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Hauke-Peter Vehrs, M.A.

Shortbiography

At present

Post-Doctoral Research in the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre 228: Future Rural Africa: Future-making and social-ecological transformation.


Sub-project A04: Future Conservation: Towards an African Eden? Shifting bio-cultural frontiers and the (re)coupling of social-ecological relations in the conservation areas.

 

Until January 2019

PhD, Anthropology, University of Cologne
Topic: Perceptions and cultural appropriations of landscape-level (biological) invasions. Environmental change and social transformation in East Pokot, Kenya.

 

Until Mar 2018

Member of research staff at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne.

 

Until Mar 2016

Project Affiliation

FOR 1501 – Resilience, collapse and reorganisation in social
ecological systems of East and South African Savannas.

Sub-project C3: In search of order: institutional change, violent regulation and environmental knowledge under conditions of rapid social ecological change.

PhD, Anthropology, University of Bayreuth (cancelled due to violent conflicts in the study area)

MA, Human and Social Ecology, IFF Vienna

BA, Culture and Society of Africa, University of Bayreuth

Thematic Interests

Human and environment relations, pastoral livelihoods, imaginations of the future, sensual anthropology, multispecies ethnography, cognitive methods

Research Projects

PhD, Anthropology, University of Cologne

Topic: Perceptions and cultural appropriations of landscape-level (biological) invasions. Environmental change and social transformation in East Pokot, Kenya.

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig (University of Cologne), Prof. Dr. Georg Klute (University of Bayreuth).

Abstract

East Pokot expands over an area of about 4,500 km² in northern Baringo County, Kenya. In this acacia dominated savannah, Pokot people dwell, most of them pastoralists. Formerly, these people specialized on cattle husbandry, while in the past decades, goats, sheep and camel gain in importance. Social transformations and environmental change go hand in hand and accelerate against the background of recent development attempts. I conducted 16 months of fieldwork in central East Pokot, in a place called Chepungus at the southern slopes of Mount Paka.

Lectures

Social and Ethical Responsibility of Scientists: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. BA and MA seminar. University of Cologne. Winter term 2017/18. In collaboration with the Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology.

Introduction to human-environment relations. MA seminar. University of Cologne. Winter term 2016/17.

New Approaches to Human-Environment Relations in Anthropology: Philippe Descola and Tim Ingold. BA and MA seminar. University of Cologne. Summer term 2017.

Social and Ethical Responsibility of Scientists. BA and MA seminar. University of Cologne. Summer term 2017. In collaboration with the Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology.

Introduction to human-environment relations. MA seminar. University of Cologne. Winter term 2016/17.

Introduction to human-environment relations in Africa. MA seminar. University of Cologne. Winter term 2013/14.

Tim Ingold and Philippe Descola: New Approaches to Human-Environment Relations in Anthropology. BA seminar in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Georg Klute. University of Bayreuth. Summer term 2013

Presentations

Lehre mal praktisch: Interdisziplinäres Team Teaching. Gemeinschaftlich Lehren und Lernen. Lecture Series “Lehre mal praktisch” at the Center for University Didactics. Cologne, 2018. Online verfügbar: https://youtu.be/R-HgPhUTeGI

CO2-arme Wissenschaft - sind Klimawissenschaftler*innen Klimasünder*innen? Studentische Meteorologie Tagung (STUMETA). Bonn, 2018.

Translocality Reversed. The Creation of “Remoteness” in Pastoral
East Pokot, Kenya. European Conference on African Studies (ECAS). Basel, 2017.

An Environmental History of East Pokot Land-Use and Land-Cover Transformations over the Past 200 Years. Symposium at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology. Cologne, 2017.

Pokots' 'resistance to change' after Merkutwo circumcision (2016): Imagining future pastoral livelihoods. Conference of the African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK), Cambridge, 2016.

In search of order: Institutional change, violent regulation and environmental knowledge under conditions of rapid social ecological change. FOR 1501 Stakeholder Workshop, Naivasha, 2015.

The expansion of Dodonea viscosa and its implications for socio-ecological change in Baringo County, Kenya. Baringo Workshop, University of Cologne, 2014.

The Enterprise of Gum Arabic. Reflections on the application of anthropological methods in the interdisciplinary field of human-environmental relations. German Anthropological Association (GAA), Mainz, 2013.

Publications

Basukala, A.K., Bollig, M., Greiner, C., Vehrs, H.-P., and F. Thonfeld, 2018: Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Land Use Land Cover Change in East Pokot, Kenya. Poster presented at the Tropentag 2018: Global food security and food safety: The role of universities.

Vehrs, H.-P. and G.R. Heller. 2017: Fauna, Fire, and Farming: Landscape Formation over the Past 200 years in Pastoral East Pokot, Kenya. In: Human Ecology 45. Pp. 613-625.

Vehrs, H.-P. 2017: Walking with pastoralists. Retrospective reflections on the everyday and exceptional challenges of the field. In: Storer, L. and A. Shoemaker (eds.): The challenges undisclosed. Reflections on invisible experiences of doctoral fieldwork. Field Diary (2).

Vehrs, H.-P. 2016. "Changes in landscape vegetation, forage plant composition and herding structure in the pastoralist livelihoods of East Pokot, Kenya." Journal of Eastern African Studies 10 (1): 88–110.

Becker, M., Alvarez, M., Heller, G., Leparmarai, P., Maina, D., Malombe, I., Bollig, M. and H. Vehrs. 2016. "Land-use changes and the invasion dynamics of shrubs in Baringo." Journal of Eastern African Studies 10 (1): 111–29.

Vehrs, H.-P. 2014: “Vorwort. Eine Anthropologie der Sinne oder eine sinnliche Anthropologie?” Cargo. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 33: 1-3.

Vehrs, H.-P. 2013: Gum arabic as an enterprise. Socio-ecological analysis of gum arabic production in Yobe State, Nigeria. Social Science Series. Akademikerverlag: Saarbrücken.