Eric Otieno is a social theorist, political economist, writer, and facilitator. He is a doctoral researcher at the department of development and postcolonial studies at the University of Kassel, Germany and held a visiting researcher position at Johannesburg’s Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in the Spring of 2018. His dissertation project ‘Resisting Necropolitics: Protest, Patents and Power in the Global Political Economy’ explores the intersections between social justice, postcolonial politics, multilateralism and global health. Eric has been awarded scholarships by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Hans BöcklerFoundation, and was the recipient of the 2013 Goethe University-DAAD Prize.
Outside Academia, Eric interned at Medico International and with the Green Party at the German Bundestag. At the German Federal Ministry of Environment, he was part of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference taskforce and also worked as a liaison officer for visiting heads of state during the German G20 Presidency in 2017. As a facilitator for intersectional engagement with antiracism and colonial continuities, he co-hosted the Frankfurt town-hall conversation with the UN Panel of Experts on People of African Descent during their first ever visit to Germany in 2017.
He is active in the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD) and an alumnus of the Africa Good Governance Network (DAAD), the 2016 Network Inclusion Leaders Programme Berlin (NILE) and the 2016-2017 transatlantic exchange programme of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington D.C. Eric’s commentary has been featured on HR and SWR2 Radio, and on platforms such as Africa Is A Country, Contemporary And (C&), Nataal, Sleek and Frieze. He is contributing editor of GRIOT magazine and independently curated a group photography exhibition at Stuttgart’s Institut Français in 2019.
Updated September 2020
More from Eric Otieno
What are Kenyan objects doing in western museums?
Senior Fellow Eric Otieno discusses Kenyan collections in western museums at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
Eric Otieno co-curates the British-German Democracy Forum 2021
In October 2021, Senior Fellow Eric Otieno co-curated the inaugural British-German Democracy Forum. Read the briefing essay for the event themed "Colonialism and Difficult histories."
Eric Otieno edits special issue of PERIPHERIE Journal
Eric Otieno and his colleagues edit a special issue of PERIPHERIE Journal, looking back at the failures and successes of the ‘Movement of Movements’ of the 1990s and early 2000s. The special issue draws crucial lessons for the contemporary moment.
Kassel Postkolonial is a local decolonial memory project that offers a new perspective on history, globalization & and contemporary life in the German city of Kassel.
John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2016
In the essays, the Fellows write about their experiences in the John Lewis program, delving into personal aspects of their own identities – such as national, ethnic, gender, racial or religious – and reveal ways in which participation in the program has shaped their personal outlooks.
John Lewis Fellowship 2016 | Final Essay