People

Dr.
Ruth
Achenbach
Ruth Achenbach is one of the co-coordinators of AFRASO. PhD in Japanese studies ("Return Migration Decisions: A Study on Highly Skilled Chinese in Japan", Springer VS) Research interests: migration & decision making theory, particularly student migration in Asia, IR theory
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Prof. Dr.
Yonson
Ahn
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Darlington
Ashamole
Darlington Ashamole is an African Expert who has expertise in Resource Conflict, Oil politics, Masculinity and youth Studies.
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Veit
Bachmann
Veit is a political geographer with research interests in (critical) geopolitics, development geography, economic geography, social and cultural geography, international relations, European studies, international organizations, processes and practices of globalization and global North-South relations.
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Christina
Beck
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Anton
Beck
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Jan
Beek
Jan Beek is an anthropologist, currently working on fraud schemes travelling between African and Asian countries.
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Projects: S4-C
Prof. Dr.
Marc
Boeckler
Marc Boeckler is an Economic Geographer working at the intersection of cultural theory and economics. His Africa related research focuses on postcolonial theories of place, local disarticulations of global economic chains and the socio-technical marketization of the Global South.
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Projects: S4-D, S1-B
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Simone
Claar
Simone Claar is a political scientist and research associate. She does research on issues of the global political economy, in particular on trade and development, the capitalist state and class relations, capitalist formation in the BICS, in particular South Africa. She wrote her Phd on "The Political Economy of South Africa: a class analysis in the context of the Economic Partnership Agreements negotiation" and completed in ealry 2015.
Projects: S1-A, S3-F
Jun. Prof. Dr.
Nikita
Dhawan
Nikita Dhawan is a political philosopher specialized in feminist postcolonial theory. Her research interests include transnational justice, human rights, democratization and decolonization, cosmopolitanism, globalization and migration.
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Projects: S1-D
Prof. Dr.
Mamadou
Diawara
Mamadou Diawara is professor for anthropology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, founding director of Point Sud, Bamako.
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Projects: S2-A, S2-F, S1-B
Frauke
Eckl
Frauke Katharina Eckl is a political scientist. She is an expert for culture and development as well as education and development.
Projects: S3-C
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Joanna
Elfving-Hwang
Joanna Elfving-Hwang (PhD, Sheffield University) is an Associate Professor of Korean Studies at the University of Western Australia.
Projects: S3-C
Prof. Dr.
Astrid
Erll
Astrid Erll is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. She is an expert in cultural theory, memory studies, literature and media, and narratology.
Projects: S4-B, S4-D
PD Dr.
Thomas
Feldhoff
Adjunct Professor (Privatdozent) in the Department of Human Geography and Academic Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies; PhD and Habilitation in Human Geography, research focus on the political economy of energy, energy and food security, policy frameworks and institutional structures, public involvement and community empowerment.
Projects: S1-B
Prof. Dr.
Arndt
Graf
Arndt GRAF (PhD Hamburg 1998, Habilitation Hamburg 2004) is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, since 2009. Previously, he served at Universiti Sains Malaysia (2007–2009) and the University of Hamburg (1999–2006). He also held visiting positions at Cornell University, the State Islamic University Jakarta, the Université de La Rochelle, France, and Universiti Malaya. Arndt Graf ’s publications mostly cover aspects of rhetoric, media, and political communication in insular Southeast Asia.
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Projects: S2-D
André
Gröger
André is an Economist and Political Scientist. He finished his degrees at Goethe University Frankfurt and started his PhD there in 2011. His research interests include a broad variety of topics related to the nexus between socio-economic development and migration.
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Projects: S2-B, S2-B
Matthias
Gruber
Matthias Gruber is an anthropologist, working on Chinese traders in Johannesburg, South Africa and the linkages between African and Chinese Traditional Medicine.
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Projects: S2-F
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Falk
Hartig
Falk Hartig is a sinologist and journalist who focuses mainly on issues related to contemporary China.
