On Wednesday, January 17th 2018, the Master Program of International Social Sciences (ISS) welcomed Dr. Leonie Newhouse as a guest speaker. Dr. Léonie Newhouse is a senior research fellow / group leader associated with the ‘African Urban Diversity’ research cluster in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen. Léonie Newhouse earned her doctorate in Geography from the University of Washington. Building on her long-term engagement with places characterized by acute uncertainty she presented in her lecture “Uncertainty in Action mediating indeterminacy in South Sudan and Kenya” how people who live in a situation of war, displacement and insecurity try to build up livelihoods. By looking at different places as Juba (the capital of South Sudan), a village in South Sudan and the newly established refugee camp Kalobayei in Northern Kenya she explained how one place offers the grounds for speculative and generative action, while in another place people cannot develop a perspective for their future. After the lecture the international audience got the opportunity to ask questions and relate the results of Dr. Newhouse to their own experiences.
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