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Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse

Stellvertretender Direktor

Telefon: +49-(0)30-80307-230
Aktuelles Forschungsgebiet: Anthropologie und Philosophie; intellektuelle Kultur und soziale Praxis; regionale Literaturen; lokale Denker; Religion und Gesellschaft; muslimische Lebenswelten; postkoloniale Erfahrungen; Anthropology of Texts; Kultur- und Sozialtheorie; Mobilität und transregionale Forschung
Regionaler Schwerpunkt: Afrika, v.a. Ostafrika und Swahili-Küste, auch südliches Afrika; transregionale Verbindungen, v.a. im Indischen Ozean; muslimische Welt; offen für Projekte zu allen Regionen
Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse
Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse

Beruflicher Werdegang

08/2018 - heute
Stellvertretender Direktor, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, in Verbindung mit einer "S-Professur" W3 ( = Sonderprofessur an einer außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtung), Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Freie Universität Berlin
2012 - 2018
Außerordentlicher Professor, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS), African and Swahili Studies, Columbia University
2006 - 2012
Stellvertretender Direktor, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
2005
Evans-Pritchard Lecturer, All Souls College, Oxford University
2002 - 2005
Dozent, Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews

Ausbildung

2002
PhD in Anthropology and African Studies, SOAS, University of London
1997
MSc in Social Anthropology, London School of Economics (LSE)
1996
Magister Artium (MA) in Philosophie, Afrikastudien und Deutsche Literatur, Universität Hamburg

Mitgliedschaften

  • Hauptprüfer an der Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität Berlin
  • Mitherausgeber der Zeitschrift „Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East" (Duke University Press)
  • Akademischer Berater von „Africa: Journal of the International African Institute" (Cambridge University Press), „Islamic Africa" (Brill), „Polylog: Zeitschrift für Interkulturelles Philosophieren" (Wien, fortdauernd) und die Serie „Welten d. Philosophie""

Ehrungen und Preise (Auswahl)

2015 - 2016
Senior Visiting Fellowship, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität Berlin
Dezember 2019
Honourable Mention, in Elliot Skinner Award competition by the African Anthropology section of the American Anthropology Association (AAA) for the best anthropological monograph published in 2007-8, for Philosophising in Mombasa
September 2018
Honourable Mention, Herskovits Award for the best monograph on Africa published in 2007, by the African Studies Association (ASA) Committee
November 2005
Evans-Pritchard Lectureship, All Souls College, Oxford; presented six lectures on ‘Swahili intellectual practice and everyday life: discourses of Islam and Muslim identity in postcolonial Mombasa’

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Bücher

2018, Swahili Muslim Publics and Postcolonial Experience in Coastal Kenya. Indiana University Press.

2017, (Editor & translator) Guidance (Uwongozi) by Sheikh al-Amin Mazrui. Selections from the first Swahili Islamic newspaper. A Swahili-English edition. Translated with Hassan Mwakimako. Foreword by A. Mazrui and H. M.K. Mazrui. Series ‘African Sources for African History,’ Leiden: Brill.

2016, (Editor, with Rose Marie Beck) Abdilatif Abdalla: Poet in Politics. Dar es Salaam: Mkuki wa Nyota Publishers.

2009, (Editor, with Trevor Marchand) Knowledge in Practice: Expertise and the Transmission of Knowledge. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2007/8, (Editor, with Edward Simpson) Struggling with History: Islam and Cosmopolitanism in the Western Indian Ocean. London: Hurst/New York: Columbia University Press.

2007, Philosophising in Mombasa: Knowledge, Islam, and intellectual practice on the Swahili coast. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press for the International African Institute.

2005, (Editor) Reading Mudimbe, special issue of Journal of African Cultural Studies, vol. 17/1 (with articles by W. van Binsbergen, N. Lazarus, L. Brenner, K. Kresse).

1997, Editor, with A. Graness. Sagacious Reasoning: H. Odera Oruka in memoriam. Frankfurt and New York: Peter Lang. 1999. African edition, by East African Educational Publishers, Nairobi.

Ausgewählte peer-reviewed Artikel und Buchkapitel

2016, ‘Kenya: Twendapi? Re-reading Abdilatif Abdalla’s pamphlet fifty years after Independence’ (with a translation of the Swahili original), Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 86(1), 1-32. (Read here)

2013, “On the skills to navigate the world, and religion, for coastal Muslims in Kenya“, in Magnus Marsden and Kostas Retsikas (eds), Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds, Amsterdam: Springer Press, 77-99. (Read here)

2012, “Interrogating ‘cosmopolitanism’ in an Indian Ocean setting: Mombasa and the Swahili coast”, in D. Maclean and S.K. Ahmed (eds), Cosmopolitanism in Muslim Contexts: Models from the Past. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 31-50. (Read here)

2011, “Auf dem Weg zu mehr Interdisziplinarität und Zusammenarbeit bei der Erforschung der philosophischen Traditionen in Afrika”, in: Polylog: Zeitschrift fuer interkulturelle Philosophie, Vol. 25, 115-131. Vienna. (Read here)

2009, “Muslim politics in postcolonial Kenya: Negotiating knowledge on the double-periphery”, in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI). Special issue on anthropology of Muslim politics, edited by B. Soares and F. Osella, 76-94. (Read here)

2009, “Knowledge and intellectual practice in a Swahili context: ‘wisdom’ and the social dimensions of knowledge”, in Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, vol. 79/1, 148-167. (Read here)

Weitere ausgewählte Publikationen

2011, ‘Between Africa and India: thinking comparatively across the western Indian Ocean’, ZMO Working Papers 5, 1-15. Co-authored with Edward Simpson. (Read here)

2011, “Enduring relevance: samples of oral poetry on the Swahili coast”, in Wasafiri: Journal of Contemporary Writing, special issue on Indian Oceans oral literatures (edited by Stephanie Jones), vol. 26/2, 46-49. (Read here)

2003, "'Swahili Enlightenment?' East African reformist discourse at the turning point: the example of Sheikh Muhammad Kasim Mazrui", Journal of Religion in Africa Vol.33 (3), special issue on Islamic thought in Africa, 279-309. (Read here)

2002, "Towards a postcolonial synthesis in African philosophy - conceptual liberation and reconstructive self-evaluation in the work of Okot p'Bitek", in O. Oladipo (ed), Issues in African Philosophy. Essays in honour of Kwasi Wiredu. Ibadan: Hope Publishers, 215-232. (Read here)

1998, "Izibongo - the political art of praising: poetical socio-regulative discourse in Zulu society", in Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, 171-196. (Read here)

 

Eine vollständige Liste aller Publikationen hier (Dezember 2018)

Weitere Links

2019, History of Philosophy without any Gaps #26: Kai Kresse on the Anthropology of Philosophy

2010, Baraza-Events: Documentation of the series organized by Kai Kresse at the ZMO

2009, Terms of Analysis in African Studies: do we need 'Conceptual Decolonisation’?  Roundtable Discussion with Kwasi Wiredu (Tampa), J.D.Y. Peel (London), Ute Luig (FU-Berlin), Katrin Bromber (ZMO-Berlin), Andreas Eckert (HU-Berlin), and Presentation by Kai Kresse (ZMO) - Audiodocumentation of the Complete Discussion

2008, „Swahili scholars, poetry and politics“, documentation of an evening organised by Kai Kresse at ZMO with Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir, an Islamic scholar and former politician, and the poet Ustadh Ahmad Nassir.