Author: Peter Gillessen

Taking measures as end points?

Peter Gillessen , March 13th, 2020


An agronomist measuring the length and width of “fingers” of a new banana variety. Kawanda, Uganda (January 2016, S. Calkins) An arm circumference that is too small, a…


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The Limits of Negotiation

Peter Gillessen , January 30th, 2020


Horkheimer: Theory is theory in the authentic sense only where it serves practice. Theory that wishes to be sufficient unto itself is bad theory. On the other hand,…


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Climate change policy

Peter Gillessen , January 20th, 2020


The avowed purpose of policy, whether devised by a government, non-governmental body or an organisation, is to direct action to address an issue, event or interaction, with the…


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Wenn Grenzen neu gezogen werden – wo steht die Ethnologie?

Peter Gillessen , December 19th, 2019


Noch vor etwas mehr als einer Dekade klangen die scheinbar selbstverständlichen Vorannahmen ethnologischer Forschungen ganz anders als heute. Das Fach schien damals übereingekommen, dass eindeutige Un…


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Doing Good/Doing Right and the Limits of Negotiation

Peter Gillessen , November 11th, 2019


Preface: Why the interest in the “limits of negotiation”? Katja Rieck, Orient-Institut Istanbul Before delving into the main part of this blog post, it is important to begin…


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