Annika Witte, M.A.

PhD candidate

Georg-August-University of Göttingen
Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology
Theaterstraße 14
37073 Göttingen

Email annika.witte(at)gmail.com

Office hours by appointment.

Scientific Background

  • 10/2011-02/2013 Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • since 10/2011 Ph.D student at Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 01/2011 Magistra Artium (M.A.) in Social Anthroplogy and Mass Communication/Media Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz
  • 2006-2007 Erasmus Program at Complutense University, Madrid
  • 2004-2011 Study of Social Anthroplogy and Mass Communication/Media Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz

Fieldwork Experience

Research Focus/Interests

Anthropology of Oil, Economic Anthropology, Police, Anthropology of the State, Urban Anthropology

Regions: Uganda and West Africa (especially Benin)

Abstract of Current Research Project

Becoming an Oil State: Processes of Social Transformation in Western Uganda

The research project is aimed at understanding processes of social transformations within a young oil state from an ethnographic perspective. It tries to identify how international, national and local organisations and actors come together and induce these processes change. And how they thus negotiate the significance of the oil industry for the local communities in the oil region and the country as a whole. The research is focused on Uganda but is affiliated to the DFG project “Significations of Oil in Niger and Tschad“.

Publications

2010. Polizei und Öffentlichkeit in Benin: Bericht zu einer Feldforschung in Cotonou und Malanville. In: Thomas Bierschenk (Hg.). ‚Justiz und Polizei in Benin’. Eine Zusammenfassung studentischer Forschungsberichte. Arbeitspapiere, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien: 121.

2011. Mainz verpflichtet: eine Büttenrede – wider den ethnologischen Ernst. In: Nikolaus Schareika, Eva Spies und Pierre‐Yves Le Meur (Ed.). Auf dem Boden der Tatsachen: Festschrift für Thomas Bierschenk. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 141-146 (together with Annalena Kolloch, Elena Hofferberth, Lisa Peth, Désirée Scherer, Elisa Schütz and Agnieszka Zapotocka-Zapalska).

2012. Grauzonen: Funktionsweisen der Beniner Polizei und ihr Verhältnis zur Bevölkerung. Hausarbeit zur Erlangung des Akademischen Grades einer Magistra Artium. Mainz. Arbeitspapiere, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien: 133.

Scholarships

2013 Short-term scholarship from DAAD

2012 Scholarship for preparation of a research project from Sulzmann-Stiftung

2009 Short-term scholarship from DAAD

2006-2007 Erasmus study scholarship

Academic awards

2012 Award of the Department of History and Cultural Sciences of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz for an outstanding final dissertation

2011 Award of the Sulzmann-Stiftung for an outstanding final dissertation