Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background

2009 – 2010
Lecturer at the Free University Berlin (Social Anthropology), lectures given on Religion in East Africa as well as migration theories

2006 – 2010
PhD student at the Free University Berlin (Social Anthropology), Dissertation about : “Narrating Islamic Conversion – Erzählungen religiösen Wandels in Ostafrika“

University lecturer at the Humboldt University Berlin, giving a course about ‚The social history of Islam in East Africa’

2004 – 2006
Research Assistant at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO), Berlin in a Project about ‚Islamic Mission in Contemporary East Africa’, field work in Kenya (Nakuru and Kisumu) and Tanzania (Moshi)

Internship at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in Western Tanzania (Kasulu), research on the living conditions of Burundian refugees in an UNHCR refugee camp

1996 – 2003
M.A. studies at the Free University Berlin and the University of Edinburgh, majoring in Social Anthropology, minor subjects: Sociology and Political Science, Graduation with a thesis about a refugee camp in Tanzania

Grants and Invitations

Invitation as a Fellow to the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

2006 - 2009
PhD studies financed by a grant from the ‚Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst’

Invitation to the Summer Academy of the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin with the theme ‚Experts and Mediators of Knowledge in the 20th Century: Transregional Perspectives.’ (04.-11. September 2005)

1996 - 2002
M.A. studies financed by a grant from the ‚Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst’

Organisation of Conferences und Workshops

International Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya 'Eastleigh and beyond: The Somali factor in Urban Kenya' (Aug./Sept.), with Dr. Neil Carrier (University of Oxford) and Kadara Swaleh (University of Nairobi).

Panel at the VAD-Tagung in Bayreuth about 'The future of the African (middle) classes' (11.-14. June), with Dr. David o'Kane (MPI), Dr. Lena Kroeker and Dr. Florian Stoll (both Universität Bayreuth).

Joint Institutes Colloquium of the MPI for Social Anthropology and the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg with the topic 'Citizenship Today' (with Dr. Katharina Schramm, MLU, and Dr. Martin Ramstedt, MPI).

In-house Training ‚Network Analysis’, MPI for Social Anthropology, Halle (03.-06. November), with Andre Thiemann (MPI).

Panel at the ECAS (European Conference on African Studies) in Leipzig with the theme ‚Imagining Islamic Centres: Reshaping Locality through Shifting Affiliations’ (04.-07. June), with Britta Frede (ZMO).

Panel at the VAD (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften Deutschland) conference in Frankfurt about ‚Translocal Transfers of Islamic Knowledge in Africa’ (24.-27. July), with Prof. Dr. Achim von Oppen and Britta Frede (both ZMO).

International conference ‚Conversion, Modernity and the Individual –with particular reference to Islam in Africa’ at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin (25.-26. November), with Prof. Dr. Achim von Oppen and Dr. Chanfi Ahmed.

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