Stiftung Asienhaus

In April 2019, I joined the China Programme of Stiftung Asienhaus. I have gone through exciting and challenging months since. Together with my colleague, I managed the last group of the EU-China NGO Twinning Programme. After seven years, this unique exchange programme for Chinese and European civil society organisations comes to an end this year. We worked hard in order to keep civil society spaces open for a constructive dialogue between Chinese and European organisations. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its implications for organisations in China's 'partner countries' of South East Asia has become my focus. Apart from my new job, I am still busy with publishing the results from my fieldwork in Zambia. A first article ought to be out with the Journal of Southern African Studies in the second quarter of 2020.


Hermeneutics and discourse analysis were at the centre of my methodological training and research activity at university. My research foci in Chinese Studies were the Jesuit missions to Imperial China, the South East Asian Overseas Chinese and the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and the ideological establishment of the People's Republic of China in the 1950s.

In pursuit of my PhD, I turned to the discipline of social anthropology and ethnographic research in the tradition of the Manchester School. My topical focus shifted to China in Africa with Zambia as a field site in particular, and mining in the context of colonial Southern Africa and post-colonial processes of ruination and renovation in more general.



Since my father taught me how to pronounce 'Multispektralkamera' as a toddler, I am interested in photography. Always with my camera at hand, I attempt to submerge into the world around me.


I am currently working on three publications: a journal article, a book and a chapter for an edited volume. They are due in 2020 and 2021 respectively. All publications are related to my PhD research on the Copperbelt in Zambia. They cover the topics fieldwork access and anthropological knowledge production, and post-colonial and post-industrial ruination and renovation.



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13 November 2020

8. Asientag: Digital!

The eigth 'Asientag' of Stiftung Asienhaus will be taking place on- and offline due to the corona pandemic. Moreover, the current global situation will feature in its panel discussions and workshops.


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