Sprecher:innen (2021-2023)

Cornelia Ertl ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im SFB Affective Societies an der Freien Universität Berlin und promoviert dort zu den komplexen Beziehungen zwischen Gärtner*innen und Pflanzen im Botanischen Garten Berlin.

Interessensgebiete: Multispecies Studies, Critical Plant Studies, Anthropologie der Sinne, Umweltwahrnehmung, Infrastrukturen

Kathrin Eitel is a cultural anthropologist and a postdoctoral research associate at the Department for Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies (ISEK) at Zurich University. During her PhD project, she conducted ethnographic research on waste. In this context, she explored the relationship between the emergence of recycling infrastructures, that shape the city of Phnom Penh and its social order. Currently, she is working on her postdoctoral research project on flood resilience policies and practices in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).

Research interests: Environmental anthropology, STS, waste, water, infrastructures, ontologies and urban anthropology
Regions: Cambodia, Vietnam, Turkey, Europe

Felix Lussem ist seit 2018 Promotionsstudent an der interdisziplinären a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities der Universität zu Köln mit einem ethnographischen Projekt zu zivilgesellschaftlichen Aushandlungen globaler Krisen am Tagebau Hambach im „Rheinischen Braunkohlerevier“.

Interessen: Anthropozän, globale Krisen & Governance, zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement, Migration, Raum- & Zeitordnungen, Extraktivismus
Regionen: Mitteleuropa, Japan

Mitglieder (alphabetisch sortiert)

Christoph Antweiler born in 1956, is a cultural anthropologist and Senior Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. He studied Geology and Paleontology (Diploma) and then Cultural Anthropology (Ph.D.) in Cologne.

Research interests: environmentalism, Anthropocene, local knowledge, socio-cultural evolution, human universals
Region: Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia

Jan Bartsch has been a PhD scholar of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation since 2020. He is affiliated with the Philipps-Universität Marburg in the Department of Political Sociology. He studied political science at the University of Bremen and social and cultural anthropology at Philipps-Universität Marburg. His PhD project deals with ethnographic approaches of metabolic processes in urban food production.

Research interests: Urban Political Ecology, STS, More-than-human ethnography, Metabolism Studies, Environmental Sociology

Judith Bovensiepen is Reader in Social Anthropology at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent in the UK. Her current research examines the political, spiritual and affective relations of humans with their environment in periods of rapid social and historical change.

Research interests: Anthropology of oil and infrastructure, post-conflict recovery, animism and spiritual landscapes, development, wilful blindness, and critical approaches to corporate social responsibility.
Region: Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Jenny García Ruales is an Ecuadorian doctoral candidate in Cultural and Social Anthropology at Philipps University of Marburg, an associate researcher at the fellow group “Environmental Rights in a Cultural Context” at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), and a doctoral fellow of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. In my research, I explore collaboratively the multiple meanings of law among the Kichwa People of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Research interests: Epistemologies of the South/Decolonizing knowledge, indigenous ecologies in the Amazon, rights of nature, multispecies ethnography, emancipatory forms of education 
Region: Ecuador

Alina Heuser studied European Ethnology and Social Sciences (BA, HU Berlin) and Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies (MA, FU Berlin) and currently works as University Assistant at the University of Vienna. She is a candidate of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences in the field of Development Studies and her research is focused on gender relations and protests against mining extractivism in Peru. Most recently, she completed academic stays at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and University of Coimbra and also worked with digital ethnographic methods for her Master thesis on activists practices of resistance to mining extractivism on Twitter and beyond.

Research focus: socio-ecological conflicts and transformation, neo-extractivism, gender relations and feminist perspectives
Region: Latein America

Laura McAdam-Otto ist Kulturanthropologin und seit 2021 Leiterin des DFG-geförderten Projekts „Making Algae (in)Visible“, welches am Institut für Kulturanthropologie und Europäische Ethnologie an der Goethe Universität Frankfurt angesiedelt ist. Ihre Forschung hat Küstentransformationen zum zentralen Gegenstand.

Research interests: Umweltanthropologie, Flucht, Multispecies Studies, ethnographische Methoden
Region: Mexiko, Karibik, Malta, Mittelmeerraum

Lubabun Ni’am is a doctoral student at the Institute of Anthropology, Heidelberg University, Germany. Since 2018, he has been focused on the issue of the political ecology of nature conservation and human–animal relationships with special attention to elephants and orangutans on the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia. He is currently preparing a research topic on the co-constitution of indigenous cultural perceptions and wildlife conservation practices to advance his understanding of the contemporary modes of multispecies entanglements.

Research interests: Multispecies studies, human–animal relationships, indigenous people, nature conservation, political ecology
Region: Indonesia, Southeast Asia

Prof Dr Thomas Reuter is a professorial research fellow at the University of Melbourne, but is living mainly in Germany, where he has affiliations with the University of Bonn and Jena University. His work on environmental issues is focused on climate change impacts, sustainable food systems and crisis resilience. Regionally he has focused on research in Indonesia, less so South Asia, but much of his focus is on global issue. He has served as a board member of ISC, WAU, WCAA, IUAES and Future Earth, and currently of the World Academy of Arts and Science (WAAS).

Research interests: Sustainability, food systems, resilience, geopolitics, policy
Region: Indonesia, South Asia, global

Silke Oldenburg is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. She is the PI of the research project “Space, Agency and Climate Change in a Contested Urban Landscape: Exploring Urban Environmental Futures in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia”, funded by the Leading House of the Latin American Region, Switzerland. She integrates critical urban theory approaches with political ecology and is passionate about the untold stories within environmental politics. Her recent ethnographic focus is on wetlands and the entanglements of race, ecology and socio-spatial inequalities in mangrove restoration in Cartagena de Indias, a city on the Colombian Caribbean coast.

Research interests: environmental justice, climate coloniality, infrastructures and social belonging, mangroves/ wetlands
Region: Colombia; DR Congo; Germany & Switzerland

Carsten Wergin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. His doctoral research examined the transcultural music scene of the French Overseas-Department La Réunion. His habilitation (German qualification for full professorship) is based on a longterm ethnographic study of a conflict over the construction of a $45 billion AUD Liquefied Natural Gas Facility (LNG) in Northwest Australia. Currently, he is researching the entangled mobilities of humans and Aedes mosquitoes in an international project together with colleagues from Germany, India, Mexico and Tanzania.

Research interests: Experimental ethnography, landscapes and infrastructures, multispecies ethnography, music and sound, tourism and transculturality.
Region: Mascarene Archipelago, Northwest Australia, global

Vanessa Wijngaarden is a social anthropologist and political scientist contributing to debates in visual anthropology, tourism studies, multispecies approaches and African studies. Recurring themes in her work include ‘othering’ and (stereotypical) imagery; political aspects of poverty and environmental challenges; and decolonization of (academic) frames of thought. With a passion for reflexive and dialogical approaches, methodological innovation, extensive fieldwork and creative research dissemination, she has made several nominated and awarded documentary films and currently focusses her research on inuitive interspecies communication amongst divergent communities in Europe and Africa.

Research interests: interspecies ethnography, human-animal communication, visual anthropology, reflexivity, human-wildlife conflict
Region: Tanzania, Eastern Africa, South Africa, Southern Africa, Western Europe

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