Jana Hönke is a visiting Post-Doctoral fellow at the Centre of International Policy Studies and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa (February-June 2010). She is a Post-Doc research associate at the DFG Research Centre 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In this context she has received together with Tanja A. Börzel a research grant from the German Research Foundation to work on the role of extractive industries in local environmental and security governance in Africa (2010/13). She has nearly finished her PhD on global discourses and local security practices of transnational mining companies in Africa. The dissertation draws on cases from North Western Province / South Africa and Southern Katanga / DRC and analyses ‘old’ and ‘new’ modes of governance and the spatial configurations they produce in historical perspective.

Jana has been a research associate with the SFB 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” since 2006. As part of a project on business and corporate responsibility in developing countries she  has studied the mining industry in South Africa. She has been a visiting scholar at the Sociology of Work Unit at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (10-11 2007), and at the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town (10-11 2008).Before joining the FU Berlin, she has worked as a research assistant in the DFG project “Governance beyond the state: Donor policies in Africa’s new social spaces” (University of Leipzig, Prof. Ulf Engel, 2005) and at the Environmental Research Centre Leipzig-Halle (ufz, 2005). She studied African Studies, Political Science and Economics at the University of Leipzig (1998-2005, Magister) and at the Centre d’Étude d’Afrique Noir at the IEP Bordeaux (2001/02).  Her research interests comprise African politics, the pluralisation of security governance, Western security and development policies and their effects and appropriation in Africa, business power and private authority, and theories of (re)space(ing) and discourse theory.



Journal articles

  • Hönke, Jana: Transnationalised pockets of territoriality. Western mining companies & security governance in Katanga (DRC), under review with Politique Africaine.
  • Bachmann, Jan & Jana Hönke 2010: ‘Peace and Security’ as Counterterrorism? Old and New Liberal Interventions and their Social Effects in Kenya, in: African Affairs 109 (434).
  • 2009Sicherheits-Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 8/2009, 15-21.

Other publications

  • Hönke, Jana: Transnational pockets of territoriality. Topographies of security governance and extraction in Katanga/DRC, Working Paper Series Critical Junctures of Globalisation, Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Leipzig (forthcoming).
  • Hönke, Jana2009:Extractive Orders. Transnational Mining Companies in the Nineteenth and in the Twenty-First Century in the Central African Copperbelt, in: Southall, Roger/Melber, Henning (eds.): A New Scramble for Africa, Scottsville: KZN Press, pp. 274-298.
  • Hönke, Jana / Nicole Kranz / Tanja A. Börzel / Adrienne Héritier 2009: Fostering Environmental Regulation? CSR in South Africa, SFB Working Paper Series N°9, DFG Collaborative Research Centre 700, Berlin, January.
  • Hönke, Jana 2005: Fragile Staatlichkeit und der Wandel der Afrikapolitik nach 1990 [Fragile Statehood and Changing Africa Policies after 1990] , University of Leipzig Papers on Africa N° 77, Leipzig.

Workshops and panels (co)-organized

    • International Studies Association Conference 17-21 February 2010 in New Orleans

Panel Transnational Security Governance and Local Political Order in Africa, Latin America and Asia

Paper Security governance in transnationalised business spaces in South Africa and the DRC – a practice approach.

    • Workshop Innovative approaches and methods to security governance after the postcolonial turn at the Research Centre 700, FU Berlin, January 2010.
    • European Conference of African Studies 4-7 June 2009, University of Leipzig

Panel We tried but they failed – Critical perspectives on Interventionism in Africa

Panel Topographies of Rule

  • Working Group Companies in Local Security Governance at the Workshop Business and Local Governance – Potentials and Pitfalls hosted by the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town and organised in cooperation with our business research project at the Research Centre 700/FU Berlin, September 19 2008, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Workshop Governing Security and Making Space with Clifford Shearing (UCT Cape Town) organised by the Graduate School “Critical Junctures of Globalization”, University of Leipzig with the SFB 700, FU Berlin, September 5 2008, Berlin, Germany.