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Projects: S3-A
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Sissy
Helff
Sissy Helff research activities are on Anglophone World Literatures and Visual Cultures. Her work has a clearly interdisciplinary character focusing on visual, iconographic and memnonic patterns. She is an expert on globalization, transnationalism, migration, diaspora, transculturality and gender in literature, film and photography.
Projects: S4-B
Luisa
Hoffmann
I am currently writing my master thesis on how microfinance schemes impact political agency among Kenyan women
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Projects: S1-D
Prof. Dr.
Heike
Holbig
Heike Holbig is Professor of Political Science with a Focus on Chinese and East Asian Area Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. She specializes in contemporary Chinese politics as well as the study of authoritarian regimes from a comparative area studies perspective.
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Projects: S3-B
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Dany
Jaimovich
Dany Jaimovich is economist, expert in development economics and international trade. His research deals with the transformation of rural societies, the impact of international development assistance and economic aspects of conflicts.
Projects: S3-E
Frauke
Kandale
Frauke-Katrin Kandale is a postdoc in Southeast Asian Studies working on the migration of African Muslim students to West-Malaysia.
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Projects: S2-D
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John Njenga
Karugia
John Njenga Karugia researches on Asia and Africa relations. He has researched intensively on Chinese migration to Africa and African migration to China. His current research focuses on the Indian Ocean.
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Philippe
Kersting
I’m a geographer working on land issues (“land grabbing”) in different African regions. My regional focus in the AFRASO project is Benin and Madagascar.
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Projects: S1-B
Prof. Dr.
Rainer
Klump
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Diana
Kraemer
Diana holds a Magistra Artium in Political Science, Sociology and Ethnology. Her research focuses on culture and development, new interactions and negotiations in South-Korean development discourses, South-Korean development cooperation with Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya), development theory and development politics.
Projects: S3-C
Michael
Kriese
Website Administrator
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Johannes
Lejeune
Johannes Lejeune is a political scientist with a background in Chinese Studies who specializes in international relations and democratic transformations.
Projects: S3-B
Dana
Lüddemann
Dana Lüddemann (Dipl.) is a political scientist, who studied political science, sociology, law and philosophy in Magdeburg, Lund (Sweden) and Frankfurt. Her research interests are post-colonial theory, governmentality (studies) and the relations between subject(ivation) and state theory.
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PD Dr.
Boy
Lüthje
Boy Lüthje is a senior research fellow at the “Institut für Sozialforschung” in Frankfurt since 1999.
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Projects: S1-A
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Rirhandu
Mageza-Barthel
Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel is a political scientist. Her research focuses on gender politics in the global South.
Projects: S2-C
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Sandra
Manickam
Sandra Khor Manickam is a historian specialising in the history of Malaysia, especially the British colonial period of the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. She focuses on the history of anthropology of the region, indigenous peoples, and the scientific study of race and human difference. She is Junior Professor at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe University of Frankfurt.
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Projects: S2-A
Diderot Serge
Nguepjouo Megaptche
I have been active in extractive industries research field for more than past five years in many African countries while working with a Cameroonian NGO. I also worked on other natural resources such as oil, tar sands, protected areas, forest exploitation (logging), lands issues and cotton. As far as cotton commodity in Cameroon is concerned, I participated to lobby campaigns in Europe with many Friends of the Earth groups and towards European Commission, national decision makers and citizens in Europe .
Projects: S1-C, S1-C
Prof. Dr.
Andreas
Nölke
Andreas Nölke is a political scientist. He mainly works on issues of the global political economy, in particular on comparative capitalism, financialization, the BRICS and multinational enterprises.
Projects: S1-A
Birthe
Pater
Birthe Pater is a political scientist and expert in New Museums in Africa, Culture for Development, Good Governance and Cultural Policies.
Projects: S3-F
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Rajesh
Ramachandran
Rajesh Ramachandran is a post-doctoral fellow at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. His main area of research is at the intersection of development economics and its political economy. His interests include language policy, economics of discrimination and institutional economics.
