“When Anthropology Bites Academia. Times and Spaces for Public Anthropology in Research and Teaching“.
Keynote Lecture at the Summer-School CIVIS Going Public. Social Sciences and Humanities in the 21st Century in Europe. Universität Tübingen, Asien-Orient-Institut /Ethnologie, 28.6.2022
“White Saviourism and Circumcision – Positioning in a Heated Debate”.
Talk and discussion at the Undergraduate Colloquium, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology. Göttingen University, 23.6.2022
“Lands of the Future: Anthropological Perspectives on Pastoralism, Land Deals and Tropes of Modernity in Eastern Africa. Book Launch“.
Presentation together with Asebe Regassa and Jonah Wedekind at WAKHVA – Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis Horn von Afrika e.V, 15.6.2022
„Timely Coincidences. Pastoralismus, Klimakrise und verrückte Zeitlichkeiten“
Lecture, Colloquium at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Göttingen University, 1.7.2021
“Lands of the Future. Futuremaking with Pastoralists”
Panel, lecture and book launch at African Studies Association in Germany VAD Africa Challenges, 8.6.2021
“Speaking Truth to Power: Pastoralists Advocacy“
Expert commentary at Global Landscapes Forum Conference. Restoring African Drylands, 3.6.2021
“Lands of the Future”
Lecture and interview at Ethnocafé, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Göttingen, 27.1.2021
“Guardians of Productive Landscapes. Fields and Meadows. Sharing Land in Arbore”
Presentation at Göttingen International Film Festival, Göttingen, 17.5.2020
“Untranslatables. Das Unübersetzbare. Welchen Beitrag kann die Ethnologie zur Forschung über Pastoralismus und Landraub leisten?“
Presentation at: The Institute for Anthropology and African Studies (ifeas), Mainz University, Mainz, Germany, December 11, 2018.
„The Price of Staying. Landdeals, Consumerism and Migration“
Presentation at: The Max Planck Forum Movement "Afrika - ein Kontinent in Bewegung", Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, Munich, Germany, December 4, 2018.
“Who makes the world? Re-assessing land use expertise in Ethiopia”
Presentation at: The International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES, Mekelle, Ethiopia, October 3, 2018.
Organization of Panel “Lands of the Future. Time for Innovation. Can Ethiopia Still Set a Global Example for Equitable Development?“ at the International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES, Mekelle, Ethiopia, October 2-3, 2018.
“A Handful of Seeds. Agriculture in ritual and practice among pastoralists in southern Ethiopia“
Presentation at Workshop: „Sorghum, teff and competing grains“. Mekelle, Ethiopia, September 30, 2018.
„Who has never been modern? ‚Renegade economics’ and subsistence economy compared with examples from Arbore in Southern Ethiopia“
Presentation at: The Annual Retreat of the Department Integration and Conflict. Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, September 3, 2018.
“Äthiopien – Land der Zukunft - Zukunft des Landes”
Presentation at: Ethiopian Day of Studienwerk Sudan e.V., Bremen Germany, August 19, 2018.
„Dystopie, Utopie, Ethnologie. Zwischen Landnutzung und Landrausch in Südäthiopien“
Lecture at: The Institute of Anthropology, University of Leipzig, Germany, June 18, 2018.
“Landwirtschaftsstrukturen und Landraub. Ethnologische Perspektiven auf Landnutzung in Ostafrika”
Presentation at: Forum Offene Wissenschaft: Afrika – Perspektiven eines Kontinents Bielefeld University, Germany, June 11, 2018.
“Experts, planners, stakeholders and world makers. Limits and possibilities of the global neighbourhood approach in land use/investment research”
Presentation at the Workshop: Transformations and Visions: responses, alternative and resistances to large scale and deals in the Global South at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany May 23-25, 2018.
Organisation of the International Workshop Transformations and Visions: responses, alternative and resistances to large scale and deals in the Global South in cooperation with McGill University and the International Canopy of Conservation, Canada at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, May 23-25, 2018.
„Life as Anthropologist“.
Presentation and discussion at: The Ethno-Café of the anthropology students’ group, University of Goettingen, Germany, April 18, 2018.
