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Barbara Göbel

Barbara Göbel  has been  the Director of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (Ibero-American Institute, IAI), Berlin, since 2005. In 2017 she was nominated Honorary Professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of  Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to her role in Mecila she is Principal Investigator of the EC (Horizon 2020) funded project (2016-2019): “Giving focus to the cultural, scientific and social dimension of EU-CELAC relations – EULAC Focus” and co-chair of the DFG funded project “The commodity boom in Peru (1993-2014:old and new inequalities)” (2018-2019). Barbara Göbel has been involved in several international, interdisciplinary projects. She integrates multiple boards and review panels of national and international organizations and funding agencies. Professor Göbel studied social anthropology, prehistory, economic and social history at the University of Munich and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen. She worked at the Universities of Göttingen, Tübingen, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Cologne and Bonn (Germany) and at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale, Collège de France (France) and has been Visiting Professor at several universities in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru.

Research areas:
Socio-environmental relations; Extractivism
Geopolitics of knowledge; knowledge circulation, archives and digital transformation

Selected publications:
Göbel, Barbara (2018): “Contested Natures: Cultural valuations of nature and environmental practices in the Puna de Atacama (northwestern Argentina)”, in: Melville, Gert and Ruta, Carlos (eds.) Nature as Challenge of Life (Challenges of Life: Essays on philosophical and cultural anthropology),  Berlin: De Gruyter, 143-162.

Göbel, Barbara (2018): “Convivialidad, diferencia, desigualdades: Desafíos institucionales para las políticas culturales”, in: Tejada, Carlos; Beckert, Steven; Migoya-Iriso, Isabel; Pulido, José (eds.), in: Zapopan. Políticas culturales para el desarrollo de comunidad en áreas metropolitanas,  México: UNESCO, 116-123.

Martín, Eloísa and Göbel, Barbara (eds.)(2018): Desigualdades interdependentes e geopolítica do conhecimento: negociações, fluxos, assimetrias. Rio de Janeiro: 7Letras.

Göbel, Barbara and Chicote, Gloria (eds.), (2017): Transiciones inciertas. Archivos, conocimientos y transformación digital en América Latina (Colección Variaciones, 1). La Plata: FAHCE,  Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut.