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Katharina Schramm

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CURRICULUM VITAE

Born: 1972 in Berlin (Germany), 2 children

Research interests

critical race theory (including critical whiteness); (postcolonial) science studies; anthropology and STS; history of the life sciences and concepts of human diversity; history of anthropology; identity politics and classification practices; citizenship and political subjectivity; Africa and its diasporas; critical heritage studies; memory and space; ethnographic research methods

Academic career

Since 04/2008 (10/2008 – 08/2009 childcare)
Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Institute for Social Anthropology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and senior member of LOST research group

08/2005   – 03/2008
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Graduate School "Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems“ (today “Societies and Cultures in Motion“), Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

2003-2008
Academic teaching (FU Berlin; MLU Halle-Wittenberg)

28/06/2004
PhD (summa cum laude):
"Struggling over the Past: The Politics of Heritage and Homecoming in Ghana"

1998 -2004 (01/2001 – 09/2001 childcare)
PhD-studies, supervisors Ute Luig and Ayşe Çağlar (FU Berlin)

14/10/1997
MA-thesis   (excellent): "Dancing the Nation: Ghanaische Kulturpolitik im Spannungsfeld von Nation und globaler Herausforderung am Beispiel des Ghana Dance Ensemble"

1991 – 1997
Studies in Social Anthropology (Free University Berlin) and African Studies (Humboldt University Berlin)

Grants / Fellowships / Awards

01/2014
Grant   by Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation for the Organization of the Workshop “The Claims of Descent: Science, Representation, Race and Redress in 21st Century South Africa” (with Kerry Bystrom, 9000 €)

02/2013
Grant by VolkswagenFoundation for the Organisation of the Conference “How to Put Models into Practice? African Perspectives on Technologies of Ordering in Legal, Organisational and Medical Contexts“ (with Andrea Behrends)

Since 03/2012
Honorary Research Fellow, Archives and Public Culture Workshop, University of Cape Town; see http://www.apc.uct.ac.za   

04/2012
Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; Research Group “Historicizing Knowledge about Human Biological Diversity in the 20th Century”; see http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/NWGLipphardt   

09/2011-02/2012
Research Fellow, Institute for the Humanities in Africa (HUMA), University of Cape Town; see http://huma.co.za/   

02-03/2011
Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; Research Group “Historicizing Knowledge about Human Biological Diversity in the 20th Century”; see http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/NWGLipphardt   

11/2009
Award for Basic Research of the Country Sachsen-Anhalt; Project: „The Transformation of Social Identities in the Wake of the New Genetics: Race, Ethnicity, Citizenship“ (25.000 €)

Since 04/2008
Research Associate, Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle; MPI Fellow Group Law, Organisation, Science and Technology in Africa (LOST), see http://www.eth.mpg.de/cms/de/research/fellow_groups/mpfg01/index.html   ;  since 2012 hosted at Martin-Luther-University, see http://www.ethnologie.uni-halle.de/lost/

02-04/2007
Research Associate, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Chicago

08/2005-03/2008
Post-doc Scholarship, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Graduate School GSAA/SCM (65.400 €); see http://www.scm.uni-halle.de/?lang=en

07/2004-12/2004
Scholarship of the Research Commission of the Free University Berlin, Project: "Mapping the Slave Routes – Tracing Diverse Memories: The Emergence of Sacred Landscapes in Ghana" (10.000 €)

2000 – 2001
Associate, Free University Berlin, Graduate School "Societies in Comparison"

10/1998 – 03/2003 (01 – 06/2001 childcare)
PhD scholarship by Heinrich Böll Foundation (40.500 €)

07/1998 – 09/1998
PhD-scholarship by Berliner Graduiertenförderung, NaFöG

Languages

German (native speaker), English, Russian, French, Twi, Kiswahili

Stays abroad / fieldwork

08/2012
Cape Town (South Africa), follow-up fieldwork

07/2011 – 02/2012
Cape Town, Johannesburg (South Africa), fieldwork on „The Stones, the Bones, and the Genes: Scientific and Public Debates about Human Origins and Race in Post-Apartheid South Africa“

03/2011
Cape Town, Pretoria (South Africa), preliminary fieldwork, H3 Africa Inaugural Conference (Human Heredity and Health)

08/2010
Johannesburg, Cape Town (South Africa), pre-study on “The Transformation of Social Identities in the Wake of the New Genetics: Race, Ethnicity, Citizenship”

08/2007
Bolgatanga, Accra, Cape Coast (Ghana), fieldwork on Joseph Project, Genetic Ancestry Testing

02-04/2007
Chicago, Washington DC (USA), fieldwork and research, focus on identity formations (biological, historical, legal aspects) in African diaspora, Genetic Ancestry Testing

