thereto, we aim to turn attention to technology in relation to processes of rationalisation and standardisation – as an integral element of the infrastructures of modernity, deeply implicated in its institutions, industrial systems of production, the capitalist economic system, administrations and bureaucracies, military and surveillance infrastructures, and in the shaping of cultural symbols, categories and practices.

The workshop aims to engage with and re-open current debates around infrastructures, and to fine-tune some of the therein dominant conceptual notions through the SPP’s numerous case studies, paying attention to empirical details across a range of divergent contexts. Starting from an understanding of ‘infrastructuring’ as inherently processual, relational, material and non-material, stable and elusive – all at once – we aim to explore its entanglements in life-worlds. How does Hans Blumenberg’s notion of a ‘waiver of meaning’ (Sinnverzicht) provide new critical vantage points within the ongoing discussions around infrastructuring, power, posts-colonialism, signification, affect, and good life.

City: Halle (Saale)
Venue: University of Halle
Organizer: Matthias Kaufmann, Fazil Moradi, Richard Rottenburg

What does it mean to speak of, resist or appeal to a new beginning in the name of decolonization? What positionality and form of knowledge does the speaking of decolonization involve that allows distinguishing and moving between a colonized past and a decolonized future to come? How does this form of knowledge facilitate the necessary cognitive operations of commensuration, calculation of equivalence, and valuation? What is the ontological status of the tertium comparationis for these operations to work? Does the unavoidably implicit valuation mean a call for justice and accountability to the law that invokes a common humanity? In what sense can and for what reasons should this refer to a horizon of planetary hospitality?

Speaking of the planetary instead of the global redirects attention to a contemporary shift from a humanity struggling to control its environment to a humanity struggling to understand its entanglements with other-than-human beings and to lean into them. Speaking of hospitality here employs the sense given to this term by Emmanuel Levinas, Jacque Derrida, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Michael Jackson and others in this genealogy: one’s own humanity can only be learned from the Other, by hosting the Other in a horizon of unconditional hospitality. These are questions that we wish to address in this workshop.

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Venue: University of Halle
Organizer: Research Cluster "Society and Culture in Motion" and DFG Priority Program 1448 "Adaptation and Creativity in Africa"

Abstract:
In order to decolonize the history of philosophy against the fabrication of translatio studiorum as the unilinear path connecting Greek thought and sciences to medieval European Christianity, we need to pluralize that history. And to manifest in our textbooks that translatio studiorum is not just Jerusalem-Athens-Rome-Paris or London or Heidelberg … but, as well: Athens-Nishapur-Bagdad-Cordoba-Fez-Timbuktu …. To decolonize the history of philosophy is also to take into account the plurality of languages, in order to consider the perspectives introduced by tongues other than European, and thus undo the “ontological nationalism” upon which rests the assumption that philosophical exercise is intrinsically tied to certain (European) languages.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is currently Professor of Francophone Studies, and Chair of the Department of French and Romance Philology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Philosophy, at Columbia University in New York. His field of research and teaching interests includes the history of logic and mathematics, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy and Sufism, African philosophy and literature.

Venue: Melanchtonianum, Hörsaal XX, Universitätsplatz 9, 06114 Halle

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Venue: University of Halle
Organizer: LOST Research Network

A group of invited participants debate with Emmanuel Didier ways to examine the emergence, disappearance and impact of key indicators.

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Venue: University of Halle
Organizer: Research Cluster "Society and Culture in Motion"

Abstract:
Nowadays, « big data » is everywhere. There is a clear excitement about them, which has been stated, for example, like this: “One way to think about the issue today […] is this: big data refers to things one can do at a large scale that cannot be done at a smaller one, to extract newinsights or create new forms of value, in waysthat change the mar- kets,organizations, the relationships between citizens and governments, and more”. (Mayer-Schönberger, Viktor., and Kenneth. Cukier. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Trans- form How We Live, Work, and Think. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. p.6.)
This impressive statement, since it says that data will transform everything from the market to government, raises several questions. First, is this really possible? Can information, quan- tities,whichdescribeelementsof the world, can in fact really beactors,agenciesforits transformation? How is this possible? Second question: is this that extensive? Can really these data change that many things, how far the transformation can go? Finally, is that so new? Did it ever happen before that methods of quantification had been a transformati- ve force of societies? To answer these questions, we go back in the history of statistics since the beginning of the XXth century, and to study cases where quantification techniques had precisely been tools of governance, and thus a transformative force of society.

