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Prof. Dr. Uli Beisel

Beisel Uli 180x180 7.2018 Prof. Dr. Uli Beisel
Beisel Uli 180x180 7.2018

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Culture and Technology in Africa

Scientific career

  • since Dec. 2019: Professorship Culture & Technology in Africa, University of Bayreuth
  • 2014 - 2019: Culture & Technology in Africa junior professorship, Department of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Bayreuth
  • 2012 – 2014: Lecturer (permanent) in Human Geography, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University
  • 2012: DAAD Return Fellowship, Seminar for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (supervised by Prof. Richard Rottenburg)
  • 2010 – 2011: Research Assosciate in Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • 2006 – 2010: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Human Geography, The Open University, United Kingdom
  • 2005 – 2006: Master of Arts in Environment, Culture and Society (distinction), Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • 1999 – 2005: Diploma, Psychology, University of Bremen
  • 1999: A-levels at Gymnasium Wiesloch, Baden-Württemberg

Current offices and functions / memberships

Beisel Uli 180x180 7.2018

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Culture and Technology in Africa

Research areas

My work sits squarely in the interdisciplinary field of feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies, and in medical and multispecies anthropology together with human geography. I have worked on 'mosquito-parasite-human entanglements' in malaria control in Ghana and Sierra Leone, and continue to be fascinated by practices of demarcation between human and non-human organisms, and the possibilities for their coexistence. My research is driven by the question of how we can coexist with organisms and substances that are harmful to human health. In this context I am interested in mutant mosquitoes and drug-resistant parasites; zoonotic diseases; insecticides, pesticides and toxins; technology and infrastructure in world health and its crises; confidence in biomedicine; the politics of evidence, speculation and ignorance; and the mobility(s) of organisms, things and ideas.

Research and support interests

Culture and technology in Africa, global health, malaria, human-environment relations,
(renewable) energies and waste, (forms of) mobility

Current research projects

Beisel Uli 180x180 7.2018

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Culture and Technology in Africa


year    2019   2018   2017   2016   2015    all years


Richards, Paul; Mokuwa, Esther; Maat, Harro; Welmers, Pleun; Beisel, Uli
Trust, and distrust, of Ebola Treatment Centers : A case-study from Sierra Leone
in PLoS One vol. 14 (2019) issue 12
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0224511 ...

Akello, Grace; Beisel, Uli
Challenges, Distrust, and Understanding : Employing Communicative Action in Improving Trust in a Public Medical Sector in Uganda
in SAGE Open vol. 9 (2019) issue 4
doi:10.1177/2158244019893705 ...

Beisel, Uli; Ganle, John Kuumuori
The Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in Burkina Faso : Bioeconomy of Science, Public Engagement and Trust in Medicine
in African Studies Review vol. 62 (2019) issue 3. - pp. 164-173
doi:10.1017/asr.2019.45 ...

Beisel, Uli
What might we learn from ANT for studying healthcare issues in the majority world, and what might ANT learn in turn?
In: Blok, Anders ; Farias, Ignacio ; Roberts, Celia(ed.): The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory - London: Routledge, 2019. - pp. 246-255


Beisel, Uli; Calkins, Sandra; Rottenburg, Richard
Divining, testing, and the problem of accountability
in HAU : Journal of Ethnographic Theory vol. 8 (2018) issue 1-2. - pp. 109-113
doi:10.1086/698360 ...


Beisel, Uli; Chandler, Clare
The Anthropology of Malaria : Locating the Social
in Medical Anthropology vol. 36 (2017) issue 5. - pp. 411-421
doi:10.1080/01459740.2017.1306858 ...

Reimagining Malaria : Rearticulating the Social in Malaria
publ: Beisel, Uli; Chandler, Clare I. R.
Medical Anthropology
2017. - 411-484 pp.

Beisel, Uli
Resistant bodies, malaria and the question of immunity
In: Herrick, Clare ; Reubi, David(ed.): Global Health and Geographical Imaginaries - London: Routledge, 2017. - pp. 114-134

Liggins, Arlena S.; Beisel, Uli
Translating the Glucometer : from “Western” Markets to Uganda ; of glucometer graveyards, missing testing strips and the difficulties of patient care
In: Berger, Tobias ; Esguerra, Alejandro(ed.): World Politics in Translation : Power, Relationality, and Difference in Global Cooperation - London: Routledge, 2017. - pp. 59-75


Beisel, Uli; Umlauf, Rene; Hutchinson, Eleanor
The complexities of simple technologies : re-imagining the role of rapid diagnostic tests in malaria control efforts
in Malaria Journal (2016) issue 1
doi:10.1186/s12936-016-1083-2 ...

Umlauf, René; Beisel, Uli; Neubert, Dieter
Innovationen in afrikanischen Gesundheitssystemen : die Einführung von diagnostischen Schnelltests in der Malariakontrolle
in Spektrum vol. 12 (2016) issue 1. - pp. 70-73
https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/2953/1/spektrum_ausga ...


Beisel, Uli
The Blue Warriors : Ecology, Participation and Public Health in Malaria Control Experiments in Ghana
In: Geissler, Paul W.(ed.): Para-States and Medical Science : making African Global Health - Durham, North Carolina, USA: Duke University Press Duke University Press, pp.281-302 Duke University Press, 2015. - pp. 281-302

Boëte, Christophe; Beisel, Uli; Reis Castro, Luísa; Césard, Nicolas; Reeves, R. Guy
Engaging scientists : an online survey exploring the experience of innovative biotechnological approaches to controlling vector-borne diseases
in Parasites & Vectors vol. 8 (2015) issue 1. - pp. 414 ff
doi:10.1186/s13071-015-0996-x ...