08/2005, 01-04/2006
Bolgatanga, Accra, Cape Coast (Ghana), fieldwork on sacralisation of memory in commemoration of the slave trade and processes of landscape transformation

11/1998-10/1999, 05/2002
Accra, Cape Coast (Ghana), fieldwork on homecoming of African Americans to Ghana, focus on revival of Pan-Africanism and politics of memory

01 – 04/1995
Accra (Ghana), fieldwork on Ghana Dance Ensemble / National Dance Company of Ghana

04/1994
Leiden (NL), ERASMUS Intensive Seminar "(Post)Colonial Literatures"

08/1990 – 05/1991
London (UK)

(Completed) Research Projects

Current
Race/Trouble: Classificatory Violence, Genealogies of Knowledge and the Sciences of Human Origins in Post-Apartheid South Africa, fieldwork completed

2007-2009
New Genetics and the Transformation of Social Identities: Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship (Ghana, USA, South Africa)

2004-2006
Landscapes of Memory: Violence and Sacralization (Post-doc-research, Ghana)

1998-2004
Struggling over the Past: The Politics of Heritage and Homecoming in Ghana (PhD-research, Ghana)

1995
Dancing the Nation: Ghanaian Cultural Politics between National Identity and Global Market (MA-research, Ghana)

Memberships / Professional Societies

American Anthropological Association (AAA); European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV); Anthropology Southern Africa (ASnA); Netzwerk Berliner STS (BeSTS); Network for Science and Technology Studies in Africa (STS Africa); African Studies Association (ASA)

Peer Reviews

Academic Presses: Berghahn Books; ASA monographs

Journals: The William & Mary Quarterly; Africa Today; Identities; Qualitative Research; Citizenship Studies; Gender, Place and Culture; European Journal of Cultural Studies; Civilisations: Revue internationale d'anthropologie et de sciences humaines; African Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World; Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society; Tourism Analysis

Editorial Boards

  • Qualitative Research (since June 2011)

Other Service to the Profession

  • Grant Reviewer: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW); 2007-present
  • Grant Reviewer: South African National Research Foundation (NRF); 2013
  • Grant Reviewer: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF); 2014

Workshop-Organization

12/2014
113th AAA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (USA) (with Amade M’charek): “Topologies of Race, or How to Study Wild Objects”, http://aaa.confex.com/aaa/2014/webprogram/Session12390.html   

06/2014
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (D) (with Kerry Bystrom): “The Claims of Descent: Science, Representation, Race and Redress in 21st Century South Africa”

Summer 2013
Organization of the Joint Institutes’ Colloquium of the MPI for Social Anthropology and the Institute for Social Anthropology, MLU, Halle (D), (with Tabea Scharrer, Martin Ramstedt und David O’Keane): “Citizenship Today”, http://www.eth.mpg.de/cms/de/events/   

02/2013
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (D) (with Andrea Behrends): “How to Put Models into Practice? African Perspectives on Technologies of Ordering in Legal, Organisational and Medical Contexts”

Summer 2011
Organization of the Joint Institutes’ Colloquium of the MPI for Social Anthropology and the Institute for Social Anthropology, MLU, Halle (D), (with Judith Beyer and Patrice Ladwig): “Traces of the Colonial: Critical Reflections on (Post-)Colonial Theory”, http://www.eth.mpg.de/cms/de/events/   

07/2011
Technologies of Belonging: Biology, Race and Ethnicity in Europe: An International Workshop, Amsterdam (NL), (with Amade M’charek and David Skinner), https://sites.google.com/site/technologiesofbelonging/Home   

07/2009
3d European Conference of African Studies, Leipzig (D): (with Kristine Krause): States, Diasporas, Citizenship: New Forms of Political Subjectivity in Africa

06/2008
GSAA/SCM, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (D): "Landscapes of Violence: Memory and Sacred Space”

11/2007
109th AAA Annual Meeting, Washington DC (USA): (with Nicolas Argenti): Remembering Violence

05/2007
WISE Conference in Commemoration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slavery, Hull (UK): (with Nicolas Argenti): The Presence of the Past: Anthropological Perspectives on the Memory of Slavery in Africa and the Diaspora

07/2007
GSAA/SCM, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (D): “Race, Ethnicity, Genetics: Re/Creating Categories of Difference and Belonging”

09/2006
9th Biannual EASA-Conference, Bristol (UK): (with Nicolas Argenti): Violence and Memory

09/2004
8th Biannual EASA Conference, Vienna (AU): (with Hansjörg Dilger): "Embracing Home: Options and Constraints in Relationships of Belonging"

Invited Lectures / Discussions

04/2015
Association of Social Anthropologists ASA Annual Conference, Exeter (UK), Plenary Session “Race, Genetics, and Heredity”, invited speaker