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Ute
Röschenthaler
Ute Röschenthaler is an anthropologist working on the recent developments on African markets, emerging trade networks and popular cultures in the Global South. Her research interests focus on African urban entrepreneurs who create their own brands, advertise their products in the media and deal with intellectual property rights. This focus she developed due to previous research projects on inner-African and transatlantic trade networks, cultures of memory and histories of diffusion of cult associations and their performances. Regions: West Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Mali, South East Asia
Projects: S2-A
Prof. Dr.
Jürgen
Runge
Jürgen Runge is a Physical Geographer and Geoecologist. He is doing research on former and recent landscape dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa, and he is involved in applied topics such as good governance, transparency, stakeholder dialogues and the impact of infrastructure and mining on tropical environments.
Projects: S1-C
Prof. Dr.
Uta
Ruppert
Uta Ruppert is a professor in political science and political sociology. She is an expert on development theory, gender and development, transnational gender politics, and culture for development.
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Projects: S2-C, S3-C, S1-D
Alexandra
Samokhvalova
Alexandra Samokhvalova is a political scientist and researcher associate. Her research interests lie in the field of higher education and development with the main focus on Southeast Asia.
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Projects: S2-D
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Sebastian
Schäfer
I'm a postdoc at the econ department and project manager of the Goethe-Unibator at Goethe University of Frankfurt. I apply insights from behavioral economics and use experimental lab and field methods to study entrepreneurship and organization related topics such as overconfidence, entrepreneurial skillsets, stigma of failure, leadership, and venture boards. I did my Ph.D at the department of management and microeconomics (2008-2013). I hold a diploma degree in economics and Japanese studies from University of Tuebingen.
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Projects: S3-F
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Stefan
Schmid
Dr. Stefan Schmid is Coordinator of the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies at GoetheUniversity Frankfurt. He has organized various international conferences, summer schools, and other academic programs and events.
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Prof. Dr.
Frank
Schulze-Engler
Frank Schulze-Engler is professor of New Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the Institute for English and American Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. His research interests include African, South Asian and Caribbean literatures in English, indigenous literature in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, comparative perspectives on anglophone literatures and cultures, transculturality in literary and cultural studies, multiple modernities, postcolonial theory and the cultural dimensions of globalisation.
Projects: S4-A, S4-D, S4-C
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Julia
Schwarz
Julia Schwarz is working in the field of African Studies and sociolinguistics. She is an expert on ethno linguistic and linguistic anthropology, esp. on language policy, language attitudes and postcolonial studies in Africa.
Projects: S4-A
Prof. Dr.
Cornelia
Storz
Cornelia Storz is Professor for Economic Institutions, Innovation and East Asian Development and Academic Director of Modern East Asian Studies at the University of Frankfurt.
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Projects: S3-D, S3-F
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Sophia
Thubauville
Sophia Thubauville is an anthropologist. Her research interests are gender, cultural neighborhood, cultural rights, concepts of pollution and international migration. Her geographic focus lies on East Africa, especially Ethiopia, where she did long-term research among the Maale and Ongota people of South Omo.
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Projects: S2-E
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Alexander
Tillmann
Alexander Tillmann is currently interim professor for the Didactics of Geography. He is an expert of Education for Sustainable Development and on designing and evaluating digital and blended learning environments.
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Mirjam
Tutzer
Mag.a Mirjam Tutzer is a political scientist. Her expertise lies in International Development, Post-Development and Post-Colonial studies especially in the areas hybridity, identity and inequality.
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Projects: S1-D
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Julia
Verne
Julia Verne is a cultural geographer interested in everyday experiences of mobility and trade as well as in theoretical and methodological reflections on networks, translocality and relational conceptions of space and the history of geographic thought.
Projects: S4-A, S4-D
Dorothea
Wippermann
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Projects: S3-A