Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Stefan Groth

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 196
47059 Duisburg
Germany

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-100
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199
E-mail: groth@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Dr Stefan Groth joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 1 “The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation” from June 2014 to May 2015.

Research Project at the Centre

Culture as Resource and Diplomacy: Between Geopolitics and Issues-Based Policy

In the last couple of decades, there has been a steady increase of international negotiations on culture as a resource, transforming the modalities and possibilities of cooperation in diplomacy. States as well as civil society organizations and indigenous groups have put significant effort in re-adjusting their policies to be compatible with this shift towards a perception of culture as a resource. It has, both in terms of strategy and content, gained considerable importance in international negotiations, influencing modalities of global cooperation. As a distinct concept besides other factors of geopolitics, culture as a resource in diplomacy creates contingencies for building new collaborations in international and bilateral relations. It has the potential to facilitate issues-based policies rather than reproducing geopolitical dichotomies, e.g. between the Global North and the Global South. This includes the partial culturalization of discourse in diplomacy fosters and requires communicative framings of issues as specifically cultural and distinct from other issues, including the explication of normative stances towards cultural resources.

By taking into account the performative and linguistic-pragmatic dimension of international negotiations in addition to structural aspects, the project aims at understanding the influence that culture as a resource has in diplomatic settings. It will look at the communicative framing of strategies and positions in negotiations on cultural resources, and analyze situations where they are able to transcend conventional divisions in diplomacy to arrive at issues-based cooperations between states, and between states and civil society organizations. It asks for the ways in which cultural resources are framed as part of diplomatic procedure and issues. The project's aim is to make the processes of constructing, negotiating, defining and legitimizing positions on cultural resources transparent, both on a structural and on a discursive level.

Research Interests

  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Cultural Property and Cultural Heritage
  • International Organizations and Negotiations
  • Anthropology and Social Theory
  • Culture and Morality
  • Innovation Studies

Current Projects

  • Linguistic Anthropology in Germany
  • Linguistic Approaches to Normativity
  • Normative Foundations of Cooperation in Everyday-Life
  • Cultural Embeddedness of the Commons
  • Ethics of International Negotiations on Culture
  • Proverbs and Diplomacy
  • European Concepty of Cultural Property and Cultural Heritage

Vita

06/2011-05/2013 Göttingen University, Germany
Interdisciplinary DFG Research Unit “The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules”
Dept. of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology
Post-Doctoral Researcher
03/2010-04/2010 University of Chicago, University of California at Santa Cruz, School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, USA
Research Visits
Erasmus Student Exchange Programm DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship for Ph.D. Research Studies
06/2008-05/2011 Göttingen Universtiy
Interdisciplinary DFG Research Unit “The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules”
Ph.D. student, thesis “Negotiating Tradition: The Pragmatics of International Deliberations on Cultural Property” (summa cum laude). Thesis Committee: Prof. Dr. Regina Bendix (Georg-August-University Göttingen), Prof. Dr. Don Brenneis (UC Santa Cruz), Prof. Dr. Nikolas Schareika (Georg-August-University Göttingen)
10/2006-01/2007 Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy
Dept. of Public Relations
10/2002-03/2008 Göttingen University
Dept. of Sociology, Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology
M.A. thesis: “Open-Source-Software Engineering: Sociological Discussion of a Specific Form of Innovation Networks”

Selected Publications

Groth, Stefan (forthcoming 2014): Quantified Cyclists and Stratified Motives: Explorations into Age-Group Road Cycling as Cultural Performance, Accepted for Publication in Ethnologia Europaea.

Groth, Stefan (2013): Allmendgemeinschaften und Cultural Commons in der Diskussion um kulturelles Eigentum <Common Lands Communities and  Cultural Commons in the Discussion on Cultural Property>, in: Kultur_Kultur. Denken, Forschen, Darstellen, 38. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde in Tübingen vom 21. bis 24. September 2011, Reinhard Johler, Christian Marchetti, Bernhard Tschofen, Carmen Weith (eds.), Münster, New York, München, Berlin: Waxmann, 59–65.

Groth, Stefan (2012): Negotiating Tradition: The Pragmatics of International Deliberations on Cultural Property, Göttingen Studies in Cultural Property, Volume 4, Göttingen: Göttingen University Press.

Groth, Stefan, Arnika Peselmann (2012): Review of: Karl C. Berger, Margot Schindler, Ingo Schneider, eds., Erb.gut? Kulturelles Erbe zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft <Good Genotype? Cultural Heritage between Science and Society>, in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde 115(1-2), 218–23.

Groth, Stefan (2011): Perspectives of Differentiation: Negotiating Traditional Knowledge on the International Level, in: Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics 4(1), 7–24.

Groth, Stefan (2011): Review of: Monika Heintz, ed., The Anthropology of Moralities, New York: Berghahn 2009, in: Kulturen 2/2011, 59–62.

Groth, Stefan, Regina Bendix and Kilian Bizer (eds.) (2010): Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven <Constitution of Cultural Property: Research Perspectives>, Göttingen Studies in Cultural Property, Volume 1, Göttingen: Göttingen University Press.

Groth, Stefan (2010): Perspektiven der Differenzierung: Multiple Ausdeutungen von traditionellem Wissen indigener Gemeinschaften in WIPO-Verhandlungen <Perspectives of Differentiation: Multiple Interpretations of Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous  Communities in WIPO-Negotiations>, in: Regina Bendix, Kilian Bizer, and Stefan Groth (eds.): Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven, Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 177–95.