11/2014
Colloquium, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrika-Studien, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz (D): Like Phoenix from the Ashes: Race, Memory and Population Genomics in South Africa

06/2014
Symposium `Making Faces, Making Races: on Practices of Phenotypes’, University of Amsterdam (NL): “Making Faces: Science, Art and the Racial Imagination”

05/2014
Seminar Series of the Department of Methods in the Social Sciences, University of Vienna (AU): “Bones, DNA and the Troubles of Descent”

04/2014
Workshop “Race, Ethnicity, Ancestry and Human Genetic Variation 1945-2013” (organized by Jon Kyllingstad), The Norwegian Museum of Technology and Science, Oslo (NO): What’s in a Population? Scientific and Political Representations in South Africa”

02/2014
Conference “Mapping Science and Technology in Africa: Traveling technologies and global dis\orders”, Inaugural Conference of the International Network on Science and Technology   Studies in Africa”, WISER, Johannesburg (ZA): From the Kalahari to the Mitochondrial Eve: Travelling Samples, Race and Representation in Genomic Research

12/2013
Workshop “Cryopolitics" (organized by Emma Kowal and Joanna Radin), School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne (AU): Discussant

11/2013
Afrika-Kolloquium, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich (CH): „Wie Phönix aus der Asche: Rasse, Erinnerungspolitik und Populationsgenetik in Südafrika“ („Like Phoenix from the Ashes: Race, Memory and Population Genomics in South Africa“)

11/2013
Ethnologisches Kolloquium, Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Hamburg (D): „Wie Phönix aus der Asche: Rasse, Erinnerungspolitik und Populationsgenetik in Südafrika“ („Like Phoenix from the Ashes: Race, Memory and Population Genomics in South Africa“)

10/2013
DGV-Tagung „Verortungen. Ethnologie in Wissenschaft, Arbeitswelt und Öffentlichkeit“, Mainz (D): Plenary Lecture: „Neue Technologien – alte Kategorien? Ethnologische Forschungen an der Schnittstelle zwischen Politik und Wissenschaft“ (New Technologies – Old Categories? Anthropological Research at the Interface of Science and Politics)

06/2013
Public   Lecture, FU Berlin (D): „Staying with the Trouble: Klassifikationspolitiken und Rasse in Südafrika“ („Staying with the Trouble: Classification, Politics and Race in South Africa”)

06/2013
Annual Summer School of the Royal Academy of Science (KNAW), “Race in Science and Society”, Amsterdam (NL): Keynote Lecture “Classifying Populations in the New South Africa”

12/2012
Conference: New Borderlands or Cosmopolitanism from Below?, Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg (D): Discussant in Panel “African Borderlands”

09/2012
German-Israel Frontiers of Humanities Symposium, “Imagination – Ideas, Aesthetics, and Social Practice”, Potsdam (D): “Reconstructing Faces: Science, Art and the Imagination of Race”

06/2012
Workshop: Colonial Subjects of Health and Difference: Races, Populations, Diversities, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (D): Final Discussant (with Warwick Anderson)

04/2012
Workshop: Population Diversities Past and Present: Stakes, Taboos, Genealogies, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (D): “Knowledge-Practices: Genealogies of Sampling and Comparison in the Post-Apartheid Science of Origins”

02/2012
HUMA Lecture Series, UCT (ZA): “Coproducing Race: Genealogy and the Genomic Archive in Post-Apartheid South Africa”

07/2011
Workshop: Eingreifen, Kritisieren, Verändern!? Ethnographische und genderkritische Perspektiven auf Interventionen, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Berlin (D): Discussant

06/2011
Workshop: Technologies of Belonging: Biology, Race and Ethnicity in Europe, University of Amsterdam (NL): Opening lecture: “Topologies of Race: Doing Territory, Population, and Identity in Europe” (with Amade M’charek and David Skinner)

03/2011
101th Dahlem Conference „Knowledge, Domination and the Public in Africa“, Berlin (D), Rapporteur

01/2011
Lecture Series “que(e)r einsteigen”, MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (D): „Körper, DNA, Herkunft: Die Konstruktion von Rasse und Ethnizität in neuen populationsgenetischen Verfahren“

11/2010
Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research: Research Program Group Health, Care and the Body, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL): “Genomics en Route”

07/2010
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology University of Stellenbosch Seminar Series, Stellenbosch (ZA): “African American Gene/alogies and Contested Projects of Belonging”

07/2010
Unisa Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Seminar Series, Pretoria (ZA): “The Slaves of Pikworo”

01/2009
Colloquium, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrika-Studien, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz (D): „Sankɔfa-Interpretationen“   

12/2009
Joint Institutes’ Colloquium MPI for Social Anthropology / Institute of Social Anthropology MLU, Halle (D): “DNA and (Black) Identity Politics”

