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Martin Jeannet 10.2018

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Anthropology

Scientific career

  • 2018-19: Deputy Professorship "Ethnology of Africa", University of Bayreuth
  • 2017-18: SScholarship holder for the completion of her habilitation thesis (funded by the Bavarian Programme for the Promotion of Equal Opportunity for Women in Research and Teaching 2017, Equal Opportunities Department), University of Bayreuth
  • 2016-17: Research Fellow of the interdisciplinary research unit "Kinship and Politics. Rethinking a Conceptual Split and its Epistemic Implications in the Social Sciences" (Lead: Prof. Dr. E. Alber, Prof. Dr. David Sabean, Prof. Dr. Simon Teuscher, Prof. Dr. Tatjana Thelen), Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF), Bielefeld University
  • 2015-16: Deputy Professorship of Social Anthropology (Prof. E. Alber), University of Bayreuth
  • 2014-15: Postdoctoral researcher, deputy scientific assistant, Cultural & Social Anthropology research group, University of Bayreuth
  • 2013: Postdoc (temporary position, funding year 3)
  • 2012: Postdoctoral researcher, Cultural & Social Anthropology research group, University of Bayreuth
  • 2011-12: Postdoctoral researcher (temporary position, funding year 2)
  • 2010-11: Contributing to the coordination of Bayreuth Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)
  • 2009-10: Postdoctoral researcher (temporary position, funding year 1), DFG project "Child care in the context of ethnic heterogeneity (Borgu/ Republic of Benin)" incl. field research (ten months)
  • 2007-09: Postdoctoral researcher, Bayreuth Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth
  • 2005-06: Postdoctoral researcher, DFG-Project "Transformations in Social Parenthood in the north of the Republic of Benin"; Head: Prof. Dr. E. Alber, JP Ethnosociology, University of Bayreuth
  • 2002-2005: Research associate, research project "Ritual, everyday life design and meaning in the modern world" (Project leader: Prof. Dr. Christoph Bochinger), Institute for the Study of Contemporary Religious Culture (IrG), University of Bayreuth
  • 2004: Doctorate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bayreuth (topic: "Between 'Been-To' and 'Burger' - On the Return of Ghanaian Educational Migrants from the Federal Republic of Germany", assessors: Prof. Dr. Gerd Spittler and Prof. Dr. Dieter Neubert
  • 2001-02: Research associate, DFG project "The invisible religion in the visible religion" (Project leader: Prof. Dr. Christoph Bochinger), Institute for the Study of Contemporary Religious Culture (IrG), University of Bayreuth
  • 1996-99: Doctoral studies, “Intercultural Relations in Africa” graduate school, University of Bayreuth
Martin Jeannet 10.2018

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Anthropology

Research interests

My social anthropological research interests lie in the areas of kinship, childhood and youth, politics, STS, migration, and contemporary religious culture.

In the context of my dissertation, I first dealt with the migratory experiences and reconstructions of Ghanaian educational migrants after their return from the Federal Republic of Germany. I was driven by the question of how educated Ghanaians who had returned to their country of origin reflect on this social process. I pursued this question with approaches from migration, social anthropological biography and narrative research. Based on the empirical data, I have developed a model of three historical generations of returnees, each of which is characterized by specific political and economic conditions for study and return as well as (gender-) specific experiences and ways of dealing with them (Martin 2004). 

After experiences in the context of multidisciplinary research on contemporary religious culture in Bavaria (Martin 2007), I worked for more than ten years on kinship practices and childhood related affiliation policies in West Africa. In doing so, I examined, first of all in comparison to the work of Erdmute Alber, the changing norms and practices of child care in a society (Fée) in northern Benin that lives mainly from agriculture (Martin 2007b, 2012).

Subsequently, I examined corresponding practices in the context of the complex inter-ethnic relations in the Borgu region under investigation. Based on the examination of the empirical data, I developed a theoretical conception of (childhood-related) belonging, which I understand as the process of creating significant social relationships with persons and we-groups. I see such processes primarily as an expression of individual and group-related policies that can be socially and historically variable. Specifically, I have investigated processes of creating belonging in and of children in cattle-breeding, Islamized Fulbe, in descendants of unfree (Gando), in a group of evangelical Fulbe, and in a Catholic orphanage in Borgu, Benin.