„Land, Entwicklung, Konsum - Landnutzung, Entwicklung und Lebensmittelproduktion als Fluchtursache?“
Presentation at the Max Planck Forum: ‘Wohin? Was passiert, wenn Menschen ihre Lebensgrundlage verlieren.“ Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Halle/Saale, November 14, 2017.
“Wer verspielt Afrikas Zukunft? Sprechen wir darüber!”
Expert Panel Contribution. German African Business Association/ Chamber of Commerce Hamburg, November 1, 2017.
“Revising ‘Deciding Peace’ – anger and pain of the peaceful actor”
Presentation at: The Annual Retreat of the Department Integration and Conflict. Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, September 7, 2017.
“Dialogue between Law and Anthropology. Fragilities of Accommodating Diversity”
Opening statement for the roundtable at the Conference: (Re)designing Justice for Plural Societies: Accommodative Practices Put to the Test, Department Law and Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, June 14-16, 2017.
“Globale Nachbarschaft. Chance oder Utopie. Aus der Forschung zu Investitionen und Landnutzung in Südäthiopien“
Presentation at: The Institute’s Colloquium, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Göttingen University, May 18, 2017.
"Managing common land: Customary land use in Southern Ethiopia in a globalizing world."
Presentation at the Workshop: Land Ownership and Conflict in a Global Context: Transfer, Adaptation and Translation of Normative Systems. Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt, February 20-22, 2017.
"Lands of the Future. Pastoralism in a globalizing world."
Presentation at workshop: Drylands in Central Asia and Beyond: Insights and Innovations. Humboldt University of Berlin, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Central Asian Seminar.
"Investors as Neighbours - A story of becoming in the extractive sector."
Presentation at: IASC Regional European Conference: Commons in a "Glocal" World: Global Connections and Local Responses. University of Bern, May 10, 2016 - May 13, 2016.
"Lands of the future - Means and ends of pastoralism in a globalizing world."
Panel organization with Nikolaus Schareika, in cooperation with the Commission on Nomadic Peoples at: IUAES - Inter Congress: World Anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public. Dubrovnik, May 4-9, 2016.
"Whose prize for which price? Insights into investments in Southern Ethiopia."
Lecture at the Seminar: Economics in Africa. Institute for African Studies, Leipzig University, January 18, 2016
"Finding an unexpected prize. Oil exploration firms and local communities as global neighbours."
Presentation and Panel Discussion at: Horn of Africa Seminar. Challenges ahead: the hydro-agricultural transformation of Ethiopia's lower Omo Valley. University of Oxford, African Studies Centre, Oxford, December 1, 2015.
"Every story counts - listening to global neighbours. Anthropological approaches to face exclusion of refugees in Germany."
Presentation (with Markus Virgil Höhne, Laura Breuer und Nikolaus Mezger) at: Werkstatt. Contingencies of Integration in Northern Germany. Ethnographic notes on the situation of refugees in Scharnebeck. Max-Planck-Institute of Social Anthropology, Halle Saale, November 24, 2015.
"The tension between speed and slowness. The conflict potential of rapid development in the Ethiopian peripheries."
Presentation at: Violence and dynamic change in eastern Africa: A workshop on trends, dynamics and conditions of violence in the region. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Centre for Human Rights Policy Studies (CRIPS), Nairobi, October 12.-13.2015
"Global Neighbours. Encounters of local populations with oil firms in Southern Ethiopia."
Presentation on Expert Panel: Extractives Development and Violence in Eastern Africa. Rift Valley Forum, Nairobi, October 13, 2015.
"Globalizing environment in the lowlands of Southern Ethiopia. Terra Nullius, home, sacred space, grabbed land, commodity or resource?"
Presentation at Interdisciplinary Workshop: Large-Scale Land Acquisitions between Resource Conflicts and Sustainable Rural Development. University of Freiburg , Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute Freiburg, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University Bern, Institute of Geography, University Bern, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, November 17, 2015.
"Power, Peripheries and Land: Development across the last frontiers of Ethiopia."
Panel Organization at: 19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES. "Ethiopia - Diversity and Interconnections through Space and Time" Warsaw, August 24-28, 2015
"The Global Neighbourhood Concept - an Anthropological Approach to Divergent Positions on Development across the Last Ethiopian Frontiers."
