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Dipl.-Pol. Louisa Prause

Freie Universität

Department of Political and Social Science

Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (Otto-Suhr-Institut)

Predoctoral Researcher

Case study on conflicts over land and mining in Senegal

Academic career

  • 2015-present: Predoctoral Researcher in the Junior Research Group GLOCON: “Global change – local conflicts? Land conflicts in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa in the context of interdependent transformation processes”
  • 2014-present: Founder and speaker of the working group “Nature, Resources, Conflicts” as part of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (with Anne Hennings)
  • 2013-present: Ph.D. student at Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political and Social Sciences. Subject of doctoral thesis: “Global dynamics – local conflicts: Struggles over land in West Africa”
  • 2007-2012: Studies in Political Science at the Otto Suhr Institute (Otto-Suhr Institut), Freie Universität Berlin and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg, France. Subject of thesis: “With rap to revolt: The Y’en a marre movement in Senegal” (Mit Rap zur Revolte: Die Bewegung Y’en a marre im Senegal)

 

Scholarships

  • 2014-2015: State of Berlin Graduate Study Fellowship (Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin)
  • 2012: German Academic Exchange Service PROMOS scholarship (PROMOS Stipendium des DAAD )

Research Interests

  • Political ecology and agrarian studies
  • Contentious politics and social movements
  • Socio-ecological conflicts over land, mining and resources
  • Qualitative research methods
  • development theory
  • Regional focus: West Africa

Publications

  • 2019: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Ed. with Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann and Sarah Kirst). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag.
  • 2019: Einleitung (with Sarah Kirst, Anna Dobelmann and Jan Brunner), in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Ed. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst and Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 9-18.
  • 2019: Agrarbewegung, in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Ed. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst and Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 19-24.
  • 2019: Kämpfe gegen Enteignung, in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Ed. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst and Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 174-179.
  • 2019: Landrechte (with Sarah Kirst), in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Ed. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst and Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 225-231.
  • 2019: Lokale Gemeinschaft (with Sarah Kirst), in: Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte (Ed. Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Kirst and Louisa Prause). Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag, pp. 239-244.
  • 2019: Conflicts around resource extraction and energy transitions, in: The Material Basis of Energy Transitions: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Renewable Energy and Critical Materials. Alena Bleicher & Alexandra Pehlken (Eds.). (submitted)
  • 2018: Success and failure of protest actors’ framing strategies in conflicts over land and mining in Senegal, in: Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
  • 2018: Land Grabs as ‘Shrinking Spaces’ for Civil Society? in: Resources & Conflicts, Blog by the working group "Nature, Resources, Conflicts" of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK).
  • 2017: Who is responsible for corruption”? Framing strategies of social movements in West Africa mobilizing against presidential term amendments , in: PArtecipazione e COnflitto, 10: 3, pp. 850-873 (with Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop).
  • 2017: Editorial: Natur, Ressourcen, Konflikte: Kämpfe um die globale Inwertsetzung von Land und Rohstoffen , in: PROKLA, No. 189, pp. 510-515 (with Kristina Dietz, Bettina Engels, Anne Hennings).
  • 2017: Book review: Eric van Grasdorff, Thea Kulla & Nicolai Röschert (Hg.): Thomas Sankara. Die Ideen sterben nicht! Berlin: Africavenir e.V. 2016, 268 pages, in: PERIPHERIE, 146/147, pp. 365-367.
  • 2017: “Die Väter und Väter unserer Väter haben hier Gold abgebaut“: framing in Konflikten um Goldbergbau in Senegal, in: Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen. pp. 53-61.
  • 2016: Struggling for land access: The success and failure of social movement actors’ framing strategies in conflicts over large-scale land transformations, in: GLOCON Working Paper Series, No. 3, Berlin.
  • 2016: West Africa’s Golden Future? Conflicts around gold mining in Senegal in: Natural Resources 02/2016, Dakar: Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung Westafrika.
  • 2015: Wer nutzt Land „produktiv“? Framing in Protesten gegen land grabbing im Senegal, in: Bettina Engels, Melanie Müller und Rainer Öhlschläger (Ed.), Globale Krisen - Lokale Konflikte?, Soziale Bewegungen in Afrika, Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp.147- 164.
  • 2015: Umkämpfte Natur, umstrittene Begriffe: Konflikte um großflächigen Landnutzungswandel, in: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, 4:1, pp.143-152.
  • 2015: Gold, doch keine goldene Zukunft. In: Neues Deutschland (19.05.2015), p.10.      
  • 2015: Contested Nature - Conflicts on Large-Scale Land and Resource Deals, in: Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen, 28: 1, pp. 179-181 (with Anne Hennings).     
  • 2015: Weingartener Afrikagespräche „Globale Krisen – Lokale Konflikte“, in: Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen, 28: 1, pp.175-178 (with Melanie Müller).
  • 2014: „If you put a catfish next to a caiman…“: Resistance against land grabbing in Senegal, in: Policy Paper, 05/2014 Berlin: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
  • 2014: Book review: Land und Wasser. Von der Verantwortung ausländischer Agrarinvestoren im Süden Afrikas, in: PERIPHERIE, 136, pp. 516.
  • 2014: Afrikanische soziale Kämpfe und das Weltsozialforum in Tunis, in: Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 27: 3, pp. 118-122.
  • 2014: Hip-Hop in Bewung: Y’en a marre im Senegal, in: Wissenschaft und Frieden, 32, pp.13-15.
  • 2014: Tempelhofer Feld: Wer darf mitentscheiden?, in: Migazin Online (23.05.2014) (mit Julia Lehmann).
  • 2013: Zu Besuch bei der Revolution: Das Weltsozialforum in Tunis, in: FORUM, stipendiatische Zeitschrift der FES, pp. 50-51.
  • 2013: Mit Rap zur Revolte. Die Bewegung Y’en a marre, in: PROKLA, 43: 170, pp. 23-42
  • 2013: Y’en a marre. Eine erfolgreiche Jugendrevolte im Senegal, in: iz3w, 335, pp. 13-15
  • 2012: Y’en a marre: Wer sind sie, wie mobilisieren sie und was fordern sie?, in: Standpunkte International. Berlin: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
  • 2012: Wade will nicht gehen, in: Neues Deutschland (25./26.02.2012)p. 6.
  • 2012: Wade allein zu Haus, in: Neues Deutschland, (09.02.2012), p. 8.

