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Prof. Dr. Gregor Dobler

Professor at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


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Curriculum Vitae

  • since October 2010: Professor at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universität Freiburg
  • 2002-2010: Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Basel University (Switzerland)
  • 2001-2002: Lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Bayreuth University
  • 2000-2001: Lecturer at the Chair for Religious Studies, Bayreuth University
  • 1996-2002: PhD on consumption patterns and material culture on the Ile d’Ouessant (Bretagne/ France), 1800-2000. Scholarship by Cusanuswerk and collegiate in the graduate school „Intercultural relations in Africa", Bayreuth
  • 1991-1996: Studied Anthropology, Political Sciences, Anthropology of Europe in Freiburg/ Brsg., Berlin and Bayreuth

At Freiburg University:
Member of the Board of SFB 1015 "Muße - Konzepte, Räume, Figuren".
Member of Frankreichzentrum and its joint commission.

Member of the Executive Committee of ABORNE (African Borderlands Research Network), the Advisory Board of the Journal of Namibian Studies and the Editorial Board of Anthropology Southern Africa.

Reviewer for research proposals e.g. for Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, DAAD, DFG, FCT Portugal, FWO Flanders, European Science Foundation, Romanian Research Assessment 2011, Siwss National Fund SNF, Czech Academy of Sciences.

Peer Reviewer e.g. for Africa, African Affairs, Africa Spectrum, China Quarterly, Forum for Development Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Modern African Studies, Social Anthropolgy, Sociologus, Urban Studies.


Key Publications

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Dobler, Gregor & Peter Philip Riedl (Hg.) 2017: Muße und Gesellschaft. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
Dobler, Gregor 2017: 'China in Namibia. How a new actor changes the dynamics of political economy.' Review of African Political Economy. Online first.
Dobler, Gregor 2016: 'Work and Rhythm' revisited: Rhythms and experience in Northern Nambian peasant work. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22(4), 864-883.
Dobler, Gregor 2016: The green, the grey and the blue: a typology of cross-border actors in Africa. Journal of Modern African Studies 54 (1): 145-169.
Dobler, Gregor 2015: Fatal Words. Restudying Jeanne Favret-Saada. Anthropology of this Century 13.
Reviews: Africa 85 (4), 2015; Journal of African History 57(1); Journal of Southern African Studies 42(2), 2016; Journal of Namibian Studies 17 (2015), Afrika Süd 1/2016.
Dobler, Gregor 2009: Oshikango: the dynamics of growth and regulation in a Northern Namibian boom town. In: Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 35 (1): 115-131.

Dobler, Gregor 2009: Chinese shops and the formation of a Chinese expatriate community in Namibia. In: Julia Strauss und Martha Saavedra (Hg.) 2009: China and Africa. Emerging Patterns in Globalization and Development. The China Quarterly, 707-727. (Simultaneously published as journal volume and as paperback by Cambridge University Press).

Dobler, Gregor 2008: Solidarity, Xenophobia and the Regulation of Chinese businesses in Oshikango, Namibia. In: Chris Alden, Daniel Large und Ricardo Soares de Oliveira (Hg.) 2008: China Returns to Africa. London: Hurst: S. 237-255.

Dobler, Gregor und Ulf Vierke 2005: Aufblicke. Fotografien von John Liebenberg. Bayreuth.
Dober, Gregor 2004: Bedürfnisse und der Umgang mit Dingen. Eine historische Ethnographie der Insel Ouessant, Bretagne, 1800-2000. Berlin: Reimer.

Regional Research Interests

Southern Africa
  • Namibia (since 2004): Economic and political anthropology; history.

  • Western France: Economic anthropology, consumption, witchcraft.


Research Topics

Theories and methods in Anthropology
  • Qualitative, phenomenologically oriented anthropology; Anthropology of the body; Anthropology's relation to its neighbouring disciplines.
Political Anthropology
  • Borders; States and statehood; Anthropology of power and domination.

Economic Anthropology
  • Trade; Consumption; international economic relations and their local effects.

Culture and Religion

  • Witchcraft, possession and other religious experiences; Otiose leisure.