Lorenz Gosch

Lorenz Gosch

Lorenz studied Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Leipzig. In 2016 he received his MA with a thesis on “Revolving around outer bodies. Developing an anthropological perspective on the ontological discomfort caused by organoids grown from stem cells“. Early 2017 he started working as a PhD researcher in the DFG funded research project “Trust in Medicine After the Ebola Epidemic“ at the University of Halle. His research concerns the ways people embody local environments in infrastructure-poor districts in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In particular, he is focussing on the role improvised infrastructures play in the production of space – after the Ebola epidemic. He is currently preparing for a research stay in Sierra Leone. Lorenz’s research interests include works from STS, Critical Theory, and anthropology of biosciences.

Current position
PhD researcher
University affiliation
Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Halle

Research

“Trust in Medicine“ is a collaborative research project asking for the conditions of trust in medical facilities after the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Lorenz contributes to the project by (re)tracing the practices of space-making in slum-districts in Freetown, Sierra Leone. It has been shown that understanding the specific ways people relate to and shape their human and nonhuman environment is crucial for developing concrete and practicable countermeasures concerning the epidemic. Infrastructure plays an important role in the production of space, particularly in regard to slums. These are usually defined negatively as lacking infrastructure. Yet, in slums infrastructure is improvised and involves, thus, locally specific practices structuring every day life. Lorenz focusses on bodies in relation to infrastructure, and, based on that, the connection between (technological) space and epidemiology.

Publications