Emmanuel Didier is a founding member and permanent researcher at Epidopo (Epigenetics, Data, Politics), a joint research unit funded by the French CNRS and UCLA and located in the latter. He is an associate researcher with the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (CNRS, Ecole normale supérieure and EHESS) and a member of the Center for Study of Invention and Social Process at Goldsmiths, the University of London.

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Venue: Seminar für Ethnologie, Reichardstr. 11
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg

In this weekly colloquium we discuss participants’ work in progress and selected authors. Since the number of participants is restricted, new participants are kindly requested to approach Richard Rottenburg well in advance.

Current participants:
Nadine Rea Intisar Adam Benjamin Beck, Stefanie BognitzSandra Calkins, Pauline Claudot, Lorenz GoschArmin Höland, David Kananizadeh, Laura Matt, Fazil MoradiRonn MüllerSung-Joon ParkEva RiedkeRichard RottenburgTabea ScharrerTimm SureauAlena ThielBertram TurnerRené Umlauf

City: New York
Venue: New School for Social Research
Organizer: Abou Farman, Richard Rottenburg

This workshop is the second iteration of “Measure of Future Health.” The first took place in Berlin October 8-9, 2016. A series of papers from that workshop were selected to become part of a second conference, in which they will be revised and finalized for publication in a special issue of a peer reviewed journal. This second conference will be held in New York under the auspices of the New School for Social Research.

The theme proposed for the issue is “Measures of Future Health”, an inquiry into the metrics through which “future” and “health” are conjoined, and how this conjunction might open up new possibilities for thinking about well-being. On one level, it encompasses dominant debates about healthy futures in which the social and environmental conditions of the health of individual bodies and delineated populations are at stake. On another, it lends momentum to debates about the futures of health, such that the concept of health itself becomes expanded to incorporate not just human health and medicine, but its relation to climate, environment and non-human species, including the new wild life of geneticallymodified plants and animals, as well as data, nanobots and algorithms.

City: Hannover, Germany
Organizer: Uli Beisel & René Umlauf

The symposium, entitled “The ecopolitics of cohabitations: Histories and futures of vector-control” is aimed to provide us with a cutting- edge framework to open-up an interdisciplinary discussion on the geographies and histories of vector control and disease prevention schemes. To adequately depict and give a comprehensive account of the global multispecies entanglements between regions, habitats, hosts, vectors and pathogens the symposium will provide a network platform and an exchange forum for young scholars from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines like e.g. anthropology, history of science, science & technology studies, entomology, geography and evolutionary biology.

Program

Description

City: Bogotá, Colombia
Venue: University of del Rosario

Fazil Moradi presents the book “Memory and Genocide: On What Remains and the Possibility of Representation”, co-edited with Ralph Buchenhorst and Maria Six-Hohenbalken, at the University of del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia.

 

Poster of the book presentation

 

City: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Re:Work, Humbold Universität zu Berlin

Regularly organized at the end of the semester, the Jour Fixe brings together members of the LOST Research Network for discussing current research questions, identifying communalities and exchanging strategies to develope the research network further.

Participants: Amal Fadlalla, Andrea Behrends, Konstantin Biehl, Stefanie Bognitz, Pauline Claudot, Enrico Ille, David Kananizadeh, Laura Matt, Fazil Moradi, Songi Park, Eva Riedke, Richard Rottenburg, Bertram Turner, Timm Sureau, René Umlauf

Program

City: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Venue: Zuiderkerk
Organizer: Daniel Hogendoorn, Arthur Petersen, Arjen Zegwaard

The aim of the Workshop is to set up a symmetrical dialogue between the field of DMDU and Anthropology. The challenge is that this dialogue takes place between two disparate fields with different frames. Since both study uncertainty in policy-settings, we expect it should produce insights of relevance. The formulation of themes for future research for both anthropology and DMDU.

Program

City: Beirut, Lebanon
Organizer: Daniele Cantini and Lama Kabbanji

International workshop, co-funded by the OIB and the IRD (France).

City: Binz (Rügen), Germany
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg

The initial workshop on “Framing Variance” (April 2016) investigated debates and practices challenging normative implications of gender. Firstly, the aim of the workshop was to investigate an array of approaches to understanding the normative implications of representations of sexuality and gender by comparing different local contexts in relation to globally circulating narratives of gender roles and experiences. The workshop explored similarities and differences in local responses to normative redefinitions of gender identities as well as their representations on local, regional and global scales. A special emphasis was placed on the visual and textual representation and recollection of contested and problematized identities in media, art worlds, academia, museums and archives. A second focus was placed on African, especially South African discourses about gender(ed) identities. Finally, the conference offered a critical interrogation of the concept of “non-normativ gender identities” itself, which inevitably embodies a certain political project, and tried to find new pathways for intellectual discussion as well as empirical observation of the phenomena described above.

The editorial workshop on “Framing Variance” (April 2017) follows-up on these debates and offers the space to discuss and re-work the draft chapters that have been developed out of the individual conference papers.

Program

City: Halle (Saale)
Venue: Seminar für Ethnologie, Reichardstr. 11
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg

In this weekly colloquium we discuss participants’ work in progress and selected authors. Since the number of participants is restricted, new participants are kindly requested to approach Richard Rottenburg well in advance.

Current participants:
Nadine Rea Intisar Adam Benjamin Beck, Konstantin Biehl, Stefanie BognitzSandra Calkins, Pauline Claudot, Lorenz GoschPhilippe GoutArmin Höland, David Kananizadeh, Siri Lamoureaux, Laura Matt, Fazil MoradiRonn MüllerSung-Joon ParkEva RiedkeRichard RottenburgTabea ScharrerTimm SureauAlena ThielBertram TurnerRené Umlauf

Guests:
Amal Fadlalla

City: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Re:Work, Humbold Universität zu Berlin

Regularly organized at the end of the semester, the Jour Fixe brings together members of the LOST Research Network for discussing current research questions, identifying communalities and exchanging strategies to develope the research network further.

Participants: Aarjun Appadurai (Discussant), Arlena Liggins, Benjamin Beck, Bert Turner, David Kananizadeh, Eva Riedke, Fazil Moradi, Hlonipha Mokoena (Discussant), Lorenz Gosch, René Umlauf, Sandra Calkins, Songi Park, Stefanie Bognitz, Uli Beisel.

2016

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Venue: University of Halle
Organizer: Research Cluster "Society and Culture in Motion", DFG Priority Program 1448 "Adaptation and Creativity in Africa" and the Center of Excellence "Enlightenment – Religion – Knowledge"

Abstract:
National sovereignty today operates in changed ecology. The primary reason for this is the erosion of national borders by the flows of ideas, people, technologies and money across national boundaries which has accelerated since the late 1980’s, in what is usually referred to as the period of globalization. In addition, as national economies have become increasingly fictions due to the realities of global finance, nation-states and political elites have had to invent other justifications for their existence and this accounts for the global shift to right-wing ideologies of soil, blood and ethnos. Finally, as the tension between universal human rights and the plight of refugees and other undocumented aliens increases, especially in Europe, we see the emergence of a deep divide about the meaning of national sovereignty, and a gap between ethnonational views and those of a more liberal variety, which stress inclusion, diversity and hospitality. More than three centuries after the Treaty of Westphalia, Europe (and the world) are in dire need of a new narrative of sovereignty.

Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. During 2016-17, he is Visiting Professor at The Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University (Berlin).

Recording of the Amo-Lecture

City: Halle (Saale)
Venue: Seminar für Ethnologie, Reichardstr. 11
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg

In this weekly colloquium we discuss participants’ work in progress and selected authors. Since the number of participants is restricted, new participants are kindly requested to approach Richard Rottenburg well in advance.

Current participants:
Nadine Rea Intisar Adam Benjamin Beck, Konstantin Biehl, Jeanise Bonnici,  Sandra CalkinsJoel Glasman, Lorenz Gosch, Philippe GoutArmin Höland, David Kananizadeh, Siri LamoureauxFazil MoradiRonn MüllerSung-Joon ParkEva Riedke, Richard Rottenburg, Tabea Scharrer, Timm SureauAlena ThielBertram Turner, René Umlauf, Cordula WeissköppelFan Zhang,

Currently absent participants:
Daniele Cantini, Andrea Behrends, Ralph Buchenhorst, Faduma Abukar MursalAnne FlecksteinMaria HahnekampKati IllmannNorman SchräpelJames M. Thompson

City: Berlin
Organizer: Abou Farman, Richard Rottenburg

This workshop is the third in a series of workshops on “Making Evidence, Designing Futures”. The first workshop on “Translatability of Genocidal and Mass Violence” took place on April 7-8, 2016 in Halle. The second workshop on “Testing, Measuring and Accounting in Global Infrastructures” took place on April 21-22, 2016 in Berlin.

