PD Dr. Angelica Wehrli
Angelica Wehrli studied Social Anthropology, Mass Communication Studies and Pedagogy at the University of Berne. She subsequently worked as a research—then senior research—associate at the University of Berne (2004-5, 2007-10). In 2005-6, scholarships from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the KFPE program („Jeunes Chercheurs“), allowed her to conduct multi-local ethnographic field research in North Vietnam. For her PhD project, Dr. Wehrli studied labor in the formal and informal sectors of the Cuban economy over the transition to what is widely presumed will be a post socialist state. She was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology by the University of Berne in 2009.
For her habilitation research (post-doctoral qualification for research and teaching at professorial level) she returned to Nam Dinh and Hanoi in Vietnam, in 2010 with further scholarships from SNSF and KFPE. Her project entitled, „(Re)challenging norms and values in (post)socialist Vietnam“ addresses the question how different religious affiliations (ancestor cult, „Mother Goddess“, „Four Palaces“, Catholicism) articulate with mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion.
Dr Wehrli has been a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California (November 2010–August 2011), at the Section Études Vietnamiennes, (S.E.D.E.T.), Université Paris VII (December 2005–February 2006), and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi (2005-2006, 2010).
Since January 2010, Wehrli has been an associated with the interdisciplinary research group at the UMR 201 Développement et Sociétés at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In the same year, she became a Board Member of the research group „Social Transformations and Sociology of Development“ of the International Sociological Association. In 2012 Dr Wehrli was appointed a senior lecturer in the Department of Ethnology, University of Lucerne.
Geographically, Dr Wehrli specializes on Latin America (especially Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela), Southeast Asia (especially Vietnam) and Switzerland. Thematically she specializes on Economic Anthropology (labor, the formal and the informal sector, legal and illegal activities); gender; religion and religious movements (especially Afro-Cuban and Vietnamese religions and cults), migration; qualitative methods; (post-)socialist societies (especially Cuba and Vietnam) and socio-economic change.
- ethnographic methods
- labour and entrepreneurship (formal/informal sector; legal/illegal activities)
- norms and values
- religion and forms of “religious revivals”
- socio-economic change
- socialist and post socialist transformation (especially Cuba and Vietnam)
- processes of urbanization
08/2014 – 12/2016 "Holcim Stiftung" for the Advancement of Scientific Research. Financial support for the analysis and writing-up of the research project: „(Re)challenging norms and values in (post)socialist Vietnam. Decision-making strategies within the household and beyond"
- Wehrli, A. (2010). Ama de Casa – A Hidden Form of Entrepreneurial Success? Re-Challenging Gendered Roles. International Journal of Cuban Studies, 2 (3/4), 104–116.
- Wehrli, A. (2008). ¡No es fácil! – Facing Daily Challenges in Havana, Cuba. Autrepart. Revue de sciences sociales au Sud, 48 (Les mondes post-communistes. Quels capitalismes? Quelles sociétés?), 73–86.
- Wehrli, A. (2012). Die ‘Entzauberung’ der Bürokratie Vietnams. In Hangartner, Judith, Hostettler, Ueli, Sieber Egger, Anja & Wehrli, Angelica (Eds.), Alltag und Ritual: Statusübergänge und Ritualisierungen in sozialen und politischen Feldern (pp. 294–309). Zürich: Seismo.
- Wehrli, A., Hangartner, J., Hostettler, U., & Sieber Egger, A. (2012). Einleitung. In Hangartner, Judith, Hostettler, Ueli, Sieber Egger, Anja & Wehrli, Angelica (Eds.), Alltag und Ritual: Statusübergänge und Ritualisierungen in sozialen und politischen Feldern (pp. 11–14). Zürich: Seismo.
- Wehrli, A. (2012). The First Financial Avalanche of the 21st Century: Impact on Different Social Classes in Vietnam. In Schuerkens, Ulrike (Ed.), Socioeconomic Outcomes of the Global Financial Crisis: Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Case Studies (pp. 234–261). New York/London: Routledge.
- Wehrli, A. (2011). Filles à éliminer au Vietnam? In Bernard Castelli & Bernard Hours (Eds.), Enjeux épistémologiques et idéologiques de la globalisation pour les sciences sociales: Collection questions contemporaines, série globalisation et sciences sociales (pp. 239–265). Paris: L’Harmattan.
- Wehrli, A. (2007). ‘Si tú tienes divisas, tienes el mundo abierto’ (If you have foreign currency, the world is yours), Paulo 43 years: Legal and Illegal Ways of Securing a Livelihood in Havana, Cuba. In Courtman, Sandra (Ed.), The Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference Papers (Vol. 8). London: ISSN 1471-2024.
- Wehrli, A. (2006). Household Livelihood Strategies in the Context of Socio-Economic Transformation in Nam Dinh City, Vietnam. In Asian Studies Association of Australia, ASAA (Ed.), Asia Reconstructed: From Critique of Development to Postcolonial Studies (pp. 1–26). Canberra, Australia: Asian Studies Association.
- Wehrli, A. (2005). Processes of Urbanisation and Transformation in Nam Dinh City, Vietnam. In Büchel, Romana, Derks, Annuska, Loosli, Susanne & Thueler, Sue (Eds.), Exploring Social (In-)Securities in Asia (Vol. 31, pp. 109–114). Bern: Arbeitsblätter des Instituts für Ethnologie/Sozialanthropologie.