Lotte Meinert

Lotte Meinert

Lotte Meinert is a Professor of Anthropology at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark.

She has carried out long-term fieldwork in Uganda since 1993. Her main fields of research are medical anthropology, education and human security.

Lotte has been managing the research capacity project (ENRECA GU) Changing Human Security: Recovery after war in Northern Uganda (2008-2013)

And is co-manager of Center for Cultural Epidemics (EPICENTER).

In the TRUSTLAND project Lotte is carrying out fieldwork in Kaabong district among the Ik people and is exploring issues regarding the use of land, the role of graves in relation to land, issues of conflict and relations of trust and mistrust with neighboring people and officials, as well as issues related to forest reserves and national parks.

Selected publications

  • Meinert, Lotte: Tricky Trust: Mistrust as a point of departure and Trust as a social achievement in Northern Uganda. In Lisberg, Pedersen and Dalsgaard (eds.) Trust and Hope: Negotiating the Future: Dialogues between Anthropologists and Philosophers. Berghahn books 2014.
  • Gade, Willerslev and Meinert: Half-trust and Enmity in Ikland, Northern Uganda. Common Knowledge
  • Willerslev and Meinert: Facing Hunger: Discussing Turnbull’s The Mountain People with Ik people. Under review by Ethnos
  • Meinert, Obika and Whyte: Crafting Forgiveness Accounts after War in Northern Uganda: Editing for Effect. Anthropology Today 2014, 30 (4) 10-15.
  • Meinert and Whyte: Epidemic Projectification. AIDS responses in Uganda as Event and Process. Cambridge Anthropology. Cambridge Anthropology 2014, 32 (1) 77-94.
  • Meinert and Whyte: Creating the New Times: Reburials after war in Northern Uganda. In Christensen and Willerslev (eds.) Taming Time, Timing Death. Ashgate publishers. 2014.
  • Meinert and Schneidermann: Making a Name: Young Musicians in Uganda producing Futures. In Dalsgaard, Demant, Højlund and Meinert: Time Objectified. Ethnographies of Global Youth. Temple University Press 2014.
  • Meinert, Kajubi and Whyte: Chapter 1: Connections. In Whyte (ed.) Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Duke University Press 2014.
  • Meinert and Etyang: Joyce and Robina: The Connecting Sisters. In Whyte (ed.) Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Duke University Press 2014.
  • Whyte, Babiiha, Mukyala, Meinert: Urbanization by subtraction: from IDP camp to Town Board in northern Uganda. Journal of Modern African Studies 2014, 52 (4) 597-622.
  • Whyte, Babiiha, Mukyala, Meinert: From Encampment to Emplotment: Land matters in former IDP Camps. Journal of Peace and Strategic Studies. 2013 (1) 17-27.
  • Ovuga, Obika, Whyte and Meinert: Attainment of Positive Mental Health through Forgiveness in Northern Uganda. African Journal of Traumatic Stress 2011, 2 (2) 71-79.
  • Whyte, Babiiha, Mukyala and Meinert: Remaining Internally Displaced: Missing Links to Human Security in Northern Uganda. Journal of Refugee Studies 2013 26: 283-301.
  • Meinert, Lotte: The Work of the Virus: Cutting and creating relations in an ART project, In WP Geissler (ed.) Para-states of science: ethnographic and historical perspectives on life-science, government and public in 21st century Africa, Duke University Press 2015.
  • Whyte, Meinert and Obika: Untying Wrongs in Northern Uganda. In Olsen and van Beek (eds.) Encountering Evil: Cosmologies of the Everyday in Africa. Indiana University Press 2015.


  • Meinert, Lotte: Hopes in Friction: Schooling, Health and Everyday Life in Uganda. Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing. 2009.
  • Meinert and Kapferer (eds.): In the Event. An Anthropology of Generative Moments. To be published by Berghahn books 2015.
  • Dalsgaard, Demant, Højlund and Meinert (eds.): Ethnographies of Global Youth: Time Objectified. Temple University Press 2014.