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Dr. Jens Herpolsheimer

Wiss. Mitarb. SFB

Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
Strohsackpassage
Nikolaistraße 10, Room 5.01
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37740

Abstract

Jens Herpolsheimer studied African Studies in Leipzig, Bordeaux, and Lisbon. Subsequently, continuing research initiated during his master's, he worked on cooperation dynamics at the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP). Since 2016, he is a researcher at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”, at Leipzig University. In this context, he has completed his PhD, focusing on intervention practices of African regional organizations and their spatializing effects. Since January 2020, Jens Herpolsheimer is a postdoctoral researcher at the SFB 1199, studying the practices of inter-regionalism between different actors at African regional organizations and the European Union. These issues reflect his more general research interests, among other things, including the politics and practices of peace and security in Africa, Lusophony, and comparative regionalism.

Professional career

  • 10/2012 - 12/2015
    Research Assistant, Institute of African Studies and Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig University
  • 01/2016 - 12/2019
    Junior Researcher / PhD candidate, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition", Leipzig University
  • since 01/2020
    Senior Researcher / Postdoc, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition", Leipzig University

Education

  • 10/2009 - 09/2012
    B.A. African Studies, Leipzig University and Sciences Bo Bordeaux (France)
  • 10/2012 - 09/2014
    M.A. African Studies, Leipzig University and Centro de Estudos Internacionais (CEI-IUL) (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • 01/2016 - 12/2019
    PhD student, Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition", Leipzig University

Jens Herpolsheimer researches intervention practices of African regional organizations, in particular the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), as well as practices of inter-regionalism between African regional organizations and the European Union. To this end, he conducts field research - including archival research, interviews, and participant observation - in various African countries, mainly across West Africa. For his doctoral thesis, he conducted research in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Abuja (Nigeria), Bissau (Guinea-Bissau), Dakar (Senegal), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), and Bamako (Mali), as well as outside Africa in Brussels (Belgium) and New York (USA).

  • Interregionalism and Security in the Sahel: The African Union, ECOWAS, and the European Union
    Engel, Ulf
    Duration: 01/2020 - 12/2023
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe); Institut für Afrikastudien; SFB 1199: Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen
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  • New Regionalisms and Violent Conflict in Africa: The Politics of the African Union and ECOWAS in Guinea-Bissau
    Engel, Ulf
    Duration: 01/2016 - 12/2019
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Centre for Area Studies; Gesellschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft in Afrika; Global and European Studies Institute; SFB 1199: Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen
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more projects

  • Herpolsheimer, J.
    The Finances of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP)
    In: Mattheis, F.; Engel, U. (Eds.)
    The Finances of Regional Organisations in the Global South: Follow the Money. Abingdon: Routledge. 2019. pp. 35-50
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  • Herpolsheimer, J.
    Transregional conflicts and the re-spatialisation of regions ‘at sea’: The Yaoundé Process in the Gulf of Guinea
    Comparativ. 2018. 28 (6). pp. 68-89
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  • Döring, K.; Herpolsheimer, J.
    The spaces of intervention for Mali and Guinea-Bissau
    South African journal of international affairs. 2018. 25 (1). pp. 61-82
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  • Herpolsheimer, J.; Warnck, S. E.
    Mapping Intervention Practices of ECOWAS and the African Union: Methodological and Practical Challenges
    Leipzig. 2020
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  • Herpolsheimer, J.
    Spatializing Practices of Regional Organizations during Conflict Intervention: The Politics of ECOWAS and the African Union
    Abingdon; New York: Routledge. 2021
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more publications

  • Andere Ehrungen: Katharina-Windscheid-Preis
    Herpolsheimer, Jens (Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe))
    awarded in 2019 by Research Academy Leipzig.
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