Hennings, Anne, M.A.

Institute of Political Science
Room: 314
Scharnhorststr. 100
D-48151 Münster
Tel: +49 251 83-29350
Fax: +49 251 83-25383

anne.hennings[at]uni-muenster[dot]de

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I'm currently in Cambodia and Sierra Leone studying the politics of contested land deals and its impact on post-conflict dynamics.

  • Research Areas

    • Sustainable Development
    • Peacebuilding and conflict transformation
    • Struggles over Land and (extractive) Resources
    • Forced Migration
    • Regional Focus: South (East) Asia and Subsaharan Africa
  • Doctoral Thesis

    Disassembling Resistance against Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Post-Conflict Countries: Peacebuilding and Reconciliation under Threat?

    Supervisor

    My thesis focuses on the interplay between emerging resistance against large-scale land deals and conflict transformation dynamics. Promising at first in terms of reconstruction, the recent land rush has led to displacement, ecological damages and a loss of livelihoods in most cases and, hence entails unpredictable risks for reconciliation and long-term peace prospects in post-conflict settings. Confronted with a wide range of negative externalities communities increasingly resist the allocation of land to investors in various ways. I am particularly interested in understanding these contentious politics, the role of experienced violence and the own war-history as well as potential linkages to other grievances. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Cambodia and Sierra Leone I explore how contention and resistance play out in post-conflict societies and potentially impact on the risk of insurgency or armed conflict.

  • CV

    Education

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    Ph.D. Student at the Graduate School of Politics (GraSP) and member of the research group "International and European Governance"
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    PhD Candidate, University of Muenster
    PhD Summer School "Re-Activating Gender-Sensitive Research on Land: Land Commodification, Land Tenure and Gender in Africa"; in Cape Coast, Ghana
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    M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Marburg
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    B.A. Sociology and Political Science, University of Rostock
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    B.A. Demography and Political Economy, University of Rostock

    Positions

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    Research fellow at the Chair of International Relations and Sustainable Development, University of Muenster
    Volunteer, Peace Agents Foundation Philippines
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    Intern, Civil Peace Service (GIZ) Ethiopia
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    Visiting Researcher, Legal and Human Rights Center of Tanzania

    External functions

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    Member of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA)
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    Member of the International Studies Association (ISA)
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    Founder and speaker of the working group 'Nature-Resources-Conflicts' as part of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (with Louisa Prause)
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    Member of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK)
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    Representative of the academic staff, directorate of the Institute of Political Science
  • Teaching

  • Publications

    • Hennings, Anne. . ‘The dark underbelly of land struggles: the instrumentalization of female activism and emotional resistance in Cambodia.’ Critical Asian Studies 51, No. 1: 103-119. doi: 10.1080/14672715.2018.1547881.
    • Hennings, Anne. . „Review "Contested Extractivism, Society and the State. Struggles over Mining and Land" by Bettina Engels & Kristina Dietz (2017).“ PERIPHERIE 152: 492-494. doi: https://doi.org/10.3224/peripherie.v38i3.09.

    • Hennings, Anne. . ‘Plantation assemblages and spaces of contested development in in Sierra Leone and Cambodia.’ Conflict, Security & Development 18, No. 6: 521-546. doi: 10.1080/14678802.2018.1532640.
    • Hennings, Anne. . ‘Review "Violent Neoliberalism. Development, Discourse, and Dispossession in Cambodia" by Simon Springer (2015).’ SOJOURN - Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 33, No. 3: 723-726.
    • Hennings, Anne. . ‘With Soymilk to the Khmer Rouge: Challenges of Researching Ex-combatants in Post-war Contexts.’ International Peacekeeping 25, No. 5: 630-652. doi: 10.1080/13533312.2017.1358621.

  • Talks

    • Hennings, Anne (): "Land governance and smallholders in Sierra Leone". Round table discussion on land governance, Welthungerhilfe, Freetown, Sierra Leone, .
    • Hennings, Anne; Prause, Louisa (): "How do we research conflicts? Challenges of ethical field research in the field of resource conflicts". 50. AFK Kolloquium, Berlin, Germany, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Ex-Combatants, Post-War Contestation and (Non-) Violence against Land Deals". ISA Annual Convention, San Francisco, USA, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Contested Land Deals in Post-War Contexts". Speaker Series Department of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Teaching the Holocaust in contemporary Germany: Challenges of dealing with the past 70 years on". Sleuk Rith Institute Speaker Series, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Natural resources and agro-industries in post-conflict Cambodia". Workshop “Land, natural resources and war-to-peace transition in Colombia”, Bogota, Colombia, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "From rebels to peasants and back again? The impact of (violent) resistance against land deals on post-conflict dynamics". Land and Territory in the Americas: Land Grabbing, Forms of Resistance and Alternatives, Bogota, Colombia, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Contested Land Deals: What Implications for Conflict Transformation and Peace in Cambodia?" Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and Contestation (PE-3C) - International Conference, Wageningen, Netherlands, .
    • Gumbert, Tobias; Hennings, Anne (): "Re-evaluating the Food, Land and Resources Nexus in the Global Agri-food System from a Waste-perspective". ISA Annual Convention, Atlanta, USA, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Assembling Resistance against Large-Scale Land Deals: Bougainville’s Peace Process under Threat? ". ISA Annual Convention, Atlanta, USA, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Resource conflicts. Actors, Dimensions, Implikations". Vergessene Konflikte, organisiert von amnesty international, Leibzig, Germany, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Resistance against Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Bougainville's Peace Process under Threat?" LDPI Conference 'Land grabbing, conflict and agrarian-environmental transformations: perspectives from East and Southeast Asia', Chiang Mai, Thailand, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Territoriality and Conflict Risks in Post-War Bougainville". 47. Kolloquium der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Berlin, Germany, .
    • Gumbert, Tobias; Hennings, Anne (): "Rethinking Economies of Waste – Exploring Contemporary Rationalities and Practices of Waste in the Global Agri-food System". ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Land Grabbing and the Future of Pastoralism". Africa Conference on Land Grabs, Johannesburg, South Africa, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "The Impact of Power Structures on Green Investments – Challenging Sustainable Development Efforts in the Global South". Green Economy in the South Conference ‘Negotiating Environmental Governance, Prosperity and Development’, Dodoma, Tanzania, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Consequences of Increasing Pressure on Pastures Marginalization and Displacement in North East Africa". African Studies Association Conference ’Future Africa‘, Bayreuth, Germany, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "Resource Rights, Injustice and Land Grabbing – The Question of Legitimacy in the Case of Ethiopia". CPR Joint Sessions, Workshop ‚Governing Natural Resources in Times of Climate Change’, Salamanca, Spain, .
    • Hennings, Anne (): "The conflict potential of exclusive land grab practices - How lacking inclusion undermines regional peace". 46th Colloquium of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies, Schwerte, Germany, .

Organized Workshops:

  • Contested Nature - Conflicts on Large-Scale Land and Resource Deals, Workshop of the research group "Nature, Resources and Conflict" of the German Association of Peace and Conflict Studies. Berlin, 9 January 2015. (with Louisa Prause, FU Berlin)