Prof. apl. Dr. Ute Röschenthaler

Adjunct Professor

Tel.: +49 69/798-31491
Fax: +49 69/798-33065
E-Mail: roeschenthaler (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours: by appointment


Member of the project „Africa’s Asian Options“, Goethe University Frankfurt

Member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt

Adjunct Professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


Fields of work
 

Regions: Africa, West Africa, in particular Cameroon, Nigeria, Mali; Africans in Asia
Topics: Economic Anthropology, cultural mobility, trade networks, product histories, field research, cultures of memory, media and advertisement, intellectual property, African entrepreneurship


Research projects
 

  • "Intellectual Property in Africa: norms and practice, Cluster of Excellence 243, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • “Trade networks and migration between Africa and Asia”, Afraso: Africa’s Asian Options “, Goethe University Frankfurt

Monographs and edited volumes

2011  Purchasing Culture: The Dissemination of Associations in the Cross River Region of Cameroon and Nigeria, Africa World Press  2016  Copyright Africa: How Intellectual Property, Media and Markets Transform Immaterial Cultural Goods (Hg. mit Mamadou Diawara). Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing. 2016  Cultural Entrepreneurship in Africa (Hg. mit Dorothea Schulz). London: Routledge.


Selected publications

Monographs and edited volumes
 

  • 2016 Cultural Entrepreneurship in Africa. (Hg. mit Dorothea Schulz). London: Routledge.
  • 2016 Copyright Africa: How Intellectual Property, Media and Markets Transform Immaterial Cultural Goods. (Hg. mit Mamadou Diawara). Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing.
  • 2016 Competing Norms: State Regulations and Local Practice (ed. With Mamadou Diawara). Frankfurt: Campus.
  • 2015 Theme part issue “Clothing, uniformity and performance” of Africa 85, 4.
  • 2015 Special Issue on Remediation in Africa (with Alessandro Jedlowski, Patrick Oloko, and Ibrahima Wane). Journal of African Media Studies 7, 1.
  • 2011 Purchasing Culture. The Dissemination of Associations in the Cross River region of Cameroon and Nigeria. (The Harriet Tubmen Series of the African Diaspora). Trenton: Africa World Press. 

Articles and book chapters
 

  • 2016  Aspiring to be praised with many names: a media entrepreneur in Mali. In: Ute Röschenthaler and Dorothea Schulz (eds.). Cultural Entrepreneurship in Africa. London: Routledge, 224–244. 
  • 2016  Introduction: Forging Fortunes: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurial Activities in Africa. (with Dorothea Schulz); In: Ute Röschenthaler and Dorothea Schulz (eds.). Cultural Entrepreneurship in Africa. London: Routledge, 1–15.
  • 2016  ‘Be Faster than the Pirates’: Copyright and the Revival of ‘Traditional Dances’ in Southwest Cameroon. In: Ute Röschenthaler & Mamadou Diawara (eds). Copyright Africa: How Intellectual Property, Media and Markets Transform Immaterial Cultural Goods. Pyon Canon: Sean Kingston Publishing. 
  • 2016  Introduction: African Intellectual Worlds in the Making. (with Mamadou Diawara); In: Ute Röschenthaler & Mamadou Diawara (eds). Copyright Africa: How Intellectual Property, Media and Markets Transform Immaterial Cultural Goods. Pyon Canon: Sean Kingston Publishing.
  • 2015  Introduction: United in dress: negotiating gender and hierarchy with festival uniforms. Africa 85, 4: 627–633. 
  • 2015  Dressed in Photographs: Between Uniformization, Self-enhancement and the Promotion of Stars and Leaders in Bamako. Africa 85, 4: 696-720.
  • 2015  (with Alessandro Jedlowski, Patrick Oloko, and Ibrahima Wane). Across media: mobility and transformation of cultural materials in the digital age (introduction to special issue). Journal of African Media Studies 7, 1: 3–9.
  • 2013  Normenwandel und die Macht der Medien im subsaharischen Afrika (mit Mamadou Diawara). In: Fahrmeir, Andreas/Anette Imhausen (eds.). Die Vielfalt normativer Ordnungen. Konflikte und Dynamik in historischer und ethnologischer Perspektive. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 129–164.
  • 2013  Kakao am Kamerunberg. Der Kölner Kaufmann Max Esser und die Folgen seines Pioniergeistes. In: Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst & Anne-Kathrin Horstmann (eds.). Köln und der deutsche Kolonialismus. Eine Spurensuche. Köln: Böhlau, 65–71.
  • 2013  Etchu Richard Ayuk’s manuscript on the Slave Trade and Social Segregation in the Ejaghamland: In: Bellagamba, Alice/Sandra Greene/Martin Klein (eds.). African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade. Bd. 1. New York: Cambridge University Press, 191–203.
  • 2013  The Blood Men of Old Calabar – a Slave Revolt of the Nineteenth Century? In: Bellagamba, Alice/Sandra Greene/Martin Klein (Hg.). African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade. Bd. 1. New York: Cambridge University Press, 445–465.
  • 2012  Green Tea in the Sahel: The social history of an itinerant consumer good (with Mamadou Diawara). The Canadian Journal of African Studies 46, 1: 39–63.
  • 2011  Purchasing Culture. The Dissemination of Associations in the Cross River region of Cameroon and Nigeria. Trenton: Africa World Press (The Harriet Tubmen Series of the African Diaspora).
  • 2011  Geistiges Eigentum oder Kulturerbe? Lokale Strategien im Umgang mit kulturellen Ressourcen. Sociologus 61, 1: 45–67. (Intellectual property or cultural heritage? Local strategies for enhancing the value of cultural resources)
  • 2011  Immaterielles Kulturgut und konkurrierende Normen: Lokale Strategien des Umgangs mit globalen Regelungen zum Kulturgüterschutz (with Mamadou Diawara). Sociologus 61, 1: 1–17. (Immaterial cultural goods and competing norms: local strategies of coping with global regulations for the protection of cultural goods)
  • 2011  Pagaies, pirogues et éperons de bateaux: le monde aquatique d'Afrique de l'ouest. Cahiers des Anneaux de la Mémoire (Nantes) 14 (L'Afrique centrale atlantique): 163–180. 

