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Befriending Strangers: On Rejections, Unintended Entanglements and Serendipity in Ethnographic Fieldwork

Veröffentlicht am 14. April 2021

Keynote lecture by Minh Nguyen for the Scottish Programme of Advanced Training for Social Anthropology PhD Students. See details in attached program: link to pdf

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Peasants, Migrant Workers and “Supermarkets”: An Ethnographic Account of Chinese Development from the Margin

Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2021

Prof. Dr. Minh Nguyen is giving a talk based on the paper “Peasants, Migrant Workers and “Supermarkets”: An Ethnographic Account of Chinese Development from the Margin” at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, on Tuesday March 18th, at 16:00-17:30 CET.

Zoom Meeting ID: 981 5093 9409
Passcode: Sussex

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New Publications from AG Social Anthropology

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2021

There are several new publications from the research group Social Anthropology. These recent publications comprise Jake Lin, Minh Nguyen and Phil Wilcox.

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Studentische Hilfskräfte (SHK) im AB 6 gesucht

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2020


Zur Unterstützung des AB 6 werden in der AG "Transnationalisierung, Entwicklung und Migration" zwei studentische Hilfskräfte (SHK) und in der AG "Sozialanthropologie" eine studentische Hilfskraft (SHK) jeweils zum 1. März 2021 gesucht.


Field of Exceptional Uncertainty: The Challenges of Early-Career Anthropologists in the Wake of the Corona Pandemic (Position Paper)

Veröffentlicht am 19. November 2020

The position paper conveys the difficulties of practicing fieldwork and ethnography in times of lockdowns, travel bans, physical and social distancing to university administrations, funding agencies and also the wider public. It is the result of a collective effort by all organizers and participants of the DGSKA (German Anthropological Association) Online Autumn Academy that took place in October 2020. The attached document reads most complementary to the participants' blog contributions 'Fieldwork in Crisis'.

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Peasants, Migrant Workers, and "Supermarkets": An Ethnographic Account of Chinese Development from the Margin

Veröffentlicht am 3. November 2020

Minh Nguyen is giving a lecture at the University of Erlangen – Nürnberg on Thursday, 5th November from 6pm to 8pm.

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Next seminar in the Understanding Asia Colloqium Series

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2020

We are excited to announce our next seminar in the Understanding Asia Colloqium Series. On 24. Nov. 2020, Professor Pierre Petit (Université libre de Bruxelles) will be presenting his research.

Wir freuen uns das nächste Seminar in unserer "Understanding Asia" Kolloqium Reihe anzukündigen. Am 24.11.2020 wird Professor Pierre Petit (Université libre de Bruxelles) einen Vortrag über seine Forschung halten.

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Ethnographic Fieldwork in East Asia in Times of Covid-19

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2020

The roundtable will take place on Wednesday 12.08, 13:00, via Zoom. It is a closed research workshop jointly held by the ERC project team 'Welfare for Migrant Factory Worker: Moral Struggles and Politics of Care under Market Socialism' led by Minh Nguyen at Bielefeld University and ERC project team 'Whales of Power: Aquatic Mammals, Devotional Practices, and Environmental Change in Maritime East Asia' led by Prof. Aike Peter Rots at the University of Oslo.

The participants will exchange information regarding their fieldwork plans and discuss how to deal with emerging difficulties of conducting fieldwork during the current crisis as well as general issues of doing fieldwork in East Asian countries.

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Roundtable “Methodologies On and Offline: Doing Ethnography Ethically in the Digital Age”

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2020

Phill Wilcox, from AG Social Anthropology, Bielefeld University, has co-convened a roundtable on digital methodologies for the EASA 2020 conference on 22. July 2020.

The roundtable “Methodologies on and offline: doing ethnography ethically in the digital age” examines how digital technologies impact the anthropological methodology by discussing issues related to the ethics of digital research, the contemporary understanding of the field site, public intimacy, data management, the notion of public/private, and online/offline identities.

