Hi there! I’m J.M. Zickgraf (tamati). Based (for the most part) in Munich, Germany, Europe, I belong to the ancient DM-phratrie of the €-community.
I’m an anthropologist by training and profession though I have at least a rudimentary base in economics and law as well. Having graduated from LMU, Munich, I currently work and teach at the South Asia Institute (SAI), Heidelberg University.
What I like about anthropology is its inductive method and the idea that any dense observation of human live must go hand in hand with the observer’s own participation. It is challenging to look into the mirror of the cultural or human other precicely because what you’ll get is ultimately just another utopia of yourself.
Money (somewhat combining the fields of anthropology, economics and law) is my prime area of research. What motivates me in this task is the belief that money – located between exchange and identity, equality and hierarchy, marginality and power – may indeed be a key to human integration, development and perhaps even freedom. However, it seems crucial to restore a sense of personal ownership and responsibility for the kinds of monies which we create.