Anja Habersang

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Assoc. PhD Student

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PhD Project

Utopia, future imaginations and transformative practices in socio-environmental conflicts in Argentina

This project explores the imaginaries and practices of transformative futures in interrelation with global crises through social (movement) actors lived everyday experiences. In order to contribute to a better understanding of how desired and alternative futures are negotiated and build, the aims are two-fold. Firstly, to analyse the interrelation between local actions and global crises, structural dynamics and epistemologies in contemporary conflicts over the commodification of nature. Secondly, to delve into the transformative agenda Indigenous (movement) actors propose towards a new relationality that includes other-than-human beings and nature by comparing three cases. Argentina is the context of the three case studies analysed here because the country is a contested field of struggle over socio-environmental justice that arises from the commodification of nature, land and resources in capitalist modernity.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz

Research Interests

  • Socio-ecological transformation
  • Resource conflicts and extractivism
  • Development
  • Social Movements
  • Decolonization


2022 ‑ present:   Scientific coordinator at the Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS) at the University of Kassel
2021 ‑ present:   Lecturer at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Fulda University of Applied Sciences
2018 ‑ present:   PhD Student at the Faculty of Social Sciences and associated PhD student at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2018: Short Term Consultant, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
2015 ‑ 2017:   Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Project "Promotion of Employment and Vocational Qualification"
2014 - 2015:   Assistant of the Gender Focal Point, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany
2014:   Traineeship at the European Commission, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), Brussels, Belgium
2011 - 2014:   Master in Social Sciences, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2013:   Short-term research stay in Chile: data collection on indigenous activism
2012 - 2013:   Master in International Politics, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
2010 - 2011:   Carlo-Schmid-Fellowship, Amnesty International, Santiago, Chile
2007 - 2010:   Bachelor in Regional Studies Latin America and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, Germany


  • Habersang, Anja (2022): Utopia, future imaginations and prefigurative politics in the indigenous women’s movement in Argentina, Social Movement Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2022.2047639
  • Habersang, Anja (forthcoming): Resisting body-territories – Indigenous women negotiating racism as a pandemic. In: Interface: a journal for and about social movements.
  • Habersang, Anja (2016): Chile: Neoliberales Pioniermodell statt soziale Marktwirtschaft – die sozialen, ökologischen und politischen Konsequenzen eines Freihandels ohne Grenzen. In: Lateinamerika und der Freihandel, Interessen, Diskurse, Perspektiven, connosco e.V.: S.115-125.
  • Habersang, Anja; Ydígoras, Pamela (2015): El activismo internacional Mapuche: un arma poderosa contra las violaciones de sus derechos humanos, Ceibo Ediciones, Santiago.