I just completed my PhD thesis on "The ädamo of the Kara. Rhetoric in social relations on the Lower Omo" at Halle University, and am preparing for a post-doc project elsewhere.
While I have done extensive research in Ethiopia, I consider myself much more of a general anthropologist than an Africanist. I am interested in theory and methodology, visual anthropology, the history of our discipline, the Maussian mix of social relations/economics/politics, questions of ethnic groups and categories, language/culture, and speaking/interaction. This last interest has progressively led me to embrace the principles of ethnomethodology/conversation analysis, a very sound methodological approach.
My recent work heavily focused on rhetoric in a fairly wide sense, and my PhD thesis and several upcoming spin-offs are the most material evidence of that.
I am still happy with the 2007 film "Morokapel's feast. The story of a Kara hunting ritual" (with Steffen Köhn), which people apparently liked to watch.
I dearly love to teach, and it is turning out that working with sociology students in Bielefeld can be quite rewarding intellectually.