© Patrick Desplat

Dr. Patrick Desplat

Vertretungsprofessor

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Institut für Ethnologie
Studtstraße 21
D-48149 Münster
Tel.: +49 251 83-27311
Fax: +49 251 83-27313

pdesplat@uni-muenster.de

Sprechstunde im Sommersemester 2022: nach Vereinbarung, per Zoom

  • Fields of interest

    I am a social anthropologist primarily interested in religion, youth, migration and sociality in urban Africa. I carried out fieldwork in East Africa and the Indian Ocean, particularly inKenya, Ethiopia and Madagascar. In my current manuscript “A tapestry of tensions. Envy, youth and suspicious sociality in urban Madagascar” I scrutinize envy discourses among young educated people in the Indian Oceanport city of Mahajanga. This study focuses on social tensions in regard to economic hardships and political crises in Madagascar. My analysis centers on individual migration projects and how the search for a better life changes the ways how young men and women navigate social proximity and distance in their everyday relationships.

    My former research investigated religious debates among Muslims in the setting of East Africa. My main work has been on the role of saint veneration in Islam, practices of place-making and the culturalization of practices and discourses attached to shrines in Ethiopia. In addition, I took a close look at ethnic and religious boundary-making in the predominantly Christian country and explored the appropriation of global Islamic discourses into local frameworks of meaning and relevance.

    During my career I worked, taught or held scholarships at the University of Mainz, Free University of Berlin, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Societies and Cultures, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient,TOPOI Berlin, University of Cologne, University of Mahajanga and University of Göttingen.

  • Forschungsschwerpunkte

    • Religionsethnologie
    • Sozialethnologie
    • Migration
    • Islam in Afrika
    • Jugend

     

  • Lehre

    Lehrangebot im Sommersemester 2022

    088886

    Konzeption eines Forschungs- oder Berufsfeldprojekts

    05.04.22 - 12.07.22, Di 14-16, Cont BH-7

    088887

    Forschungskolloquium

    05.04.22 - 12.07.22, Di 16-18, F 030
    088879

    Institutscolloquium

    14-täglich, 13.04.22 - 13.07.22, Mi 16-18, AE 209

    In Zusammenarbeit mit Prof. Helene Basu

    088888

    Writing a Project Proposal

    06.04.22 - 13.07.22, Mi 10-12, Cont BH-4
    088889

    Master- and PhD-Colloquium

    06.04.22 - 13.07.22, Mi 14-16, Cont BH-2

    Lehrangebot im Wintersemester 2021/22

    086820 Theorie und Geschichte der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
    13.10.21 - 02.02.22, Mi 12-14, SCH 100.2
    086886 Institutscolloquium
    14-täglich, 20.10.21 - 02.02.22, Mi 16-18, DPL 23.402
    086887 Foundations of Empirical Research
    19.10.21 - 01.02.22, Di 14-16, F 041
    086893 Religious plurality in Africa
    19.10.21 - 01.03.22, Di 16-18, ULB 201
    086895 Master- and PhD-Colloquium
    14.10.21 - 03.02.22, Do 12-14, AE 209

     

  • Akademische Ausbildung

    2002-2009 Promotionsstudium in Ethnologie, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
    1993-2001 Masterstudium in Ethnologie, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

     

  • Wissenschaftliche Abschlüsse

    2009 Dr. phil. in Ethnologie, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
    2001 Magister Artium (M.A.) in Ethnologie, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

     

     

  • Berufserfahrung

    2016-heute Postdoktorand, Forum für Interdisziplinäre Religionsforschung (FiReF), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
    2012-2015 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, DFG-Projekt, Institut für Ethnologie, Universität zu Köln
    2011-2012 Vertretung der Juniorprofessur, Institut für Ethnologie, Universität zu Köln
    2010-2011 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Institut für Ethnologie, Universität zu Köln
    2008-2009 Postdoc, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Societies and Cultures, Freie Universität Berlin
    2003-2008 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Sonderforschungsbereich 295: „Kulturelle und sprachliche Kontakte“, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
    2001-2002 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

     

     