04/2009
Colloquium, Institut für Ethnologie, Freie Universität Berlin (D): "Genetic Ancestry Testing und die (Re-) Konstruktion von Verwandtschaft, Ethnizität und Staatsbürgerschaft in   der afrikanischen Diaspora“

04/2009
Conference “Sacrosant Culture: The Authentication of Cultural Form”, NWO Research Program Heritage Dynamics, Amsterdam (NL): “Visiting Authentic Places of Suffering? Signboards and the Recreation of the Slave Route in Ghana”

04/2008
Colloquium, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Universität Bern (CH): Genetisierung“ der Gesellschaft? Genetic Ancestry Testing und die (Re-) Konstruktion von Verwandtschaft, Ethnizität und Staatsbürgerschaft in der afrikanischen Diaspora

02/2008
“Genetics, Culture and Ethnic Identity: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium”, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK): “Redefining the African Family? Diaspora, Kinship, Genetics”

06/2007
Conference, “Ritual, Heritage and Identity”; SFB 619 Ritualdynamik, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg (D): “The Slaves of Pikworo”

06/2007
Colloquium, Historisches Seminar / SFB 434   Erinnerungskulturen, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen (D): Das Joseph-Projekt: Sklavenhandel, Diaspora und Erinnerungskultur

03/2007
African Studies Workshop, University of Chicago (USA): “Negotiating Race”

02/2007
Colloquium, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin (D): “Welcome to the Slave Market”

12/2006
Public Lecture, University of Hamburg (D): paper: “Das Joseph-Projekt: Konstruktion diasporischer Identität und Inszenierung von Geschichte in Ghana”

12/2005
Public lecture, Freie Universität Berlin (D), paper: “It’s sacred!” Vergangenheitsrepräsentation und Gegenwartsinteresse in der Konstruktion heiliger Erinnerungsland-schaften in Ghana”

12/2005
Anthropology Seminar Series, Brunel University, London (UK): “Negotiating Race: Blackness and Whiteness in the Context of Homecoming to Africa”

11/2005
Workshop: “’Rasse’: Historische und diskursive Perspektiven”, Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin (D): “’Rasse’ und Ethnologie“

10/2005
COMPAS Michaelmas Term Seminar Series “Racism and the New Immigration: Theories and Practices”, University of Oxford (UK): “Debating Race: Africans, African Americans and the White Researcher”

06/2005
Public lecture, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (D), paper: "African Glory: 'Traditionelle Kultur' im Spiegel (trans-)nationaler Interessen in Ghana" [African  Glory: 'Traditional Culture' and (trans-)national interests in Ghana] (invited)

04/2005
Colloquium, Institut für Ethnologie, Freie Universität Berlin (D): "Authenticity at Stake"

12/2004
Research Colloquium, "Intercultural Comparisons", Universität Bielefeld (D): "Landscapes of Violence: (Sacred) Memory, Politics, Diaspora in Ghana, Poland and the USA"

06/2003
Colloquium, SFB "Local Action in Africa in the Context of Global Influences", Universität Bayreuth (D): "Zwischen Pilgerreise und Tourismus: Die Rückkehr von African Americans nach Ghana"

06/2002
Conference, "Performing Culture" (300 Years of Dutch-Ghanaian Relations), Amsterdam (NL); "From the Ghana Dance Ensemble to the National Dance Company: The Dynamics of Changing Cultural Representations"

05/2002
Conference, "The State of the Arts: African Studies and American Studies", Cape Coast (GH); "Panafricanism as a Ressource"

Other Relevant Papers

09/2013
ASnA Conference; Wits University, Johannesburg (ZA): “What’s in a population” (workshop: “Indexing the Human”; invited)

07/2012
Biannual EASA Conference, Paris (F): “What’s in a population? Scientific and political representations in South Africa” (workshop: “Ancestry in the Age of Genomics”; invited)

11/2007
109th AAA Annual Meeting
, Washington DC (USA): Citizenship under debate: State-law, biology and ‘soul’

07/2007
GSAA, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (D): “History in the Genes: Genetic Testing and the Politics of Black Identity”

11/2006
49th ASA Annual Meeting, San Francisco (USA): "Slave Route Projects: Tracing the Heritage of Slavery in Ghana"

05/2004
Conference "Imagining Diasporas: Space, Identity and Social Change", University of Windsor (CAN): "Imagined Pasts, Present Confrontations: Coming Home to Ghana"

08/2002
7th Biannial EASA Conference, Copenhagen (DK); "’You Have Your Own History: Keep Your Hands Off Ours!’ Fieldwork Encounters with African Americans in Ghana" (Panel-Session: Young Scholars Forum)

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