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Publications I/2019

Clemens, Iris: Comment : Cultural Identities in Multilocal Spaces : bringing in multiplicityHide

The comment emphasizes upon the trinity of identity, space and connections or relations, referring to the contributions of the special issue. This perspective is used to ask for a concept of culture capturing the relationality of the social. Following the relational approach, any social actor has many identities while moving permanently between many social figurations, as e.g. network theory (White 2008) as a theory of the betweeness points out. Accordingly, a conceptualization of multiplicity of identities is a necessary component of theoretical approaches that catch up with these insights in a general emphasis on multiplicity (e.g. of space). What becomes visible is, that to grasp the multiplicity, fluidity and dynamics as well as the interdependency of identities and spaces (multilocal or else), their relationality must be focused upon. This challenges older disparities like local-global as well. In that sense, relationality is the key to bring identities, spaces and cultures together and integrate them into one concept that is capable of describing and analysing such different experiences represented in this volume.

Clemens, Iris: Comment: Cultural Identities in Multilocal Spaces : bringing in multiplicity. In: Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival Bd. 13 (2019) Heft 1. - S. 68-72.

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Diop, Boubacar Boris; Tchokothe, Rémi Armand:"L’Histoire est un éternel recommencement et presque toujours pour le pire"Hide

An interview with Boubacar Boris Diop by Rémin Armand Tchokothe in the particular circumstances of a tour on the Holocaust Museum in Nurembererg. The author of Murambi reminds of the Jewish genocide's memory compared to the genocide in Rwanda. The conversation then evokes the writer's stay at the University of Bayreuth: an opportunity to pay tribute to African studies in Germany and to speak in favour of reinforcing studies in African languages in Africa.

Tchokothe, R.A., 2018. « L’Histoire est un éternel recommencement, et presque toujours pour le pire » : entretien avec Boubacar Boris Diop. Études littéraires africaines 107. https://doi.org/10.7202/1062270ar

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Fendler, Ute: "Afrikanisches Kino: Un-gebunden undkosmopolitisch. Die «relationalen» Filme von Abderrahmane Sissako"Hide

Die Idee einer Weltgesellschaft wird – dies die zentrale These dieses Bandes – in den audiovisuellen Medien aufgegriffen und ausgeformt, indem Welt- und Gesellschaftsmodelle entworfen werden. Das Medium Film wird auf diese Weise im globalen Netz von Bewegungs- und Entwicklungsströmen einer Zweiten Moderne zu einem kosmopolitischen Akteur.

       Fendler, U., 2019. Afrikanisches Kino: Un-gebunden undkosmopolitisch. Die «relationalen» Filme von Abderrahmane Sissako, in: Christen, M., Rothemund, K. (Eds.), Cosmoplitan Cinema. Schüren Verlag, pp. 155–172. https://doi.org/10.5771/9783741001116-155

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Fendler, Ute: "Französischsprachige Literaturen : Littérature-monde oder Weltliteraturen"Hide

Die Begriffe Gegenwartsliteratur und Weltliteratur werden derzeit kontrovers diskutiert. Ihr spannungsvolles Verhältnis zueinander wurde jedoch bisher kaum beachtet. Die Beiträge des Bandes beziehen beide Begriffe u.a. vor dem Hintergrund aktueller literaturtheoretischer und -historiographischer Debatten aufeinander und erhellen sie wechselseitig durch eine Fokussierung auf das Gegenwärtige der Weltliteratur sowie das Weltliterarische der Gegenwartsliteratur. Die versammelten Beiträge aus Afrikanistik, Anglistik, Germanistik, Japanologie, Romanistik, Slavistik, Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft eröffnen interdisziplinäre wie forschungspolitische Perspektiven und werden durch Einblicke in den Literaturbetrieb ergänzt.

In: Radaelli, Giulia ; Thurn, Nike (ed.): Gegenwartsliteratur - Weltliteratur : historische und theoretische Perspektiven. - Bielefeld : transcript , 2019 . - pp. 61-86 . - (Lettre )
ISBN 978-3-8376-3365-8

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Fendler, Ute: "O Cinema Moçambicano - um cinema fantástico?"Hide

“O Cinema Moçambicano - um cinema fantástico?” In: Secco, Carmen Lucia Tindó/Leite, Ana Mafalda/Patraquim, Luis Carlos (eds.): CineGrafias Moçambicanas: Memórias e Crônicas & Ensaios. São Paulo: Editora Kapulana, 2019, 215-224.

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Matzke, Christine: “Art of Wagnis: Christoph Schlingensief’s Crossing of Wagner and Africa"Hide

Matzke, Christine, “Art of Wagnis: Christoph Schlingensief’s Crossing of Wagner and Africa, eds. Fabian Lehmann, Nadine Siegert, Ulf Vierke, Vienna, Verlag für Moderne Kunst (VfmK) [2017]”, Studies in Theatre and Performance 39:3 (2019), 308-310.

