Theresa Mentrup, M.A.

Research interests
Political and Legal Anthropology, Humanitarianism, Human-Environment-Relations, Indigeneity, Social Movements, Organizational Research, (Post)Colonialism

Research areas
Brazil / South America, Europe


„Die Katastrophe von Brumadinho und die deutsche Verantwortung“ (in German)
Contribution, Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik 1‘24
Project member (DFG project)

The Management of Loss: Politics of Life and Death in Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Duration: 2022-2025
Beyond their momentary impacts, catastrophic events mark the beginning of long-lasting processes of political, social, and cultural reordering. This often includes the provision of governmental and non-governmental care and assistance, as well as the rearrangement of social categories and of the relations between various actors. This project focuses on the consequences and the repercussions of the 2019 collapse of the tailings dam of a mine waste disposal basin in Brumadinho, a small town located in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Examining the ongoing compensation processes in the aftermath of this catastrophic incident, the research project seeks to answer the question how the perception of social and moral responsibilities is related to processes of legal mitigation and reparation in a post-disaster context.
Blog Contribution

“Another crisis, so what? Notes on the ‘corona turn’ of my research project on crises in Minas Gerais / Brazil”
Contribution on the Boas-Blog “Fieldwork meets Crisis” in the context of the DGSKA-Autumn Academy for doctoral candidates

„Grüner Strom wächst nicht unbedingt auf dem Baum“
Interview by Stefanie Martin concerning “Sustainability“, published in mub – magazin der ub (JGU Mainz) in the context of the article “Thinking, valuing, acting. How the humanities fight against climate change“ (in German only)

Éduardo Viveiros de Castro: „Kannibalische Metaphysiken“
Translation from Brazilian Portuguese into German, published by Merve-Verlag
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