Curriculum Vitae

Education

1996
Ph.D. in Anthropology at the Institute of Social Anthropology and African Studies, LMU, Munich.
Thesis: "Asyl und Konflikt. Ethnologische Untersuchungen zur institutionalisierten Schutzgewährung" (magna cum laude)

1987
MA in Anthropology at the Institute of Social Anthropology and African Studies, LMU, Munich.
Thesis: "Ethnographisch - ethnologische Mitteilungen aus dem Reisebericht des Adam Olearius" (sehr gut)

Professional Activities / Teaching

2012 -
Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department 'Law & Anthropology', Halle/Saale.

2008-2013
International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (REMEP): Local Coordinator.

2001-2012
Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Project Group Legal Pluralism, Halle/Saale.

1993-2001
Assistant Professor and Lecturer (wiss. Assistent), Institute of Social Anthropology and African Studies, LMU, Munich.

1989-1990
Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter), Institute of Social Anthropology and African Studies, LMU, Munich.

1986-1988
Research assistant, Institute of Social Anthropology and African Studies, LMU, Munich.

1979-1980
Local employee (records office and special service), Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Paris.

Bert Turner has been engaged in numerous teaching activities, a full list of which can be found here.

Invited Lectures (selection)

For the complete list of public talks, lectures and presentations at workshops and conferences please click here.

2016   
Presentation: Chaîne logistique, chaîne de valeur : la filière d’argan et sa normativité, Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat, Morocco (October 11, 2016)

2015  
Opening Lecture: Legal Pluralism, Knowledge Regimes, Science, and Technology, International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay: “Normative Interfaces of Globalization and High-Tech Capitalism: Legal Pluralism and the Neo-Liberal Turn”, Mumbai, India (December 14, 2015).

2015
Presentation: Recht, Raum, Rechtsraum: raumzeitliche Grenzsetzungen des Rechts, Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg (February 12, 2015).

2014
Presentation: Neoliberal Politics of Resource Extraction: Moroccan argan oil, School of International Development; University of East Anglia, Norwich (March 26, 2014).

2013
Presentation: Politiques néolibérales d’extraction des ressources naturelles: l’huile d’argan au Maroc, Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale, Collège de France, Paris (November 6, 2013).

2011
Presentation: Law, technology, and the transnational politics of resource extraction: the case of the Moroccan argan forest, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern (November 9, 2011).

2010
Presentation: Transnationale Wechselbeziehungen des Rechts: Migration und rechtlich-kulturelle Vielfalt im Nationalstaat am Beispiel Kanadas: Sozialanthropologisches Colloquium, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University Berlin (November 30, 2010).

2009
Presentation: Local Dispute Management in Morocco and its Transnational Environment: Village Communities in the Moroccan Souss Between Transnational Legal Standards of Nature Conservation and Islamic Activism: Extra-Legal Governance Institute Seminar Series, University of Oxford (October 15, 2009).

2009
Presentation: Legal Diversity and Political Islam in Rural Morocco, Institute for Ethnology, University of Cologne (May 12, 2009).

2009
Presentation: Schwarzbrennerei, Umweltschutz und islamischer Aktivismus: Konfliktaustragung und transnationales Recht in Marokko, Institute for Ethnology, University of Leipzig (January 15, 2009).

2008
Presentation: Rechtspluralismus und kulturelle Vielfalt in Kanada, Veranstaltungsreihe „Law and Culture“ des Profilbildenden Forschungsbereichs Riskante Ordnungen an der Universität Leipzig, Albertina, Leipzig (November 11, 2008).

2007
Presentation: La société civile et la transnationalisation du droit au Maroc- Réflexions sur ‘la vie associative au Souss’, Summer School : « La Société Civile au Maroc », Seminar für Arabistik/Islamwissenschaft, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (July 5, 2007).

2007
Presentation: Islamic activism and anti-terrorism law in rural Morocco, Forschungskolloquium: “Belonging, Politics, Rhetoric, Ritualisation”, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld (January 10, 2007).

2005
Presentation: Transnationale Netzwerke und lokale Allianzen: Über den Einfluss Islamischer Bewegungen im ruralen Marokko, Colloquium: „Themenachsen, Allianzen, Netzwerke, Parteiungen“, Orientwissenschaftliches Zentrum, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (July 12, 2006).

2003
Presentation: Repräsentation (in) der Feldforschung, Arbeitskreis Feldforschung, Institute for Social Anthropology and African Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (December 11–12, 2003).

2003
Presentation: Von der Kunst des Vergleichs, Symposium in Honour of László Vajda, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Munich (February 8–10, 2002).

2002
Presentation: Die transnationale Dimension des Rechts: „folk legal systems“ und die Dynamik rechtspluralistischer Konstellationen im Südwesten Marokkos, Kolloquium des Instituts für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, University of Mainz (July 9, 2002).

