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Dr. Valerie Hänsch

Lecturer

Areas of research and interest

Visual and Media Anthropology; Anthropology of Forced Migration; Infrastructures/Technology; Anthropology of the Senses and Aesthetics; environmental politics/movements, Islam

Regional areas of interest
Sudans

Contact

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Ethnologie
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Room: C 032
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9624
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9602


Office hours:
on Tuesdays 2 - 3 pm

Academic Career

  • Since 01/2018 Lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich
  • 10/2016–01/2018: Assistant Professor for culture und technology in Africa (substitution), Bayreuth University
  • 04–09/2016: Lecturer, Chair of Anthropology, Bayreuth University
  • 2016: PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), Bayreuth University. Dissertation: „Der Versuch zu bleiben. Dammbau und Krise im sudanesischen Niltal“
  • 04–09/2015: Lecturer, Chair of Anthropology, Bayreuth University
  • 09/2014–03/2015: Research Fellow, interdisciplinary research project: Mograt Archaeological Mission, Sudan. Institute of Archaeology, HU-Berlin
  • 04/2006–04/2008: Research Fellow, research project: „Bedfords Aneignung. Die soziale Organisation von handwerklicher Kreativität im Sudan“, Chair of Anthropology, Bayreuth University
  • 2006: BA/MA (Magister Artium Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Religious Studies), LMU Munich. M.A.-Thesis: „Ramadân Karîm. Essen und Fasten im Ramadan in Shendi, Nordsudan. Eine Studie aus der Perspektive der sinnlichen Erfahrung“.


Publications

  • Hänsch, Valerie und Miriam Saage-Maaß (2018): Responsibilities Overseas and Accountability at Home. A New Kind of Legal Case in Germany against Dam-Caused Displacement in Sudan. In: Challenging the Prevailing Paradigm of Displacement and Resettlement. Michael Cernea and Julie Maldonado (eds.). London: Routledge, 225-251.
  • Hänsch, Valerie, Lena Kroeker and Silke Oldenburg (2017): Uncertain Future(s). Perceptions on Time between the Immediate and the Imagined. In: Tsantsa – Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association, Special Issue: Uncertain Futures, Guest Editor (22), p. 4–17.
  • Hänsch, Valerie (2017): On Visual Evidence: Picturing Forced Displacement in Northern Sudan. In: Tsantsa – Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association (22), p. 100–111.
  • Hänsch, Valerie (2017): Die evokative Kamera: Film, audiovisuelle Forschungstechniken und die lokale Resonanz globaler Medienkommunikation in Krisenmomenten am Nil, Nordsudan. In: Körper Technik Wissen. Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks. Markus Verne, Paola Ivanov und Magnus Treiber (eds.), Berlin: LIT Verlag, p. 107–121.
  • Hänsch, Valerie (2012): Chronology of a Displacement: The Drowning of the Manâsîr People. In: "Nihnanâs al-bahar – We are the people of the river." Ethnographic Research in the Fourth Nile Cataract Region, Sudan. C. Kleinitz and Näser, C. (eds.), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, S. 179–228.


Filmography, Documentaries

  • 2009 Sifinja-The Iron Bride, 70 Min., DV (www.sifinja.de); Review American Anthropologist (2012, Vol. 114, 1)
  • 2008 Merowe Dam Flooding, 05:24 Min., DV
  • 2007 Sharia Debates in Africa, 07 Min., DV
  • 2006 Manasirland-Development Refugees, 23 Min., DV
  • 2004 Ramadan Karim, 34 Min., Hi8


Press

  • Hänsch, Valerie (2014): Elektrifizierung des Sudans. Ein umstrittenes Mega-Energieprojekt. In: Spektrum, p. 48–49, Universität Bayreuth.
  • Hänsch, Valerie (2011): Ertränkte Welt: Ein Staudammprojekt im sudanesischen Niltal zwingt tausende von Bewässerungsbauern zur Flucht in die Wüste. In: Der Freitag, p. 24–25.


Workshops and Conferences

  • 2018: Workshop Co-convenor: Revisiting Dams in Africa. Point Sud Centre/Centre for African Studies, Maputo
  • 2017 Workshop Co-convenor: Waiting in Africa. Working Group "Waiting for Futures". Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Bayreuth University
  • 2017 Workshop Co-convenor: Mediale Imaginationen von Afrika. Weingartener Afrikagespräche 2017, Weingarten
  • 2014 Panel Co-convenor: Uncertainty and Future. Conference African Studies Association Germany, Bayreuth.
  • 2011 Panel Co-convenor: The Struggle for Everyday Life in Contexts of Uncertainty. 4th European Conference on African Studies, Uppsala
  • 2011 Workshop Co-convenor: Social practices of Dealing with Uncertainty. BIGSAS Research Workshop, Bayreuth University


Awards and Grants

  • 2017: Frobenius Society's Research Award for the best anthropological dissertation in Germany 2017
  • 2008–2011: PhD Grant nach dem Bayerischen Eliteförderungsgesetz der Universität Bayern e.V.

Awards for the documentary Sifinja-The Iron Bride:

  • 2011: Material Culture Film Prize, Royal Anthropological Institute, International Festival of Ethnographic Film, London
  • 2010: Best Student Film, American Anthropological Association, SVA Film Video and Multimedia Festival, New Orleans
  • 2010: Best Film by a German Filmmaker, Black International Cinema, Berlin


Research

  • 2015 (3 months): Mograt Island/Abu Hamed (Sudan): transformations and interactions between anthropological, archaeological und local praxis
  • 2008–2009, 2010 (14 months) Northern Sudan: forced displacement, radical uncertainty, dams
  • 2006/2007/2008 each year 3 months, Sudan: audiovisual research: lorries, craft, artisanal creativity and technology
  • 2003 (3 months) Shendi, Sudan: sensual perceptions and experiences during the Holy Month of Ramadan


Exhibitions

  • 2017: Initiator and Curator of the Science Meets Art Space, Bayreuth University
  • 2017: Disrupted Belongings: Visualising Forced Displacement, DGV Conference, Berlin

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