Dr. Marianne Maeckelbergh

Position:
  • Lecturer
Expertise:
  • Global Politics, Democracy, Social Movements, Development, South Asia


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3433
E-Mail: mmaeckelbergh@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A45


Dr. Marianne Maeckelbergh

Marianne Maeckelbergh’s research focuses on the anthropology of globalization, democracy and social movements. Specifically, her research explores the decision-making practices within global social movement networks and the implications these practices have for contemporary assumptions about democracy and democratic values. Her research examines prefiguration as a strategic movement practice and raises questions about what happens to democratic values when they are practiced on a global scale through network structures instead of the nation-state.

Since the start of the economic crisis, her work has focussed on several of the uprisings that have emerged around the world and the growing distrust of representative democracy being expressed transnationally. Most of her recent fieldwork has explored responses to the economic crisis in Spain and the US, but this research has been contextualized in relation to research in Egypt, Greece, Portugal and the UK to explore what the many contemporary struggles share in common as well as how each location's particular history shapes the protests and government responses. The development and use of new digital technologies within these movements has been a key research interest, particularly how the diffuse networked space of digital technology functions in combination with the centralizing spacial configurations of urban space and place. This research has been disseminated through written publications as well as an online film series available at: www.globaluprisings.org.

Marianne Maeckelbergh’s other research interests include anthropological approaches to ‘identity’, ‘personhood’ and ‘agency’ in a context of global flows; urban social movements in India, specifically how caste, class, language and especially transnational exchanges affect the way politics is practiced. Marianne’s approach is a political one based on an engaged anthropology that explores the methodological challenges posed by the need for a more ‘global’ ethnography in the anthropology of social movements, development, democracy and digital technology.