Past events


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"

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).

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‐


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”


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.


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.