Editorial SJSCA 28/2022

Keywords: tsantsa, SJSCA, editorial

Author Biographies

Laura Affolter, Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Laura Affolter is a postdoctoral fellow in the Research Group on the Sociology of Law at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and affiliated researcher at the Institute of Social Anthropology in Bern. She obtained her PhD from the University of Bern in 2017. Her current research explores the negotiations over and the implementation of the rights of nature and Buen Vivir in Ecuador. In her former work she examined everyday practices of decision-making in the Swiss asylum administration.

David Loher, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences HSLU

David Loher is an anthropologist and leaving co-editor of TSANTSA, now SJSCA. He is an affiliated researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern and is currently working as a higher education development specialist at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences HSLU.

Isabelle Zinn, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Isabelle Zinn is a former co-editor of TSANTSA, now SJSCA and is currently a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Her research interests include qualitative methods, in particular ethnography, and the sociology of work, occupations, and gender. She holds a joint PhD in social sciences from the University of Lausanne and EHESS, Paris.


Matthieu Bolay, University of Bern and University of Applied Science Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Matthieu Bolay is co-editor of the Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology. He is Ambizione fellow at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern and associate professor at the University of Applied Science (Hes-so) in Geneva.

Filipe Calvão, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Filipe Calvão is an associate professor in anthropology and sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). His research examines extractive economies in Africa, the global gemstone industry, and digital work.

Joanna Menet

Joanna Menet holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Zurich and a PhD from the University of Neuchâtel. Her research focus lies at the intersections of migration/mobility, transnationalism, gender and the body.


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How to Cite
Affolter, Laura, David Loher, Isabelle Zinn, Matthieu Bolay, Filipe Calvão, and Joanna Menet. 2023. “Editorial SJSCA 28/2022”. Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology 28 (February):5-8. https://doi.org/10.36950/sjsca.2022.28.8923.