Laura Matt

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Laura is a PhD candidate at the University of Bayreuth. In 2016 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth with a thesis entitled: “Willkommen im Anthropozän – die Überwindung der Natur-Kultur Dichotomie in den Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen“. She completed her Master of Arts in Social Anthropology at the University of Halle in 2020 with a thesis on “Living in a forest landscape – landscape changes, hunting practices and timber cutting in Northern Sierra Leone”. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in northern Sierra Leone, Laura’s research and writing addresses human-environment interactions and offers a plurality of readings of ‘landscape’. In March 2020, Laura started working at the University of Bayreuth as a PhD researcher and develops a new project inspired by her previous work. Her main interest and expertise include human-environment interactions, multi-species ethnography, (feminist) Science and Technology Studies, Anthropocene discourses and (environmental) health.

Current position
PhD Researcher
University affiliation
University of Bayreuth

Research

“Living in a forest landscape – landscape changes, hunting practices and timber cutting in Northern Sierra Leone” engages with different readings of the Northern Sierra Leonean landscape. One way of reading of the landscape is described and analyzed from a dwelling perspective as it gives an in-depth account of the hunting and logging practices. Another way of reading of the landscape is a policy perspective as it is corroborated by scientific accounts that take for granted a general forest loss in Sierra Leone. The project emphasizes the ways in which these two perspectives come together to interact while at the same time paying ethnographic attention to the irritations these interactions cause. “Living in a forest landscape” aims to show how multiple stories and relations always remake the landscape as perspectives on this complex picture are changing.

Publications