Mechthild von Vacano

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Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

PhD Candidate & Research Associate

Field of Activity

Doctoral Research: "Livelihoods, life conduct, subjectivities - a psychological-anthropological approach to work in Jakarta, Indonesia " (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler)

Address Mailing address: Landoltweg 9-11 Office address: Thielallee 52
Room 103
14195 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0)30 838 50762
Fax +49 (0)30 838 52382
Email m.vacano@fu-berlin.de

Research Areas

  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Work
  • Gender/Queer Studies;
  • Racism
  • Disaster Reseach

 

Professional Background

since Oct. 2011

Research Associate (with teaching duties) at Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (IfE), Freie Universität Berlin

2009 - 2011

Research Associate at International Academy for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology and Economics (INA) gGmbH at FU Berlin

2008 - 2010

Various teaching assignments at IfE, FU Berlin and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Humboldt-University Berlin

2008

Magistra Artium (M.A. equivalent) in Social Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin; Minor subjects: Political Science (at Freie Universität Berlin) and Southeast Asian Studies (at Humboldt-University Berlin)

2005 - 2008

Student Scholarship by Heinrich Böll Foundation

WiSe 2015/16

BA: Sozialstruktur, Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein thematischer Überblick, IfSKA, FU Berlin

SoSe 2014

MA: Indonesien: Ethnographien des Ökonomischen [Indonesia: Ethnographies on globalized economies]. IfE, FU Berlin

WiSe 2013/14

BA: Einführung in die Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Proseminar C) [Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin

SoSe 2013

BA: Einführung in (post)koloniale Ethnographien Indonesiens [Introduction to (post)colonial ethnographies on Indonesia]. IfE, FU Berlin

WiSe 2012/13

BA: Fach- und Theoriegeschichte der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Proseminar C) [History and theory of Social and Cultural Anthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin

SoSe 2012

BA: Integrationsdiskurse in der BRD – Aus kulturtheoretischer Perspektive [Discourses on integration in Germany and concepts of culture]. IfE, FU Berlin

WiSe 2011/12

BA: Fach- und Theoriegeschichte der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Proseminar A) [History and theory of Social and Cultural Anthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin

 

BA: Fach- und Theoriegeschichte der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Proseminar C) [History and theory of Social and Cultural Anthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin

WiSe 2009/10

BA: Cyberethnologie [Cyberanthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin

 

BA: Popular Culture and Identity in Indonesia (in English). Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, HU Berlin

WiSe 2008/09

BA: Ethnologische Blicke auf Geschlecht und Sexualität am Beispiel von Indonesien. [Anthropological perspectives on Gender and sexuality in the Indonesian context]. IfE, FU Berlin

SoSe 2006, WiSe 2006/07

Alter und Neuer Rassismus im Multikulturalismus. [Old and New Racism in Multiculturalism]. Student seminar at Institute for Cultural Studies, HU Berlin, with Ruth Hatlapa

SoSe 2014

MA: Indonesien: Ethnographien des Ökonomischen [Indonesia: Ethnographies on globalized economies]. IfE, FU Berlin
BA: Integrationsdiskurse in Deutschland – Rassismustheoretische Analysen [Discourses on integration in Germany and racism theories], IfE, FU Berlin

WiSe 2013/14

BA: Einführung in die Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Proseminar C) [Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin

SoSe 2013

BA: Einführung in (post)koloniale Ethnographien Indonesiens [Introduction to (post)colonial ethnographies on Indonesia]. IfE, FU Berlin

WiSe 2012/13

BA: Fach- und Theoriegeschichte der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Proseminar C) [History and theory of Social and Cultural Anthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin

SoSe 2012

BA: Integrationsdiskurse in der BRD – Aus kulturtheoretischer Perspektive [Discourses on integration in Germany and concepts of culture]. IfE, FU Berlin

WiSe 2011/12

BA: Fach- und Theoriegeschichte der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Proseminar A) [History and theory of Social and Cultural Anthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin
BA: Fach- und Theoriegeschichte der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (Proseminar C) [History and theory of Social and Cultural Anthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin

WiSe 2009/10

BA: Cyberethnologie [Cyberanthropology]. IfE, FU Berlin
BA: Popular Culture and Identity in Indonesia (in English). Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, HU Berlin

WiSe 2008/09

BA: Ethnologische Blicke auf Geschlecht und Sexualität am Beispiel von Indonesien. [Anthropological perspectives on Gender and sexuality in the Indonesian context]. IfE, FU Berlin

SoSe 2006, WiSe 2006/07

Alter und Neuer Rassismus im Multikulturalismus. [Old and New Racism in Multiculturalism]. Student seminar at Institute for Cultural Studies, HU Berlin, with Ruth Hatlapa

Research Projects

Since Oct. 2013 „Livelihoods, life conduct, subjectivities - a psychological-anthropological approach to work in Jakarta, Indonesia“ (PhD research)

  • Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Research stay: October 2014 – September 2015
  • Methodological approach: Participant observation, spot observations, qualitative interviews, person-centered interview
  • Research Affilate at Departmen Antropologi of Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta
  • Funding: DAAD scholarship for PhD students (12 months)


Oct. 2009 - Sept. 2013 „Individual and collective ways of coping long-term with extreme suffering and external help after a natural disaster: meanings and emotions“

  • Location: Yogyakarta / Bantul, Java, Indonesia
  • Research stays: total of 8 months, between January 2010 and June 2011
  • Methodological approach: Qualitative interviews, focus group discussions, participative reserach methods
  • International cooperation with the Faculty of Psychology at Universitas Gajah Mada Yogyakarta and Institute for Community Behavioral Change Yogyakarta
  • Principal investigator: Prof. i.R. Dr. med. Manfred Zaumseil (Psychology); International Academy for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology and Economics (INA) gGmbH at FU Berlin


2005 - 2008 „A Critical Whiteness perspective on ethnic tourism in Tana Toraja (Indonesia): German tourists’ self images“

  • Location: Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Field stay: 2 months; August - September 2005
  • Methodological approach: Participant observation, qualitative Interviews, ethnographic conversations.

Publikationen

2015

[mit G. Findeisen und K. Großmann] Umkämpfte Gendernormen.
In: G. Stange, R. Jordan & K. Großmann (Hg.), Handbuch Indonesien. Angermünde: Horlemann, 143-151

2014a

[3rd editor with M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono] Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters - The Case of an Earthquake in Java, Indonesia. New York: Springer.

2014b

[1st author with M. Zaumseil] Understanding Disasters: An Analysis and Overview of the Field of Disaster Research and Management. In: M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, M. von Vacano, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono (Eds.), Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters. New York: Springer, 3-44.

2014c

[2nd author with M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono] A Cultural Psychological Framework for Coping with Disasters. In: M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, M. von Vacano, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono (Eds.), Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters. New York: Springer, 85-102.

2014d

[2nd author with M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz] Contextualizing the Research: Introduction to the Case Study in Java, Indonesia. In: M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, M. von Vacano, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono (Eds.), Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters. New York: Springer, 105-127.

2014e

The Material Dimension of Coping: Socioculturally Mediated Biophysical Process. In: M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, M. von Vacano, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono (Hg.), Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters. New York: Springer, 183-201.

2014f

[1st author with S. Schwarz] The Religious Dimension of Coping: The Roles of Cosmologies and Religious Practices. In: M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, M. von Vacano, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono (Eds.), Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters. New York: Springer, 245-264.

2014g

[2nd author with M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono] Concluding Remarks. In: M. Zaumseil, S. Schwarz, M. von Vacano, G.B. Sullivan & J.E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono (Eds.), Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters. New York: Springer, 345-350.

2010

ReiseReflexionen – SelbstBilder. Eine rassismuskritische Studie über Ethnotourismus in Tana Toraja, Indonesien. Berlin: regiospectra Verlag.

2006

"Ethnologie aus kritisch-weißer Perspektive?!" In: Ethmundo, Nr. 2, Münster. 

 

Presentations, Workshops

2013

Erschütterung und ReKonstruktion im Kontext des Erdbebens 2006 auf Java [Shattered lives and ReConstruction after the 2006 Java earthquake]. Colloquium presentation at Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin, January 7, 2013.

2011

Vom Verlust zur tieferen Einsicht: Bewältigungsprozesse eines Erdbebens auf Java. [From loss towards deeper insights: Coping processes after an Earthquake on Java] Panel „Ethnologie und Naturkatastrophen“, Biannual conference of the German Social and Cultural Anthropology Association (DGV) in Vienna, September 15, 2011. 

2010

Analyzing Indonesian lesbi‘ans‘ offline and online experiences through marginality. Workshop “Feelings at the margins”: ‘Emotion’ and ‘Marginality’ in Indonesia, Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotions, FU Berlin, Juli 29, 2010.

2010

Organisation der Jahrestagung des Doktorandennetzwerks Indonesien an der FU Berlin und HU Berlin, 5.-7.November 2010 [mit Thomas Stodulka und Boryano Rickum]

2007

Punk in Jakarta: Subkultur, Widerstand, Alltag [Punk in Jakarta: Subculture, resistance, everyday life]. Colloquium presentation at The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, HU Berlin, Mai 10, 2007.

2006

Ethnologie aus kritisch-weißer Perspektive?! [Social and Cultural Anthropology from a Critical Whiteness point of view!?] Anthropological Symposium, Münster, June 12, 2006.