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New Publications from RG Social Anthropology

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2020

The RG Social Anthropology has published three new papers recently:


Understanding Asia - Senses, Forms and (Infra)Structures

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2019

In summer term 2019 the Working Group Social Anthropology organizes a lecture series with the title “Understanding Asia: Senses, Forms and (Infra)Structures”. Within the series four external researchers - Prof. Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpendonu; Prof. Dr. Christina Schwenkel; Prof. Dr. Kelvin E.Y. Low and Dr. Dominik Müller - will hold a lecture. All those who are interested are cordially invited!

For the exact dates, time, venue and topics please see the poster attached.

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Antrittsvorlesung von Prof. Dr. Minh Nguyen

Veröffentlicht am 14. Januar 2019

Am Mittwoch, den 16. Januar 2019 hält Prof. Dr. Minh Nguyen ihre Antrittsvorlesung zum Thema "Waste and Wealth: Labor, Value and Morality in a Vietnamese Recycling Economy". Die Veranstaltung findet um 12 Uhr (c.t.) in X-E0-002 statt.

Bevor Minh Nguyen Anfang 2018 Professorin für Sozialanthropologie an der Faktultät für Soziologie an der Universität Bielefeld geworden ist, hat sie sechs Jahre am Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung in Halle (Saale) geforscht.


P. Wilcox receives Bielefeld Young Researcher's Fund

Veröffentlicht am 23. November 2018

Phill Wilcox receives Bielefeld Young Researcher's Fund for her Projekt "One World: One Dream? The rise of China in Laos".

This project investigates perceptions of China and Chinese influence in Laos. Currently, a major railway is under construction from China that will cover approximately half the territory of Laos. My aim is to use the Lao-China railway as a means to investigate Laos at a time of change, and implications for Laos, Southeast Asia and ASEAN.


New Book from M. Nguyen "Waste and Wealth"

Veröffentlicht am 13. November 2018

Waste and Wealth. An Ethnography of Labor, Value, and Morality in a Vietnamese Recycling Economy (Oxford University Press)

Waste and Wealth examines questions of value, labor, and morality underlining the translocal waste trading networks originating from a rural district in Vietnam. Considering waste as an economic category of global significance, this book shows migrant laborers' complex negotiations with political economic forces to remake their social and moral lives. It also illuminates how the waste traders seek to construct viable identities in the face of stigmatization, insecurity, and precarity. Waste and Wealth makes an important contribution to global studies of human economies and post-socialist transformations, demonstrating how the forces of globalization blend with local historical-cultural dynamics to shape the valuation of people and things.

Waste and Wealth is a volume in the series ISSUES OF GLOBALIZATION: CASE STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY ANTHROPOLOGY, which examines the experiences of individual communities in our contemporary world. Each volume offers a brief and engaging exploration of a particular issue arising from globalization and its cultural, political, and economic effects on certain peoples or groups.



"Waste and Wealth is an outstanding ethnography brimming with vivid details and insights about the lives of Vietnamese waste traders. Tracing the livelihood strategies, hopes, dreams, and struggles of Spring Village traders, Minh Nguyen takes readers on a riveting series of journeys throughout the nation's capital city, Hanoi, and surrounding areas. It is a story of hard, dirty labor, but also of resilience, social mobility, and economic uplift. The waste traders in this book are not only turning waste into gold, but literally remaking themselves, their village, and Vietnam's new rural economy."--Erik Lind Harms, Yale University

"With this compellingly written and highly original ethnography, Nguyen shows how informal recyclers remake themselves, their relationships, and their circumstances, laying to rest the assumptions that waste is inherently worthless and that those who work with it are doomed to abject poverty. The book is clearly written, demonstrating complex entanglements of dirty work, class aspirations, and gender politics in a post-socialist context."--Joshua Reno, Binghamton University

"The ethnography is skillfully crafted, drawing readers into people's lives with a keen appreciation of how they juggle competing moralities and demands on their lives. Nguyen's theoretical contribution is deft, efficient, and--as with the best ethnography--lightly and dexterously woven through her material."--Catherine Alexander, Durham University

Link to the book

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Vortrag J. Pfaff bei der 16. Annual Nepal Lecture

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2018

Am 1. November 2018 findet die 16. Annual Nepal Lecture des Britain-Nepal Academic Council statt. Dort hält Frau Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka einen Vortrag zum Thema ‘Belonging to Academia? Higher Education, Inequality, and Development’.

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