Since august 2021, I have been working as a lecturer as well as a research assistant in the research group on cultural geography of the Department of Geography at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. At the University of Heidelberg, I started my geography studies in 2012 and completed my Bachelor of Science with a thesis on rural development through agritourism in Ecuador. Continuing my studies, I moved to the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn for my master’s degree with a focus on “Globalization and Development”, where I also supported research and teaching in the research group of Julia Verne. After my master’s degree with the thesis “Approximating the Past – the Restoration of Wildlife Corridors in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania”, I joined the CRC 228 ” Future Rural Africa: Future-making and social-ecological transformation” as a PhD student.
Institute of Geography
Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies, Eastern Africa, Experimenting, Human-Technology-Environment Relations, Post-Phenomenology, Ethnographic Methodologies, Technological Pilot Projects, Agricultural Development, Actor-Network-Theory, Tanzania, Digitalization, Participant Observation
Drawing on debates about “information and communication technologies for development” (ICT4D) and engaging with ethnographic empirical work, I critically examine how mobile applications, digitally-enabled interactive content generation, and artificial intelligence systems are being piloted in the context of agricultural development in rural Tanzania.
Matejcek, Astrid (2022) Das tansanische Reisfeld als lebendes Labor? Eigenlogiken des Übersetzungsprozesses einer technologiezentrierten Pilotstudie in ein Agrarentwicklungsprojekt, Geogr. Helv., 77, 239–252, https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-77-239-2022.
Matejcek, Astrid & Verne, Julia. (2021). Restoration-as-development?
Contesting Aspirational Politics Regarding the Restoration of Wildlife Corridors in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. The European Journal of Development Research. 10.1057/s41287-021-00403-2.
Matejcek, Astrid & Verne, Julia. (2021). Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure in Rural Tanzania: Anticipating Diverging Agricultural Futures and the Production of (In)securities in the Kilombero Valley. Culture Unbound. 10.3384/cu.2021.13.3
- Conference presentation on Testing and Developing Digital Technologies in and for Tanzanian Agriculture at the 4S Toronto: “Good Relations: Practices and Methods in Unequal and Uncertain Worlds.”, 10.6.2021 – 10.9.2021
- Conference presentation on Piloting Digital Technologies in Rural Tanzania at the NKG XVII Bonn: Technocultures & Technoscapes, 30.01.-01.02.2020
- Workshop Presentation on a mobile mapping tool and contested land rights in Southern Tanzania at the “Digitized nature” workshop in Bonn, 2.12.2019
- Summer School: Politics of anticipation – Exploring Social-Ecological Transformation through the lens of Future Studies, July 29th –August 2nd 2019 – Nairobi and Naivasha, Kenya
- Research stays in Tanzania (and Kenya) Feb-Apr 2018, Sept-Oct 2018, Feb-Sept 2019, Feb-Apr 2020
- Organization of the PhD-Workshop on interdisciplinary research and bridging gaps between natural sciences and humanities, in Lindlar 14.12.2018 – 15.12.2018
Summer term 22
- M8 Übung: Theorien und Methoden der Humangeographie C „Der Cyborg in Dir!“
- M6/M8ED/M13ED Geländepraktikum Humangeographische Methoden C „Mainzer Foodscapes“
Winter term 21/22
- M3 Regionale Geographie: Bonn – Ehemalige Hauptstadt, UN-Stadt, Postkoloniale Stadt
Teaching at University of Bonn:
- Humangeographie Aufbau Part 2 (Seminar Bachelor Geography, Winter term 2020/2021)
- Tutor for the scientific writing course in the UNU Joint Master program