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Otto Hahn Awardee

Anaïs Ménard receives ‘Otto Hahn Award’

Anaïs Ménard of the Research Group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast (West Africa)” at the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ was awarded the ‘Otto Hahn Medal’ and the ‘Otto Hahn Award’ of the Max Planck Society [...]

Research Interests
Anthropology of ethnic relations, identity and autochthony, land, local politics, political history, tourism, anthropology of mobility, migration and transnationalism, diaspora studies, gender, love and intimacy, ageing

Research Area(s)
Sierra Leone and diasporic communities (France, Belgium, the Netherlands)


Anaïs Ménard is a Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. She is the recipient of the prestigious Otto-Hahn Medal and Otto-Hahn Award of the Max Planck Society for her work on migration and identity in post-war Sierra Leone. She conducted her PhD as a member of the research group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast” at the Max Planck Institute in Social Anthropology. Her research examined the impacts of internal migration on interethnic relations, reciprocity and social conflict in the Sierra Leonean postwar context. From 2018 to 2021, she carried out her postdoctoral research as an Otto-Hahn fellow at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL, Belgium). She worked on diasporic identities, transnationalism and belonging among Sierra Leonean populations living in Europe. She was the recipient of the research fellowship Louvain4Migration (UCL) for the project “Love, Ageing and Migration” which aims at analyzing the long-term impacts of migration on the construction of intimacy in a gendered perspective. She is also a research fellow of KULeuven (Belgium) for the project “‘Successful’ Women of the Transnational Field: Gender and Social Mobility among Sierra Leonean Women in Europe”.

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