The regional focus of my current research interest is on my own society of origin. At the same time, however, it also deals with questions of kinship and childhood-related policies of belonging. The focus is on current debates about so-called cuckold children and the question of how paternity is interpreted and negotiated in Germany in times of increasing use of DNA-based parentage tests (so-called paternity tests).

Martin Jeannet 10.2018

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Anthropology



Alber, Erdmute; Martin, Jeannett
Multiplicities of Kinship and Family in Africa
Sozialarbeit des Südens. Band 7. Family Structures in Change - Challenges of Transitional Phenomena
Oldenburg : Paulo Freire Verlag, 2019. - page 17-35 . - (Internationale Sozialarbeit; 7)


Martin, Jeannett
Zugehörigkeit : Vorschlag zu einer theoretischen Konzeption und empirische Fallstudien zu Kind ...
Bayreuth, 2018. - 312 page
(habilitation, 2018, )


Martin, Jeannett
Auf der Suche nach dem 'richtigen' Vater : aktuelle Debatten um 'Kuckuckskinder' in Deutschland
in ZIF-Mitteilungen (2017) issue 2. - page 11-20
https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/ZIF/Publikatione ...

Alber, Erdmute; Martin, Jeannett
Politik und Verwandtschaft : eine unterschätzte Beziehung und ein weites Feld für die Governanc ...
in Spektrum volume 13 (2017) issue 1. - page 46-49
https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/3365/1/spektrum_ausga ...


Martin, Jeannett; Ungruhe, Christian; Häberlein, Tabea
Young Future Africa : Images, Imagination and its Making ; an Introduction
in AnthropoChildren (2016) issue 6
http://popups.ulg.ac.be/2034-8517/index.php?id=250 ...


Images, Imagination, and the Making of Future in Africa : Children, Youth and the Role of Educa ...
publ: Martin, Jeannett; Ungruhe, Christian; Häberlein, Tabea
https://popups.uliege.be/2034-8517/index.php?id=24 ...


Alber, Erdmute; Martin, Jeannett
Familie in Afrika
Hill, Paul B.; Kopp, Johannes (Hrsg.): Handbuch Familiensoziologie
Wiesbaden : Springer VS, 2015. - page 147-178
doi:10.1007/978-3-658-02276-1 ...

Martin, Jeannett
"Ein Kind gehört dir nicht allein" : soziale Elternschaft in Nordbenin
Afrikanische Kindheiten : soziale Elternschaft und Waisenhilfe in der Subsahara
Bielefeld : transcript, 2015. - page 43-57


Alber, Erdmute; Martin, Jeannett
Von 'Rabenmüttern' und Pflegekindern : Familie, Recht und Moral in Westafrika
in Spektrum volume 10 (2014) issue 1. - page 76-78


Alber, Erdmute; Martin, Jeannett; Notermans, Catrien
Child Fostering in West Africa : New Perspectives on Theory and Practices
publ: Alber, Erdmute; Martin, Jeannett; Notermans, Catrien
Leiden, Boston : Brill, 2013. - XII, 250 page . - (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies; 9)

Martin, Jeannett
Experiencing Father's Kin and Mother's Kin : Kinship Norms and Practices from the Perspective o ...
Child Fostering in West Africa : new perspectives on theory and practices
Leiden, Boston : Brill, 2013. - page 111-134 . - (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies; 9)

Alber, Erdmute; Martin, Jeannett; Notermans, Catrien
Child Fostering in West Africa : New Perspectives on Theory and Practices
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013. - page 1-19 . - (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies; 9)


Martin, Jeannett
Rethinking Care : Anthropological Perspectives on Life Courses, Kin-Work and their Trans-Local ...
in H-Soz-Kult
. 2013
https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagung ...


