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Eva Kirmes

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International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America'

PhD Candidate

Anthropology

Project: "Aspirations for socio-ecological transformation – Indigenous women’s collective action for food sovereignty and anticipation of climate change"

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Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Education

Since 05/2022

PhD Candidate, International Research Training Group “Temporalities of Future”, Freie Universität Berlin

01/2021 – 12/2021

Postgraduate Program, International Cooperation for Sustainable Development, Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

10/2018 – 09/2020

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2014 – 09/2018

Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Portuguese, Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

 

Work Experience

Since 05/2022

Researcher, International Research Training Group “Temporalities of Future”, Freie Universität Berlin

06/2021 – 12/2021

Member of Research Project “The value(s) of food – Promoting sustainable agricultural value chains. Case studies from the potato & fish value chains in Uganda” Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

10/2020 – 01/2021

Intern at Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken, Berlin

03/2019 – 04/2021

Student Assistant in the Area of Anthropology, Institute for Latin American Studies (Prof. Dr. Stephanie Schütze), Freie Universität Berlin

04/2018 – 06/2018

Intern at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – Country Office Bolivia, La Paz

03/2017 – 07/2017

Intern at Asplande (Assessoria e Planejamento para o Desenvolvimento), Rio de Janeiro

08/2016 – 10/2016

Intern at Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlin

03/2016 – 12/2017

Student Assistant at the DFG-funded Research Project “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”, SFB 700, Freie Universität Berlin

Project: "Aspirations for socio-ecological transformation – Indigenous women’s collective action for food sovereignty and anticipation of climate change"


Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Stephanie Schütze, Freie Universität Berlin


This research examines the role of Quechua women’s collectives as protagonists of socio-ecological transformation. My scientific interest stems from the aspect of women being disproportionately affected by climate change, especially through their often attributed role as providers of food. In addition, food is increasingly subject to speculation and is characterized by unequal power relations, which in turn have a particularly strong impact on farmers. Against this background, I would like to shed light on processes of collective action for food sovereignty and the related adaptation to climate change by understanding collective action as an interface between ecological, social and political demands.

Since the question of transformation is inseparable from a temporal component and indigenous perspectives are underrepresented, especially in terms of identifying future options for action, I focus the research on perspectives on the future and their interconnectedness with present collective organization: To what extent does a notion of the future shape collective action, and how does collective action in the present construct a particular vision of the future? By applying a combined framework of feminist political ecology and anticipatory anthropology to the data collected from participatory field research and participant observation in the southeastern Peruvian Andes, the study seeks to highlight notions of future aspirations and contribute to the visualization of gendered indigenous approaches to collective action for food sovereignty.

 

Articles

Hänke, H., & Wesana, J., & Ahmed, J., & Eichelter, L., & Ekyaligonza, D., & Hegeler, F., & Kataike, J., & Kirmes, E., & Kisakye, V., & Lauben, M., & Mara, F., & Mbabazi, S., & Mutambo, S. (2022). Sustainability Hotspot Analysis 2.0. A participatory approach to assess the Nile perch and Irish potato value chains in Uganda. 10.18452/24379.

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