Jannik Schritt, M.A.

PhD candidate

Georg-August  University Göttingen
Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology
Theaterstr. 15
D-37073 Göttingen

Office: Herzberger Landstr. 2
Room: 204
+49 551 39-20683


Office hours by appointment.

Scientific Career

03/2011-present Research Assistant in a German Research Foundation (DFG) funded project on ‘Oil and Social Change in Niger and Chad’

Since 2011 Ph.D. candidate in social and cultural anthropology, Georg-August University of Göttingen. Dissertation project: “Oil and Social Change in Niger” (in German). Doctoral supervisor: Prof. Nikolaus Schareika Ph.D.

12/2010-02/2011 Graduate Assistant to Prof. Nikolaus Schareika Ph.D. at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August University Göttingen

2010 MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August Universität Göttingen. Master Thesis: “Transnational Governmentality. A Dispositif Analysis of Development Politics subsequent to Michel Foucault” (in German). Supervisor: Prof. Roman Loimeier Ph.D.

2004-2010 Studies of social and cultural anthropology, economics and law at the universities of Göttingen (Germany), Cean (France) and Dar Es Salaam (Tansania)

Empirical Research

2011—present: Ethnographic fieldwork in Eastern Niger on “Significations of Oil”, “Local Political Dynamics” and “Oil-emerging Communities”.

Research Interests

Regional Focus: Niger (Westafrika)

Thematic Focus: Political Anthropology, Anthropology of the State, Anthropology of Development, Oil, Globalization

Abstract of Research Project

Oil, Power and Politics in Niger

The role of Africa’s oil is constantly rising in the world economy due to shrinking oil reserves in the Middle East and the increased energy appetite of developing countries, especially China. Within this process, the Republic of Niger has become a new oil producer in 2011. The research project takes this historical conjuncture as a unique opportunity to study socio-political transformation processes in real time. It applies synchronic methods of long term fieldwork that allow for detailed analysis of processes in the making, especially the observation of interactions and interactive communication. The main focus is on the local political dynamics in Zinder (East Niger) that are triggered by oil production. It explores interactions between different political actors and actor groups such as civil society associations, politicians, rich businessmen, media and youth groups. It further focuses on social situations of interactive communication within these groups like civil society meetings or fada (tea circles). By looking at interactive communication, political economy perspectives on oil should be widened and considered – next to the monetary dimension of oil – from a perspective of ideology in order to understand how different political actors produce, reproduce and thereby convert significations of oil into tangible means of political engagement. This perspective is further extended in two ways: First, by examining the role of modern information and communication technologies within political interactions and second, by looking at the interdependence of the resources’ materiality with political processes of realizing rights, aims and claims.


2013. Transnational Governmentality of Energy Security after 9/11. Coup d’état, Terrorism, Militarization, and Oil in Niger. In: Colaguori, Claudio (ed.): Security, Life and Death: Governmentality and Biopower in the Post-9/11 Era. Toronto: De Sitter Publications.


6/2013 Oil exploitation in Niger: From nuclear to petro democracy? 5th European Conference on African Studies, panel on “Crudes Moves: Social fields of global oil”.

4/2013 The history of oil in Niger and its narratives in political processes of realizing rights, aims and claims. NigerDay, GIGA Institute Hamburg.

4/2013 Öl, Macht und Politik im Niger. Institutskolloquium, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

10/2012 Oil, Power and Politics in Niger. Significations of oil as part of encompassing technologies in the production of order and disorder. Phd Summer School of SPP1448 in Maputo (Mozambique), panel on ‘Significations’.

05/2012 An Ethnography of the Resource Curse in Niger: Oil-Politics and the Production of Disorder in Zinder. VAD Conference Cologne, panel on ‘Ethnographies of the Resource Curse’.

09/2012 Oil, Wealth and Misery: Significations of oil and “the other” as constitutive elements of practice in the arena of working relations in Zinder (Niger). German Anthropological Association Vienna, panel on ‘Spheres of Exchange Unlimited’.


WS 2013 Social Movements and Civil Society in Africa (in German)