Eva Riedke

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Eva Riedke completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Mainz in 2017. The thesis with the title “Concerning issues: Making things political in Durban”, focused on ‘issue’ politics and processes of ‘issue-ification’ unfolding in Durban, South Africa. Pursuing an STS and pragmatist-inspired approach, she has been concerned with tracing specific trajectories of ‘issue-ification’ – in her case pertaining particularly to HIV/AIDS, development, service delivery and political violence in Durban. The larger argument she makes is that by tracing the articulation of ‘issues’, i.e. people’s efforts to address public matters of concern, prompts us to reconsider what we readily come to recognise as belonging to the ‘political’. The articulation of problematic entanglements – that actors and groups of actors are implicated in – frequently evades the sites we readily consider to be political.



She is a postdoctoral researcher in social anthropology at the University of Konstanz, pursuing a new project on life lived ‘off the grid’.


  • Riedke, Eva (2018) "Concerning issues: Making things political in Durban." published PhD Dissertation, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, published open source through Gutenberg Qualify → http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hebis:77-diss-1000021179
  • Drotbohm, Heike & Riedke, Eva (2018) "Expecting justice: Struggling with the indeterminate between ideals and practices" in The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 50 (3), 294-298.
  • Riedke, Eva (2016) "Antagonising ‘past times’ - A King Shaka statue in Durban" in The ordering power of narratives 21: 25-29 , edited by Riedke, Eva Working Paper of the DFG Priority Programme 1448
  • Riedke, Eva and Richard Rottenburg (2016) "Introduction." in The ordering power of narratives, Working Paper of the DFG Priority Programme 1448, Nr. 21, PP: 5-16. , edited by Riedke, Eva → https://lost-research-group.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SPP1448_WP21_Riedke.pdf
  • Riedke, Eva (2015) "'You shouldn’t be seen talking to them!' - Accidental frontlines, building trust and coping with danger." in Civilisations 64. Special issue: "Field Research in Difficult Contexts: Hostile Settings Sensitive Topics, Taboos."