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Matzke, Christine: “J.C. Abbey, Ghana’s Puppeteer, directed and produced by Steven Feld and the Anyaa Arts Kollektif ...Hide

Matzke, Christine: “J.C. Abbey, Ghana’s Puppeteer, directed and produced by Steven Feld and the Anyaa Arts Kollektif (2016). DVD”

To date, scholars have tended, with a few exceptions, to write about African dance in primarily ethnographic terms. This collection seeks to challenge this pattern and expand dance research by engaging with the aesthetics and socio-political impact of dance for communities in and out of Africa in an increasingly global context. Contributors to this issue look at the impact that specifically situated indigenous dance forms have had on the development of new forms locally, and the reciprocal impact of local and international infrastructures, including funding bodies, tourism and festivals. African Theatre 17 examines how dance is contributing to a particularly African interculturalism, while analysing the issues of representation of Africa in a postcolonial context. Articles address the efficacy of dance to engage audiences with disavowed issues regarding gender, sexuality and dis/ability both within and beyond Africa. Highlights include a dance photo essay on F.O.D. Gang's 2017 site-specific street performance "Untitled" in Lagos, a new non-themed section, and the playscript Lunatic! by Zimbabwean playwright Thoko Zulu.

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Fendler, Ute: "Cinema Africano, um Cinema Transnacional? O cinema decolonial de Flora Gomes"Hide

“Cinema Africano, um Cinema Transnacional? O cinema decolonial de Flora Gomes.” In: Ana Mafalda Leite/Hilary Owen/Ellen W. Sapega/Sarmen Lúcia Tindó Secco (eds.): Nação e narrativa pós-colonial - III. Literature & Cinema. Lisboa: Edições Colibri, 2019, 35-48.

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Matzke, Christine: “Jesse Weaver Shipley, Trickster Theatre: The Poetics of Freedom in Urban Africa"Hide

“Jesse Weaver Shipley, Trickster Theatre: The Poetics of Freedom in Urban Africa. (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2015); David Afriyie Donkor, Spiders of the Market: Ghanaian Trickster Performance in a Web of Neoliberalism (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2016)”, Theatre Research International 43.1 (March 2018), 118-121.

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Matzke, Christine: "The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics"Hide

The Eritrean capital of Asmara – UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017 – contains a stunningly beautiful collection of largely modernist buildings from the period of Italian colonial rule (1889–1941), including today’s Cinema Asmara, Eritrea’s de facto national theatre, situated at the crest of Godena Harnet (Liberty Avenue), the capital’s principle boulevard.

Matzke, Christine, “Flânerie of the Mind: Beyene Haile’s Asmara Play as a Dramaturgy of the Street”, in: The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, eds. Peter Eckersall, and Helena Grehan (London, New York: Routledge, 2019), 268-271.

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Ndi Shang, Gilbert: "Writing the Wall, Righting the World. Exploring the Dionysian Dimensions of Wall Graffiti from the Agora.Hide

Ndi Shang, Gilbert: "Writing the Wall, Righting the World. Exploring the Dionysian Dimensions of Wall Graffiti from the Agora to Facebook"

The turn of the current century has witnessed the re-negotiation of materiality and the growing ascendancy of the virtual, the immaterial over the real or tangible. Though it would be presumptuous to claim that the virtual has totally assumed control over the real, it can be asserted that the figure of the wall as a transfusion between the real/virtual and the self/other has emerged between the two. Based on constructions of textuality articulated by theorists such as Roland Barthes and Friedrich Nietzsche, and a pastiche format that mimics the functionality of the wall of scription, this article brings together multiple enactments of mural scriptions that include the concrete, textual, textile, vegetative and the virtual in order to articulate the Dionysian property of wall-effects. It traces successive actualisations of the wall, analysing how the virtual Facebook wall assimilates and re-dynamizes the traits of the tangible walls through an array of intertextual/inter-medial modalities.

Faculty of Social Sciences, Universidad de los Andes, Ndi Shang, G., 2018. Writing the Wall, Righting the World. Exploring the Dionysian Dimensions of Wall Graffiti from the Agora to Facebook. MJCST 4, 113–142.

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Neubert, Dieter: "Decentralised conflicts, heterarchy and the limits of conflict regulation"Hide

he volume is meant as a tribute to Georg Klute and his work. It focusses on four thematic fields which have been central for Georg Klute’s research: “politics and beside and beyond the state”, “legal pluralism”, “anthropology of violence and war”, “anthropology of work”, and “participant observation”. The book intends to trigger debate, discussion, and thus, further evolvement of Georg Klute’s scholarly œuvre.

