Short CV/Education and training

    Attended secondary school in Ghana

  • 1980
    Abitur (A levels), Kollegschule am Kikweg, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 1980 – 1981
    Travel and jobs (USA, Caribbean, Central America, West Africa)

  • 1981 – 1982
    Nora Hengstenberg Schauspielschule (drama school) in Düsseldorf

  • 1982 – 1988
    Studied Anthropology, Political Science, English Philology at the University of Hamburg, University of Cologne, Germany; University of California/Irvine, USA

  • 1994 – 1995
    Lecturer at the University of Cologne, Dept. of Social Anthropology

  • 1995 – 1996
    Postdoc, Graduate School "Conflicts in the Context of Social and Cultural Diversity", University of Münster, Germany

  • 1996 – 1997
    Lecturer, Free Universität (FU) Berlin, Dept. of Sociology t

  • 1997 – 1999
    Scientific Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Research School "Southeast Asian Studies", Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Münster

  • 1997 – 1999
    Lecturer at the University of Münster, Institute of Social Anthropology

  • 2003 – 2004
    Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany

  • Since 2004
    Head of the research group "Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast", Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale)

  • 2004 and 2005
    Lecturer in the Institute for African Studies, University of Leipiz, Germany

  • Since 2006
    Supervisor of doctoral students in the Graduate School "Culture and Society in Motion", Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

  • Since 2006
    Private lecturer, Institute for Social Anthropology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

  • 2007
    Visiting Professor, University of Brasilia, Dept. for Social Anthropology

  • 2008 – 2009
    Professore (replacement), University of Bayreuth, Dept. for Social Anthropology

  • 2008 – 2009
    Visiting Professoir, Mc Gill University Montreal, Dept. for Anthropology and Centre for Society, Technology and Development

  • Since 2013
    Extraordinary Professor, Martin Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Selected publications

  • Creole Identity in Postcolonial Indonesia. London & New York: Berghahn (in print)

  • Kreolität und postkoloniale Gesellschaft. Integration und Differenzierung in Jakarta. Frankfurt. & New York: Campus, 2007

  • The Powerful Presence of the Past: Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast (co-edited with W. Trajano Filho). Leiden: Brill, 2010

  • Childhood and Migration. From Experience to Agency (editor). Bielefeld & Somerset: Transcript & Transaction Publishers, 2005

  • The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective (co-edited with Christoph Kohl). Berghahn, New York (submitted for review)

  • Einheit in Vielfalt? Zum Verhältnis ethnischer und nationaler Identität in Indonesien, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ) 11-12, 2012: 16-23.

  • Contemporary Creoleness, or: The World in Pidginization? Current Anthropology, Vol. 51, No. 6, December 2010: 731-759.

  • Out of hiding? Strategies of empowering the past in the reconstruction of Krio identity, in: Knörr, J. & W. Trajano Filho (eds.) (2010: 205-228.) (s.o.)

  • Creolization and Nation-Building in Indonesia, in: Cohen, R. and P. Tonninato (eds.) (2009) The Creolization Reader. Studies in mixed identities and cultures. London: Routledge: 353-363.

  • Free the Dragon versus Becoming Betawi. Chinese Identity in Contemporary Jakarta, Asian Ethnicity 10 (1), 2009: 71-90.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast (Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Position: Head of Research Group)

  • Graduate School "Society and Culture in Motion", Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (board member, supervision of doctoral students)

  • Travelling Models in Conflict Management, Position: Country Partner for Sierra Leone and Liberia; my project: Models of Post-War Reconciliation in Sierra Leone and Liberia

  • Integration and Conflict across Atlantic and Indian Ocean Societies. Joint research project of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale) and the Institute for Social Sciences (ICS), Lisbon, Portugal; my project: Comparative studies on the role of religion in ethnic differentiation among creole groups (Indonesia, Sierra Leone and Gambia)

  • Ethnicity, Migration, and Citizenship (Global Research Institute, New York University, Berlin)

  • "Bewilderment as an Opportunity for Learning", Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (proposal submitter/Principal Investigator)

Recently concluded:

  • Creole Social and Cultural Studies (director: Prof. Robin Cohen, University of Oxford, GB); my project: Creole identities in postcolonial societies

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Leadership functions in scientific organisations:

  • Chair of the section "Migration, multiculturality and identity" and member of the extended executive committee of the German Anthropological Association (DGV) (1995 – 2003)

  • Member of the executive committee of the German Anthropological Association (DGV) (2003 – 2007)

  • Chair of the Project Development Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (2005 – 2007)

  • Coordinator for collaborative projects between the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and a) the Institute for Social Sciences (ICS) Lisbon, Portugal, b) The University of Brasilia, Brazil, c) Indiana University Bloomington (IUB), US, d) Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Membership in scientific organisations:

  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

  • European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EUROSEAS)

  • African Studies Association (ASA)

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)

  • African Studies Association in Germany (VAD)

  • German Anthropological Association (DGV)

  • Social Sciences History Association (SSHA)

  • Working Group on Childhood and Migration, Rutgers State University of New Jersey

  • Anthropology of Children and Youth Network, University of Amsterdam

Membership in editorial boards:

  • Halle Studies in Integration and Conflict (Berghahn)

Membership and functions in academic and political organisations:

  • Representative in the Max Planck Society for the researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (since 2012)

  • Max Planck LeadNet, Max Planck Society (since 2008)

  • Mentor, Max Planck Society (mentoring women scientists programme) (since 2009)

  • Member of the advisory body on migration policy to the (federal) SPD party, Berlin (2000 – 2003)

  • Representative for the academic staff, Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Münster, Germany (1998 – 1999)

  • Research group "Internationalising research", Office of the Rector, University of Münster (1997 – 1999)

  • Member of various bodies at the European Science Foundation (ESF)

  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)

Additional qualifications

  • M.A. 1989, on: Between the Golden Ghetto and Integration.

  • Ethnological autobiography and research on German and Swiss children and youth growing up in the Third World, using Ghana as a reference, and their integration afterwards into Europe. Frankfurt & New York: Verlag Peter Lang, 1990.


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