Institut für Ökologie und Aktions-Ethnologie

We are happy to present our newest publication:

The Open Cut: Mining, Transnational Corporations and Local Populations

The edited volume contains 13 case studies as well as chapters highlighting legal conditions and strategies for action and further research, bringing together more then 20 authors, mostly students and researchers at University of Bern.

The book will be presented on Tuesday May 10th 2016, 7:15 to 9:15pm, at the University of Bern, Main Building (Hochschulstrasse 4, 3012 Bern), Room 028 (in English, free entry).

The event forms part of the IASC (International Association for the Study of the Commons) Regional European Conference.

Our guest is Abdoulmohamine Khamed Attayoub, mayor of Akoubounou, République du Niger, who will talk on the role of transnational companies, resource extraction and the management of the commons in his country (relating to the uranium mines in Arlit, one of the case studies in the book).

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Nach vier Jahren ist es nun endlich erschienen:

Thomas Niederberger, Tobias Haller, Helen Gambon, Madlen Kobi, Irina Wenk (eds):
The Open Cut – Mining, Transnational Corporations and Local Populations

Münster and Zürich: LIT Verlag
Reihe: Action Anthropology/Aktionsethnologie
Bd. 2, 2016, 538 S., 49.90 EUR, 49.90 CHF

Bestellen beim LIT Verlag

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(Deutsch) Rohstoffe 3: Jharkhand, India

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Infoe CH restarts

January 19th, 2012 | Posted by admint in Allgemein - (0 Comments)

INFOE Switzerland recently moved from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology in Zürich to the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and established collaboration with the Center for Development and Environment CDE, associated to the Institute of Geography, University of Bern.
The reestablishment of INFOE has led to some changes, e.g. guidelines as well as the organization structure were adapted. INFOE aims at working as a transdisciplinary network acting at various universities. Action anthropology remains our historical legacy but we open up to include other disciplines and approaches. The mutual understanding and exchange between indigenous people and other groups shall further be encouraged. The ideas and visions of indigenous people remain an important framework for our activities, but we further enlarge our focus on other affected groups even if they are not labeled as ‘indigenous’.
In autumn 2011, INFOE organized the student course ‘Mining, Transnational Companies and Local Populations’ in collaboration with Prof. Tobias Haller from the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. As result of this course, an INFOE working group on mining was created and will continue reporting on the topic in 2012. Interested people are encouraged to join or to create new working groups covering other important topics in the field of Action Anthropology.