Achim von Oppen



Deputy Director of the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient), Berlin. Extensive fieldwork and archival studies on Zambian border areas on the Upper Zambezi with long-standing links into Angola; special interest in social and cultural constructions of space; works of relevance for the symposium theme:

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Selected Bibliography:

   Terms of Trade and Terms of Trust. The History and Contexts of Pre-Colonial Market Production around the Upper Zambezi and Kasai. Münster and Hamburg 1993;

   “Dorf, Siedlung, Gemeinschaft”, in: Jan-Georg Deutsch and Albert Wirz (eds.), Geschichte in Afrika. Einführung in Probleme und Debatten. Berlin 1997, pp. 231-260.

   (ed., with Ute Luig:) The making of African landscapes. (= Paideuma 43, 1997)

   “Die Territorialisierung des Dorfes (Nordwest-Zambia, seit ca. 1945)”, in: R. Kößler, D. Neubert and A. von Oppen (eds.), Gemeinschaften in einer entgrenzten Welt. Berlin 1999, pp. 35-54.

    “Cinderella Province. The making and unmaking of a Zambian periphery, 1950s–1990s”, in: Making or Shaking the State? (= Sociologus 52, 2002, no. 1, in print).



“Moving along, Moving across. Linear Geographies and Translocal Practices on the Upper Zambezi, 19th to 20th Century”