Presentation at: 19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES. "Ethiopia - Diversity and Interconnections through Space and Time" Warsaw, August 24-28, 2015
"Globalizing environments in the lowlands of Southern Ethiopia. Terra nullius, home, sacred space, grabbed land, commodity or resource?"
Presentation at: 6th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS): Collective Mobilisations in Africa. Contestation, resistance, revolt. Paris, July 8-10, 2015.
"Backgrounds of the refugee Crisis - Somalia."
Information event at: Community assembly (with Markus Höhne). Scharnebeck, Germany, June 16, 2015
"Politics and Practices of Gender: empirical and theoretical reflections in ethnographic research."
Presentation (with Anita Schroven and Roberta Zavoretti) at: Werkstatt Max-Planck-Institute of Social Anthropology. Halle Saale, June 30, 2015.
"Anthropologists and the Global Land Grab in Eastern Africa: Research and Advocacy."
Panel Organization with John Galaty at: American Anthropological Association 113th Annual Meeting. Producing Anthropology. Washington DC, December 3-7, 2014
"The Global Neighbourhood Concept - An anthropological approach to investment and large-scale land acquisition in developing countries."
Presentation at: American Anthropological Association 113th Annual Meeting. Producing Anthropology. Washington DC, December 3-7, 2014.
"The tale of the Elephant and the Honey Pot. A Fable in Arbore language"
(with Sirba Gabbert). Presentation at Storytelling in languages of the world. Grundschule am Weinbergsweg, Elementary School, Adendorf, Germany, November 20, 2014.
"Whose Hunger is it? Food Shortage, Waste of Food and Responsibility in a Global Neighbourhood"
Presentation at Realschule I Nordenham, Germany
"Globalizing Environments in the Lowlands of Southern Ethiopia."
Presentation at the Conference: Negotiating Concepts of Nature and Future in Africa. Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany June 19-21, 2014
"Lands of the Future - Pastoralism, Land and Investment in Africa."
Panel Organisation (with Shauna LaTosky) at the conference: Future Africa, African Studies Association in Germany (VAD). University of Bayreuth, Germany, June 11-14, 2014
"The Lands of the Future Research Network. Changing Land uses on Agropastoral Territories in Eastern Africa."
Introduction (with Shauna LaTosky) at the conference: Future Africa, African Studies Association in Germany (VAD). University of Bayreuth, Germany, June 11-14, 2014.
"The Lands of the Future Research Network"
Presentation at: Symposium. Reconfiguring Landscapes and Bio-cultural Frontiers. British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya March 21-22.
"Changing identifications, changing alliances and changing territories."
Presentation at Conference: Pastoralism and Border Management Policies. Organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Djibouti, May 8-9, 2013.
"The Global Neighbourhood Concept. A Chance for Cooperative Development"
Presentation at the Conference: Large Scale Agricultural Investments in Pastoral Lowlands of the Horn of Africa: Implications for Minority Rights and Pastoral Conflicts. IPSS (Institute for Peace and Security Studies), Addis Ababa University, 26-27 April 2013.
„Notes from Arbore. Possibilities and Impossibilities of Global Neigbhourhood“ Presentation at the Lands of the Future Workshop at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Saale, 4-5 March, 2013.
"Cultural Neighborhood in Ethiopia - An Introduction"
Presentation (with Sophia Thubauville) at: 18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES. Movements in Ethiopia / Ethiopia in Movement. Dire Dawa, Ethiopia 29 Oct. - 2 Nov. 2012.
"Concepts of Cultural Neighborhood"
Panel Organisation (with Sophia Thubauville) at: 18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES. Movements in Ethiopia / Ethiopia in Movement. Dire Dawa, Ethiopia 29 Oct. - 2 Nov. 2012.
"Deciding Peace - A Normative Turn from War to Peace among the Arbore of Southern Ethiopia"
Presentation at conference: Norms in Conflict: 2nd International Graduate Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders". December 3-5, 2010, Frankfurt, Germany.
