Rewilding the Anthropocene

Human-Animal Assemblages in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area

Rewilding the Anthropocene is a research project in environmental anthropology contributing to the budding field of environmental humanities and to debates on the shifting entanglements between people, flora, and fauna in the world’s largest conservation landscape, the southern African Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).

The project is a unique attempt to grasp changing socio-ecological relations among humans and other species through six field studies within KAZA TFCA. These studies follow a comparative approach to examine how human livelihoods, institutions, social imaginaries, and attitudes change under – and give rise to – new socio-ecological conditions. They also include an in-depth focus on six particular multi-species assemblages. Each assemblage is comprised of a loose multi-scalar network consisting of different species populations, environmental infrastructures and technologies, and human actors and organizations.

Beyond its empirical focus on southern Africa the project actively engages in debates and research on rewilding and conservation across the globe. Workshops, conferences and publications aim to contribute to an understanding of rewilding as a key strategy of environmental governance in the Anthropocene.

Environmental Anthropology & Conservation

Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area

Workshops, Conferences & Publications

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Report: Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods – 16th and 17th of February 2023

Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods – 16th and 17th of February 2023, Okavango Research Institute, Maun (Botswana) On the 16th and 17th of February, the two-day workshop on qualitative research methods took …

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MPhil Position at Okavango Research Institute of the University of Botswana

Title: History of the wildlife-livestock interface and transboundary animal diseases in Northern Botswana, 1970-2010. Project description: Northern Botswana is home to some of the largest wildlife populations on the continent, receiving attention …

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Multispecies Encounters in Conservation Landscapes in Southern Africa – Workshop 27th-28th February 2023

Multispecies Encounters in Conservation Landscapes in Southern Africa Two-day workshop Organized by the University of Cologne and the University of Namibia When: 27th and 28th of February 2023 Where: University of Namibia …

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Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods – 16th and 17th of February 2023

Qualitative Research Methods: What are they, how to use them & what could they mean for your own research? Two-day workshop Organized by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of …

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The elephant and the tsetse fly: Animal crossings in a Southern African borderland, c.1920-2000

The elephant and the tsetse fly: Animal crossings in a Southern African borderland, c.1920-2000 DAAD PRIME Project Dr. Luregn Lenggenhager Starting from November 2022 Dr. Luregn Lenggenhager will be joining the Global …

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Community-Based Natural Resource Management: Past, Present and Future(s)

Community-Based Natural Resource Management: Past, Present and Future(s) Workshop, 4th-6th April 2022, Windhoek (Namibia) Workshop organized by Prof. Dr. C. Samimi (University of Bayreuth).Co-organized by Dr. S. Lendelvo (University of Namibia), Dr. …

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Public lecture – Prof. Michael Bollig​

Public lecture – Prof. Michael Bollig​ 7th April 2022, UNAM Windhoek (Namibia) TOPIC: “Social and Cultural Anthropology – challenges and options for interdisciplinary engagement: Perspectives from Germany” by Michael Bollig, Professor of …

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Workshop on the Environmental History of the Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area​

Workshop on the Environmental History of the Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area 7th & 8th March 2022, UNAM Katima Mulilo (Namibia) On the 7th and 8th of March, the ‘Environmental History of the …

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Kick-off Workshop

Kick-off Workshop 7th-8th February 2022 The Rewilding kick-off workshop took place in a hybrid format, at the Global South Studies Center, Cologne.  The workshop aimed to introduce the Rewilding project team to …

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Rewilding looks at shifting entanglements between people, flora, and fauna in the the southern African Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA). Beyond KAZA, it engages with debates and research on rewilding across the globe.

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