Collaborative Research Centre "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition"

The Institute of Anthropology is participating in the Collaborative Research Centre "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition", which will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with more than € 1.4 million a year from January 2016 onwards for a duration of four years. With an overall of almost 20 projects, this undertaking links the expertise of the fields of area studies, history and human geography as well as the systematic approach of the social and cultural sciences to create an interdisciplinary research context. The Institute of Anthropology contributes research into "The spatial impact of microfinance projects in India" as well as "Land imaginations: the repositioning of farming, productivity, and sovereignty in Australia".

The Spatial Impact of Microfinance Practices in India (Ursula Rao, Amelie Veronika Bader, Arne Harms, Katharina Wischer): 
This anthropological project examines the space-making effect of recent microfinance initiatives in India. Microfinance brings together – in assemblages – global development agents, networks of banks and transnational technology developers, the Indian nation state, and people in local networks of the informal economy. We will investigate social practices of space making in three arenas: the practices of microsaving in Indian slums; select business correspondents and NGOs that act as intermediaries between banks and customers; and banks, microlenders, and politicians that regulate microfinance, operationalize practices, and formulate concrete offers.

 

Land Imaginations: The repositioning of farming, productivity and sovereignty in Australia (Sarah Ruth Sippel):

The project investigates imaginations of the use of land as a resource as expressed by different actors while analysing the spatial orders resulting from practices based upon these imaginations. Land is multidimensional. It symbolizes community, memory, heritage, and identity as well as conquest, disposession, and expulsion. Land is productive and is thus directly linked to our survival. The way in which land is imagined has direct consequences for social cooperation and cohesion. Land has increasingly been a focal point of recent discussions on climate change, the growing world population, and the multiple food crises. Land is thereby considered as the last frontier in the rush for the vanishing, finite resources and, as a  consequence, is also a lucrative financial asset. Through the lens of Australia's increasing agricultural ties to the Gulf States and China, this project examines the diverse and sometimes conflicting notions of land and agriculture in a global context.

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