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Prof. Dr. Sandra Calkins

Prof. Dr. Sandra Calkins

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Junior Professor

mailing address: Landoltweg 9-11; office address: Thielallee52
Room 009
14195 Berlin


2016 Who Knows Tomorrow? Uncertainty in North-eastern Sudan. Oxford: Berghahn. (2018 new release in paperback)

in preparation Growing with bananas. Plants, health and humanitarian biotech in Uganda



In preparation

“Toxic remains. Infrastructural connectivity and failure in a Ugandan molecular biology lab.” (under review)

“Health as growth: bananas, humanitarian biotech and human-plant histories in Uganda.” (accepted for publication in Medicine, Anthropology, Theory)

“Infrastructures of citizenship.” South Asia (accepted for publication in summer 2019)

“Writing planetary futures: plants, loss and intersections of STS and anthropology in Germany.” Zeitschrift für Ethnologie (submitted for a DGSKA-curated anniversary edition on the future of German anthropology in summer 2019)

with T. Zoanni. “Population - what is it good for?” Anthropological Quarterly (accepted for publication in summer 2019)


2018 with U. Beisel & R. Rottenburg “Divining, testing, and the problem of accountability.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 8 (1): 97-108.

2016 “How ‘clean gold’ game to matter: metal detectors, infrastructure, and valuation.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6 (2): 173-95.

2015 with E. Ille, S. Lamoureaux & R. Rottenburg. “Rethinking institutional orders in Sudan Studies: the case of land access in Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.” Canadian Journal of African Studies 49 (1): 175-95.

2014 with R. Rottenburg. “Getting credit for what you write? Conventions and techniques of citation in German Anthropology.“ Zeitschrift für Ethnologie (German Journal for Anthropology)139: 99-130.

2011 with G. Komet. “Umkämpfte Weiden: Landzugang und Überleben im Sudan.“ Geographische Rundschau 63 (7/8): 28-35.



2015 with E. Ille and R. Rottenburg (eds). Emerging Orders in the Sudans. Bamenda: Langaa.

2014 with J. Gertel & R. Rottenburg (eds). Disrupting Territories. Land, Commodification and Conflict in Sudan. Woodbridge: James Currey.

2011 with J. Gertel. Nomaden in unserer Welt. Bielefeld: Transkript. (general interest)


2017 with R. Rottenburg. “Evidence, infrastructure and worth.” In Infrastructures and Social Complexity. A Companion, edited by P. Harvey, C. B. Jensen & A. Morita, 253-65. London: Routledge.

2016 with R. Rottenburg. “Technology, infrastructure and the making of value in gold prospection.” In Networks of knowledge production in Sudan: identities, mobilities, and technologies, edited by S. Hale & G. Kadoda, 265–283. Lanham: Lexington Books.

2015 with E. Ille and R. Rottenburg. “Emergence and contestation of orders in the Sudans,” and “Negotiating distributive orders in rural Sudan: justification and critique of charitable gifts.” In Emerging orders in the Sudans, edited by S. Calkins, E. Ille & R. Rottenburg,1-22, 197-217. Bamenda: Langaa.

2014 with R. Rottenburg & J. Gertel, “Disrupting territories: commodification and its consequences, ” with Ille, E. “Territories of Gold Mining: International Investments and Artisanal Extraction in Sudan,” and “Gaining an Access to Land: Everyday Negotiations and Ethnic Politics of Rashaida in Northeastern Sudan”, In Disrupting territories: land, commodification and conflict in Sudan, edited by J. Gertel, R. Rottenburg & S. Calkins, 1-30, 52-76, 180-205. Woodbridge: James Currey.

2014 with E. Ille “Gold mining concessions in Northern Sudan’s written laws and practices of gold extraction in the Nuba Mountains.” In Identity, economy, power relations and external interests: old and new challenges for Sudan and South Sudan, edited byE. Grawert,112-126. Addis Abeba: OSSREA.



Forth. 2019 Casciarri, B., M. A. M. Assal & F. Ireton (eds) Multidimensional change in the Republic of Sudan (1989–2011): Reshaping livelihoods, conflicts and identities. Berghahn Books, 2015. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

2018 Jennifer Tappan 2017: The Riddle of Malnutrition: The Long Arc of Biomedical and Public Health Interventions in Uganda. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. 218 pp. African Studies Quarterly 18 (1): 132-134.



2015 “Starvation”. In: The SAGE encyclopedia of world poverty, edited by M. Odekon, 1469–1472. Los Angeles: SAGE.

2013 „Gemeinschaft neu gedacht: Nomaden als Vorreiter der Globalisierung?“ Revue – Magazine for the Next Society 13(12): 122–127.

2012 „Einleitung,“ „Dürrejahre im Sudan: neue Formen nomadischer Mobilität,“ „Bauern, Tierhalter und Migranten: Existenzsicherung im marokkanischen Hohen Atlas.“ In Nomaden in unserer Welt: die Vorreiter der Globalisierung; von Mobilität und Handel, Herrschaft und Widerstand, edited by J. Gertel & S. Calkins, 8–18, 52–59,148–157.Bielefeld: transcript-Verlag.

2012 “Agricultural encroachment in Wadi Mukabrab area: policies of recompense, differentiation and ‘tribal’ belonging”.” In: Meroitica 24 Zeitschrift der Sudanarchäologischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin: Schriften zur altsudanesischen Geschichte und Archäologie, 229–251. Wiesbaden: Harassowitz.

2011 „Transhumanz,“ and with S., Büssow,J., Nippa, A. & Scharrer, U. „Wirtschaftlicher Austausch.“ In: Kleines abc des Nomadismus, edited by A. Nippa, 216, 242-245. Hamburg: Museum für Völkerkunde.


Berlin Southern Theory Lecture