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Dr. Sophie Strauß

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I am a social anthropologist with a regional interest in Indonesia and a focus on environmental anthropology and political ecology. I have joined the team as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer associated with the chair of Prof. Dr. Annette Hornbacher. In my current post-doctoral research project, I focus on social activism and sustainable visions of the future in the context of socio-ecological conflicts in Indonesia.


I have studied Social Anthropology, Historical Anthropology/Human Ecology and Environmental Studies/Conservation Biology (Magistra Artium) in Göttingen and Uppsala (Sweden) focusing on conflicts over water resources in South Balinese paddy cultivation. Since then, I have conducted extensive fieldwork on Bali, and joined the Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion at the University of Halle-Wittenberg with a PhD scholarship. I completed my doctoral thesis on the role of landscape concepts in relation to tourism development in Northern Bali at the University of Göttingen (Thesis Wie heilig sind Wald und Wasser? Die Rolle von Landschaftskonzepten im Disput um Tourismusentwicklung in einem Naturschutzgebiet in Nordbali, Indonesien, How Sacred are Forest and Water: the role of landscape concepts in a dispute over tourism development in a nature reserve in Northern Bali, Indonesia).

 

Research Interests

  • Southeast Asia, mainly Indonesia (esp. Bali)
  • Anthropology of Landscape and Space
  • Environmental Anthropology, Cultural Ecology, Political Ecology esp. of Nature Reserves, Environmental Humanities
  • Water Rights and Water Management, socio-ecological conflicts, Agrarian crisis, Sustainable agriculture in Southeast Asia (Indonesia)
  • Climate Change, Sustainability, Degrowth
  • Anthropology of the Future, Activism, social movements, esp. environmental movements in Southeast Asia
  • Anthropology of Tourism (Sustainable Tourism)
  • Conflict Studies, Forced Migration, human rights
  • Transcultural Perspectives on Trauma (esp. Indonesia)
  • Reproductive Justice, Gender
  • Ethnographic Methods

Selected Publications

Academic Theses/Monographs


2020    
Wie heilig sind Wald und Wasser? Die Rolle von Landschaftskonzepten im Disput um Tourismusentwicklung in einem Naturschutzgebiet in Nordbali, Indonesien. Dissertation. eDiss, Open Access der Niedersächsischen Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen.

2008    
Konkurrenz um die Ressource Wasser. Nutzungskonflikte am Beispiel der südbalinesischen Reiskultur. Magisterarbeit. Göttingen: Open Access der Niedersächsischen Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen.
 

Academic publications in scientific journals (peer-reviewed)


2015    
Alliances Across Ideologies: Networking with NGOs in a Tourism Dispute in Northern Bali. In: Rachel P. Lorenzen; Dik Roth (Hg.): “Bali: Socio-environmental conflicts in contested spaces”. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (TAPJA) 02/2015; 16 (2), 123–140. The Australian National University, Routledge.


2011    
Water Conflicts between different User Groups in South Bali, Indonesia. In: Human Ecology 39 (1), 69–79. New York, Heidelberg: Springer.

 

Book chapters (peer-reviewed)


2014    
Respecting the Lakes: Arguments about a Tourism Project between Environmentalism and Agama. In: Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin; David Harnish (Hg.): Between Harmony and Discrimination. Negotiating Religious Identities within Majority-Minority Relationships in Bali and Lombok. Leiden, Boston: Brill, pp. 275-300.


2009  
„Ich brachte es nicht übers Herz, ihr diese Dinge nicht mitzuteilen". In: Elfriede Hermann; Karin Klenke; Michael Dickhardt (Hg.): Form, Macht, Differenz. Motive und Felder ethnologischen Forschens. Göttingen: Göttinger Universitätsverlag, pp. 65-76. (mit Jero Mangku Dalem I Nyoman Sutarmi).

 

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