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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Mr Gabriel Klaeger

BA, MA Social Anthropology (major), Intercultural Communication (minor), Human Geography (minor) – University of Munich


Gabriel Klaeger
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

PhD Student

Mr Gabriel Klaeger
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Thesis title:
Rush and relax: Intricate movements, fleeting encounters and the dilemmas of speed on a Ghanaian road (working title)
Internal Supervisors

PhD Publications

  • 2009. “Religion on the Road: The Spiritual Experience of Road Travel in Ghana”. In: J.-B. Gewald, S. Luning and K. van Walraven (eds.): The Speed of Change. Motor Vehicles and People in Africa, 1890-2000. Leiden, Boston: Brill. 169-194.
  • 2007. Kirche und Königspalast im Konflikt. Christenviertel und Tradition in den Debatten zum Ohum-Festival in Kyebi (Ghana). Münster, London: LIT.
  • 2007. “Palastbräuche versus Missionarsrechte: Traditionspluralismus und angefochtene Souveränitäten im Konflikt um das Ohum-Festival in Kyebi (Ghana)“. In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 132 (1): 91-108.
  • 2006. “’A Monarch of His Time’: Traditional leadership and the staging of AIDS awareness campaigns in Ghana”. In: J. Reuter, C. Antweiler and C. Neudorfer (eds.): Strand Bar Bügelzimmer Internet; Neue Orte einer Ethnologie der Globalisierung. Münster, London: LIT. 141-165.
Online publication

PhD Conferences

Papers, presentations, seminars:
  • [forthcoming 2010]. "Chasing cars, mocking mates: Movements, emotions, and joviality among road hawkers in Accra". Biennial conference of the German Association for African Studies (VAD), Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz.
  • 2009. “"Blutopfer zur Rush Hour: Fordernde Gottheiten, traditionelle Autoritäten und die Verhandlung von Multireligiosität in Accra (Ghana)". German Anthropological Association (DGV) Conference, Frankfurt a. M.
  • 2009. “Endstation Aneignung? Verkehr und der alltägliche Umgang mit Stop-and-go auf ghanaischen Straßen“. German Anthropological Association (DGV) Conference, Frankfurt a. M.
  • 2009. “Reconstructing the Accra-Kumasi road: Chances and drawbacks of a modernizing project”. The ‘Revisiting Modernization’ Conference, University of California African Studies MRG and University of Ghana, Legon/Accra.
  • 2009. “Fast business? The chances and drawbacks of speed for Ghanaian minibus drivers”. European Conference on African Studies 3 (AEGIS), Leipzig.
  • 2009. “Chasing, dodging, lapping: Ghanaian minibus drivers and their tactical moves for money”. African Studies Seminar, African Studies Centre/U Oxford.
  • 2008. “Strangers, dangers and the power of traffic: Ethnography of the contested Accra-Kumasi road”. African History Seminar Series, Dept of History, SOAS.
  • 2008. “Stubborn spirits, impotent chain saws: Rituals and chiefly powers on a Ghanaian roadside”. Conference “Anthropology in London: Current Research (II)”, Goldsmiths/U London.
  • 2006. “Experiencing the Accra-Kumasi Road: An ethnographic study of roads, transport and travelling in Ghana”. Departmental seminar, Institute of African Studies/U Ghana.
  • 2006. “Risque et religion sur la route: paver une ethnographie de mobilités et transports quotidiens au Ghana”. Joint seminar “Contemporanéité africaine: dialogues autour d’une ‘entente cordiale’” of the Centre d’Etudes Africaines/EHESS Paris with SOAS, Paris.
  • 2005. “Anthropology of the Road”. Anthropological Colloquium “Mobilität in Afrika”, U Bayreuth.
     2005. “Königspalast und Kirche im Konflikt: Palastbräuche, Missionarsrechte und deren Renaissance im Kontext von ‘Traditionspluralismus’ in Südghana“. German Anthropological Association (DGV) Conference, Halle/Saale.
  • 2005. “Religion on the Road. The (auto)mobilization of spirituality and beliefs in Ghana”. European Conference of African Studies (AEGIS 2005), London
  • 2004. “Ahnenopfer, Abendmahl und ein Aids-Test - ein westafrikanischer König im Alltagsstress”. Lecture series at the State Museum of Ethnology, Munich.
Panels, workshops:
  • 2009. Panel convenor (with Julie Soleil Archambault): “Death, deceit and other personal disasters: When connections backfire”. European Conference on African Studies (AEGIS), Leipzig.
  • 2008. Workshop organizer (with Andrew Thurston): “Labour, Skill and Value”. Conference “Anthropology in London: Current Research (II)”, Goldsmiths/U London.


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Regional Expertise
Country Expertise
  • Ghana