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kalfelis-melina-ma Dr. Melina Kalfelis
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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Anthropology in Africa


My current research focuses on the interplay of trust and (political) violence in the context of conflict, vigilante justice, and international intervention in West Africa. Lately, I have been  working as a research fellow at the “GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies” in Hamburg, at the Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple” in Bayreuth and the “Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa” at the University of Legon in Ghana.

My dissertation ‘NGO als Lebenswelt‘ [NGOs as Lifeworlds] (Campus Verlag) deals with the lifeworlds and biographies of civil society actors in Burkina Faso, transnational cooperation and poverty concepts in African language. Together with Kathrin Knodel, I will also publish the edited volume ‚NGOs&Lifeworlds in Africa. Transdisciplinary Perspectives’ with Berghahn (June 2021). The book has been selected for the collection “Berghahn Migration and Development Studies 2021 – 2023“ in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched.

Additionally, I am working in the field of film and photography. My last documentary ‚NGO Crossroads’ (2019, 40 min., with Andrej Wagner) deals with power, norms and bureaucracy in NGO-partnerships and the resilience of grassroots organizations in Burkina Faso. Just lately, the documentary has been officially selected by the international Science Film Festival 2020.

kalfelis-melina-ma

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Anthropology in Africa


In general, my research interests include politics, organization and bureaucracy, development, transnationalism, civil society, violence, trust, ethics, philosophical as well as global anthropology, visual anthropology and ethnographic methods (e.g. multi-sited fieldwork, event analysis, collaborative fieldwork in conflict settings, research ethics).

kalfelis-melina-ma

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Anthropology in Africa


Publications

2021

Kalfelis, Melina
reviewed by: Degorce, Alice ; Kibora, Ludovic O. ; Langewiesche, Katrin (Hrsg.): Rencontres religieuses et d ...
in Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines (2021)

Kalfelis, Melina; Knodel, Kathrin
Introduction : The Lifeworlds and Trajectories of NGOs in Africa
NGOs and Lifeworlds in Africa : Transdisciplinary Perspectives
New York : Berghahn, 2021

2021

NGOs and Lifeworlds in Africa : Transdisciplinary Perspectives
publ: Kalfelis, Melina; Knodel, Kathrin
New York : Berghahn, 2021

Kalfelis, Melina; Kabore, Amado
Le paradoxe de la violence et de la sécurité : L’Avenir de la lutte contre le terrorisme et l'i ...
Crise sécuritaire dans les pays du G5 Sahel : comprendre pour agir
Paris : L'Harmattan, 2021

Kalfelis, Melina
With or Without the State : Security Practice at the Margins of Peacebuilding SFA and Vigilanti ...
in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (2021)

2020

Kalfelis, Melina
NGO als Lebenswelt : Transnationale Verflechtungen im Arbeitsalltag von Entwicklungsakteuren
Frankfurt am Main : Campus, 2020. - 348 page

2019

Kalfelis, Melina; Knodel, Kathrin
reviewed by: Lashaw, Amanda ; Vannier, Christian ; Sampson, Steven (Eds.): Cultures of Doing Good : Anthropo ...
in Anthropos volume 114 (2019) issue 1. - page 272-273
doi:10.5771/0257-9774-2019-1-272 ...

2018

Galindo, David Rex; Kalfelis, Melina; Nomey, José Luis Paz
Agency and Asymmetries : Actors and their Access to Resources in Colonial and Developmental Set ...
Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes : Trajectories of a New Research Program
Frankfurt am Main : Campus, 2018. - page 293-327

Kalfelis, Melina
Beyond Donor Memory : Temporal Allocation and Routine in the Day-to-Day-Work of Development Act ...
in Afrique Contemporaine (2018)

2016

Kalfelis, Melina
Reflections on Hunger in Burkina Faso
in On_Culture : The Open Journal for the Study of Culture (2016) issue 1
http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2016/12059 ...

2015

Kalfelis, Melina
reviewed by: Experts Fighting Global Poverty : An Alarming Analysis
in KULT_online volume 42 (2015)
doi:10.22029/ko.2015.892 ...
reviewed: Easterly, William: The Tyranny of Experts : Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. New York, 2014

Kalfelis, Melina
Flexibel aus Armut : Die Lebenswelt von lokalen Entwicklungsakteuren in Burkina Faso vor dem Hi ...
in Paideuma volume 61 (2015) . - page 143-164
https://www.jstor.org/stable/44242878

kalfelis-melina-ma

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Anthropology in Africa


Dr. Melina Kalfelis
Research Associate

University of Bayreuth
Building: GW II, Room: 00.17
Universitätsstraße 30
​D-95447 Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-4133
E-mail: melina.kalfelis@uni-bayreuth.de

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