Florusbosch, Dr. J.H.J. (Henrike)

  • Assistant professor
  • Anthropology of the senses & perception
  • Linguistic, semiotic, and material ideologies
  • Heritage
  • Land
  • West Africa (Mali, Ghana)

Henrike Florusbosch is a socio-cultural anthropologist who holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MA from Leiden University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. Henrike has extensive fieldwork experience in Mali and has been involved with a community-engaged heritage project in Ghana. She has also carried out museum and archival work in Mali. Henrike teaches classes on Religion & Modernity, Gender & Development, Heritage, and Globalization. In addition, she supervises BA and MA theses and directs fieldwork projects in the Netherlands.

CV J.H.J. Florusbosch (2014)


Henrike’s dissertation (2011) is an ethnography of paying attention, illustrating the ethnographic salience and theoretical potential of the local concept of kolosi (“paying attention”) in Mali’s Mande region, which is characterized by radical social change in regards to kinship, hereditary status, legal and economic systems, and new interpretations of Islam. Her current research focuses on how heritage becomes a resource in an economic sense, and how this process differs from the valuation of the objects/landscapes/features designated as heritage as social, political, and cultural resources.


  • Social Sciences MA Thesis Award, University of Leiden, the Netherlands, 2001



  • Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Grant, 2005-6
  • Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) fellowship, 2002

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor:

  • African Studies Center Research Award, 2011>
  • Rackham Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2011
  • Dissertation Writing Institute Summer Fellowship, 2010
  • Sweetland Writing Center Junior Fellowship, 2008
  • Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2006
  • Helmut Stern Internship Grant for Museum Studies, 2005
  • International Institute Pre-dissertation Research Grant, 2003
  • CAAS African Initiative Grant, 2002 and 2003

Relevant links


  • Prof. J.T. Irvine (University of Michigan)
  • Prof. K.M. Askew (University of Michigan)

Committee members:

  • Prof. G. Feeley-Harnik (University of Michigan)
  • Prof. W. Keane (University of Michigan)
  • Prof. R.A. Silverman (University of Michigan)