Ms Laura Thurmann

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Overview

In my PhD project, I examine security practices that women develop and use in order to prevent, deal with, or address gendered risks in ethnographic fieldwork. Understanding security as a complex network of different actors, practices and power dynamics, I analyse how gendered security networks in the field are created and maintained before, during and after fieldwork on both an institutional and individual level. I further explore how fieldwork contexts can facilitate certain types of gendered violence and how researchers and institutions engage with this issue in terms of prevention and mitigation.

In addition, I am looking at strategies that could provide a basis for workshops, trainings and seminars about gendered fieldwork safety as a way of conducting applied anthropology within the own discipline.

Biography

2019-ongoing: PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester

2014-2016: MA in Social Anthropology at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

2011-2014: BA in Social Anthropology and Comparative Literature at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany

Further information

Selected academic presentations:

April 2021
Presentation on gendered violence in fieldwork on the Workshop: "Truth Be Told: Safety and Support in Fiedwork", University of Kent.

October 2020
"Warum wir 2020 Affective Scholarship brauchen". [Why we need affective scholarship in 2020], at the Autumn School "Fieldwork meets Crisis", German Anthropological Association (DGSKA).

September 2020                                  
“Beyond victim blaming: Understanding and preventing gendered violence in the field”, in the panel: at the first meeting of the Network of Women in Fieldwork, University of Birmingham [Online].  

September 2020       
“The continuum of gendered violence in the field” at the first meeting of the Network of Women in Fieldwork, University of Birmingham [Online].

July 2016                                            
“‘Statistisch irrelevant?’ – Sexualisierte Gewalt in ethnologischen Forschungskontexten” [‘Statistically irrelevant?’ – gender-based violence in anthropological field research], Academic Colloquium of the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Göttingen                                         

June 2016                                                       
Presentation on gender-based violence in anthropological field research,  Department of Social Anthropology, University of Leipzig

October 2015                                      
“‘Wir sind die Besten der Besten’ – Selbstbilder einer Polizei-Spezialeinheit in der DR Kongo” [“‘We are the best of the best’ – self-images of a special police unit in the DR Congo”], bi-annual conference of the German Anthropological Association, Marburg

May 2015                                           
Presentation and Workshop on security and gender-based violence in field research contexts at the Anthropological Student Symposium (Ethnosymposium), Halle (Saale)

October 2014                                      
“Gender, Roles and Networks – Research and Security in Niger and the DR Congo”, at the workshop Women, Peace and Security, Police Academy Wertheim

June 2013                                           
“Somewhere between green and blue – A special police unit in the DR Congo”, at the workshop Just Police Work: Ethnographic Research on the Police in West Africa, Mainz

May 2013                                           
“‘Es ist wie jeden Tag Krieg’ – Zivile Polizeiarbeit in der D.R. Kongo” [‘It’s like war every day’ – civil police work in the DR Congo], at the Anthropological Student Symposium (Ethnosymposium), Cologne           

April 2013                                          
“Somewhere between green and blue – A special police unit in the DR Congo”, at the AES Spring Conference on Anthropologies of Conflict in a New Millennium, Chicago, USA

May 2012                                           
“‘Dafür sind wir nicht zuständig’ – Feldzugang in einer bürokratisch geprägten Gesellschaft” [‘We are not responsible for this’ – field access in a bureaucratic society], at the Anthropological Student Symposium (Ethnosymposium), Hamburg

Keywords

  • Sexualized violence, Power theory, Security, Gender, Ethnographic Fieldwork, Social Anthropology, Safety

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