Valérie Liebs studied cultural and physical anthropology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz. In the frame of her master thesis on medicinal plant knowledge and its transmission amongst Fulɓe healers, she spent 3 months of fieldwork in northwestern Benin. Her PhD focuses on medicinal plants in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). In collaboration with the project “Cuvette Centrale as reservoir of medicinal plants”, she spent a total of 15 months working with healers, medicinal plant sellers, plant gatherers and households. The field stays were mostly financed through DAAD, the PhD project through Stipendienstiftung Rheinland Pfalz. Besides that, she teached “Urbanity in Africa” and co-organized the interdisciplinary workshop “(De-)Constructing Biodiversity” at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen in 2011. Since 2011, Valérie Liebs participates in the working group “Medical Anthropology” in Berlin and assists in the final editing process of the journal Curare. In 2012, Ms Liebs changed to continue her PhD studies at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, where she is currently finalizing her thesis.
Liebs, Valérie; Bikandu, Blaise; Lassa, Lemmy; Schareika, Nikolaus; Lukoki, Félicien; Fruth, Barbara: Signifying Competence. Herbalists in Kinshasa’s Urban Context. In: Brigit Obrist, Elisio Macamo und Veit Arlt (Hg.): Living the City in Africa. Processes of Invention and Intervention. Berlin: Lit-Verlag (Schweizerische Afrikastudien, 10), S. 213-233.