Mechthild von Vacano

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Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

PhD Candidate (Prof. Dr. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler)

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

Research Areas

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

Professional Background

Oct 2018 - March - 2019
Study Coordinate at Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (IfSKA), Freie Universität Berlin

Oct. 2011 - Sep  2018
Research Associate (with teaching duties) at Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (IfSKA), 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

SoSe 2018

BA: Wissenschaftliches Schreiben für Studierende der Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie [Academic Writing for Students of Social and Cultural Anthropology], IfSKA, FU Berlin

SoSe 2017

Care/Work – Sozialanthropologisches Colloquium [with B.Röttger-Rössler]

WiSe 2016/17

BA: Anthropologie der Arbeit – Eine autoethnographische Annäherung [Anthropology of Work – An autoethnographic approach], IfSKA, FU Berlin

WiSe 2016/17

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

SoSe 2016

MA: Selbst – Person – Subjekt [Self – Person – Subject], IfSKA, FU Berlin

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

2017

Sharing economy” versus “informal sector”: Jakarta’s motorbike taxi industry in turmoil. In: ANUAC 6 (2): 97-101. DOI: 10.7340/anuac2239-625X-3076.

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. 

 

Blog Posts

2017 [with K. Dohrn, B. Rutert, J. Schühle and Nasima Selim] Weaving the World in Conversation with Paul Stoller: From Sensuous Scholarship to Public Anthropology. Blog contribution in „Medizinethnologie. Körper, Gesundheit und Heilung in einer globalisierten Welt“.


Presentations, Workshops

2018

Zwischen Megaurbanität und Dörflichkeit – Über den nachbarschaftlichen Alltag in einem ‚gewöhnlichen‘ kampung in Süd-Jakarta. Institute of Anthropology, Universität Heidelberg, January 25, 2018.

2017

Arranging in/formal work arrangements: Conducts of everyday life in an urban neighbourhood in Jakarta, Indonesia. Instituts of Social and cultural anthropology, FU Berlin, May 30, 2017.

2017

Un/Sicherheit in Jakartas Alltagsökonomie – Ein ethnographisch-theoretischer Diskussionsbeitrag zu Prekarisierung, Prekarität, Prekärsein. Conference „Prekarisierung Unbound? Zum gegenwärtigen Stand der Prekarisierungsforschung aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive“, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, March 2, 2017.

2016

Kampung vs. Corporate 2.0: competing models of motorbike taxi services in Jakarta. European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Conference in Milan, July 23, 2016.

2014

‚Pang nat det‘ – Punk sebagai budaya undergound antara globalisasi dan lokalitas. Salah satu analisa contoh dari Jakarta. Universitas Lampung, March 19, 2014.

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.
BGSMCS
Berlin Southern Theory Lecture