Curriculum Vitae

Education

2015-2018
DPhil Anthropology, University of Oxford (no corrections)

2018
Visiting Fellow Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen

2018
Visiting Fellowship DIGNITY, Danish Institute against Torture

2013-2015
Diplom Fachjournalismus (Journalism), Freie Journalistenschule Berlin

2011-2014
BA Social and Cultural Anthropology University of Vienna with distinction

2011-2014
BA International Development University of Vienna with distinction

Professional Activities / Teaching

Ongoing
Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Department of Law and Anthropology

2017-2018
Graduate Tutor, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford
Courses: Social Analysis and Interpretation; Cultural Representations, Beliefs and Practices; Themes in African Anthropology

2018
University of Oxford: BA Archeology and Anthropology thesis supervision; Final honour School

2017-2018
Mentor, graduate and DPhil students, St. Peter's College, Oxford University

2018
Academic Teacher, thesis supervision, Waynflete Programme, Magdalen College School

2013-2014
Seminar organizer, BA Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna University

2014
Mentor, Undergraduates, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna University

2013-2014
BA Social and Cultural Anthropology, Co-convener Seminar "Freiheit Vol. 3: Quo Vadis Anthropologie (3.3.4) - über die Ökonomisierung der Wissenschaft" ("about the economization of science")

2014
Mentoring undergraduates in Social and Cultural Anthropology

2012
HURRARC – Freetown Delivering ToT on gender, rights and practices

2018
INTRAC, Oxford ToT on gender analysis and planning

2015
Consultant. Partners for Prevention: Working to Prevent Gender-based Violence UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women & UNV Regional Joint Programme for Asia and the Pacific. Bangkok.

Grants / Scholarships

2017
Godfrey Lienhardt Small Research Travel Grants for Sub-Saharan Africa. School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford University

2017
MCR Travel grant. St. Peter’s College, Oxford University

2016-2018
Promotionsförderung. Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

2012; 2013
Merit-scholarship from the University of Vienna for best GPA

Awards

2018
Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)/Sutasoma Award for outstanding merit of research about to come to conclusion (GBP 10,000)

2017
Winner of Social Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) Prize competition. Award for academic merit of the DPhil research, progress, and excellence of prior academic record and references. School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford

2016
Aylmer Award for academic achievement. St. Peter’s College, Oxford University

2014
OeH, Vienna University. Award for queer-feminist relevance of thesis on Secret Societies and Female Genital Cutting in Sierra Leone

Fieldwork / Research Projects

2018–2021
Homelessness, intimacy, violence and the law in Germany

2015–2018
Violence in relationships and its mediation in Sierra Leone

2012–2013
Human Rights film and its reception

2012–2013
Whose Development? Local perceptions of development in Sierra Leone

2012–2013
The Bondo Society in Sierra Leone, female empowerment and female genital cutting

Organisation of Conferences and Workshops

10/2017-03/2018
Researching Africa Day, Conference March 3rd, 2018. African Studies Center, Oxford University, UK

09/2013–05/2014
Ethnosymposium, a Conference for Anthropologists from the Vienna, Austria

Presentations at Conferences and Workshops

Invited Seminars, Guest Lectures

22/11/2017
When the law turns on you: The consequences of the Sexual Offenses Act for young men accused of sexually penetrating their girlfriends in Sierra Leone. St. Peter's College. Oxford University

09/11/2017
'Love hurts': the multifaceted lived experiences of Intimate Partner Violence in Freetown, post-Ebola Sierra Leone. International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, 'Problematizing Gender in an unpredictable world', Oxford University

08/11/2017
'Teeth and tongue jammed together' Gender, relationships, emotions and violence in Freetown. WIP Seminar. Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University

02/03/2016
The trajectories of survivors of Ebola who stand trial for witchcraft. St. Peter's College. University of Oxford

02/03/2016
Graduate Seminar. St. Peter's College University of Oxford

International Conference Presentations

(2019) We are unhoused, not homeless: conditioning legal agency upon living status hinders effective housing policy and fosters social exclusion in Leipzig, Germany. 27.08.-31.08.2019, European Network for Housing Research Conferences, Athens, Greece

