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Sabine Mohamed

“Bridge to Faculty” Postdoctoral Research Associate



Building & Room:

Office: 3152c (BSB)


1007 W. Harrison, Chicago IL 60607



Sabine Mohamed is a political, urban, and environmental anthropologist. She received her doctorate at the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg (2021). Her dissertation and current book project, entitled Losing Ground: Emergent Black Empire and Counter-Futures in Urban Ethiopia, ethnographically explores how categories of Blackness and race, as well as experiences of urban and national dispossession are attached to an infrastructure of emergent empire in East Africa. This work is based on her fieldwork in Addis Ababa working with young informal laborers, female domestic workers as well as refugees and deported returnees of Eritrean descent. She has also conducted archival research that traces the multi-directional transatlantic circulation of Blackness, between the Caribbean, North America, and Ethiopia. Her research has been supported with a full doctoral scholarship by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, the Heidelberg Graduate Academy, the Academy of African Urban Diversities, the Society for Social Studies of Science, and by the Institute for Ethiopian Studies at the Addis Ababa University.


Her next project will follow female laborers through the gendered and racialized routes of economic exchange, Chinese investment, and resource extraction in the East African corridor. In addition to her research in East Africa, she has an ongoing long-term project situating Black feminist movements, sexualities, and practices of belonging in contemporary Germany.


Sabine is the co-convenor of the new Network for Contemporary Anthropological Theory with the European Association for Social Anthropologists, and is also a founding member of bildungslab*, a collective of feminist scholars of color in the German-speaking world on reimagining education, the classroom, and pedagogy.

Selected Publications

2020 “#MustFall: Überlegungen zur Dekolonialisierung und einer postkolonialen Ästhetik an der Universität” Tertium Comparationis: Journal for International Comparative and Multicultural Education, 26:1, 22-37.

2019 “Ethiopian image: face, trace, interiority” New Writing, Special Issue: Convoluting the Dialectical Image, 16:4, 453-457.

2021 Bildung – Ein postkoloniales Manifest. As bildungs*Lab Collective. Münster: Unrast Verlag.

2021 “#Must Fall: Imagination, Sprache und Ästhetik.” In Bildung – Ein postkoloniales Manifest, edited by bildungsLab* Collective. Münster: Unrast Verlag.

2021 “Bodies in the outside: Artistic imaginations in Afrofuturism”. With MdM. Castro Varela. In Counter_Readings of the Body edited by Daniel Neugebauer, 57-64. Leipzig: Spector Books.

2021 “Intersektionalität und Postkoloniale Soziale Arbeit.” With MdM. Castro Varela. In Handbuch Intersektionalitätsforschung, edited by A. Mefebue, A. Bührmann and S. Grenz, Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag. (online first)

2015 “Djibouti: Das Tor der Tränen.” In Grenzen erzählen Geschichten. Was Landkarten offenbaren, edited by David Signer, 89-91. Zürich: Neue Zürcher Zeitung Verlag.

2014 “Schwarzes feministisches Denken und Handeln in Deutschland.” [Black Feminist Thought and Activism in Germany]. With M. Eggers. In Feminismen heute, Positionen in Theorie und Praxis, edited by Yvonne Franke et al., 57-76. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.


2021 D.Phil (Ph.D) in Anthropology, University of Heidelberg
2014 M.A. in Political Science, Anthropology, and Islamic Studies, University of Heidelberg