Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät | Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften | Regionale Fachbereiche | Seminar für Afrikawissenschaften | Veranstaltungen | Termine | 22.05. Afrikakolloquium: Andrea Behrends - Buchvorstellung "Lifeworlds in Crisis: Making Refugees in the Chad–Sudan Borderlands"

22.05. Afrikakolloquium: Andrea Behrends - Buchvorstellung "Lifeworlds in Crisis: Making Refugees in the Chad–Sudan Borderlands"

Andrea Behrends
(Universität Leipzig)

Buchvorstellung "Lifeworlds in Crisis: Making Refugees in the Chad–Sudan Borderlands"

 

(Discussant: Lamine Doumbia, IAAW)

Book blurb: The continuing Darfur War has caused mass displacement since 2003, with hundreds of thousands driven from their homes and many forced into refugee camps in western Sudan and neighbouring Chad. Building on twenty years of research in the region, Andrea Behrends tracks the repercussions of this conflict—sometimes referred to as the ‘first genocide of the twenty-first century’—for those living through it: those who stayed put, those who fled from rural areas to towns, those who moved to refugee camps, and those who fought. Telling the story of everyday survival on the Chad–Sudan border, an area central to state politics in the larger region, her account sheds light on how people create belonging, exchange knowledge, develop new practices and build futures in the face of extreme uncertainty.
Departing from the focus on large-scale humanitarian and military interventions associated with ‘states of emergency’, Behrends highlights the forms of cooperation and mutual knowledge production that emerge on the ground in these lifeworlds in crisis. She combines meticulous ethnographic description with theoretically grounded arguments to offer a pioneering study of how individuals have anticipated, survived and adapted to recurring crises and war in one of the world’s most economically marginalised regions.

 

Bio: Andrea Behrends is Professor of Anthropology at Leipzig University. She and her team focus research on lifeworlds and crisis, extractivism, conflict and displacement, datafication, displacement, activism, queer-, gender- and disability studies, and uncertainty and chance. Applying political/economic/STS-based anthropological approaches, they shed light on differentiation and redistribution, especially with regard to processes of transformation and anticipations of the future. The research also explores the potential of diversity in coexistence, particularly in situations of violence and conflict. She has published co-edited volumes on The Anthropology of Oil, on Travelling Models, and her most recent book on Lifeworlds in Crises looks at the making of refugees in the Chad-Sudan borderlands.

 

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