City: Berlin
Organizer: Ronn Müller
Day 1 How to write about Africa

On the first day we will focus on conceptual issues guided by the question “How to write about Africa?” We are happy that Danai Mupotsa, Lecturer in African Literature at Wits University (South Africa) who was a Mercator Fellow of the Priority Programme will lead us through the day. Danai proposed 4 texts to read in advance to ground the discussion. We have the text White by Dyer, A small place by Kincaid, The first chapter of Mudimbe’s Invention of Africa, and How to write about Africa by Wainaina. Danai kindly asks to prepare a page with comments and critique of the texts you read. Do not forget to prepare your own writing sample which you want to discuss at the workshop (max. 6 pages). The results and insights of this workshop day will be contribute to the round table on “Africa and the Arts” at the final SPP1448 conference in autumn 2016.

Day 2 Writing‐Sweatshop: One Day. One Text.

In this structured and effective writing session, you will write one text in one day; a chapter of your dissertation, a journal article, an essay, a lecture, a funding application… Starting from the blank page, you will have written a good draft by the end of the day. This tough but very rewarding writing day will be facilitated by Ingrid Scherübl (writing‐ashram.com).

Program

City: Halle (Saale)
Organizer: Sung-Joon Park

Kickoff-Workshop of the international Research Program “Trust in Medicine after the EVD epidemic: Street-level health bureaucrats, the institutionalization of care, and the creation of preparedness in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Ghana”

Program

City: Berlin
Organizer: Sandra Calkins, René Umlauf, Uli Beisel

Conference Advisor: Richard Rottenburg

This workshop is the second in a series of workshops on “Making Evidence, Designing Futures”. The first workshop on “Translatability of Genocidal and Mass Violence: Evidentiary Practices, Narratives of Remembance, and Future Making” took place on April 7 – April 8, 2016 in Halle. The third workshop on “Measure of Future Health: Techno-science, Signification, Ethics” will take place on October 8 – October 9, 2016 in Berlin.

Outline

City: Halle (Saale)
Organizer: Ralph Buchenhorst, Fazil Moradi, Anne Fleckstein

This workshop is the first in a series of workshops on “Making Evidence, Designing Futures”. The second workshop on “Evidentiary Practices: Testing, Measuring and Accounting in Global Infrastructures” will take place on April 21 – April 22, 2016 in Berlin. The third workshop on “Measure of Future Health: Techno-science, Signification, Ethics” will take place on October 8-9, 2016 in Berlin.

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2015

City: Denver
Organizer: Uli Beisel, Sandra Calkins

Panel at the Annual Meeting of the AAA 2015

Chair: Richard Rottenburg

Panel Program and Abstracts

City: Hermance, Switzerland
Venue: Foundation Brocher
Organizer: Uli Beisel, Clare Chandler, Karina Klielmann, Richard Rottenburg, René Umlauf

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2014

City: Johannesburg, South Africa
Venue: Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER)
Organizer: Faeeza Ballim, Luísa Reis-Castro, Natasha Vally, Norman Schräpel & Thomas Thadewaldt

Conference Advisors: Keith Breckenridge & Richard Rottenburg

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2013

City: Halle, Germany
Venue: University of Halle
Organizer: Daniele Cantini
City: Halle
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg, Ronn Müller

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City: Halle
Organizer: Ralph Buchenhorst, Daniele Cantini, James Thompson

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2012

2011

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Organizer: Johanna Mugler, Sung-Joon Park

Workshop Advisors: Richard Rottenburg, Sally E. Merry

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City: Berlin, Germany
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg, Sandra E. Greene

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2010

City: Moshi, Tanzania
Organizer: Richard Rottenburg, Stacey Langwick

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2009

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Organizer: Babette Müller-Rockstroh, Paul Wenzel Geissler, René Gerrets, Julia Zenker

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2008

City: Ithaca, New York, USA
Venue: Cornell University
Organizer: Trevor Pinch, Richard Rottenburg, Otto Sibum

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2007

City: Halle (Saale), Germany
Organizer: GSAA, LOST Research Group

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