Patrick Naef


Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva

Social Anthropology, Cultural Geography

Colombia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Switzerland



Patrick Naef is a Swiss researcher working at the Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva. He is also a lecturer at the Institute of Geography of the University of Neuchâtel. He was previously a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His main areas or research are associated with memory, cultural heritage and violence. His doctoral dissertation defended at the University of Geneva looks at conflicts of memory within the cultural heritage management and tourism sectors in Sarajevo, Srebrenica (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Vukovar (Croatia). He is now conducting research on the case of Medellin in Colombia where he looks at memory construction in peripheral areas of the city. His research in Eastern Europe, South America and South-East Asia has led him to examine notions such as identity, tourism, war, nationalism and representation.


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