Public Talks and Lectures (selection)

2013
Lecture: Verflechtungen normativer Ordnungen und religiöser Interpretationsmuster in translokalen Beziehungen: Marokko und Kanada, Ringvorlesung Welt der Religionen – Religionen der Welt, MLU, Halle (December 17, 2013).

2013
Lecture: Der Arganwald in Marokko: Lokale Ressourcennutzung und neoliberale Marktanbindung, Verein für Erdkunde zu Halle e.V., Institute for Geography, MLU, Halle (January 15, 2013).

2011
Lecture: Moral, Recht und Religion in einer muslimischen Gesellschaft: Empirie transnationaler Herausforderungen und lokaler Reaktionen am Beispiel Marokko, Ringvorlesung Welt der Religionen – Religionen der Welt, MLU, Halle (December 1, 2011).

2009
Presentation: The Future of Legal Pluralism, Joint Institutes Colloquium of the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Seminar for Social Anthropology, MLU, Halle (November 3, 2009).

2008
Presentation: International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (REMEP), Evaluation der Graduiertenschule “Asien und Afrika in globalen Bezugssystemen“ der Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg (GSAA), Orientalisches Institut, MLU Halle (April 18, 2008).

Fieldwork

2016 Morocco: Rabat/Casablanca

2015 Canada: Vancouver

2015 Morocco: Rabat

2014 Morocco: Different provinces in the Southwest

2014 Canada: Vancouver

2003 Canada: Province of Québec and Ontario

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Morocco: Provinces of Taroudant, Agadir, Essaouira, Tiznit

1999, 2000 Germany: different locations

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2011 Morocco: Provinces of Taroudant, Agadir

1993 Tunisia: Nabeul, Tozeur, Nefzaoua

1988 Algeria: Mzab, Laghouat, El Oued

1987 Algeria: Constantine

1986 Algeria: Kabylia, Tizi Ouzou

Grants / Scholarships

2005-2008
Co-organiser (with Lutz Laschewski, Univ. of Rostock & Thomas Sikor, Humboldt Univ. Berlin): Network on ‘Rural property: Contemporary processes of rural transformation and differentiation’; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

2000
Congress grant, Conference Folk Law and Legal Pluralism, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

1988-1990
Ph.D. scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

Organization of Conferences, Workshops and Symposia (selection)

2012
Workshop: International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP) Teaching Course, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

2011
Conference: On Retaliation; International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP), Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg.

2011
Workshop: International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP) Teaching Course, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

2011
Winter University and Workshop: International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP), Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Co-organized with the REMEP PhD Group), Halle.

2010
Conference: Religion in Disputes, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Co-organized with Franz and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann and Martin Ramstedt), Halle.

2010
Workshop: International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP); Bad Lauterberg Meeting, Revita, (Co-organized with the Halle REMEP Group), Bad Lauterberg.

2008
Workshop: International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP) Teaching Course, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

2006
Workshop: Paradoxical conjunctions: access to rural resources in a transnational environment , Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

2006
Workshop: Meeting of working groups and regional sections within the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

2005
Conference: The Legitimate and the Supernatural: law and religion in a complex world, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Co-organized with Fernanda Pirie), Halle.

2005
Workshop: Between State, Religion, and Tradition – Re-examining the Concepts of collective and Individual Re-sponsibility in the Islamic World, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology; Danish Institute in Damascus (Co-organized with Hans Christian Korsholm Nielsen).

1999
Symposium: Neuere Entwicklungen in der Ethnologie Westafrikas, Institute for Social Anthropology and African Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

Organization of Panels at Conferences (selection)

2015
Panel: Legal Pluralism, Knowledge Regimes, Science, and Technology. International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay: “Normative Interfaces of Globalization and High-Tech Capitalism: Legal Pluralism and the Neo-Liberal Turn”, Mumbai, India.

2013
Panel: Legal pluralism and transnational politics of securitization. 17th World Congress of the IUEAS: “Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds”, Manchester, UK.

2011
Panel: Legal Pluralism, Science, and Technology, Conference: “Jubilee Congress of the Commission on Legal Pluralism: Living Realities of Legal Pluralism”, Cape Town, South Africa.

2008
Workshop: Law Matters: Mapping Legal Diversity, Conference: “Experiencing Diversity and Mutuality”, European Association of Social Anthropologists, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Co-organized).

2007
Plenary Session: Ethnologische Forschungsperspektiven aus Halle, Conference: „Streitfragen – Zum Verhältnis von empirischer Forschung und ethnologischer Theoriebildung am Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts“, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde, Halle.

