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Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig

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Board Member of the Global South Studies Center (GSSC)

100
Hauptgebäude, Albertus-Magnus Platz 1
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Room 6.103
Phone +49 221 470 3501
E-mail michael.bollig_ x _@_ y _uni-koeln.de
Office HoursOffice Hours
are offered via ZOOM, Skype or telephone only until further notice.
Please arrange the appointment via m.boeck@uni-koeln.de
Next consultation hour: Tue 28.9.2021 (12-13 | Tue 12.10. 12-13 Uhr) | Tue 10.10.2021 (12-13 Uhr) | Tue 26.10.2021 (12-13 Uhr)
Summer Semester 2021 on sabbatical leave. Sabbatical replacement by Dr. Franz Krause
Website on GSSC
Website on ResearchGate

Currently Taught Courses

MA AM1 | Contemporary Ethnographies (Hybrid teaching: Online until 9.Dec.Thereafter: classroom teaching with online streaming ) 
TermineKLIPS2 Termine 
Duration2 Semesterwochenstunden
Type of CourseSeminar
Course Language, Deutsch
RoomVirtuelle Veranstaltung - kein Raum
CEA BM1.1. | Introduction to Culture and Environment in Africa (ONLINE Teaching Only) 
TermineKLIPS2 Termine 
Duration2 Semesterwochenstunden
Type of CourseVorlesung
Course LanguageEnglisch
RoomVirtuelle Veranstaltung - kein Raum
CEA BM1.2 | Introduction to Environmental Anthropology (ONLINE Teaching only) (also MA Antrhopology and MA IBK) 
TermineKLIPS2 Termine 
Duration2 Semesterwochenstunden
Type of CourseSeminar
Course LanguageEnglisch
RoomVirtuelle Veranstaltung - kein Raum

Short Biography

2018 Winner of the Leo Spitzer Award 2018 at the University of Cologne

Since 2015 Associate Vice Rector for International Relations with the Global South of the University of Cologne

Since 2013 Vice Spokesperson for the Cologne Global South Studies Centre

2011-2015 Vice Rector for International Relations, Academic Career and Diversity of the University of Cologne

2009/2012/2015 Three months fieldwork in Namibia on social dynamics and conservation

Since 2010 Speaker of the FOR 1501 Resilience, Collapse and Reorganisation in the Savannahs of Eastern and Southern Africa.

Since 2009 Director of the Cologne African Studies Centre.

2009 W3 professorship offered at Hamburg (declined).

2004 - 2005 Nine months field work in Namibia on environmental history.

2003 Participation in founding workshop for SAVI initiative (Southern African Vulnerability Initiative) in Maputo.

2001 C4 professorship offered at Halle (declined).

Since 2000 Professor for Anthropology at the University of Cologne and Speaker for the Interdisciplinary Programme Arid Climate and Cultural Evolution in Arid Africa (ACACIA); the programme includes several doctoral studies on resource management in southern Africa’s communal areas.

1999 Habilitation in Anthropology at the Faculty of Fine Arts (Philosophische Fakultät); University of Cologne; Thesis Title: "Living in a Hazardous World – Risk management in two pastoral societies; Pokot NW Kenya and Himba NW Namibia".

1992 - 1999 Associate Professor for Anthropology at the University of Cologne.

1991 PhD Thesis "Warriors of the Yellow Guns. Intra- and interethnic conflict management among the Pokot of Kenya" in Tübingen.

1987 - 1989 Two years fieldwork with the pastoral Pokot of Kenya.

1986 - 1991 Member of a research project on "Violence and War in Third World Countries" in Tübingen.

1986 MA on Social Networks among Slum Dwellers in Karatina, Central Kenya.

1983 - 1986 Studies of Anthropology, History and African Studies at Cologne.

1981 - 1983 Studies of Anthropology, History and Rural Sociology at Bonn.

 

Academic Memberships

2019-2021 Member of the German Committee Future Earth (DKN)

2010-2012 Executive Director of the Society of Africa-related Sciences in Germany (Vereinigung der Afrikawissenschaften Deutschlands).

