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Franziska Bedorf PhD

Franziska Bedorf

Freie Universität Berlin

ZI Lateinamerika-Institut

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

SFB 1171, TP A05 - Affective Societies - Prof. Kummels

Adresse
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Raum JK33/232
14195 Berlin

Professional Experience

Since 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher at the SFB 1171 “Affective Societies: Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds”, Freie Universität Berlin

2017 Fieldwork (3.5 months) in in Los Angles, United States (data collection for SFB 1171 Affective Societies). Visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

2017 Affiliated Researcher of the Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Laboratory based at Linköping University, Sweden

2016 Grant (175.000 SEK/ ca. 18.000 EUR) from the Seed Box: A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Laboratory based at Linköping University, Sweden

2015 – 2017 Postdoctoral researcher/ Marie Curie Experienced Researcher, REAL (Resilience in East African Landscapes) ITN research and training network, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University, Sweden

2014 – 2015 Editorial Work (freelance)

2010- 2013 Research Assistant, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg, Germany. DFG funded research project “Ageing in transnational space. Processes of remigration between Mexico and the USA”

2010 – 2011 12 Fieldwork (12 months) in San Antonio de Solís, Mexico, and Chicago, United States (data collection for PhD thesis)

2010 – 2011 Visiting scholar East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, United States

2009 – 2010 Project management (participatory quality development in international voluntary services), United Action in Service for Peace (AGDF), Bonn, Germany

2008 – 2013 Lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne, Germany

2008 – 2009 Anthropological research and business consulting (freelance) for “blickwechsel”, Cologne, Germany

2008 Fieldwork (over the course of five months) in Malmö Sweden (data collection for anthropological research and business consulting project carried out for “blickwechsel”, Cologne, Germany)

2008 – 2009 Research assistant (freelance), Documentary Centre on National Socialism, Cologne, Germany

2006 Fieldwork (3 months) in Windhoek, Namibia (data collection for M.A. thesis)

Since 2005 Research and curatorial assistance Ethnographic Museum Stockholm, Sweden (exhibitions “Whose Objects? Art Treasures from Benin” 2009 and “Cheap Design?” 2005) and Nordic Museum Stockholm, Sweden (exhibition “Sápmi. An Exhibition about Sámi Life in Sweden”)


Education

2014 PhD Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg, Germany. Thesis “Sweet Home Chicago? Mexican Migrants’ Return Considerations and Configurations of Belonging upon Retirement”

2013 – 2014 Graduation grant, University of Hamburg

2008 Magister Artium (Master of Arts Degree) University of Cologne, Germany. Major Social and Cultural Anthropology, Minors Modern and Contemporary History and Scandinavian Studies. Thesis “’We don’t have a culture’. Being Coloured in Namibia als Konstruktion und Praxis

2006 Grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the ZEIT foundation for “Viadrina Summer University on Border Cultures”

2005 – 2007 Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation

2004/ 2005 Exchange student Stockholm University, Sweden

2000 General qualification for university entrance (Abitur) Engelbert- von-Berg Gymnasium, Wipperfürth, Germany

Research interests

Migration, Identity formation (ethnicity/ nationalism/ transnationalism), (post)colonialism), urban ethnography, human-environment relations, organizational anthropology

Regional focus

Central and North America, Southern Africa (Namibia), Eastern Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), Scandinavia

Research projects

Currently postdoctoral researcher at “The Affective Creation of ‘Home’: Patron Saint Fiesta Videos in the Transnational Context of Mexico/USA” (Head of project Prof. Ingrid Kummels) within SFB 1171 “Affective Societies”

2015 -2017 Resilience in East African Landscapes ITN, Work package 5 “Dissemination and capacity building for sustainable ecosystem and livelihoods”, entangled narratives of social and ecological change in the Anthropocene

PhD research project (completed in 2014, funded by the German Research Foundation/ DFG) “Ageing in transnational space. Processes of remigration between Mexico and the USA” (project leaders Prof. Julia Pauli and Prof. Michael Schnegg, University of Hamburg)

2018 (with Pauli, Julia). “Retiring Home? House Construction, Age Inscriptions, and the Building of Belonging among Mexican Migrants and their Families in Chicago and Rural Mexico”. In: Anthropology & Aging 39 (1): S. 48-65. Link

2018 Sweet Home Chicago? Mexican Migration and the Question of Belonging and Return. Bielefeld: transcript. Link

2016 (with Pauli, Julia). From Ultimogeniture to Senior Club. Negotiating Certainties and Uncertainties of Growing Older between Rural Mexico and Urban Chicago. In: Wonneberger, Astrid, Mijal Gandelsman-Trier& Hauke Dorsch (eds.). Migration, Networks, Skills. Anthropological Perspectives on Mobility and Transformation. Bielefeld: Transcript, 47-66.

2014 Transnationalism Fading? Elderly Mexican Migrants in Chicago and Shifting Notions of Belonging. In: Ethnoscripts 16 (2), 55-70.

2014 Ehrgeiz – Elchjagd – Elternzeit. Wandlungsinitiativen und unternehmenskulturelle Dynamiken im Widerspruch. In: Spülbeck, Susanne& Johannes Ries (eds.). Die verdeckten Spielregeln der Veränderung. Organisationsethnologische Perspektiven auf Krise, Change Management und Unternehmenskultur. Münster: LIT Verlag, 95-110.

2014 (with Östberg, Wilhelm). Benin für einen Nordstern. Hans Meyers Schenkung an das Ethnographische Museum in Stockholm zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. In: Deimel, Klaus (ed.). Jahrbuch der staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachen XLVI. Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 32-45.

2010 (with Östberg, Wilhelm) African objets d’art as currency in a bid for the polar star – and for recognition on the European scene. In: Östberg, Wilhelm (ed.): Whose objects? Art Treasures from the Kingdom of Benin in the collections of the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. Stockholm: Etnografiska Museet, 35-46.

2010 (with Östberg, Wilhelm) Hur afrikanska konstskatter förvandlades till Nordstjärnan och skapade en aktad europé. In: Östberg, Wilhelm (ed.): Vem tillhör föremålen? Konstskatter från Benin. Stockholm: Etnografiska museet, 30-43.

2008 „We don´t have a culture“. Being coloured in Namibia als Konstruktion und Praxis. Köln: Kölner Ethnologische Beiträge [Publication of MA thesis].

2007 Auslandskontakte der Kölner Studierenden: Beteiligung und Mitwirkung an internationalen Begegnungen. In: Szöllösi-Janze, Margit (ed.): Zwischen „Endsieg“ und Examen. Studieren an der Universität Köln 1943-1948. Brüche und Kontinuitäten. Köln: Kirsch Verlag, 155-163.

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