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Annika Benz


From 2015 to 2021, I studied Anthropology (BA with a minor in Philosophy and Literature) in Aberdeen, Leipzig and Cologne. I wrote my BA thesis in the DFG-funded Emmy Noether Research Group “The Bureaucratisation of Islam” as a student team member at the Max Planck Institute for Anthropological Research in Halle, Germany. I conducted a month-long field research on Muslim tourism as a measure of a state-sponsored “Chinese Islam” in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China. From 2018 to 2020, I worked as an assistant to the Action Network Human Rights Philippines at the Asia Foundation, Cologne, on human and land rights issues in the Philippines. For my master’s thesis, I conducted a four-month field research in Taipei, Taiwan on coming of age, future, and international higher education with young Taiwanese.

The working title of my PhD thesis is “An Ethnography of the German Climate Justice Movement”. From 2021 to 2023, I am conducting an ethnographic field research within the German climate justice movement. My participants are activists within the movement Extinction Rebellion in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia and engage in numerous working groups, assemblies and actions all over Germany. I am especially interested in how the activists organise themselves and make decisions in a decentral movement with the anarchist principles of equitable participation, community and autonomy.