2005
Panel: Ethnologie des Vorderen Orients und Nordafrikas: Ethnologische Konfliktforschung zwischen Alltagskultur, Terror und Krieg, Conference: „Konflikte – Menschenrechte – Interventionen“, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde, Halle (Co-organized).

2004
Panel: The Interplay of Law and Religion: Between the Local and the Transnational, Conference: “Law, Plural Societies and Social Cohesion”, Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism, Fredericton, Canada (Co-organized).

Presentations at Conferences and Workshops (selection)

2017
Paper: Conceptual Entanglements – How Retaliation, Mediation, and Punishment Reference Aspects of Social Order, Conflict and Social Control, Workshop: “Challenging Concepts: Social Order, Conflict, and Control in Historical and Anthropological Research”, IMPRS-REMEP Winter University and School, Neudietendorf, (February, 21, 2017).

2017   
Discussant: Navigating the 'Bermuda Triangle' – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Contested Concept of ‘Terrorism’, “Anthropological Workshop”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (January 10, 2017).

2016   
Paper: Law in extractive infrastructures: normative resource appropriation and transformation in supply chain capitalism – the example of Morocco’s argan forest, Workshop: “Africa as a new frontier? Lawyers, extractive economies and global reconfigurations of political authority”, Normative Orders, Cluster of Excellence, Goethe University, Frankfurt (June 20-21, 2016)

2016   
Paper: Translating evidentiary practices and technologies of truth finding: oath taking as witness testimony in plural legal configurations in rural Morocco, 14th EASA Biennial Conference: “Anthropological legacies and human futures”, Milan, Italy (July 20-23, 2016)

2016   
Paper: Institutional interlocking in conflict management: retaliation, asylum, mediation, Workshop: “Mediation and Conciliation”, Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat Morocco (October 6-8, 2016)

2015   
Introduction: Legal Pluralism, Knowledge Regimes, Science, and Technology: Panel: Legal Pluralism, Knowledge Regimes, Science, and Technology at the International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay: “Normative Interfaces of Globalization and High-Tech Capitalism: Legal Pluralism and the Neo-Liberal Turn”, Mumbai, India (December 14-16, 2015)

2015   
Paper: Transnational economy and local crisis: grass roots responses to the transformation of a local staple into a global commodity, Conference: “Crises: reconfigurations of life, power and worlds” (DGV), Marburg (September 30 – October 3, 2015).

2015   
Paper: ‘The Moroccan Exception’: Transitions of an African political system and the concept of insurrection, Workshop: “African Political Systems Revisited”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (September 10-11, 2015).

2015   
Paper: The normative and technological construction of a commodity chain: A plural legal configuration connecting resource extraction in the global south and consumer patterns in the global north, “Panel Legal Pluralism and Its Contribution to the Global South/Global North Paradigm” at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association: “Law’s Promise and Law's Pathos in the Global North and Global South”, Seattle, USA, (May 28-31, 2015).

2015
Paper: Settling the account: local ideas about dealing with crime and deviance in rural Morocco, Centre Jacques Berque; Workshop: “Truth, intentionality and evidence: anthropological approaches to crime and tort”, Rabat, Morocco (January 29-30, 2015).

2014
Paper: The Place of Forgiveness in Conflict Management: scale-bound institutional arrangements in the Moroccan nomosphere, Symposium: “Islam and Forgiveness: Reflections on Justice and Conflict Resolution in Muslim Contexts”, University of Washington, Seattle (February 6-7, 2014).

2014
Paper: Local Resource Management and Neoliberal Reconfigurations of Plural Legal Arrangements: Panel: “The Law’s (In)equality: Can Legal Pluralism Deliver on the Law’s Promise of Equality and Justice for All?” at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association: Law and Inequalities: Global and Local”, Minneapolis, USA (May 29 - June 1, 2014).

2014
Keynote Speech: IMPRS-REMEP - the past six years: Research agenda, theorizing and future developments: distinctions, pluralities and convergences: “IMPRS-REMEP Summer University and School”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (June 20, 2014).

2014
Paper: Transnational economy of resource extraction translated: Moroccan argan oil as global commodity and its local economy, 13th EASA Biennial Conference “Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution - innovation and continuity in an interconnected world”, Tallinn, Estonia (July 31 - August 3, 2014).

2014
Paper: The Place of Forgiveness in Conflict Management: scale-bound institutional arrangements in the Moroccan nomosphere, Symposium: “Islam and Forgiveness: Reflections on Justice and Conflict Resolution in Muslim Contexts”, University of Washington, Seattle (February 6-7, 2014).

2013
Paper: Schemes of Resource Appropriation between Neoliberalism and 'Economy of Solidarity': Moroccan argan oil, the cooperative movement and reforestation, Workshop: “Dispossession and Collective Action: Neoliberal (Re-)Structuring of the Rural in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey”, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin (October 25-26, 2013).

