Researchers at the CRC

My fieldwork is located in central Burkina Faso, where I work with Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)-actors since 2009. On the one hand, I document their life stories and the history of five local NGO to capture their historical change. On the other hand, I focus on the actors cooperation with Western donor organizations. How do they negotiate with their foreign partners and what tactics do they use to acquire resources? By doing this, I take a holistic perspective and want to tackle the relation of an institutionalized development logic to the daily life in Burkina Faso.

Melina Kalfelis, Flexibel aus Armut – Selbstbeschreibung und Taktiken der Ressourcenerschließung von NRO-Akteuren in Westafrika (B 06)

SFB 1095 "Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes"

The transformation in the treatment of resources gives rise to the question as to the power of agency of the actors and is thus not only a core issue within historical research but is of major relevance for today’s societies. The Collaborative Research Centre 1095 Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes approaches this question by working on the assumption that discourses of weakness may have indicative and mobilising functions with respect to the problems in the handling and treatment of resources, whether they be material or non-material thus significantly influencing the behaviour of the players involved. Communication on the topic of weakness can impart that resources are lacking or will be required in the future in order to guarantee the reaching of goals. 

However, individual resources may not be considered in isolation: hence the use of the term resource regimes puts an emphasis on those sections of historical formations which take the shape of power, so that the Frankfurt research group also always takes into account the norms and practices which organise the, on the whole contentious, access to resources. Into the research scope of the various sub-projects fall historical and current constellations in which the use of resources becomes a collective action problem. This is of great significance for a deeper understanding of processes of transformation.



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interne Klausurtagung


Schlögl: "Defekte" Erfolgsmedien in der Gesellschaft der Frühen Neuzeit


Cancik: (Titel folgt)


Uekötter: Von Seeschildkröten, Tiefkühlhühnern und der Bedeutung der Freiheit: Perspektiven einer Ressourcengeschichte