Julia Binter

Julia Binter

DPhil, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Wolfson College

Thesis: African Cosmopolitanism and the Atlantic. Trade, Imperial Contact and Memory in the Niger Delta (Nineteenth to Twenty-First Centuries)

Research: My doctoral research examines the history and cultural heritage of the Niger Delta with focus on a formative period of British-Nigerian imperial contact: the nineteenth-century palm oil trade. I examine how the palm oil trade – and specifically the exchange and mutual appropriation of material culture - shaped British-Nigerian relations and impacted the social and cultural life at the West African coast. I also seek to understand how and to what purpose Nigerians use the history and cultural heritage of the palm oil trade in processes of memorialization and identity formation today.

Research interests: material culture, memory, imperial contact, historical anthropology, visual anthropology, anthropology of globalization, postcolonial theory.

Selected Publications

(2017) The Blind Spot. Bremen, Colonialism and Art (ed.), Berlin: Reimer Verlag.

(2017) “Blind Spots. Bremen’s Global Trade and Patronage in the Colonial Period”, in: The Blind Spot, idem (ed.), Pp.,10-27. Berlin: Reimer Verlag.

(2017) “Imagination and Violence. Modern Artists and the Study of the Other”, in: The Blind Spot, idem (ed.), Pp.86-97. Berlin: Reimer Verlag.

(2014) “Unruly Voices in the Museum. Multisensory engagement with disquieting histories”, The Senses and Society 9(2): 342–360.

(2014) “Vermittler zwischen Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft. Ethnographische Museen im Spannungsfeld von Orten der Repräsentation und ‚glokalen‘ Kontaktzonen“in: Ethnohistorie. Rekonstruktion und Kulturkritik. Eine Einführung. Werner Zips and Karl Wernhart (eds.), Pp. 80-100. Vienna: Promedia Verlag.

(2014) “Die Welt in Bewegung – Migrationen im Weltmuseum Wien“, in: Migration und Integration: Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis, Vol 4., Gudrun Biffl and Lydia Rössl (eds.), Pp.73-84. Vienna: Guthmann-Peterson.

(2013) “Radioglaz and the Global City. Possibilities and Constraints of Experimental Montage”, in: Transcultural Montage, Rane Willerslev and Christian Suhr (eds.), Pp. 183-197. New York, Oxford: Berghahn.

Together with Arash T. Riahi (2013) „Exile Family Movie (1994-2006). Das Politische im Privaten oder Herstellungsstrategien von Öffentlichkeit im Dokumentarfilm“, in: Produktionen des Politischen in neueren deutschsprachigen Dokumentarfilmen, Aylin Basaran, Julia B. Köhne, Klaudija Sabo (eds.), Pp. 215-227. Vienna: Mandelbaum.

 (2011) “Globalization, Representation and Postcolonial Critique. Austrian Documentary Film Auteurs' Take on Globalism”, in: Global Studies. Mapping Contemporary Art and Culture, Hans Belting, Jacob Birken, Andrea Buddensieg, Peter Weibel (eds.), Pp. 96-109. Ostfildern: Hatje-Cantz.

(2009) We Shoot the World. Österreichische Dokumentarfilmer und die Globalisierung. Berlin, Münster, Vienna: LIT-Verlag.

Email: julia.binter@anthro.ox.ac.uk 

 

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