Dieter Neubert 2019: Decentralised conflicts, heterarchy and the limits of conflict regulation. In: Thomas Hüsken, Alexander Solyga, Dida Badi (ed.), The multiplicity of orders and practices. A tribute to Georg Klute. Köln: Koeppe, 237-252.

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Neubert, Dieter: "Middle-Income Groups in Kenya.Conflicting Realities Between Upward Mobility and Uncertainty"Hide

For more than a decade scholars mostly from economy and development studies have described the rise of a newly emerging ‘middle class’ in the Global South in-cluding Africa. This has led to a ‘middle class narrative’ with the ‘middle class’ as the backbone of economic and democratic development. Especially with regard to the stability of the position of the people in the ‘middle’, empirical social science studies challenge the ‘middle class narrative’ and at their uncertainty and insecurity. This tension between upward mobility at the one hand uncertainty and instability at the other hand (the vulnerability-security nexus) and the options to cope with this challenge under the condition of limited provision of formal social security is the focus of this case study on Kenya. Instead of an analysis of inequality based on income, it is more helpful to start from the welfare mix and the role of social net-works as main elements of provision of social security. Against this background, we identify different strategies of coping that go together with different sets of values and lifestyles, conceptualised as milieus, that are not determined by the socio-economic situation.

Dieter Neubert: 2019 Middle-income groups in Kenya. Conflicting realities between upward mobility and uncertainty. In: Sozialpolitik.ch / Social Policy. 1/2019 – article 1.3.

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Stefan Ouma, Julian Stenmanns, Julia Verne: African Economies : Simply Connect? Problematizing the Discourse ...Hide

Stefan Ouma, Julian Stenmanns, Julia Verne: African Economies : Simply Connect? Problematizing the Discourse on Connectivity in Logistics and Communication. In: Mark Graham (Hrsg.): Digital Economies at Global Margins.

In this chapter, we situate the contemporary discourse of connectivity in its historical context, excavating the “living links” (Farmer 2004, 309) that connect the policy past to the policy present. We then engage with the similarities and differences between colonial and early postcolonial discourses of connectivity, as well as the contemporary one, by considering the fields of logistics and communication as two examples that are emblematic of current development efforts under the connectivity paradigm. While acknowledging the progressive and cosmopolitan potential of connectivity, we argue that contemporary discourses of connectivity in the realm of communication and logistics are problematic for their uncritical continuation of the modernist gaze, which manifests itself in an uncritical embracement of “technoliberal boosterism” (Carmody 2012, 12). Against this background, we therefore wish to propose an alternative reading of contemporary connectivity and its underlying materialities, socialities, and spatialities by bringing to the fore three key arguments that signal the problematic nature of connectivity as a blueprint for transforming economies “at the margins”.

Stefan Ouma, Julian Stenmanns, Julia Verne: African Economies : Simply Connect? Problematizing the Discourse on Connectivity in Logistics and Communication. In: Mark Graham (Hrsg.): Digital Economies at Global Margins. - London : MIT Press, 2019. - S. 341-

Spies, Eva: Article: Being in Relation: A Critical Appraisal of Religious Diversity and Mission Encounter in MadagascarHide

This article presents a relational perspective on religious diversity and encounter. It argues that a relational perspective helps overcome notions of religious diversity that tend to be reductionist and rather static because they conceptualize diversity as the many subforms of a single instance or the parts of a whole. Accordingly, the article questions such notions and instead proposes to study the multiple relations in and through which religious actors and settings are constituted. The example of current mission work of a Nigerian Pentecostal church in Madagascar shows how religious actors and communities can be understood as products of continuous relational processes. Mission encounters are no longer viewed as encounters between discrete entities but as specific meshwork. To rethink diversity and mission encounters in relational terms not only takes up ideas of relational being in Madagascar but may also give new impulses to debates on religious exchange in plural contexts

Eva Spies. 2019. „Being in Relation: A Critical Appraisal of Religious Diversity and Mission Encounter in Madagascar“. Journal of Africana Religions 7 (1): 62-83.

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Tchokothe, Rémi Armand: "How Can Literary Works Help Us to Understand the Politics of Migration?"Hide

The island of Mayotte forms part of the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean. While Mayotte is part of France and the EU, other islands of the archipelago like Grande Comore and Anjouan are not. In this video, REMI TCHOKOTHE analyzes the tensions that this situation has caused, focusing on how they have been expressed in literary works. Employing close readings of writings by Nassur Attoumani and Soeuf Elbadawi alongside critical geography and field observation, Tchokothe notes that, for these authors, historically established patterns of internal movement between the islands cannot constitute illegal migration. Noting how both authors employ the French language as a tool of resistance, Tchokothe highlights the vital, ongoing role that literature can play in the process of decolonization.

Latest Thinking, Tchokothe, R.A., 2017. How Can Literary Works Help Us to Understand the Politics of Migration? LT. https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10756

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