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Dr. des Valerie Nur (née Hänisch)

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social and Cultural Anthropology with focus on Africa

Valerie Nur's (née Hänisch) publications can be found both under Valerie Nur and Valerie Hänisch.

Academic Career

  • Since December 2022: Scholarship holder of the Bavarian Government to support women's equality in science and teaching.
  • May 2021: Disputation of doctoral thesis "Handwerk als soziale Praxis. Eine ethnologische Studie über die handwerklichen Praktiken der endogamen Handwerker*innengruppe der inǎḍǎn des Aїr in Niger" on 31 May 2021
  • September 2020 - February 2021: Research associate at the department of Anthropology in Africa (Prof. Dr. Andrea Behrends), University of Bayreuth
  • May 2019 – Sept. 2020: parental leave
  • Nov. 2017 – May 2019: Research associate at the Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Prof. Dr. Kurt Beck), University of Bayreuth
  • Mar. – Oct. 2017: parental leave
  • 2013 – 2015: Scholarship holder of "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes"
  • since Oct 2012: Junior Fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)
  • Oct. 2011 – March 2012: PROMOS Scholarship (DAAD) for field research in Niger
  • 2009 – 2011: Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology (final grade: 1,0), FU Berlin
  • Jan. – Jul. 2010: Studies abroad at the Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l'homme (MMSH), Université de Provence, France
  • 2008 – 2009: Master Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Arabic, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2004 – 2007: Bachelor of Arts in African Culture & Society, focus on religions and history of Africa, University of Bayreuth

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social and Cultural Anthropology with focus on Africa

Research areas

  • West Africa and Sahara, Mali, Niger, Tschad
  • Work, body, knowledge and practice, learning, craft and oasis economies, nomadism, mobility, economic anthropology, digital anthropology

Research experience

  • 12/2014 – 05/2015: field research in Agadez and the Aïr mountains, Niger
  • 02 – 12/2013: PhD project, 10 months of field research in Niamey, Maradi, Gadabedji and the Aïr mountains in Niger about „Craft as social practice among the endogamous professional group of inadan Tuareg of the Aïr in Niger“
  • 11/2011 – 02/2012: explorative field research in Niger, supported by the PR