"Innovative Mothers - Radical Daughters: Agency among Arbore Women (Southern Ethiopia)"
Presentation: 11th EASA Biennial Conference. Crisis and Imagination. Maynooth, August 24-27, 2010.
"Gender and Identification in Patrilinear Societies"
Panel organization (with Sophia Thubauville) at: 11th EASA Biennial Conference. Crisis and Imagination. Maynooth, August 24-27, 2010.
"The killer's song in the quest for peace. Reflections about peace among
the Arbore of Southern Ethiopia"
Presentation at: 17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES. November 1- 5, 2009, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
"Instigation of violence by women in Arbore, a historical perspective"
Presentation at Bayreuth University, Germany.
"The killer's song in the quest for peace: reflections about peace
among the Arbore of Southern Ethiopia."
Presentation at the conference: European awareness of Sustainability in Africa: Issues of Pastoralism. Leuphana University. Lüneburg, Germany
" 'Who owns little is called rich' - Anthropological Perspectives on Concepts of
Development, Evolutionism and Cultural Relativism."
Presentation at Elisabeth Gymnasium, Halle, Germany
Presentation on Girl's Day, Elisabeth Gymnasium, Halle,Germany
" 'Luba- Our most powerful' - Insights into the genealogical system of the Arbore."
Workshop organization at the South Omo Research Center, Jinka, Ethiopia
"Perspectives on War and Peace in South Omo."
Workshop organization with participants from Arbore, Hamar, Konso, Wata and Tsamai in Arbore, Ethiopia.
" 'How we let go war'- Women's perspectives on War and Peace in Arbore- Southern Ethiopia"
Presentation (with Ginno Ballo): 16th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
"Antelope skin and Giraffe tail - Objects of the Exhibition: Ethiopia and Germany."
Presentation (with Ginno Ballo), Grassi Museum for Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
"Blood Feud and Trees of Peace - Cultural identity of the Arbore of Southern Ethiopia between their tradition of warfare and the present mediation for peace"
Presentation SFB 295, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany.
"Geographical and Historical Backgrounds of the Film 'Bury the Spear' by Alula Pankhurst and Ivo Strecker"
Presentation (with Ginno Ballo), Anthropological Film Festival, Anthropological Museum, Berlin, Germany.
"Music Research and the Role of the South Omo Museum and Research Center in Jinka, Southern Ethiopia for Integrative Research in Ethiopia"
Presentation at UNESCO Paris, France
"People, Sounds, Places - A musical walk through Arbore, Southern Ethiopia."
Presentation at Grassi Museum for Anthropology Leipzig, Germany.
"Brothers and Allies - First insight into Karmet - Arbore relationships."
Workshop organization at South Omo Research Center, Jinka, Ethiopia
"Geographical and Historical Backgrounds of the Film 'Bury the Spear' by Alula Pankhurst and Ivo Strecker."
Presentation (with Ginno Ballo) Ethiopian Days, Mannheim, Germany
"Praise and Dismissal in Arbore Songs - Research about Music, Aesthetics and Cultural Contact in Southern Ethiopia."
Presentationa (with Ginno Ballo), Mainz University, Germany.
"Arbore Soundscape - Remapping Arbore through Music."
Presentation (with Ginno Ballo): 15th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies ICES. Asia-Africa-Institute, University of Hamburg, Germany.
"About the Present Project Work at the South Omo Research Museum and Research Center- Dealing with Crisis in Cultural Neighbourhood. An integrated aid project in Arbore."
Presentation (with Susanne Epple), SFB 295 Mainz University, Germany
"Music from Arbore."
(with Ginno Ballo), Radio feature, "Meridian 13", Radio Multikulti Berlin, Germany.
"The Pride and Social Worthiness of Women in South Omo."
Organization of the annual intercultural workshop at the South Omo Research Center (with Susanne Epple), SORC Jinka, Ethiopia.
"Arbore Soundscape or Stumbling into a new Chapter."
Presentation at the "Meeting Horn of Africa", Institute for Political Science, Hamburg University, Germany.
"Convergence and Divergence - The Diversity of Material Culture in South Omo."
Organization of the annual intercultural workshop at the South Omo Research Center: (with Susanne Epple), SORC Jinka, Ethiopia