Kroeker Lena 8.2016

Lena Kroeker

Researcher at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies and Alumni at BIGSAS

Contact Data

Email: lena.kroeker(at)
Phone: +49(0)921 55-5447
Fax: +49 (0) 921 55-41 18
Bureau: Hugo-Rüdel-Str. 10, Room 311

Lena Kroeker is a Co-Editor of the Blog

This blog aims at establishing an interdisciplinary and transregional dialogue between researchers engaged in descriptions of the middle classes and pointing out how they dealt with the epistemological challenge of applying a concept devised in the global North to countries of the global South. This shall allow for a better understanding of how to establish research methods in global studies and address social processes whose analysis will be crucial for a better understanding of our globalized world.

Recently published

In between Life and Death

Kroeker, Lena. (2015) In between Life and Death - Decision-making of HIV+ Mothers in Lesotho. Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung, Münster u.a.: LIT-Verlag.

Lena Kroeker's study was awarded with the Young Researcher's Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research 2013 of the Verein für Socialpolitik with support of KfW Entwicklungsbank.


"The book gives both an overview and a deep insight into the topic of decision-making of HIV positive expectant mothers. Moreover, it shows the complex context which is full of power relations and social entanglements between mothers-to-be, the biomedical health system, their close relatives and society in general. (...) Lena Kroeker shows with her results how deep she dived into the reality of pregnant and HIV positive women in Mafeteng, and how public such a personal event like a pregnancy turns in times of HIV." (Margret Jäger, CURARE 38 (2015), S. 247)

Research Areas

Afrika (Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, South Africa, Mali), african Diaspora

Middle Classes in the Global South, Social Differentiation, Social Welfare, Medical Anthropology (HIV/AIDS, care, fertility), Gender and Generation, Future/Time/Temporality, Education, Uncertainty.

Research Project

Field Research



Presentations and Papers

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