Beisel, Uli
Markets and Mutations : Mosquito Nets and the Politics of Disentanglement in Global Health
in Geoforum vol. 66 (2015) . - pp. 146-155
doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.06.013 ...

Beisel, Uli
Wissenschaftskulturen im Dialog : von interdisziplinärer Zusammenarbeit und der Kunst des Experimentierens
in Spektrum vol. 11 (2015) issue 1. - pp. 26-29


Beisel, Uli; Dilger, Hansjörg
Die Ebolakrise aus Sicht der Medizinethnologie : von Misstrauen zu lokal angepasster Patientenversorgung
in Medizinethnologie (Blog)
10. Dezember 2014

Beisel, Uli
On gloves, rubber and the spatio-temporal logics of global health
in Somatosphere
06. Oktober 2014
http://somatosphere.net/2014/10/rubber-gloves-glob ...

Beisel, Uli; Stoppok, Manfred
Energietechnologien und Energiewandel in Afrika : kulturelle und anthropologische Aspekte von Innovationen
in Spektrum vol. 10 (2014) issue 2. - pp. 46-47
http://www.uni-bayreuth.de/de/universitaet/presse/ ...

Ginn, Franklin; Beisel, Uli; Barua, Maan
Flourishing with Awkward Creatures : Togetherness, Vulnerability, Killing
in Environmental Humanities vol. 4 (2014) issue 1. - pp. 113-123
doi:10.1215/22011919-3614953 ...

Special section: Living with awkward creatures : vulnerability, togertherness, killing
publ: Beisel, Uli; Ginn, Franklin; Barua, Maan
Environmental Humanities
2014. - 113-205 pp.


Beisel, Uli; Boëte, Christophe
The Flying Public Health Tool : genetically-modified mosquitoes and malaria control
in Science as Culture vol. 22 (2013) issue 1. - pp. 38-60
doi:10.1080/09505431.2013.776364 ...

Knowing insects
publ: Beisel, Uli; Kelly, Anne; Tousignant, Noémi
Science as Culture

Beisel, Uli; Kelly, Ann H.; Tousignant, Noémi
Knowing Insects : Hosts, Vectors and Companions of Science
in Science as Culture vol. 22 (2013) issue 1. - pp. 1-15
doi:10.1080/09505431.2013.776367 ...

Bertoni, Filippo; Beisel, Uli
More-than-human intelligence : of dolphins, Indian law and the multispecies turn
in Society and Space Open Site
http://societyandspace.org/2013/11/22/more-than-hu ...

Boëte, Christophe; Beisel, Uli
Transgenic Mosquitoes for Malaria Control : from the Bench to the Public Opinion Survey
In: Manguin, Sylvie(ed.): Anopheles mosquitoes : new insights into malaria vectors - The Hague: InTech, 2013
doi:10.5772/56193 ...


Beisel, Uli
Mobilities and Health
Emotion, Space and Society
doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2012.07.002 ...
reviewed: Gatrell, Anthony C.: Mobilities and Health. Farnham, 2011

Beisel, Uli; Schneider, Tillmann
Provincialising Waste : the Transformation of Ambulance Car 7/83–2 to Tro-Tro Dr. Jesus
in Environment & Planning D : Society and Space vol. 30 (2012) issue 4. - pp. 639-654
doi:10.1068/d9610 ...


Kelly, Ann H.; Beisel, Uli
Neglected Malarias : the Frontlines and Back Alleys of Global Health
in Biosocieties vol. 6 (2011) issue 1. - pp. 71-87
doi:10.1057/biosoc.2010.42 ...

Beisel, Uli
Raffles, Hugh: Insectopia. New York, 2010
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


Beisel, Uli
Jumping hurdles with mosquitoes?
Environment & Planning D : Society and Space
doi:10.1068/d2706wsf ...
reviewed: Haraway, Donna J.: When Species Meet. Minneapolis, 2008

Beisel, Uli
Who bites back first? : Malaria control in Ghana and the politics of co-existence
Milton Keynes, UK, The Open University, 2010
(thesis, , The Open University, Milton Keynes, Great Britain)


Beisel, Uli; Jaeger, Melanie
Powerless Networks? : the Implementation of Decentralised Technologies in Madagascar
In: Bora, Alfons ; Bröchler, Stephan ; Decker, Michael(ed.): Technology Assessment in der Weltgesellschaft - Berlin: Edition Sigma, 2007. - pp. 401-410


Beisel, Uli
Beteiligung schafft Akzeptanz : die Entstehungsgeschichte eines Bürgerwindparks
in IPublic vol. 10 (2006) issue 1. - pp. 8-15
http://ipu-ev.de/system/files/dateiablagen/ipublic ...

Beisel Uli 180x180 7.2018

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Culture and Technology in Africa

Prof. Dr. Uli Beisel
Professor for Culture and Technology in Africa

University of Bayreuth
Building: GW II
Room: 00.11
Universitätsstraße 30
​D-95447 Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-4232
E-mail: uli.beisel@uni-bayreuth.de
Homepage: Anthropology | Universität Bayreuth

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