Michael Stasik

Michael Stasik


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Michael Stasik is an anthropologist working at the intersection of urban cultures, economies and mobilities in West Africa. He received his PhD in anthropology (2017) from the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies and an MPhil in African studies (2010) from the African Studies Centre Leiden. His PhD dissertation analyses the socio-cultural and economic significance of a major bus station in Ghana’s capital Accra. His MA thesis explores the practices and meanings that youth in Freetown, Sierra Leone, invest in popular music, especially in relation to love, fantasy and the sexual economy. From 2011 to 2017 he has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Chair of Anthropology, University of Bayreuth.

Michael’s project at the MPI-MMG examines the lifeworlds of francophone West African migrants in urban Ghana. Its key question is how francophone migrants master, or fail to master, the exigencies of immigrant life in the diverse and largely non-French speaking social environments of Ghanaian cities. Attending in particular to the relationship between urbanism, diversity and solitude, this research aims at building new theoretical approaches with the capacity to understand how changing forms of mobility and association shape sociality as well as West African urban life more generally



[2012] DISCOnnections: Popular Music Audiences in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Bamenda/ Leiden: Langaa/ASC. link

Edited volume

[2017] with Kurt Beck and Gabriel Klaeger (eds.): The Making of the African Road. Leiden: Brill. link

Journal articles

[2018] The popular niche economy of a Ghanaian bus station: departure from informality. Africa Spectrum 53 (1): 37-59. link

[2017] Rhythm, resonance and kinaesthetic enskilment in a Ghanaian bus station. Ethnos 82 (3): 545-568. link

[2017] How to dance to Beethoven in Freetown: the social, sonic, and sensory organisation of sounds into music and noise. Anthropology Matters 17 (2): 10-27. link

[2016] Contingent constellations: African urban complexity seen through the workings of a Ghanaian bus station. Social Dynamics 42(1): 122-142. link

[2016] Real love versus real life: youth, music and utopia in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Africa 86 (2): 215-236. link

[2016] with Alena Thiel: Market men and station women: changing significations of gendered space in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 34 (4): 459-478. link

[2015] Vernacular neoliberalism: how private entrepreneurship runs public transport in Ghana. Sociologus 65 (2): 177-200. link

Book chapters

[2018] with Gabriel Klaeger: Reordering Ghana’s roadside spaces: hawking in times of infrastructural renewal. In: U. Engel, M. Boeckler & D. Müller-Mahn (eds) Spatial Practices: Territory, Border and Infrastructure in Africa, 153-172. Leiden/Boston: Brill. link

[2017] with Kurt Beck & Gabriel Klaeger: An introduction to the African road. In: K. Beck, G. Klaeger & M. Stasik (eds) The Making of the African Road, 1-23. Leiden/Boston: Brill. link

[2017] Roadside involution, or how many people do you need to run a lorry park. In: K. Beck, G. Klaeger & M. Stasik (eds.) The Making of the African Road, 24-57. Leiden/Boston: Brill. link

[2017] Alltagsspektakel am Straßenrand: Körpertechniken von Busausrufern in Accra, Ghana. In: P. Ivanov, M. Treiber & M. Verne (eds) Körper Technik Wissen. Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika - In den Spuren Kurt Becks, 405-417. Berlin: LIT. link