2008-2010 Referee (Fachkollegiat) for Anthropology with the German Research Council.

2004 - 2008 Referee (Fachkollegiat) for Anthropology with the German Research Council.

Since 2003 Editorial Board of Human Ecology.

Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Human-environment interaction, political ecology, environmental history, transition of local knowledge, conflict.

Southern and Eastern Africa.

Current Research Projects and Grants

ERC Advanced Grant

ERC Advanced Grant "Rewilding the Anthropocene"

Human-Animal Assemblages in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area

Support: European Reserach Counil (ERC)

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig

Duration
Funding Phase: 2022- 2027 ( 5 years) | Budget: 2.490.285 €

SFB/TR 228 - Future Rural Africa

SFB/TR 228 - Future Rural Africa

Future-Making and Social-Ecological Transformation (Collaborative Research Centre SFB TR 228)

Support: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Cooperation Partners: University of Bonn, Dep. of Geography

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig, Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Mahn, University of Bonn

Website: www.crc228.de

Duration
1. Funding Phase: 2018-2022 (4 years) | Budget: ca. 9 Mio €
2. Funding Phase: 2022-2025

 

SFB TR 228  | A04 Future Conservation

SFB TR 228 | A04 Future Conservation

Towards an African Eden? Shifting bio-cultural frontiers and the (re)coupling of social-ecological relations in the conservation areas

Support: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig
Staff: Dr. Hauke-Peter Vehrs, Lacan, Léa M.A.
Website: https://www.crc228.de/projects/project-a04-future-conservation/

Duration
1. Funding Phase: 2018-2022 (4 years) | Budget Sub-Project: 485.100 €
2. Funding Phase: 2022-2025 |

NamTip: Social and Cultural Implications of Desertification Tipping Points in the Namibian East Communal Rangelands

NamTip: Social and Cultural Implications of Desertification Tipping Points in the Namibian East Communal Rangelands

Sub-Project 3 of BioTip. Understanding and Managing Desertification Tipping Points in Dryland Social-Ecological Systems

Support: BMBF

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig, Dr. Diego Menestrey Schwieger

Website: https://www.namtip.uni-bonn.de/

Duration
Funding Phase: 2019-2022 (36 months) | Budget Sub-Project: 333.366 €

Completed research projects

LINGS – Local Institutions in Globalized Societies

LINGS – Local Institutions in Globalized Societies

Support: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Cooperation Partners: University of Hamburg, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Prof. Dr. M. Schnegg

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig
Staff: Dr. Diego Menestrey Schwieger, Thekla Kelbert, M.A.
Website: www.lings-net.de

Duration
1st funding phase 2010-2013 (36 months); Budget: 321.800 € (for subproject Cologne)
2nd funding phase 2014-2016 (36 months); Budget: 448.100 € (for subproject Cologne)
3rd funding phase 2016-2019; Budget: 448,100 € (for subproject Cologne)

ITN REAL – Resilience in East African Landscapes

ITN REAL – Resilience in East African Landscapes

Identifying critical thresholds and sustainable trajectories – past, present and future

Support: European Union
Cooperation Partners: Seven full participant research centers in Europe and nine international associate partners

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig
Staff: Dr. Eric Kioko,
Website: http://www.real-project.eu/

ESR 7: Turning conflict into coexistence: cross-cutting ties and institutions in the agro-pastoral borderlands of Lake Naivasha basin, Kenya. Researcher: Eric Mutisya Kioko


ESR 10: Negotiating land in a contested environment. Researcher: Marie Ladekjær Gravesen

Duration
Funding phase 2013-2017 (48 months)

Executive summary of project and sub-projects (pdf)

FOR 1501 RCR | B1 Violent Regulation and Social-Ecological Transformation of Wetland Ecosystems in East Africa

Project B1 of Research Unit 1501 "Resilience, Collapse and Reorganization in Social Ecological Systems of Africa’s Savannahs"

Support: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Cooperation Partners: University of Bonn

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig
Staff: Michael Odhiambo M.sc.
Website: https://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/168576326?language=en

Duration
1. Funding Phase 2010-2013 (36 months) | Budget Sub-Project: 111.881 €

FOR 1501 RCR | B3 Global Economic Influences and Local Labor Relations in the Reorganization of an Agro-Industrial Center

FOR 1501 RCR | B3 Global Economic Influences and Local Labor Relations in the Reorganization of an Agro-Industrial Center

Sub-Project B3 of Research Unit 1501 Resilience, Collapse and Reorganization in Social-Ecological Systems of East and South Africa’s Savannahs (RCR)

Support: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Cooperation Partners: University of Bonn

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig
Staff: Gerda Kuiper, M.A.
Website: https://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/237677796?language=en

Duration:
2. Funding Phase 2013-2016 (36 months) | Budjet Sub-Projekt: 154.900 €

FOR 1501 RCR | C3: In Search of Order: Institutional Change, Violent Regulation and Environmental Knowledge under Conditions of Rapid Social Ecological Change

FOR 1501 RCR | C3: In Search of Order: Institutional Change, Violent Regulation and Environmental Knowledge under Conditions of Rapid Social Ecological Change

Sub-Project C3 of Research Unit 1501 Resilience, Collapse and Reorganization in Social-Ecological Systems of East and South Africa’s Savannahs (RCR)

Support: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Cooperation Partners: University of Bonn

Project management: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig
Staff: Anja Becker, M.A., Hauke Vehrs, M.A.
Website: https://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/168577461?language=en

Duration
1. Funding Phase 2010-2013 (36 months) | Budget Sub-Project 394.000 €
2. Funding Phase 2013-2016 (36 months) | Budget Sub-Project 150.600 €

Publications (Selection)

Books

Bollig, Michael
2020    Shaping the African Savannah: From Captialist Frontier to Arid Eden in Namibia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108764025

Gröne, Katharina; Braun, Boris; Kloß, Sinah:, Schüller, Martin; and Bollig, Michael (eds.)
2020   Fairer Handel. Chancen, Grenzen, Herausforderungen, 1st ed., München: Oekom Verlag.
https://www.oekom.de/buch/fairer-handel-9783962382155

Guest editors:Gänger, Stefanie and Bollig, Michael
2019: Environmental History, 24(4): Forum: Commodifying the “Wild”: Anxiety, Ecology and Au-thenticity in the Late Modern Era.
https://doi.org/10.1093/envhis/emz033

Guest editors: Bollig, Michael and Lesorogol, Carolyn
2016    International Journal of the Commons, Special Issue 10,2: Pastoralism and the New Commons. Co-Management, Conflict and Cooperation.

Guest editors: Bollig, Michael and Anderson, David M.
2016    Journal of Eastern African Studies, Special Issue 10,1: Resilience and Collapse in African Savannahs. Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change in East Africa.
 
Bollig, Michael; Schnegg, Michael; Wotzka, Hans-Peter (Hg.)
2013    Pastoralism in Africa. Past, Present and Future. New York: Berghahn.
 
Bollig, Michael; Bubenzer, Olaf (Hg.)
2009    African Landscapes. Interdisciplinary Approaches. (Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation, Vol. 4). New York: Springer. Available as E-Book on SpringerLink, preview on books.google.com

Rao, Aparna; Bollig, Michael; Böck, Monika (Hg.)
2007    The Practice of War. Production, Reproduction and Communication of Armed Violence. New York: Berghahn. Available for download on payment (PayPal), preview on books.google.com

Bollig, Michael; Bubenzer, Olaf; Vogelsang, Ralf; Wotzka, Hans-Peter (Hg.)
2007    Aridity, Change and Conflict in Africa. Proceedings of an International ACACIA Conference held at Königswinter, Germany, October 1-3, 2003. (Colloquium Africanum 2). Köln: Heinrich Barth Institut.

