Welcome to my website! It has been online for almost twenty years. I first started this website after spending one year as an exchange student in Malaysia in 2001. Please check out these pages with information on myself, my previous research, expertise and current work, not to forget my long-time hobby of photography.Read more...
My experiences so far have been shaped by my education and work in the academic sector. I have been guided by particular research questions, but also how information technologies can assist us in establishing conclusions. I have worked both voluntarily and professionally in interdisciplinary and multilingual settings that necessitated intercultural knowledge, team leading skills and the capacity to coordinate complex projects.Read more...
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.
15 November 2020
The eigth 'Asientag' of Stiftung Asienhaus is dedicated to dialogue and/or monologue in the context of development politics and NGO cooperation. Together with my colleague at the China Programme, I am going to organise a workshop on the changes in development cooperation with China in the past decade.