(2019) The street is my private space: being without shelter in Leipzig. 20.08.-23.08.2019, 14th European Sociological Association Conference, Manchester, UK

(2018) Of prisoners who don't exist and girls who don’t need saving: Sexualized citizenship, confinement, law and justice in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 14.11–18.11.2018 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California

(2018) Agreement relationships: elders and the negotiation of social and economic mobility in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 11.09–13.09.2018, ASAUK Conference, University of Birmingham

(2018) When the state polices lovers: sexualized citizenship, forced separation and confinement of minors in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 14.08–17.08.2018, 15th European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference, Stockholm University

(2018) When the state enters the bedroom: sexual citizenship, violence and its aftermaths in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 18.05.2018, Africanist Graduate Forum, Center for African Studies, University of Copenhagen

(2018) Why the SOA of Sierra Leone criminalises love among young people rather than rape. 24.04.2018, Center for African Studies, University of Copenhagen

(2018) Something heavy/something light: the multifaceted lived experiences, opinions and emotions of women experiencing gender-based violence in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 19.03–23.03.2018, 79th Annual Meeting. Society for Applied Anthropology, Portland, Oregon

(2017) Teeth and tongue jammed together—Domestic Violence in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 29.11–03.12.2017, Anthropology Matters!,the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC

(2017) Love hurts: the multifaceted lived experiences of Intimate Partner Violence in Freetown, post-Ebola Sierra Leone. 09.11.2017, International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, 'Problematizing Gender in an unpredictable world', Oxford University

(2017) Teeth and tongue jammed together: Gender, relationships, emotions and violence in Freetown. 08.11.2017, WIP Seminar. Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University

(2017) Perpetrators?! The consequences of the Sexual Offenses Act for young men accused of sexually penetrating their girlfriends in Sierra Leone. 02.11.–03.11.2017, GPRNSecurity Roundtable Meeting, Amsterdam

(2017) Sharing scarcity. Young men's friendships in Freetown. 21.09.– 22.09.2017, Paper at Interdisciplinary Poverty Research Conference, Salzburg

(2017) Relationship's many faces. 31.08.–02.09.2017, 2nd Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference, Vienna

(2017) Smart loving in constrained environments: Negotiating social and economic mobility in urban Sierra Leone. 15.07.–17.07.2017, LOVA Conference. Ethnographies of Gender and Mobility, VU Amsterdam

(2017) Bambrusing, bossing, sexing, romancing: masculinities and sexual practices among young men in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 13.07.–14.07.2017, Doing Sex, Men and Masculinities Conference, Newcastle

(2017) Winning at a losing game. 29.06.–01.07.2017, ECAS7, the 7th European Conference on African Studies Basel

(2016) Witch trials and the Reweaving of Community. Uncertainty and Secret Societies in Post- Ebola Freetown. 06.05.2016, IUAES, Dubrovnik

(2016) Who is the Other? Critical reflections on conducting fieldwork in a costal slum in Sierra Leone. 11.03.–13.03.2016, In[ter]ventions, University of Vienna

(2016) Panel Moderation. Justice as Development: C.C. Cisternas, I. Harisch. 12.03.2016, In[ter]ventions, University of Vienna

(2016) The trajectories of survivors of Ebola who stand trial for witchcraft. 02.03.2016, St. Peter's College, University of Oxford

(2016) Graduate Seminar. 02.03.2016, St. Peter's College, University of Oxford

(2014) Perceptions of development in Sierra Leone. 05.04.2014, Ethnosymposium, University of Vienna

Membership in Professional Associations

2017-ongoing
Member of Global Prisons Research Network (GPRN), American Anthropological Association (AAA), European Association for Social Anthropologists (EASA); Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), AT Gender; Royal African Society (ASAUK); Student Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and Association for Social Anthropologists (ASA)

2018
Reviewer for Culture and Society

2017-2018
Student representative of Teaching Committee, School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford

2017
Expert witness (VG Augsburg; 22.03.2017) for asylum seeker from Sierra Leone

Languages

German (native)
English (fluent)
Krio (fluent)
French (intermediate)
Spanish (basic knowledge)
Telugu (basic knowledge)

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