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Kathrin Eitel

Culture ** City ** Environment


I am a cultural anthropologist and a feminist STS scholar and I am fascinated by the various ways life takes in conjunction with others - be it waste, technological megaprojects, or novel ecosystems. Of particular interest to me is the role of knowledge, resilience strategies, and uncertainties in times of urgent climate change that can that can shed light on how we shape our planet now for the future.

I am also an editor for the S&TS journal and Kulturanthropologie Notizen

Research Projects


Coastal cities are particularly affected by climate change due to flooding and rising sea levels. In this context, the project aims to understand the multiple connections between local and gender-specific practices of flood control, the power of (traveling) knowledge productions and flood policies that are based on satellite data.

Radical Resilience - Urban Flood Prevention


Climate Speculations - Surviving with Mangroves, Phytomining and Marshes

In the wake of the worsening impacts of climate change, so-called nature-based solutions (NbS) and technologies are coming to the fore that promise to "repair" our future. For example, mangroves, artificially produced phytoplankton or marshland and phytomining should help to capture the waste of our societies, e.g. in the form of Co2 and toxicities. This research project is interested in the question of to what extent hegemonically produced future visions are inherent in such ideas and how experimental speculations can reveal other ways of political participation.

Recycling Infrastructures in Phnom Penh

This research unpacked a different circular economy and infrastructure model that focuses on the way waste circulates through what I call ‘infracycles’, in the light of daily urban life, postcolonial assumptions of wealth and waste and clandestine and ephemeral constellations with materials that challenge the existent capitalist system with the creation of new tropes of freedom, working autonomy and the will to survive.


I am a passionate lecturer, regularly teaching BA and MA courses in Cultural Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies.

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