Selected lectures and conference papers

  • “Competition and cooperation in Chinese and Cameroonian commercial interactions”. Paper presented at the 3rd Afraso conference “Afrasian Transformations: Beyond Grand Narratives?” Frankfurt, 28 September 2016.
  • “Childhood, work and mobility: a conceptual framework”. Paper presented at the Point Sud workshop “Making a better life: training, work and mobility of youth in West and Central Africa“, Bamako, 2 March 2016.
  • “Trade, crisis and cultural entrepreneurship in the Niger Delta and the Cross River Region” (with Julia Binter) at the Conference of the German Anthropological Association, Marburg, 3 October 2015.
  • „Challenges to African entrepreneurship in Malaysia”, paper presented at the panel “Global African Entrepreneurship” (Heidi Haugen and Michaela Pelican) ECAS, Paris, 8-10 July 2015.
  • “Bewegung von Menschen und Gütern im globalen Kontext”. Presentation at the Roound Table „Handelstoffe: Zirkulation und Kommunikation im Atlantik“, Hannover, 1 July 2015.
  • “Entrepreneurship in Africa: Critical reflections on the significance of an eminent concept”. Lecture at the Lecture series “Dimensions of Agency: Entrepreneurship in Business, Culture and Governance”, Leipzig, 18 May 2015.
  • “Networks and Activities of Africans in Malaysia”. Paper presented at the conference “Rethinking African-Asian relationships: changing realities, new concepts”, Cape Town, 24-26 March 2015.
  • “The History of Green Tea in Africa”. Lecture at the School of International Studies, Peking University, 18. December 2014.
  • “Brokers as intermediaries in commercial trade networks“, paper presented at the conference “Africans in China/Chinese in Africa” in Guangzhou, 12-14 December 2014.
  • “Coping with uncertainty: The precarious situation of independent African media entrepreneurs” paper presented at the Panel “Soft power, hard currency: Producing media in Sub-Saharan Africa” at the ASAUK in Brighton, 10 September 2014.
  • “A media entrepreneur and his fans in Mali”, paper presented at the Panel “Cultural entrepreneurs in Africa: endeavours, constraints, and pathways of success”, EASA, Tallinn 1 August 2014.
  • “How to design a research project at the example of photographs on cloth in Mali”. Lecture at the Department de l’anthropologie of the Université de Yaounde I, 29 June 2014.
  • "The history of green tea in Mali and beyond", at the ECAS thematic conference “Africa in the Global South: biographies of mobility and aspirations of success”, Goethe Universitäty Frankfurt, 15-17 May 2014.
  • "Commercial networks and culture brokers: Cameroonian traders in China", at the Adun-Afraso conference "African-Asian Encounters: New Cooperations – New Dependencies", Kuala Lumpur, 11-13 March 2014.
  • „Facetten der Produktion von Materialität in West- und Zentralafrika“, Goethe University Frankfurt, 29 January 2014.
  • "Normenwandel und die schillernde Macht der Medien im subsaharischen Afrika" (with Mamadou Diawara), lecture at the "B3 Biennale des bewegten Bildes 2013", organized by Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders", Frankfurt, 1 November 2013.
  • "Textile Advertising and Female Fan Culture", at the workshop "Exploring the intersections between advertising, anthropology, and popular culture" conference of the German Anthropological Association (DGV), Mainz, 2-5 October 2013.
  • "Ornamente auf Objekten in Afrika“, lecture Vortrag at the Department of Art History, Stuttgart, 24 July 2013.
