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SARAH NIMFÜHR

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Cultural Anthropologist

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SARAH

NIMFÜHR

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Cultural Anthropologist


Sarah Nimführ


Hi, my name is Sarah Nimführ and I’m a cultural anthropologist of forced migration, exile and transnational memory cultures, and Island Studies with a regional focus on the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Further, I’m interested in engaged anthropology and collaborative knowledge production.


Since 2016, I regularly hold courses comprising ethics and methods in the field of flight, engaged anthropology as well as forced migration studies with a focus on Mediterranean islands at the universities of Vienna, Graz, Bremen, Munich and Wuerzburg.


At the University of Vienna, I did my PhD on non-deportability in the EU border regime and I'm currently preparing my postdoc project on transgenerational memory practices of Jewish exile.


A detailed CV can be found here.


I am looking forward to reading from you!

mail [at] sarahnimfuehr.com



CURRENT PROJECTS



PUBLICATIONS

Monograph

Umkämpftes Recht zu bleiben. Zugehörigkeit, Mobilität und Kontrolle im EUropäischen Abschieberegime. Münster: Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot. (October 2020, forthcoming)


Editorship

Forschen und Arbeiten im Kontext von Flucht. Reflexionslücken, Repräsentations- und Ethikfragen. In collaboration with Margrit E. Kaufmann, Laura Otto and Dominik Schütte. Wiesbaden: Springer, 2019.

Representing islands – producing islandness: Rethinking identities, mobilities, and relations in island research. Special Section in Island Studies Journal 16(2), 2021. Guest editor together with Greca N. Meloni (in progress).



Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Doing research on, with and about the island: Reflections on islandscape. In collaboration with Laura Otto. In: Island Studies Journal 15(1), 2020: 185–204.

Preserving Maltese identity in refugee management: On the emergence and absence of a prison spatiality. In collaboration with Laura Otto and Patrick Bieler. In: Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 13(2), 2019: 135–154.

Lost in Limbo? Navigating (im)mobilities and practices of appropriation of non-deportable refugees in the Mediterranean area. In collaboration with Buba Sesay. In: Comparative Migration Studies Journal 7(26), 2019. Winner of the Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award at the IMISCOE 2018.

Living Liminality. Ethnological insights into the life situation of non-deportable refugees in Malta. In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, 70/119, H. 3+4, 2016: 245-271.

What if research partners don’t cross national borders again? Challenging the dichotomy of multi-sited and single-sited ethnography. together with Laura Otto, (under review).

(Un-)Making Smallness: Islands, Spatial Ascription Processes, and Mobility, together with Laura Otto (under review).



Book chapter in peer-reviewed collection volumes

Denying while demanding integration. An analysis of the Integration Paradox in Malta and refugees’ coping strategies. In collaboration with Laura Otto and Gabriel Samateh. In: Hinger, Sophie/Schweitzer, Reinhard (Eds.): Politics of (Dis)integration. Cham: Springer, IMISCOE research series, 2020: 161–181.



Book chapter in collection volumes

Asyl. In: Liebig, Manuel/Schmidt-Lauber, Brigitta (Eds.): Gebrauchsanweisung Kultur. Zentrale Begriffe in der alltäglichen Verständigung. Wien: Böhlau (2021, forthcoming).

Liminalität. In: Heimerdinger, Timo/Tauschek, Markus (Eds.): Kulturtheoretisch argumentieren. Ein Arbeitsbuch. Münster: UTB (October 2020, forthcoming).

Contesting Profit Structures. Rejected Asylum Seekers between Modern Slavery and Autonomy. In collaboration with Jorinde Bijl. In: McGuirk, Siobhán/Pine, Adrienne (Eds.): Asylum for Sale. Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 295–306 (August 2020, forthcoming).

Umkämpfte Im-/Mobilitäten. Die soziale Produktion von Nichtabschiebbarkeit im transinsularen Raum. In: Johler, Reinhard/Lange, Jan (Eds.): Konfliktfeld Fluchtmigration. Historische und ethnographische Perspektiven. Bielefeld: transcript, 2019: 155–171.

Ethnografisch forschen und die Wirkmächtigkeit der Kleinheit. Methodentheoretische Überlegungen und empirische Einblicke zur Produktion, Wahrnehmung und Repräsentation von räumlichen Zuschreibungsdiskursen. In collaboration with Laura Otto. In: Kaufmann, Margrit E./Otto, Laura/Nimführ, Sarah/Schütte, Dominik (Eds.): Forschen und Arbeiten im Kontext von Flucht. Reflexionslücken, Repräsentations- und Ethikfragen. Wiesbaden: Springer, 2019: 69–93.

Forschung und Praxis zwischen Handlungsdruck und Orientierungsunsicherheit im Kontext von Flucht_Migration. In collaboration with Margrit E. Kaufmann, Laura Otto and Dominik Schütte. In: Kaufmann, Margrit E./Otto, Laura/Nimführ, Sarah/Schütte, