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Annika Benz M.A.

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E-mail a.benz_ x _@_ y _uni-koeln.de
Office HoursOffice Hours
Wednesday, 10 to 12pm. Please make an appointment via email beforehand.

Currently Taught Courses

Seminars and Courses

WS 2021/22: Youth, Protest and (Digital) Pop Culture (BA AM3/4)

Short Biography

From 2015 to 2021, I studied Anthropology (BA with a minor in Philosophy and Literature) in Aberdeen, Leipzig and Cologne. I wrote my BA thesis in the DFG-funded Emmy Noether Research Group "The Bureaucratisation of Islam" as a student team member at the Max Planck Institute for Anthropological Research in Halle, Germany. I conducted a month-long field research on Muslim tourism as a measure of a state-sponsored "Chinese Islam" in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China.

From 2018 to 2020, I worked as an assistant to the Action Network Human Rights Philippines at the Asia Foundation, Cologne, on human and land rights issues in the Philippines.

For my master's thesis, I conducted a four-month field research in Taipei, Taiwan on coming of age, future, and international higher education with young Taiwanese.

Since July 2021, I have been working on my PhD with Sandra Kurfürst on the dynamics of intergenerational protest as a perspective on social change in Germany.

Awards

From 01/2022: Sponsorship of the Gender Mentoring Agency of the University of Cologne

02/2019-06/2021: Study scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation

03/-07/2020: Research grant by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation to conduct fieldwork for the MA project "Navigating Excellence and Equity: International Higher Education, Elusive Adulthoods, and Future in Taiwan"

09/2019-02/2020: Huayu Enrichment Scholarship/ Language scholarship by the Taiwanese Ministry for Education for a six-month language course at the National University of Taiwan, Taipei 

03/-04/2018: Research grant by the Emmy-Noether Research Group to conduct fieldwork for the BA project "The Politics of Representation of Hui Chinese Muslims"  

Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Anthropology of youth, intergenerational relations, political anthropology, social and cultural change, globalization, science and activism, methods of visual and media anthropology, anthropology at home

Europe (especially Germany), East Asia (especially China, Taiwan, Hong Kong), Southeast Asia (especially Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines)

Presentations and Interviews

11/2021, Cologne, Germany: "The Mask of V for Vendetta". Interview with Clara Jöster-Morisse of the University Radio Station Cologne. Available from: https://static2.koelncampus.com/upload/userfiles/571/6185126ca88b6_kg-maske.mp3 

09/2021, Bremen, Germany: "Making a Future in Geopolitical Periphery: Negotiating Intergenerational Notions of a Good Life in Taiwan". Biannual Conference of the German Anthropological Association "World. Zones. Atmospheres. Seismographies of the Anthropocene".

09/2021, Rome, Italy: "A New “Normal”: The End of an Era/ Refusing Excellent Futures in Taiwan". Conference of the Società Italiana di Anthropologia Culturale "Anthropologies of the Future, the Future of Anthropology".