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Hauke-Peter Vehrs, M.A.

Shortbiography

At present

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

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 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

Neuere Ansätze der Mensch-Umwelt Beziehungen in der Ethnologie: Philippe Descola und Tim Ingold. BA and MA seminar. University of Cologne. Summer term 2017.

Soziale und ethische Verantwortung von Wissenschaftler*innen. 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 und Philippe Descola: Neue Ansätze des Mensch-Umwelt-Verhältnisses in der Ethnologie. BA seminar in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Georg Klute. University of Bayreuth. Summer term 2013

Presentations

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

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, Hauke-Peter. 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, Mathias, Miguel Alvarez, Gereon Heller, Paul Leparmarai, Damaris Maina, Itambo Malombe, Michael Bollig, and Hauke Vehrs. 2016. "Land-use changes and the invasion dynamics of shrubs in Baringo." Journal of Eastern African Studies 10 (1): 111–29.

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

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