Katharina Schramm

Katharina Schramm
University of Bayreuth · Department of Anthropology

PhD

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Additional affiliations
October 2015 - present
Freie Universität Berlin
Position
  • Professor
April 2008 - present
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Die Debatte um Herkunftstests ist beispielhaft für aktuelle naturwissenschaftliche Diskurse um menschliche Diversität. Im Umgang mit den Testergebnissen zeigt sich wie Rassifizierung in der Verwobenheit biologischer und kultureller Bedeutungen erzeugt wird.
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«‹Rassen› gibt es nicht!» Diesen Satz haben wohl alle, die sich mit Rassismus beschäftigen, so oder ähnlich bereits einmal gehört oder gelesen, und viele dürften ihn auch schon selbst einmal geäussert haben, um sich damit gegen ein biologisches Verständnis zur Einteilung von Menschen nach Herkunft und Hautfarbe abzugrenzen. Oft wird dabei auf die A...
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« Les ‹races› n’existent pas!» Cette phrase, tous ceux qui travaillent sur le racisme l’ont sans doute entendue une fois, sous cette forme ou sous une autre, et beaucoup l’ont sans doute aussi prononcée eux-mêmes afin de se démarquer d’une conception biologique de la répartition des humains selon leur origine et leur couleur de peau. On a souvent r...
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From the early 2000s onward, scientists, politicians, and intellectuals have presented the South African gene pool as a new archive for the new nation, suggesting a non-racial unity in diversity through common human origins. In this discourse, population genomics and genetic ancestry allude to metaphors of shared kinship to overcome the legacies of...
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The city of Bulawayo has had water problems since its establishment. This is partly due to the semi-arid climate within which it is situated, but also to rising levels of demand that have not been met with adequate supply. There are many disagreements among various stakeholders around ownership and management of water infrastructure. Between 2005 a...
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This article examines a project of facial reconstruction of human remains from an archaeological excavation that took place in 1994 in the inner city of Cape Town, South Africa. The initiators of the project envisioned it as an opportunity to translate the power of scientific knowledge to a lay audience, conveying a postapartheid, postracial vision...
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In this introduction to the special section on ‘Doing Race in Europe’ we take up the notion of race as an ‘absent presence’ to deal with two related issues. First, we consider the historically contested position of race in the discipline of anthropology. Second, we think through the notion of an ‘absent presence’ conceptually and methodologically s...
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What have affirmative action policies, categorization of care needs, plastic surgery, forensic identification of dead bodies and age assessments of refugees in common? They all determine recognition and access to resources and rights via the body. In the introduction to this special issue, the editors emphasize that the body only becomes distinct a...
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This is the introduction to the Special Issue "Political Subjectivities in Times of Transformations, Critical African Studies, 2018, Vol. 10(3), co-edited with Katharina Schramm.
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Ist die Rede von politisierten Feldern in der Sozialforschung, stellt sich zunächst die Frage nach dem hier zugrunde gelegten Politikbegriff. Nicht die Politik der Wissensproduktion oder eine allgemeinere Auffassung des Politischen als umfassendes soziales Handlungsfeld sind zunächst angesprochen, sondern die Politisierung der Felder, in denen sich...
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The Archaeology of Colonialism: In- timate Encounters and Sexual Effects.
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This paper discusses the articulation and complex enactment of postcolonial indigeneity, commonly referred to as Khoesan revivalism in contemporary South Africa. Through a close examination of the “substances of indigeneity,” i.e. body casts, human remains and DNA, it interrogates the partial imbrication of past and present scientific and classific...
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This article discusses a DNA-ancestry testing that was conducted in the South African community of Simon’s Town as part of the global Genographic Project. Simon’s Town, a small fishing town and military harbor has had a long migration history. During apartheid, all non-white residents were forcibly removed from their homes and allocated to segregat...
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The nexus between heritage, power and ideology almost seems self-evident, at least at first sight. Is not heritage, or the announcement of something as heritage, per se ideological — characterized by a highly reductionist recourse to ‘the past’ in order to legitimate current interests and future aspirations of political actors? And is it not a matt...
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Ethnographic methods have found their way into all cultural and social science disciplines. They also play a key role in media research. This handbook compiles the methodological discussion in media ethnology and develops it further using concrete field research reports as an example: The dense description of media practices, a critical location of...
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In recent years the concept of ‘diversity’ has gained a leading place in academic thought, business practice and public policy worldwide. Although variously used, ‘diversity’ tends to refer to patterns of social difference in terms of certain key categories. Today the foremost categories shaping discourses and policies of diversity include race, et...
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Territorial borders just like other boundaries are involved in a politics of belonging, a politics of “us” and “them”. Border management regimes are thus part of processes of othering. In this article, we use the management of borders and populations in Europe as an empirical example to make a theoretical claim about race. We introduce the notion o...
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In many European countries, the explicit discussion of race as a biological phenomenon has long been avoided. This has not meant that race has become obsolete or irrelevant all together. Rather, it is a slippery object that keeps shifting and changing. To understand its slippery nature, we suggest that race in Europe is best viewed as an absent pre...
