Dr Arne Harms


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In charge of coordination of the Erasmus exchange program, introduction for associate lecturers and internationalization and university partnerships in India

Liaison Lecturer (Vertrauensdozent) of the 'Hans-Böckler Stiftung'

 a. harmsArne Harms' research focusses on environmental relations and mobility in the Global South. He earned his doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin in 2014. His doctoral thesis is based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork among environmentally displaced islanders in coastal East India. He explores localized ways of knowing, navigating and coping with dramatically transforming coastal landscapes, and of living with profound uncertainties amidst global environmental changes. Prior to that, Harms completed a research project on ritual possession and masculinities among Hindus in the Caribbean state of Guyana.

His current research project looks at the financialization of nature against the background of global climate and finance crises. How do novel financial products and associated governance patterns emerge between offices, field staff and 'target populations'? How are financial mechanisms integrating forests and pastures into global circuits of money reshaping environmental relations at the margins? What spaces of agency emerge in dealing with entangled temporal and spatial scales engendered by carbon or biodiversity offsetting?

Before joining Leipzig University, he has held positions as assistant professor at Nalanda University (India), as part-time lecturer at Universität zu Köln and Freie Universität Berlin, and as visiting fellow at LMU Munich; and was recipient of grants by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung and DAAD.


Umweltanthropologie; Katastrophen; Science and Technology Studies


Book Chapters

"Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Indian Ocean: The Case of India and Bangladesh." in press. In: Climate Change and Ocean Governance: Politics and Policy for Threatened Seas, edited by Paul Harris. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

‘India – The Long March to a Climate Movement’. 2014, with Oliver Powall. In: Matthias Dietz und Heiko Garrelts (eds.): Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement. London: Routledge.

‘Indien – Der Lange Marsch Zur Klimabewegung’. 2013, with Oliver Powalla. In: Matthias Dietz and Heiko Garrelts: Die Internationale Klimabewegung. Wiesbaden: Springer. pp. 247–269.

‘Conflicting Frames of Reference: Environmental Changes in Coastal Indonesia’. 2012, with Christian Reichel & Sofie Elena Martens. In: Anna-Katherina Hornidge and Christoph Antweiler (eds.):  Environmental Uncertainty and Local Knowledge: Southeast Asia as a Laboratory of Global Ecological Change. Bielefeld: Transcript.

‘Squatters on a Shrinking Coast: Environmental Hazards, Memory and Social Resilience in the Ganges Delta’. 2012. In: Ute Luig (ed.): Negotiating Disasters: Politics, Representation, Meanings. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

‘Happy Mothers, Proud Sons: Hybridity, Possession, and a Heterotopy Among Guyanese Hindus’. 2010. In: Axel Michaels (ed.): Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual, Vol. V. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.


Refereed Articles

"La ciudadanía en el mar: desplazamiento ambiental y relaciones de Estado en Sundarbans, India“. 2018. Revista Ecología Política 55: 41–47.

"Filming Sea Level Rise: Media Encounters and Memory Work in the Indian Sundarbans." accepted. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

"Citizenship at Sea: Environmental Displacement and State Relations in the Indian Sundarbans." 2017. Economic & Political Weekly 52 (33): 69–76.

‘Leaving Lohāchara: On Circuits of Displacement and Emplacement in the Indian Ganges Delta’. 2015. Global Environment, 8 (1): 62 – 85.


 Working Papers

„Accretice Enclaves: Carbon Sequestration and Market-based Conservation in India“. 2018. In: Working paper series des SFB 1199 an der Universität Leipzig, Nr. 12. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag.

‘Off the Grid: Environmental Degradation and Citizenship at the Margins’. 2015. In: Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series, No. 27. Simultaneously published in Studien aus dem Münchner Institut für Ethnologie, No.Studien aus dem Münchner Institut für Ethnologie, No. 15.


Public Writing

‘Die Indische Klimabewegung Im Spagat’. 2014, with Oliver Powalla. Politische Ökologie (139): 73–75.


Book Reviews

‘Die Klimafalle: Die Gefährliche Nähe von Politik Und Klimaforschung, byHans von Storch and Werner Krauß’. 2014. AAG Review of Books 2 (4): 150–52.

‘Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu, byAnne Rademacher’. 2013. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 36 (3): 468–469.

Liebe, Reinheit und Gewalt in Kollywood: Paruthi Veeran (2007)‘. Review of Paruthi Veeran, directed by Ameer Sultan, 2008.



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