This page lists the complete «œuvre» of Dr. Lorenz G. Löffler, Professor emeritus, Dept. of Social Anthropology, University of Zurich.
Lorenz was my professor and mentor while I worked at the Dept. as Asst. Professor in the period 1990-93. It gives me great pleasure to be able to provide this service to a person and an anthropologist that I hold in great esteem.
In early 2007 I paid a very pleasant visit to Lorenz in Lugano (images are here). While discussing the situation in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in Bangladesh, where Lorenz did fieldwork among the Mru, he mentioned some interesting facts. There is a new generation of indigenous activists and researchers in the CHT that are interested in accessing and using the available ethnographic and anthropological literature on their region and its people. These people have serious difficulties locating some of his publications on CHT, partly because they are published several years back, and partly because they are in German. Furthermore, they would be interested in translating the German-language publications relating to the CHT into English. At the same time, Lorenz said, the available lists of his publications contain mistakes and are incomplete. It occurred to me that I could help with this, and I suggested that I make his writings available on one of my websites, an offer that he enthusiastically accepted. Personally, this makes a lot of sense, since I have been working on issues related to indigenous peoples, human rights and development since the late 1970s, and also because I lived in Bangladesh for several years in the 1980s and continue to work there, and know the CHT and the situation there well.
And so it was that we began collaborating on realizing this idea. Over time the idea grew upon us, and as a result Lorenz’ complete production – including published and unpublished material – is now available.
The draft list of publications is available on here.
Several persons have provided important help in putting together the list of publications. They include: Mr. Mong Nu Cing (Rangamati, Bandarban, Bangladesh), Mr. HUZIWARA Keisuke (Kyoto, Japan), Mr. Menpöng (Bangladesh), Mr. Zir Kung Shahu (Bangladesh) and Mr. Sakya Talukdar (Guwahati, Assam, India) (further names to be added).
These pages are presently being completely revised, and will be available in fall 2014.
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