Dr. des. Kathrin Knodel

Research assistant at the Collaborative Research Centre 1095 „Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes“

E-Mail: kknodel(at)em.uni-frankfurt.de
Phone: +49 69/798-33959

Focus of research

West Africa (Burkina Faso), migration, transnationalism, diaspora, value theory, economic anthropology (reciprocity, social exchange theory), social anthropology and kinship studies, anthropology of development and NGOs

Current research project

Flexible because of poverty – Self-description and Strategies of Accessing Resources among NGO-actors in West Africa


  • Feb.–Apr. 2016: Burkina Faso, research on NGOs (ongoing project)
  • Aug.-Sep. 2015: Rwanda, research on e-governance and usage of mobile phones (in cooperation with KfW and DIE)
  • Jan.–July. 2015: Maternity wards in Frankfurt am Main, research on colostrum (in cooperation with the University of Nice and Agence Nationale de la Recherche)
  • August 2012: Bobo-Dioulasso/Burkina Faso, mentoring of MA-students during their fieldwork
  • Sep. 2010–May 2011: Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso, research on marriage and bridewealth (dissertation project)
  • Sep.–Nov. 2006: Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso, research on migration between Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast (MA project)

Selected publications

  • 2012: „Für alle Fälle einen Hahn im Kofferraum. Die Bedeutung des Brautpreises in Burkina Faso”, in: Forschung Frankfurt, 2012 (a): 94–97.
  • 2012: „Der Brautpreis in Westafrika“, in: Werte im Widerstreit – Von Bräuten, Muscheln, Geld und Kupfer (exhibition brochure), 2012 (b): 68-71.

List of lectures

  • „NGO-Actors and their Discursive Potentials: Some examples from Burkina Faso”, 09.09.2016, ASAUK, University of Cambridge
  • “Professionalizing of a Field: Local NGO-Actors and their working lives”, 23.07.2016, EASA, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • „The ‚Diaspo‘ of Burkina Faso – Remigration to an Unknown but Backward Place”, 12.06.2014, VAD-conference, University of Bayreuth
  • Workshop: „At eye level? Anthropological researchers and their cooperation partners“, 03.10.2013, DGV-conference, University of Mainz


Apr. 2010–March 2013: PhD grant of the Research Training Group „Value and Equivalence. The genesis and transformation of values from an archaeological and anthropological perspective“, Goethe University Frankfurt