Dr. Silke Oldenburg

Scientific Assistant; Lecturer; Post-Doc
silke.oldenburg-at-unibas.ch

Curriculum Vitae

Silke Oldenburg is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel, Switzerland (since spring term 2014). She studied Social Anthropology and Eastern European History in Tübingen, Berlin, Mérida (Venezuela) and completed her PhD at the University of Bayreuth, Germany in 2013.

Her research interests include urban anthropology, the anthropology of youth, gender and generation, the anthropology of media and journalism as well as political anthropology with a particular focus on aspects of everyday life within contexts of protracted violent conflict.

Silke's PhD is based on 14 months of ethnographic research and concentrates on youth, war and everyday life in Goma, Eastern DR Congo. For her MA thesis she researched on everyday lifeworlds of internally displaced youths in Bogotá, Colombia for which she was awarded the Christiane-Rayewski-Preis of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (afk). In 2013, Silke conducted fieldwork on Rwanda's media landscapes after Genocide in a research project organised by the University of Passau.

Focus in Teaching

An Ethnography of the Great Lakes Region
An Anthropology of Youth in Africa
Congo's 'Wild West'? Conflict and Culture in the Kivus
Introductory course: Kinship and Political Anthropology
‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’: Colombia between Guerilla and Green Revolution.
Introductory Course: Kinship and Political Anthropology
Exchange and Encounter: The Andes from Colonial Times till Today.

 

Focus in Research

Research areas: political anthropology, urban anthropology, youth studies, media and journalism
Regional focus: Great Lakes Region (DR Congo, Rwanda) and the Andes (Colombia and Venezuela)
Field research: Rwanda 2013 (3 months), DR Congo 2008-2013 (14 months), Colombia 2004 (3 months)

Publications

Oldenburg, Silke (2016): ‘A Goma on sait jamais’: Jugend im ganz normalen Ausnahmezustand in Goma, DR Kongo. Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung 69. Lit: Zürich.

Oldenburg, Silke (2015): The Politics of Love and Intimacy in Goma, Eastern DR Congo: Perspectives on the Market of Intervention as Contact Zone. In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2015.1054660.

Oldenburg, Silke (2015): Review of "Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda" by Susan Thomson. In: African Affairs, 114 (455): 322-323.

Oldenburg, Silke (2014): Review of "Genocidal Gender and Sexual Violence. The Legacy of the ICTR, Rwanda’s Ordinary Courts and Gacaca Courts" by Usta Kaitesi. In: African Affairs, 113 (453): 620-621.

Oldenburg, Silke (2014): Das Ende der M23-Rebellion im Ostkongo aus geschlechterpolitischer Perspektive. In: Femina Politica, 23 (1): 139-143

Oldenburg, Silke (2014): Liebe in Zeiten humanitärer Intervention. Sex, Geschlechterbeziehungen und humanitäre Intervention in Goma, DR Kongo. In: Peripherie, 133: 46-70.

Oldenburg, Silke (2014): Bildung, Krieg und Jugend in Goma. In: Afrika Süd, 1: 28-30.

Oldenburg, Silke (2012): ‘A Goma on sait jamais’: Jugend im ganz normalen Ausnahmezustand in Goma, DR Kongo. Unpublished PhD-thesis, University of Bayreuth.

Oldenburg, Silke (2010): Under Familiar Fire: Making Decisions during the "Kivu Crisis" 2008 in Goma, DR Congo. In: Africa Spectrum 45 (2), 61-80. Download article [PDF (259 KB)]

Oldenburg, Silke (2009): Zwischen Akzeptanz und Widerstand - Jugendliche Lebenswelten im kolumbianischen Bürgerkrieg. In: Peter Imbusch (eds.): Jugendliche als Täter und Opfer von Gewalt., Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 95-132.

Oldenburg, Silke (2008): “Wir sind doch alle unsichtbar” – Jugendliche Binnenvertriebene in Kolumbien. Osnabrück: edition terre des hommes.

Oldenburg, Silke (2007): Jugendliche im Fokus von Friedens- und Konfliktforschung – eine unberücksichtige Perspektive?!. In: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (eds.): Sicherheit, Konflikt und Frieden - Wissensbestände neu betrachten. Tagungsband zur Nachwuchstagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (AFK) in Kooperation mit der Evangelischen Akademie, Iserlohn, 136-154.

Oldenburg, Silke (2007): „Sie sollen uns nicht übersehen“. Vertriebene Jugendliche kämpfen gegen soziale Ausgrenzung. In: ILA /303, Bonn, 12-13.

Oldenburg, Silke; Lengert, Kristofer (2006): Der Weg der paramilitärischen Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia zur politischen Anerkennung. In: Lateinamerika Analysen 14 (2), Hamburg, 3-36. Download article [PDF (274 KB)]



Latest Publications

Oldenburg, Silke: Review of: Introducing Urban Anthropology by Rivke Jaffe and Anouk de Koning, in: Social Anthropology 25, 2017, H. 2, S. 258-259.
with Hänsch, Valerie und Lena Kroeker: Uncertain Future(s). Perceptions on Time between the Immediate and the Imagined. Introduction to Special Issue on Uncertainty and Future, in: Tsantsa 22, 2017, S. 4-17.
Oldenburg, Silke: "I am an Intellectual". War, Youth and Higher Education in Goma (Eastern Congo), in: AnthropoChildren 2016, 2016, H. 6. edoc (Open Access), URL

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