  • "Culture in the Making: Local Festivals, Remembrance, and the marketing of identity in Southwest Cameroon and Southeast Nigeria" in the panel "Commoditizing Identities – Recent Cameroonian Trajectories", organized by Peter Geschiere, Mitzi Goheen, and Dominique Malaquais, ASA, Philadelphia, 29 November-1 December 2012.
  • "Handelsnetze und die Geschichte von Kultbünden in West- und Zentralafrika", lecture at the lecture series "Afrika in Geschichte und Gegenwart", Goethe Universitäty Frankfurt, 4 July 2012.
  • "Chinesischer Grüntee in Mali: Geschichte, Konsum, Markenbildung", lecture at the seminar series "Ethnologisches Kolloquium", Bayreuth, 22 May 2012.
  • "Normenwandel und die Macht der Medien in Afrika" (with Mamadou Diawara), lecture at the Cluster of Excellence 243 "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen", Frankfurt am Main, 11 April 2012.
  • Statement at the round table "Feldforschungserfahrungen in Afrika", Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF), Frankfurt am Main, 2 December 2011.
  • "Chinese Green Tea: Entrepreneurship and the Establishment of a Popular Drink in Mali", at the panel "Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship in Africa" at the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Montreal, 16-20 November 2011.
  • "African Perspectives on Children and Youth Migration", a the international workshop "African Youth from Within – Youth at work in subsahara Africa – Jeunesse et travail en afrique subsaharienne, Schloss Marbach, Lake Constance, 20-22 October 2011.
  • "Unternehmerinnen in Afrika. Ein ethnologischer Blick über den wirtschaftlichen Tellerrand", lecture at the Frauen-Wirtschafts-Tag (Women in Economy Day), Kirchheim/Teck, 13 October 2011.
  • "Tänze und Kulte im Südwesten Kameruns zwischen Exklusivität und Global Viewing" in the panel "Vom Wahren zur Ware" at the conference of the German Anthropological Association (DGV), Vienna, 14-17 September 2011.
  • "Dissemination Histories of Immaterial Goods, Consumption and Advertising in Africa", at the Centre for West African Studies, Birmingham, 7 September 2011.
  • "Zwischen Dorfplatz und MySpace. Zur Geschichte von Kultbünden und ihren Objekten im Cross River-Gebiet", at the seminar series of the Art History Department of the Free University Berlin, 22 June 2011.
  • "Verbreitungsgeschichte, Konsum und (im)materielle Güter: Beispiele aus Kamerun und Mali" at the Institut für Kulturanthropologie der Universität Wien, 20 June 2011.
  • "Advertising and Entrepreneurship in Bamako" in the panel "Imagining a better life: consumption, advertising and entrepreneurship" at the ECAS conference, Uppsala, 15-18 June 2011.
  • "Copyright, Translocal Performances and Cultural Creativity in Southwest Cameroon" at the international conference "Intellectual Property, Normative Orders and Globalisation" (part 2), organised by Mamadou Diawara and Ute Röschenthaler in the frame of the cluster of excellence 243 The Formation of Normative Orders, Forschungskolleg Bad Homburg, 2-4 June 2011.
  • "Kultbünde und Handel in Kamerun", at the Museum für Völkerkunde, München, 31 March 2011.
  • Discussant at the international workshop "Rester et partir/ staying and leaving: Contemporary Photography and the Representation of African Migration" (Program Point Sud), Bamako, 8-16 February 2011.
  • "Entrepreneurs: Media, Markets, Advertisements". Presentation (and chair) at the international workshop "Appropriation et changement de medias en Afrique de l'ouest: nouveaux acteurs et façonnement sociotechnique des domaines publiques" (Program Point Sud), Bamako, 4-9 January 2011.