 

Articles

2021: Materiality, inequality, and future-making as focal points of future engagement of economic anthropology with climate change. Economic Anthropology 8:180-182.
https://doi.org/10.1002/sea2.12199

Michael Bollig & Hauke-Peter Vehrs
2021: The making of a conservation landscape: the emergence of a conservationist environmental infrastructure along the Kwando River in Namibia's Zambezi region. Africa 91(2):1-26. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972021000061

Michael Bollig & Hauke-Peter Vehrs
2020: Abundant herds: Accumulation, herd management, and land-use patterns in a conservation area. Pastoralism Vol.10(20). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13570-020-00175-0

Linus Kalvelage, Javier Revilla Diez & Michael Bollig
2020: How much remains? Local value capture from tourism in Zambezi, Namibia. Tourism Geographies, pulb.online 29 Jun 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616688.2020.1786154

2019: The Anxieties, Thrills, and Gains of Rarity and Extinction: From Discourses on Remnant Fauna to the Globalized Protection and Marketing of Endangered Wildlife in Namibia’s “Arid Eden”, in S. Gänger & M. Bollig (eds). Forum: Commodifying the “Wild”. Environmental History, 24(4).

2018 Afterword: Anthropology, Climate Change and Social-Ecological Transformations. Sociologus 68:85-94. https://doi.org/10.3790/soc.68.1.85

Bollig, Michael and Greiner, Clemens
2018:  African Studies between Area Studies Tradition and Global Entanglement Approaches: Perspectives from The University of Cologne. African study monographs. Supplementary issue, 54, pp. 15-28.

2017: Interkulturelle Vergleichsverfahren. In: Beer, B., H. Fischer and J. Pauli (eds.) Ethnologie: Einführung in die Erforschung kultureller Vielfalt. Berlin: Reimer: 107-124.

2016: Towards an Arid Eden? Boundary-making, governance and benefit-sharing and the political ecology of the new commons of Kunene Region, Northern Namibia. In: International Journal of the Commons 10,2, pp. 771-799. http://doi.org/10.18352/ijc.702

2016: Adaptive cycles in the Savannah. Pastoral specialization and diversification in northern Kenya. In: Journal of Eastern African Studies 10,1 (Special Issue): 21-44. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2016.1141568

Anderson, David M.; Bollig, Michael
2016: Resilience and collapse. Histories, ecologies, conflicts and identities in the Baringo-Bogoria Basin, Kenya. In: Journal of Eastern African Studies 10,1 (Special Issue):  1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2016.1150240

Mathias Becker, Miguel Alvarez, Gereon Heller, Paul Leparmarai, Damaris Maina, Itambo Malombe, Michael Bollig, Hauke Vehrs
2016: Land-use changes and the invasion dynamics of shrubs in Baringo. In: Journal of Eastern African Studies 10,1 (Special Issue): 111-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2016.1138664

Bollig, Michael; Olwage, Elsemi
2016: The Political Ecology of Hunting in Namibia’s Kaokoveld. From Dorsland Trekkers’ Elephant Hunts to Trophy-hunting in Contemporary Conservancies. In: Journal of Contemporary African Studies 34 (Issue 1: Hunting in Contempory Africa): 61-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2016.1182745

Linstädter, A.; Kuhn, A.; Naumann, C.; Rasch, S.; Sandhage-Hofmann, A.; Amelung, W.; Jordaan, J.; Du Preez, C. C.; Bollig, M.
2016: Assessing the resilience of a real-world social-ecological system. Lessons from a multidisciplinary evaluation of a South African pastoral system. In: Ecology and Society 21,3: 35. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08737-210335

Ming'ate, Felix Lamech Mogambi; Bollig, Michael
2016: Local Rules and Their Enforcement in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve Co-Management Arrangement in Kenya. In: Journal of East African Natural History 105: 1-19. https://doi.org/10.2982/028.105.0102

Schnegg, Michael; Bollig, Michael
2016: Institutions put to the test. Community-based water management in Namibia during a drought. In: Journal of Arid Environments 124: 62-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.07.009

Schnegg, Michael; Bollig, Michael; Linke, Theresa
2016: Moral equality and success of common-pool water governance in Namibia. In: Ambio 45,5: 581-590. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-016-0766-9