Divination, ritual praxis, globalization, phenomenological anthropology, anthropological theory, including its relation to philosophy and linguistics. Main geographical areas: West Africa (Senegal, the Gambia); new areas to be explored: Togo and Benin, China (Yunan).

Knut Graw is a social and cultural anthropologist specializing in African Studies, ritual analysis and migration theory. He has worked at the University of Leuven (Belgium), the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin (Germany), the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala (Sweden), the United Nations University in Barcelona (Spain) and at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities: Fate, Freedom and Prognostication (IKGF) at the University of Erlangen (Germany). He is the author of various articles on West African divination and the co-editor of ‘The Global Horizon: Expectations of Migration in Africa and the Middle East’ (2012). His current work deals with comparative divination studies, ritual, the anthropology of religion, and anthropological methodology. He speaks multiple languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Mandinka, and Arabic.

Graw, K. (2006) ‘Locating Nganiyo: Divination as Intentional Space’, Journal of Religion in Africa 36 (1): 78-119.

Graw, K. (2009) ‘Beyond Expertise: Specialist Agency and the Autonomy of the Divinatory Ritual Process’, Africa 79 (1): 92-109.

Graw, K. (2009) ‘Divination as Hermeneutic Encounter. Reflections on Understanding, Dialogue, and the Intersubjective Foundation of Divinatory Consultation’. In: William A. Christian Jr. and Gábor Klaniczay, eds., The Vision Thing. Studying Divine Intervention. Budapest:  Collegium Budapest (Collegium Budapest Workshop Series No 18), pp. 459 – 477.

Graw, Knut. (2012a). »Divination and Islam: Existential Perspectives in the Study of Ritual and Religious Praxis in Senegal and Gambia,« in: Samuli Schielke and Liza Debevec, eds., Ordinary Lives and Grand Schemes. An Anthropology of Everyday Religion, New York: Berghahn, pp. 17-32.

Graw, Knut (2012b) On the Cause of Migration: Being and Nothingness in the African-European Borderzone. In: Knut Graw and Samuli Schielke eds., The Global Horizon. Migratory Expectations in Africa and the Middle East. Leuven: Leuven University Press, pp. 23-42.

Research Project at CAS-E