Alber, Erdmute; Häberlein, Tabea; Martin, Jeannett
Verwandtschaft in Afrika : Transformationsprozesse im 20. Jahrhundert
Bierschenk, Thomas ; Spies, Eva (Hrsg.): 50 Jahre Unabhängigkeit in Afrika : Kontinuitäten, Brüche, Perspektiven
Köln : Rüdiger Köppe, 2012. - page 141-170 . - (Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 29)

Martin, Jeannett
Anthropological research on childhood and adolescence in German-speaking Europe
in AnthropoChildren (2012) issue 1. - page 1-19
https://popups.uliege.be/2034-8517/index.php?id=69 ...

Martin, Jeannett
Children's Work, Child Fostering and the Spread of Formal Schooling in Northern Benin
African children at work : working and learning in growing up for life
Hamburg, Münster, Berlin : Lit, 2012. - page 195-226 . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 52)

Martin, Jeannett; Wayaffe, Laetitia
Conference Report: "Thirty Years of German—Beninese Cooperation in Social Science Research on B ...
in Afrika Spectrum volume 47 (2012) issue 2/3. - page 187-193
https://www.jstor.org/stable/23350458?seq=1#metada ...

Martin, Jeannett
Ziele, Handeln und agency von Kindern im Kontext der Pflegschaftspraxis in Nordbenin
in Sociologus volume 62 (2012) issue 2. - page 171-197


Martin, Jeannett
Die 'Perlen' Westafrikas
La Bonne - vom Dienstmädchen zur globalen Dienstleisterin
Nürnberg , 2011. - page 124-140
https://www.frauenindereinenwelt.de/publikationen/ ...


Alber, Erdmute; Häberlein, Tabea; Martin, Jeannett
Changing Webs of Kinship : Spotlights on West Africa
in Africa Spectrum volume 45 (2010) issue 3. - page 43-67
http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/artic ...


Martin, Jeannett
Childhood in Benin
The Greenwood encyclopedia of children's issues worldwide. Band 5. Sub-Saharan Africa
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008


Alber, Erdmute; Martin, Jeannett
Einleitung zum Themenschwerpunkt "Familienwandel in Afrika"
in Africa Spectrum volume 42 (2007) issue 2. - page 151-166


Martin, Jeannett; Alber, Erdmute
Familienwandel in Afrika
Afrika Spectrum


Martin, Jeannett
Mensch - Alltag - Gottesdienst : Bedürfnisse, Rituale und Bedeutungszuschreibungen evangelisch ...
Münster : LIT Verlag, 2007. - 231 page . - (Bayreuther Forum Transit; 7)

Martin, Jeannett; Bochow, Astrid
Sozialer Wandel in Afrika : zur Situation von Frauen, Kindern und Jugendlichen
in Forum (2007) . - page 42-48

Martin, Jeannett
What's new with the 'Been-To'? Educational migrants, return from Europe and migrant's culture i ...
Cultures of migration : African perspectives
Münster : LIT, 2007 (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 32)

Martin, Jeannett
Yakubas neues Leben : Zum Wandel der Kindspflegschaftspraxis bei den ländlichen Fée (Mokollé) i ...
in Afrika Spectrum volume 42 (2007) issue 2. - page 219-249


Martin, Jeannett
Aspekte der Rückkehr ghanaischer Bildungsmigranten
in Auszeit volume 41 (2006) issue 1-2. - page 116-132

Häberlein, Tabea; Martin, Jeannett
Sektion Entwicklungssoziologie und Sozialanthropologie : Bericht über die Frühjahrstagung Famil ...
in Soziologie volume 35 (2006) issue 1. - page 98-104
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11617- ...


Martin, Jeannett
Been-To, Burger, Transmigranten? : Zur Bildungsmigration von Ghanaern und ihrer Rückkehr aus de ...
Münster, Lit, 2005. - VII, 329 page (dissertation, 2004, )


Martin, Jeannett
Zwischen 'Entwurzelung' und 'transnationaler Identität' : Perspektiven ghanaischer Akademiker
Interkulturelle Beziehungen und Kulturwandel in Afrika : Beiträge zur Globalisierungsdebatte
Frankfurt am Main : Lang, 2001. - page 133-151

Martin Jeannet 10.2018

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Anthropology

PD Dr. Jeannett Martin
Social and Cultural Anthropology

University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30
​D-95447 Bayreuth

E-mail: jeannett.martin@uni-bayreuth.de
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