Jon Schubert

Jon Schubert is an Africanist political anthropologist working on political culture and political subjectivities, the anthropology of the state, political violence and security, memory and affect, governance and technocratisation, post-conflict and post-socialist dynamics, mainly in Lusophone Africa. He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (2014) and an MA in African Studies from the University of Basel (2007), and has previously worked in foreign affairs and commercial risk analysis.

His current research project, Technocrats at the Hydrocarbons Frontier: Changing Stateness in Mozambique (as part of the DFG SPP1448) will look at how staff at the National Hydrocarbons Company ENH remake and rethink the role of the state at the interface of national bureaucracy and globalised capital. His previous research, based on one year of fieldwork in Angola’s capital, Luanda, was an ethnographic exploration of contemporary neo-authoritarianism through the emic notion of the ‘system’, and has resulted in a manuscript entitled Working the System: A Political Ethnography of the ‘New Angola’ (under review).