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Rosalie Stolz, M.A.

Short Biography

Academic Background

08/2017 Dissertation: Fear the Spirits, Love Each Other. Kinship and Sociality among the Khmu Yuan of Northern Laos.

02/2014 – 02/2015: Anthropological Fieldwork in Northwestern Laos.

08/2013 – 09/2013: Explorative stay in Northwestern Laos.

04/2013 – 12/2017: Scholarship holder at a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne.

01/2012: MA (in German Magister) with first class honours.

09/2011: MA-thesis: Die Klimaethnologie. Kernfragen eines Forschungsbereiches. (Climate Anthropology. Core Issues of an Area of Research.)

10/2005 – 03/2012: Studies of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Philosophy and Botany at the University of Cologne.

Academic Positions

04/2017 – 09/2017: Lectureship at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne.

04/2013 – 12/2017: Scholarship holder at a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne.

10/2012 – 03/ 2013: Lectureship at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne.

04/2012 – 01/2014: Graduate assistant to Prof. Dr. Martin Rössler, authoring e-learning modules on basic fields of social and cultural anthropology.

10/2008 – 12/2010: Student assistant to Prof. Dr. Martin Rössler and tutor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne.

Academic Memberships/Awards

Doctoral scholarship at a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Kinship, Sociality, Exchange, Work, Religion, Animism, Socio-economic change, Human-Environment Relations.

Mainland Southeast Asia (especially the uplands of northwestern Laos).

Research Projects

Planned Projects

Transforming the Spiritual Landscapes in Upland Northern Laos

In this planned project I wish to focus on the current and far-reaching transformations of rural lives and livelihoods in the study area of upland northern Laos. During the completed PhD research various new economic opportunities as well as constraints, some with longer historical roots, others quite unprecedented, have started to affect local lives and triggered local imaginaries with unforeseen future developments and with pertinent religious and moral implications. While rural and agrarian transitions are of long-standing interest to scholars of Southeast Asia and beyond, this project aims to open up new grounds by deliberately focusing on local receptions and religious and moral dimensions of the socio-economic and environmental change in upland northern Laos.

Completed Projects

Concepts and Practices of Kinship and Sociality Among the Khmu Yuan of Northwestern Laos (funded by a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne); supervisors: Prof. Dr. Martin Rössler, Prof. Dorothea E. Schulz, Ph.D., Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sandra Kurfürst.

In this project local notions and practices of kinship and sociality were studied in 14 months of fieldwork (2013, 2014-2015) in a Khmu Yuan village in northern Laos. The dynamics of kinship in this upland area have, with few exception, not been given ethnographic attention to since the 1970s. As this study shows, the processes involved in this seemingly rigidly structured kinship setting, characterised by features which were of major interest to classical kinship studies such as the institution of houses, patrilineal kin groups and matrilateral cross-cousin marriage, in fact, present us with new avenues of thought in contemporary kinship studies: the reflection of this particular setting allows us, for instance, to illuminate how "given" kin ties are made into actual ties of mutual commitment.

The dissertation resulting from this project was submitted in August 2018. This project was kindly funded by the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne.

Courses and Seminars

Summer term 2018 Konzepte von Person und Gesellschaft in Südostasien (Concepts of the person and society in Southeast Asia)

Summer term 2017: Reading Ethnography: Potent Landscapes by Catherine Allerton

Winter term 2012/13: New Perspectives of/on Kinship Studies

Various e-learning modules

Talks

Planned

“Work in Progress: Local Aspirations in Upland Southeast Asia”, Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Stockholm, 14.-17.08.2018.

Completed

Workshop "Feldforschung und Familie. Herausforderungen und Implikationen des Elternseins im Feld." (Fieldwork and Family. Challenges and Implications of Being a Parent in the Field), 7.-9.06.2018, Cologne, co-convened with Fabienne Braukmann, Michaela Haug and Katja Metzmacher

"Talking Transition. Testing and contesting socio-economic and environmental change in the uplands of northern Laos.", 20.-22.06.2018, POLLEN 18, Oslo.

"Über Eichhörnchen und Eier. Verwandtschaft durch wechselseitige Anerkennung" (About squirrels and eggs. Kinship through mutual recognition), 4.-7.10.2017, DGV-Tagung (GAA-Conference), Berlin.

"Looking at Environmental Change through the Lenses of Gender and Sociality: Economic and Environmental Transformations in a Khmu Village in the Lao PDR", 11-14 August 2015 at the 8th EuroSEAS Conference, Vienna.

Publications

2018. 'Spirits Follow the Words.' Stories as Spirit Traces among the Khmu of Northern Laos. Social Analysis 62 (3). Advance online publication: doi:10.3167/sa.2018.620306. 

manuscript. "By means of squirrels and eggs. Implications of gifting and mutual recognition among the Khmu of northern Laos."

2017. Fear the Spirits, Love Each Other. Kinship and Sociality Among the Khmu Yuan of Northern Laos. Dissertation. Universität zu Köln.

2015. A Few Impression of Doing Fieldwork on Kinship and Sociality Among the Khmu Yuan in Northern Laos. In: a.r.t.e.s. Jahrbuch, 2014/2015, pp. 106-113.

2011. Die Klimaethnologie. Kernfragen eines Forschungsbereiches. Magisterarbeit. Universität zu Köln. (Climate Anthropology. Core Issues of an Area of Research.)