Conference talks

  • 2018: Resisting large-scale land investments. Presentation, Liu Institute for Global Issues, Vancouver, 11 October 2018. 
  • 2018: Networks, alliances and their potential for transformations from below. Presentation, African Studies Association Germany, Leipzig, 27 - 30 June 2018 (with Sarah Kirst).
  • 2018: Framing Strategien von Protestakteuren in Konflikten um Bergbau. Presentation, Seminar Conflicts on Mining in Latin America, University of Kassel, 28 June 2018.
  • 2018: Wie erforschen wir Konflikte? Vortrag mit Anne Hennings und Nina Engwicht, 50. Colloquium of the Working for Peace and Conflict Studies, Berlin, 12 - 14 April 2018.
  • 2018: Gegenwärtige wirtschaftliche und politische Dynamiken im Senegal. Presentation, Preparatory Weekend of journalists.network, Berlin, 27 January 2018.
  • 2017: Frontier spaces - shrinking spaces? Commodity frontiers and civil society actions. Presentation, 7th European 
    Conference on African Studies (ECAS), Basel, 29 June - 01 July 2017.
  • 2017: Conflicts over land and mining in Senegal. Presentation, Workshop of the International Development Networks, York, 14 February 2017.
  • 2016: Linking Social Movement Studies, Political Ecology, and Spatial Theory. GLOCON Symposium., Berlin, 01 - 02 December 2016 (with Prof. Dr. Bettina Engels).
  • 2016: Why we need a broad concept of livelihoods in analyzing conflicts over land. Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and Contestation Conference, Wageningen, 07 - 09 July 2016.
  • 2015: Concepts & Methodology: From local to transnational dynamics. Protest over Investment Projects in Land and Natural Resources. Workshop of the Working Group Nature, Resources, Conflicts & Collarboative Research Centre 923 "Threatened Order, Societies under Stress", University of Tübingen, 27 - 28 November 2015.
  • 2015: Resources and Protests: Struggles against land grabbing and gold mining in Senegal, ECAS, Paris, 08 - 10 July 2015.
  • 2015: Resources & Resistance: Struggles against Mining and land grabbing in Senegal. Workshop of the Working Group Nature, Ressources, Conflicts, Berlin, 09 January 2015.
  • 2014: Looking beyond Social Movements: Struggles over food and land in West Africa, Social Movements in West Africa Konferenz, Dakar, 17 - 19 June2014.
  • 2014: Kämpfe um Land in Westafrika: ‘Counter Mapping’ als Widerstand gegen Land Grabbing. Weingartener Afrikagespräche, 05 - 07 December.
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