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Maike Voigt

Junior Fellow

Contact

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth

+49 (0)921 55-5447 (phone)


e-mail: maike.voigt@uni-bayreuth.de

Current Project

Soziale Mobilität von Unternehmern der Mittelschicht in Kisumu, Kenia


Research interests:

Entrepreneurship, social mobility, middle classes in Africa, social class, self-identification, informal economy, orientalism/occidentalism

Geographical area:

Kenya


Academic Vita

Since April 2016

Doctoral fellow at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) 

02/2015 - 04/2017

Research Assistant, Bayreuth Academy od Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany

2014

Master Degree in Social Anthropology and Development Sociology: Culture and Society in Africa, University of Bayreuth, Germany

2012

Bachelor Degree in Social Anthropology and General Linguistics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Research Experience

Since 03/2015

Repeated field work in Kisumu, Kenya

08/2015 - 10/2015

Graduate field work in Kara/Togo on images of Europe and self-perceptions of the Kabiye in Northern Togo

Conference Presentations

4-5 June 2018

"Jua Kali – a more positive approach towards Kenyan small-scale businesses” - Annual Conference for Young Researchers in African Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem/ Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

03 May 2018

Social mobility over the life course - A case study of small-scale entrepreneurs in Kisumu, Kenya” - BIGSAS Colloquium, Universität Bayreuth, Germany

03 March 2018

Employment didn’t give me enough securityWhy entrepreneurship has become an opportunity and security measure for the Kenyan middle class” - Proposal Presentation Workshop for PhD candidates, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Maseno University Kisumu City Campus, Kenia

29 June - 01 July 2017

"Between Opportunity and Frustration: Kenyan approaches to supporting an entrepreneurial middle class" – European Conference on African Studies, Basel, Switzerland

4-6 May 2016

"Social mobility of middle class entrepreneurs in Kisumu, Kenya" - Inequality and Middle Class Development in Africa, International Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa

27-29 April 2016 "Social mobility of middle class entrepreneurs in Kisumu, Kenya" - Middle Classes in Africa - anthropological and social logical perspectives, University of Bayreuth, Germany (and co-convenor)


Publications

Voigt, Maike (forthcoming). 'Entrepreneurship in times of post-election riots. A case study of small business owners in Kisumu, Western Kenya'. In: Small-scale entrepreneurship in times of crisis. Röschenthaler, Ute (ed./eds.). .


Voigt, Maike (2018). ‘Employment didn’t give me enough security’. Why entrepreneurship has become an opportunity and security measure for the Kenyan middle class. Sociologus 68/2 , Bayreuth. 171-190.


Kroeker, Lena & Voigt, Maike (2017). "Securing the Future of the Kenyan Middle Class". Newsletter of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth (XVI-2015), Bayreuth. 66.


Kroeker, Lena & Voigt, Maike (2017). "Future(s) as Societal Project(s). The Middle Clas Actor". Newsletter of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth (XVII-2016), Bayreuth. 10-11.


Kroeker, Lena & Voigt, Maike (2017). Themenfelder sozialanthropologischer Mittelschichtsforschung. Eine Vorstellung Bayreuther Projekte. Academy Reflects 2. Working Papers der Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies Nr. 16. Bayreuth.


Voigt, Maike (2016). "Urban Economies: Cultural Perspectives on Grassroots Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Economies, 14-15th July 2016, LMU Munich, Germany". Sociologus (2). 207-210.