Groth, Stefan (2009): Tradition und Wert: Die Weltorganisation für Geistiges Eigentum, Cultural Property und die Vorzeitigkeit von Tradition <Tradition and Value: the World Organization for Intellectual Property, Cultural Property, and the Prematureness of Tradition>, in: Kulturen 2/2009, 33–9.

Groth, Stefan (2009): Kulturen im Gespräch: Interview mit Valdimar Hafstein <Cultures in Discourse. Interview with Valdimar Hafstein>, in: Kulturen 2/2009, 40–7.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Fall/Winter 2013/2014: Kultur und Kommunikation: Einführung in die Ethnographie der Kommunikation und linguistische Anthropologie (Culture & Communication: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology), Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, Georg-August-University Göttingen.
  • Spring 2013: Vorlesung Kulturtheorien (Regina Bendix, Carola Lipp), Übernahme der Vorlesung „Strukturalismus“ (Lecture Culture Theories, Session “Structuralism”), Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, Georg-August-University Göttingen.
  • Fall/Winter 2012/2013: Kulturerbe verhandeln: Methodische und theoretische Zugänge (Negotiating Cultural Heritage: Methodological and Theoretical Approaches), Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie, University of Basel.
  • Spring 2012: Vorlesung Kulturtheorien (Regina Bendix, Carola Lipp), Übernahme der Vorlesung „Frühe Paradigmen der Kulturanthropologie/Europäischen Ethnologie: Evolutionismus, Kulturrelativismus, Funktionalismus“ (Lecture Culture Theories, Session “Early Paradigms of European Ethnology: Evolutionism, Cultural Relativism, Functionalism”), Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, Georg-August-University Göttingen.
  • Spring 2011: Kulturtheorien (Culture Theories), Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, Georg-August-University Göttingen.
  • Fall/Winter 2009/2010: Das Konzept des Kulturrelativismus (The Concept of Cultural Relativism), Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, Georg-August-University Göttingen.

Seminars and Conferences

  • Workshop Organization with Prof. Dr. Charles Briggs (UC Berkeley) and Prof. Dr. Regina Bendix, International Working Conference Justice in Discourse, April 4–5, 2013, Göttingen. With contributions by Prof. Dr. Srikant Sarangi (Cardiff), Prof. Dr. Jan Blommaert (Tilburg), Prof. Dr. Patrick Eisenlohr (Göttingen), Prof. Dr. Charles Briggs (Berkeley), Prof. Dr. Regina Bendix (Göttingen), Dr. Stefan Groth (Göttingen), Ruth Goldstein (Berkeley), Ina Lehmann (Bremen).
  • Workshop Organization with Nadine Wagener-Böck M.A., Workshop “Subjektbegriffe der Europäischen Ethnologie“ (“Concepts of the ‘Subject’ in European Ethnology”), December 13-14, 2012, Göttingen. With contributions by Prof. em. Dr. Johannes Fabian (Amsterdam), Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmidt (Kiel), PD Dr. Jochen Bonz (Bremen), Christine Öldorp M.A. (Zürich), Dr. Gerrit Herlyn (Hamburg), Julia Butschatskaja M.A. (Sankt Petersburg), Nadine Heymann M.A. (Berlin), Dr. Thomas Dörfler (Lüneburg), Martina Röthl M.A. (Innsbruck), Erdem Evren M.A. (Berlin), Maria Schwertl M.A. (Göttingen)
  • "Welche Rolle spielt Gerechtigkeit in Diskussionen um kulturelles Eigentum?“, Lecture Series of the Cultural Property Research Group, Göttingen (01/2014)
  • “Implicit Ethics: Normative Claims in International Negotiations on Traditional Knowledge”, Working Conference “Justice in Discourse”, Göttingen (04/2013)
  • “Perspectives on Traditonal Knowledge: The Involvement of Indigenous and Local Communities in WIPO’s Committee on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge”, SOGIP Seminar “Les questions de savoirs et de droit dans l’institutionnalisation internationale des autochtones”, Paris (01/2013)
  • "Sprache und Anerkennung: Die Verortung von Subjekten in Diskursen“, Workshop Subjektbegriffe der Europäischen Ethnologie, Göttingen (12/2012)
  • “Between Society and Culture: The Theory of Recogniton in Cultural Heritage Contexts”, Atelier de Recherche Trinational “Institutions, Territoires et Communautés: Perspectives sur le Patrimoine Culturel Immatériel Translocal”, Villa Vigoni, Italy (10/2012)
  • “The Indeterminacy of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Property in International Negotiations and Local Configurations”, Local Vocabularies of Heritage Workshop, Évora, Portugal (02/2012)
  • “Die Erfindung der Moral: Allmendgemeinschaften und Cultural Commons in der Diskussion um kulturelles Eigentum“, 38. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (DGV), Tübingen (09/2011)
  • “Speeding, Stalling, Editing: Maximal Communication for Minimal Results?”, with Regina Bendix, International Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Cultural Property, Göttingen, Germany (06/2011)
  • “Metapragmatics on the Global Stage: The Multiplicity of Meaning in International Negotiations”, Workshop on the Anthropology of International Institutions: How Ethnography Contributes to Understanding Mechanisms of Global Governance, Paris (06/2010)
  • “Language Ideologies and International Institutions: The Case of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge”, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz (04/2010)

Membership

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (DGV)
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • Societé Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF)
  • DFG Netzwerk „Wettbewerb und Konkurrenz: Zur kulturellen Logik kompetitiver Figurationen“
  • EASA Network “Anthropology of International Governance” (AIG)

Awards

  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship for Ph.D. Research Studies, Research Visits at University of Chicago, University of California at Santa Cruz, School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, USA

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