Vinzenz Baumer Escobar

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Vinzenz Baumer Escobar is postdoc on the ERC-funded project PORTS, run by Elisabeth Schober and based in the Department of social anthropology. PORTS consists of a parallel study of four  ports around the world that constitute significant nodes in the global supply chain and therefore play a pivotal role in sustaining, producing and reproducing our everyday sociomaterial experience of the contemporary world. Pusan (South Korea), Singapore, Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Piraeus (Greece). 

Current project

In his PhD project Vinzenz looked at the everyday construction of alternative economic formations in Catalonia. In PORTs he will be conducting fieldwork in the Port of Rotterdam, where he will look into the (re)configuration of the relation between labor and capital by drawing from the anthropology of infrastructure and the anthropology of work. his research is situated at the crossroads of political and economic anthropology, with a particular focus on (the future of) work, sovereignty, tax, the performativity of the economy, and the commons​.

Academic interests

Economic Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, the Future of Work, the Commons, Performativity, Taxes, Precarity


Bäumer Escobar, Vinzenz. 2021.Life and Work Outside of the Hamster’s Cage Precarity and the Pursuit of a Life Worth Living in Catalonia” In Beyond the Wage: Ordinary Work in Diverse Economies Edited by William Monteith, Dora-Olivia Vicol, and Philippa Williams. Bristol: Bristol University Press.

Bäumer Escobar, Vinzenz. 2020. “The Fiscal Commons. Tax Evasion, the State, and Commoning in a Catalonian Cooperative” Social Analysis 64(2).

Bäumer Escobar, Vinzenz. 2013. "‘En door Duitschland ondergaan we den invloed van de wereld’ Een verklaring voor het partijschisma van de SDAP in 1909." Skript Historisch Tijdschrift 26(1) 24-38.




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