Organization of conferences and workshops

  • Organization of the Point Sud workshop “Making a better life: training, work and mobility of youth in West and Central Africa“ (with Augustin Emane, Ibrahima Tchioub and Moussa Sissoko) in Bamako, 2.-8. March 2016.
  • Organization of the workshop “Cultural entrepreneurship in times of crisis” (with Julia Binter) at the Conference of the German Anthropological Association, Marburg, 30 September - 3 October 2015.
  • Organization of the panel “The Role of the Broker in African-Chinese Commercial Relations“ at the conference Africans in China/Chinese in Africa in Guangzhou, 12-14 December 2014.
  • Organization and covenor of the panel “Soft power, hard currency: Producing media in Sub-Saharan Africa” (with Alessandro Jedlowski and Patrick Oloko) at the ASAUK in Brighton, 9-11 September 2014.
  • Organization and covenor of the workshop “State regulations and Local Praxis” (with Mamadou Diawara) with African and German junior scholars at the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt, part 1: 14-18 July and part 2: 27.-28 July 2014.
  • Organization and convenor of the panel Asian traders in Africa: impacts and future perspectives (with Laurence Marfaing, Antoince Socpa and Alena Thiel) at the conference of the German-speaking Africanists, Bayreuth, 11-14 June 2014.
  • Organization and convenor of the ECAS thematic conference “Africa in the Global South: biographies of mobility and aspirations of success” (with Alessandro Jedlowski) at the Goethe University Frankfurt, 15-17 May 2014.
  • Organization and convenor of a symposium "Who owns the praise? Oral literature, cultural norms and rights in artistic productions in Africa" (with Matthias Gruber) (at the 60th anniversary of Mamadou Diawara) in Lautertal, 9 May 2014.
  • Organization of a symposium "Ways of belonging in Africa: the dynamics of differenciation" (with Katja Werthmann) (at the 60th birthday of Carola Lentz) at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 2 May 2014.
  • Organization and covenor of a workshop"Exploring the intersections between advertising, anthropology, and popular culture" (with Dominik Müller) at the conference of the German Anthropological Association (DGV), Mainz, 2-5 October 2013.
  • Organization and covenor of a panel “Moving markets, travelling goods: exploring the paths of trade in Africa” (with Gabriel Klaeger) at the ECAS conference, Lissabon, 26-29 June 2013.
  • Organization and covenor at a conference "How does transnational mobility transform cultural production? Informality and remediation in African popular cultures" (with Alessandro Jedlowski, Patrick Oloko and Ibrahima Wane) Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), 4-10 January 2013.
  • Organization and covenor of a panel "Local festivals, new ethnic identities, and citizenship in Africa" (with Antoine Socpa) at the conference of the German-speaking Africanists (VAD) Cologne, 30 May -1 June 2012.
  • Organization and covenor of a panel "Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship in Africa", (with Dorothea Schulz) at the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Montreal, 16-20 November 2011.
  • Organization of the workshop "African Youth from Within – Youth at work in subsahara Africa – Jeunesse et travail en afrique subsaharienne" (with Mamadou Diawara), Schloss Marbach, Lake Constance, 20-22 October 2011.
  • Organization and convenor of a plenary session "The Politics of Cultural Rights" (with Verena Traeger) at the conference of the German Anthropological Assocaition (DGV), Vienna, 14-17 September 2011.
  • Convenor of the panel "Imagining a better life: consumption, advertising and entrepreneurship" (with Dorothea Schulz) at the ECAS-conference in Uppsala, 15-18 June 2011 (supported by the cluster of excellence 243, Goethe University Frankfurt).
  • Organization and convenor of the international Workshop "Intellectual Property, Normative Orders and Globalisation" (part 2) (with Mamadou Diawara), in the frame of the cluster of excellence 243 The Formation of Normative Orders (supported by the cluster of excellence 243 and the Centre for interdisciplinary African Studies of the Goethe University Frankfurt), Forschungskolleg Bad Homburg, 2-4 June 2011.