  • Ausgewählte Publikationen

    2018 Desplat, Patrick. 2018. “Closed circles of mistrust: Envy, aspirations and urban sociality in coastal Madagascar.” Africa: Special Issue “Urban Kinship”. Africa 88 (S1) 2018: S117–S139.
    2016 Desplat, Patrick. 2016. “‘Heard about the Good-Deed-Sayers?’ Islam and everyday conversations on religious difference in Harar, Ethiopia.” Journal of Islamic Studies 35(1): 11–42.
    2013 Desplat, Patrick. 2013. “Against Wahabism? Islamic reform, ambivalence and sentiments of loss in Harar.” In: Desplat, Patrick and Østebø, Terje (eds.). Muslim Ethiopia: Transforming Identities and New Representations. Palgrave Macmillan: New York. 163–184.Desplat, Patrick. 2016. “‘Heard about the Good-Deed-Sayers?’ Islam and everyday conversations on religious difference in Harar, Ethiopia.” Journal of Islamic Studies 35(1): 11–42.
    2013 Desplat, Patrick and Østebø, Terje. 2013. “Introduction: Muslims in Ethiopia. The christian legacy, identity politics and Islamic reformism.” In: Desplat, Patrick und Østebø, Terje (eds.). Muslim Ethiopia: Transforming Identities and New Representations. Palgrave Macmillan: New York. 1-46.
    2013 Desplat, Patrick and Ostebo, Terje. 2013. Muslim Ethiopia: Transforming Identities and New Representations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
    2012 Desplat, Patrick and Schulz, Dorothea. 2012. Prayer in the City: The Making of Muslim Places and Urban Life. Bielefeld: Transcript.
    2012 Desplat, Patrick. 2012. “Introduction: Representations of space, place-making and urban life in Muslim societies.” In: Desplat, Patrick and Schulz, Dorothea (eds.). Prayer in the City: The Making of Muslim Places and Urban Life. Transcript: Bielefeld. 7–34.
    2012 Desplat, Patrick. 2012. “Beyond the politics of ‘Othering’: Shifting representations of Christian-Muslim-relationships in Ethiopia.” Orient: German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East (Special Issue “Islam in Africa” 1): 6–11.
    2010 Desplat, Patrick. 2010. Heilige Stadt – Stadt der Heiligen: Manifestationen, Ambivalenzen und Kontroversen des islamischen Heiligen in Harar/Äthiopien. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe.
    2008 Desplat, Patrick. 2008. “The making of a Harari city in Ethiopia: Constructing and contesting saintly places.” In: Stauth, Georg and Schielke, Samuli (eds.). Dimensions of Locality: The Making and Remaking of Islamic Saints and their Places (Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam 8). Bielefeld: Transcript. 149–168.
    2005 Desplat, Patrick. 2005. “The articulation of religious identities and their boundaries in Ethiopia: Labeling difference and processes of contextualisation in Islam.” In: Journal of Religion in Africa 35(4): 482–505.
    2005 Desplat, Patrick. 2005. “Äthiopien: Diaspora am Horn von Afrika? Inamo 41: 4–8.
    2003 Desplat, Patrick. 2003. Islamische Gelehrte zwischen Text und Praxis: Wandlungsprozesse im Islam am Beispiel von Kenia/ Ostafrika. Arbeitspapier des Instituts für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz Nr. 16.
    2002 Desplat, Patrick. 2002. “Muslime in Äthiopien: Die Heiligenverehrung in Harar in Auseinandersetzung mit islamischen Reformströmungen.” Afrika Spektrum 2002(2): 141-157.

    Andere Publikationen

    2018 Desplat, Patrick. 2018. “Madagascar.“ In: Fleet, Kate et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Islam 3. Brill: Leiden (forthcoming).
    2018 Desplat, Patrick. 2018. “Jimma.“ In: Fleet, Kate et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Islam 3. Brill: Leiden. 138–139.
    2016 Desplat, Patrick. 2016. “Harar.“ In: Fleet, Kate et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Islam 3. Brill: Leiden. 77–80.
    2016 Desplat, Patrick. 2016. “Husayn, Shayk.“ In: Fleet, Kate et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Islam 3. Brill: Leiden. 102–105.
    2016 Desplat, Patrick. 2014. “Dire Dawa.” In: Fleet, Kate et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Islam 3. Brill: Leiden. 94–95.
    2016 Desplat, Patrick. 2016. “al-Hararī, ‘Abdallāh b. al- Muḥammad b. Yūsuf.“ In: Fleet, Kate et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Islam 3. Brill: Leiden. 133–134.
    2014 Desplat, Patrick. 2014. “Dire Dawa.” In: Fleet, Kate et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Islam 3. Brill: Leiden. 94–95.

     

     

    Mitgliedschaften, Auszeichnungen und Stipendien (Auswwahl)

    2013 Associated professor, Institut des Langues et Civilisations des Iles du Sud-Ouest de l'Océan Indien (ILC/ISOOI), Universität von Mahajanga, Madagasca
    2010 Senior fellow, Topoi (The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations), Freie Universität Berlin
    2002 Postgraduiertenstipendium von Rheinland-Pfalz, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz