Christian Lund is directing the Research Programme. He is Professor at Copenhagen University. He currently works on a book on land occupations in Indonesia: Nine-Tenths of the Law. On Legitimation, Legalisation and Land Struggles in Indonesia.
His previous works include Local Politics and the Dynamics of Property in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Propriété et citoyenneté dans l’Afrique des villes. Special issue of Politique Africaine. no. 132, (co-edited with E. Hahonou, 2013); Land Politics in Africa. Constituting Authority over Territory, Property, and Persons (co-editor, Africa, 2013); New Frontiers of Land Control (co-editor, Journal of Peasant Studies, 2011); Politics of Possession (co-editor, Blackwell, 2009); Twilight Institutions (editor, Blackwell, 2006).
Eric Komlavi Hahonou is associate professor at Roskilde University. His works include the film: Les esclaves d’hier : Démocratie et ethnicité au Bénin. 2011, Spor Media/Movie; and scholarly texts such as ‘Past and Present African Citizenships: Lessons from Benin.’ Citizenship Studies, Vol. 15, Nr. 1, 2011, s. 75-92; Démocratie et culture politique en Afrique : En attendant la décentralisation au Niger. Saarbrücken : Editions universitaires européennes, 2010; ‘Les partis politiques dans les arènes locales : L’exemple de Gorouol et Bankilaré.’; ‘Les pouvoirs locaux à Balleyara.’ both in: Les pouvoirs locaux au Niger: Tome 1: A la veille de la décentralisation. Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan; Mahamam Tidjani Alou (eds). Paris et Dakar: Karthala, Editions, 2009.
Mattias Borg Rasmussen is assistant professor at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen. An anthropologist by training, Rasmussen has worked extensively in Peru on matters of local politics, recourse management and dynamics of ex- and inclusion. His current research in the Peruvian highland is focusing on dynamics of territorialities, modes of governance and articulations of citizenship.
Michael Eilenberg, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University. His research focuses on issues of state formation, sovereignty, autonomy, citizenship and agrarian expansion in frontier regions of Southeast Asia with a special focus on Indonesian and Malaysia. He has been a visiting professor at Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto (2011-2012). Key publications include: At the Edges of States: Dynamics of State Formation in the Indonesian Borderlands, KITLV Press, 2012; The Confession of a Timber Baron – Patterns of Patronage on the Indonesian-Malaysian border. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 2012; Straddling the Border: A Marginal History of Guerrilla Warfare and ‘Counter-Insurgency’ in the Indonesian Borderlands, 1960s-1970s. Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 45 (6): 1423–1463, 2011; Negotiating Autonomy at the Margins of the State: The Dynamics of Elite Politics in the Borderland of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. South East Asia Research, Vol. 17(2): 201-227, 2009; Autonomy, Identity and ’Illegal’ Logging in the Borderlands of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 6 (1): 19-34, 2005 (with Reed Wadley).
Veronica Gomez-Temesio, Post Doc at the Rule and Rupture programme. She obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology in 2014 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in France (summa cum laude). Her thesis explores State building process in Senegal at the crossroads of political anthropology, legal anthropology and development studies. Veronica started working in Guinea in 2015 during the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus. Her current research explores subsequent resistance to public health efforts as a claim for political and social inclusion. With Rule and Rupture, her research examines citizenship processes through the lenses of two major figures of the outbreak: Ebola survivors and youth gangs of Conakry’s neighborhoods.
Rune Bolding Bennike, Post Doc at the Rule and Rupture programme. Rune holds a PhD from the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen and has been working as a postdoc at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. His research has dealt with governmental history, national territorialism, borderlands, local autonomy movements, tourism and commodification of land and landscapes in the Himalayan region. Following the April 2015 Himalayan earthquake, his research interest now furthermore centers on the ‘aftershock’ of disaster as a political-economic environment for transformation. Rune explores the formation of political authority through the recognition of claims to property and belonging in the Nepalese Himalaya. Taking the earthquake as rupture within a longer timeframe of drawn-out political transition, his project investigates how a context of political transition and increasing emphasis on tourism as an economic strategy interact with immediate post-disaster concerns and relocations to shape negotiations of political authority.
Penelope Anthias, Post Doc at the Rule and Rupture programme. Penelope has a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge and completed a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral research examined the dynamics of indigenous territorial claims in Bolivia’s gas-rich Chaco region. Her forthcoming book interrogates the limits of legal-cartographic recognition as a pathway to decolonisation, and traces the emergence of new forms of “hydrocarbon citizenship” under the government of Evo Morales. With Rule and Rupture, she will extend her research to the Amazon region to examine more broadly how territory, authority and citizenship are being reconfigured at Bolivia’s resource frontiers in the context of a “neo-extractivist” development paradigm.
Prathiwi Widyatmi Putri, Post Doc at the Rule and Rupture programme. Her work in the post-2004-tsunami reconstruction project has led to her engagement in the water sector beyond the modern conception of service and infrastructure. ‘Water landscape’, ‘water cycle’, and ‘water service’ are her heuristic devices to understand the territorial dynamics involving diversity of agencies and institutional layering, to question the actual meaning of public-private and formal-informal within the intermingling economic-production and social-reproduction spheres. Prathiwi obtained her doctoral degree of engineering science from KU Leuven in October 2014. Her thesis addresses the issues of wastewater management within the context of fragmented spatial development in cities of the Global South, using the perspectives of Urban Political Ecology, Institutionalism and Social Innovation. Further, through field research in the river basins of the Jakarta metropolitan region, she will investigate how public authority is exercised and how sense of ownership and citizenship come into being through ex- and inclusion in meeting basic household needs.
Kasper Hoffmann, Post Doc at the Rule and Rupture programme. Kasper holds a PhD from Roskilde University. He has been working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Conflict Research Group, Ghent University and the Danish Institute for International Studies. Since 2013 he has been part of the Justice and Security Research Programme based at the LSE. His research has dealt with state formation, rebel groups, rebel governance, child soldiers, taxation, justice and security governance, the formation of political identities, conflict, and territorialisation in eastern DR Congo. In his current research Kasper explores how political authority over land, people and resources as made and unmade, and the forms of citizenship, which these processes produce through investigating land conflicts in eastern DR Congo.
Inge-Merete Hougaard is a PhD student at the Rule and Rupture programme and the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen. With a social science background in International Development & Management (Lund University), she has worked on environmental issues in a number of countries and conducted field studies in Uganda focussing on environmental conflicts, discourse construction and local governance. Her research focuses on the construction of local authorities through the negotiation and governance of access to natural resources in Colombia.
Tirza van Bruggen is a PhD student at the Rule and Rupture Programme and the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen. She has completed a Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen and a Master International Relations, specialization Global Governance, at the University of Groningen. During this time, she has worked as a research assistant in a research project on conflict resolution between citizens and the government in the Netherlands and she has conducted field studies in Indonesia, doing research on the identity and citizenship of the Chinese minority there. For this programme, she will investigate the relationship between the governance of the Chinese minority in Indonesia and the production of property and authority.