Silke Oldenburg

Dr. Silke Oldenburg

Assistentin / PostDoc (Professur Förster)


Münsterplatz 19
4051 Basel

During spring term 2019, Silke Oldenburg is replaced by Michelle Engeler for teaching, supervision and administration.


Curriculum Vitae

Silke Oldenburg is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel, Switzerland (since spring term 2014). She studied Social Anthropology and Eastern European History in Tübingen, Berlin, Mérida (Venezuela) and completed her PhD at the University of Bayreuth, Germany in 2013.

Her research interests include urban anthropology, the anthropology of youth, gender and generation, the anthropology of media and journalism as well as political anthropology with a particular focus on aspects of everyday life within contexts of protracted violent conflict.

Silke's PhD is based on 14 months of ethnographic research and concentrates on youth, war and everyday life in Goma, Eastern DR Congo. For her MA thesis she researched on everyday lifeworlds of internally displaced youths in Bogotá, Colombia for which she was awarded the Christiane-Rayewski-Preis of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (afk). In 2013, Silke conducted fieldwork on Rwanda's media landscapes after Genocide in a research project organised by the University of Passau.

Focus in Teaching

An Ethnography of the Great Lakes Region
An Anthropology of Youth in Africa
Congo's 'Wild West'? Conflict and Culture in the Kivus
Introductory course: Kinship and Political Anthropology
‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’: Colombia between Guerilla and Green Revolution.
Introductory Course: Kinship and Political Anthropology
Exchange and Encounter: The Andes from Colonial Times till Today.

Focus in Research

Research areas: political anthropology, urban anthropology, youth studies, media and journalism
Regional focus: Great Lakes Region (DR Congo, Rwanda) and the Andes (Colombia and Venezuela)
Field research: Colombia 2004 (3 months), 2015 (3 months), 2016 (6 months), 2017 (2 months)
DR Congo 2008 (11 months), 2009 (3 months), 2013 (4months), 2016 (2 months), 2017 (2 months)
Rwanda 2013 (4 months)