2013
Paper: Dialectics of Non-power and Marginality in the Mediation Business: institutional diversification and multiple identities of mediators, IMPRS-REMEP Workshop: “On Mediation: Forms, Models and Theories”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (October 11-12, 2013).

2013
Paper/Introduction: Legal Pluralism and transnational politics of securitization: 17th World Congress of the IUEAS: “Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds”, Manchester, UK (August 5-10, 2013).

2013
Presentation: Transnationalization of Law and the Study of Legal Diversity: Strands, Rifts, Blurrings in the Anthropology of Law: “Second Exploratory Meeting - Department Law & Anthropology”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (May 23-25, 2013).

2013
Paper: Translocal Faith-based Dispute Management: Moroccan-Canadian struggles with normative plurality, RECODE Workshop: “Multireligious Society: Accommodating New Religious Diversities in Post-Secular Settings”, Centre for Human and Social Sciences, Madrid (April 11-12, 2013).

2013
Discussion: Theorizing Patterns of Conflict: on zomia and cooperation, Workshop: “Inter-related Conflicts in a Northeast African Border Region (Azomia I)”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (February 14-16, 2013).

2012
Discussion: Researching Religious and Philosophical Diversity, RELIGARE Conference: “Secularism and Religious Diversity in Europe: Opportunities and Perspectives”, University of Leuven & Centre Albert Borschette, Brussels, Belgium (December, 4-5, 2012).

2012
Paper: Experimenting in the forest laboratory: entanglements of law, knowledge, science and technology in Moroccan argan oil production, Workshop: “Relocating Science and Technology: global knowledge, traveling technologies and post colonialism”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (July 18-20, 2012).

2012
Paper: Neoliberal Politics of Resource Extraction: Moroccan Argan Oil, 12th Biennial EASA Conference: “Uncertainty and Disquiet”, Nanterre University, France (July 10–13, 2012).

2012
Presentation: Department Law & Anthropology within MPS and Institutional Collaboration: “Exploratory Meeting Department Law & Anthropology”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (May 23-25, 2012).

2012
Paper: Forest Extraction Schemes, Livelihood Security, and the Global Market: Moroccan Argan Oil, Workshop: “Revisiting Communal Land Tenure: Perspectives on Households, Families and Work from Below”, re:work IGK Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University Berlin (May 4-5, 2012).

2012
Presentation: Law, Ritual, and Power: procedural regulation and agency in conflict management, Workshop: “On Spectacles and Rituals of Crime and Punishment”, IMPRS-REMEP Winter University and School, Hinterzarten (February 5-6, 2012).

2011
Paper: On Retaliation: conceptual plurality, transdisciplinary research, rifts, blurrings, and translations, Conference: “On Retaliation”, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg (October 26-29, 2011).

2011
Paper: Arganöl – Normative und technologische Erfindung eines ‚traditionellen’ Ökoprodukts, Conference: „Wa(h)re Kultur: Kulturelles Erbe, Revitalisierung und die Renaissance der Idee von Kultur“, (DGV), Wien (September 14-17, 2011).

2011
Paper: Law, technology, and the transnational politics of resource extraction: the case of the Moroccan argan forest, Conference: “Panel Legal Pluralism, Science and Technology at the Jubilee Congress of the Commission on Legal Pluralism: Living Realities of Legal Pluralism”, University of Cape Town, South Africa (September 8-10, 2011).

2011
Introduction: Legal pluralism, science and technology, Conference: “Panel Legal Pluralism, Science and Technology at the Jubilee Congress of the Commission on Legal Pluralism: Living Realities of Legal Pluralism”, University of Cape Town, South Africa (September 8-10, 2011).

2011
Introduction: Teaching anthropology in a transdisciplinary research project, “International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment, Teaching Course”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (July 13-15, 2011).

2011
Paper: Politics of belonging and the litmus test of retaliation, “Workshop on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Günther Schlee”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (July 10-12, 2011).

2011
Paper: L’encadrement juridique des associations agricoles dans le Souss et le rôle du religieux, Workshop, « De l’anthropologie du droit musulman à l’anthropologie du droit dans les mondes musulmans : réflexion sur les conditions de possibilité d’une anthropologie du droit dans le contexte des sociétés en tout ou partie musulmanes », Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat, Morocco (January 20-22, 2011).

Membership in Professional Associations

Commission on Legal Pluralism (CLP, member of executive board since 2003)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV, member of advisory board 2005–2007)
Deutsch-Marokkanische Gesellschaft (DMG)
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
Law and Society Association (LSA)
Sektion Sozialanthropologie/Entwicklungssoziologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (ESSA)

Languages

German (mother tongue)
English (fluent)
French (fluent)
Arabic (working knowledge)
Tashelhait (basic knowledge)

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