© Arne Harms

Prof. Dr. Arne Harms


Universität Münster
Institut für Ethnologie
Studtstraße 21, Raum 2.8
D-48149 Münster
Tel.: + 49 251 83-27316

  • Aktuelles

    Sprechstunde im Wintersemester 2023/24: Dienstag,  17-18 Uhr


Eine deutsche Version des Profils von Dr. Harms folgt in Kürze.

I am an environmental anthropologist and my research focusses on ethics, technologies and displacement against the background of environmental degradation and climate change. In my current project, I look at the idea and practice of regeneration as part of European climate activists’ attempts to secure less bad futures. Since many years, I have been exploring coastal protection and forced migration on low-lying shores in East India.  

My first monograph “Enduring Erosions – Environmental Displacement and Relocation on India’s Sinking Shores” (University of Hawai’i Press 2024) details how people live with shrinking islands in one of India’s climate hotspot. I show how anthropogenic sea level rise intersects with coastal development and the unruly nature of estuaries and divinities, resulting in distributed disasters sustained by recurring erosions, impoverishment and displacement.

I have published articles and special issues with American Anthropologist, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, Anthropology of Consciousness, Journal of South Asian Development, Global Environment and beyond.

Since 2022, I am book review editor at EASA’s journal Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale.

I serve as liaison officer of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.

  • Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • Lehre

    Wintersemester 2023/24

    084820 Theorie und Geschichte der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
    11.10.23 - 31.01.24, Mi 12-14, SCH 100.2
    gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Timm
    084878 Areas and Regions of Social Anthropological Research
    10.10.23 - 30.01.24, Di 14-16, STU 105 (2.10)
    084879 Institutscolloquium: Decolonising Anthropology
    14-täglich, 19.10.23 - 01.02.24, Do 18-20, STU 105 (2.10)
    gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Stodulka
    084884 Research-Related Concepts and Theories
    11.10.23 - 31.01.24, Mi 16-18, STU 105 (2.10)
    084886 Colloquium
    12.10.23 - 01.02.24, Do 12-14, STU 102 (2.4)
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