Dr. Eva Riedke

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Eva Riedke is post-doc researcher (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies (ifeas). Her research and teaching draws inspiration from political anthropology, anthropology of the state, infrastructure studies, feminist and gender studies and Science and Technology Studies (STS). Her research has focused on forms of political participation, the relationship of culture and technology, infrastructures and their crises as well as human-environment relations.

Within the framework of her PhD, Eva Riedke conducted thirteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in and around Durban, South Africa. She focused in particular on emergent ‘publics’ and on the manner in which people’s engagement in politics is mediated by problems that affect them. She turned to processes of ‘issue articulation’ – i.e. how actors and groups of actors seeks to render visible different meanings of a particular issue,  how they work to make explicit ‘what is at stake’ and collectively engage in forms of critical scrutiny and testing. Drawing inspiration from Noortje Marres, Luc Boltanski, Laurent Thevenot but also the works of John Dewey, the argument was that by tracing issues and their publics, allows us to see more than what we readily come to recognise as settings of “the political”. Central was a concern with rethinking the place of material objects in politics as well as the settings and forms of political participation.

She was awarded her PhD from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in 2017 and is currently beginning a new project on micro-solar products and so called “off-grid life” in Uganda.