SFB 1199: “Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen”
Nikolaistraße 6–10, 5th Floor
I am a PhD student affiliated with the SFB project C04 “Land Imaginations: The Repositioning of Farming, Productivity, and Sovereignty in Australia” headed by Dr Sarah Ruth Sippel. I earned an MA degree in Cultural Anthropology from Leipzig University. In my Master’s thesis I investigated three cases of cooperation between civil society and the municipality of Munich. My current research focuses on the production of knowledge about agricultural land ownership structures in Germany.
“Contested representations of land ownership: How normative assumptions about farming shape agricultural statistics in Germany”
In my PhD project, I argue that an antiquated image of landed property and farming affects the production of and access to statistical data on agrarian structures in Germany and therefore conceals a financialised, globalised agricultural industry.
The production of knowledge requires an assessment of what is fact, what is necessary, and what is socially desirable. In the case of data on agrarian structures, this entails implicit assumptions about what landed property is andhow it is and should be managed and distributed. As the number of farms in Germany decreases, the organization of a sustainable and desirable agricultural system has become a contested subject on both the federal and state levels. However, despite mounting criticism related to ownership concentration and non-agricultural investors dominating the market, Germany‘s land tenure system and land market policy have remained largely untouched. Critics have argued that dealing with these issues politically as well as legally, requires new representations that account for patterns and connections of property relations. The proposition aims at the conditions for the statistical evaluation of transregional, aggregated, complex corporate farm and land ownership. The current German government opposes such a reform.
I aim at understanding how statistical representations of land ownership are co-produced with normative assumptions about agriculture in Germany, particularly questions around market policy and data access practices. In my field research from 2017 to 2019, I have participated in workshops and meetings with representatives of local courts, ministries, statistical offices, the German parliament, lobby groups, activists, and scientific institutes. I have investigated political debates and legal cultures around farm and land ownership data, particularly the land registry and cadastral offices, to trace their influence on the practices of assessing and representing farm types and land distribution in Germany.
- Globalization of Agriculture and Food
- Political Ecology
- Imaginations of Finance and Agriculture
- Anthropology of Markets and Finance
|2016||MA, Cultural Anthropology, U Leipzig, Germany|
|2014||BA, Cultural Anthropology, U Leipzig, Germany|
|Scince 2016||Research Assistant, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”, U Leipzig, Germany|
|Scince 2018||Scholarship, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung|
|Sommer, Felicitas. „Vertrauen und Gemüse. Wie eine Gartenkooperative über Solidarität verhandelt“. In Strategien der Subsistenz. Neue prekäre, subversive und moralische Ökonomien, eds. Kerstin Poehls, Leonore Scholze-Irrlitz and Andrea Vetter (Berlin: Panama Verlag), Berliner Blätter. Ethnographische und ethnologische Beiträge 74 (2017).|
|23–24 January 2015||Presentation: „Beitragen statt Tauschen? Vorstellungen von gerechter Verteilung und ihre Umsetzung in einer solidarischen Gärtnereikooperative bei Leipzig“
Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnography e.V.: „Strategien der Subsistenz – neue prekäre, subversive und moralische Ökonomien“,
|15–16 January 2015||Panel Discussion: „Öffentliche Soziologie, Wachstumskritik und Soziale Bewegungen“
Conference: „Public Sociology – Wissenschaft und gesellschaftsverändernde Praxis“, FSU Jena, Germany