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With the rise of new genomic technologies and an ongoing proliferation of human diversity research there has been a growing academic concern about the revival of biological understandings of race in the life sciences. Clearly it is no more enough to say that race is a social construction, if that mantra relies on a separation between race as a biol...
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With the rise of new genomic technologies and an ongoing proliferation of human diversity research there has been a growing academic concern about the revival of biological understandings of race in the life sciences. Clearly it is no more enough to say that race is a social construction, if that mantra relies on a separation between race as a biol...
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Racial and ethnic categories have appeared in recent scientific work in novel ways and in relation to a variety of disciplines: medicine, forensics, population genetics and also developments in popular genealogy. Once again, biology is foregrounded in the discussion of human identity. Of particular importance is the preoccupation with origins and p...
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This article examines the trans/formation of a memorial landscape of slavery and the slave trade in Ghana's Upper East Region. It focuses on a former slave camp (Pikworo), which is closely associated with late-nineteenth-century slave raids that play an important role in local memorial and ritual practices. Recently, however, Pikworo has been repre...
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Violence leaves traces. Be it habitually remembered or consciously evoked, it has profound effects on individual consciousness as well as collective identifications. Moreover, the memory of violence is not only embedded in peoples' bodies and minds but also inscribed onto space in all kinds of settings: memorials, religious shrines, border zones or...
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This article examines the trans/formation of a memorial landscape of slavery and the slave trade in Ghana's Upper East Region. It focuses on a former slave camp (Pikworo), which is closely associated with late-nineteenth-century slave raids that play an important role in local memorial and ritual practices. Recently, however, Pikworo has been repre...
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In the introduction to this special volume the editors focus on the analytical value of "political subjectivities" in emergent social fields that are characterized by multiple diasporic overlaps. They emphasize the central role played by various forms of governance in producing, confirming and contesting politics of transnational incorporation and...
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African Americans and others in the African diaspora have increasingly "come home" to Africa to visit the sites at which their ancestors were enslaved and shipped. In this nuanced analysis of homecoming, Katharina Schramm analyzes how a shared rhetoric of the (Pan-)African family is produced among African hosts and Diasporan returnees and at the sa...
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"The future lies in the past" or "You need to know your past in order to move forward" - this is how the adinkra-symbol sankofa is often interpreted. Originally closely linked to Akan-chieftaincy, the symbol is nowadays popularized far beyond its local context. Sankofa has become a key reference for a positive interpretation of the past and an appr...
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This article aims to analyse the dynamics of the making and unmaking of racial identities by looking at the ways in which the issue of race is debated in the context of historical and more recent return movements of African Americans to Ghana. The discourse surrounding the return, or homecoming as it is commonly phrased, is determined by notions of...
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Psychologists have done a great deal of research on the effects of trauma on the individual, revealing the paradox that violent experiences are often secreted away beyond easy accessibility, becoming impossible to verbalize explicitly. However, comparatively little research has been done on the transgenerational effects of trauma and the means by w...
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In recent years, diaspora has become one of the key terms of social analysis in various fields. Emphasizing the multiple trajectories out of which present identities – inasmuch as political or economic realities – are forged, the concept forces us to reconsider the scope of classical area studies (and associated disciplinary boundaries) in radical...
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This article explores some of the methodological and theoretical challenges that occur in research contexts where the anthropologist is categorically unwelcome. Based on significant episodes from her own fieldwork on the homecoming of African Americans to Ghana, the author discusses the double edge of positionality as both structural placement and...
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Over the past two decades, quite a few books have dealt with the formation of national identities and the role of cultural politics in that process. Special attention has been paid to the situation of postcolonial nation-states and the entanglements of colonial and nationalist discourses that are particular to them. By focusing on the teaching of "...
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This article deals with the recent homecoming of African Americans to Ghana and the resulting heritage politics, as it unfolds between the Ghanaian state on the one hand and Diasporan visitors and repatriates on the other. Through the concrete encounter with the ‘motherland’, homecoming ceases to be an imaginary construction, but is rather turned i...
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This discussion places authenticity in the framework of Ghanaian heritage politics. It examines the interplay between assertions of an authentic (national) culture and its exploitation in the tourist sphere. In Ghana, as in other postcolonial states, there is an ongoing debate among intellectuals and state representatives over cultural adulteration...
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The paper looks at the historical evolution of Ghana's national dance company, the Ghana Dance Ensemble. From it's very beginnings in the early 1960s, the ensemble was at the centre of Ghanaian cultural policy. The author shows how the construction of a Ghanaian national culture took place in the field of dance. Taking a close look on the selection...

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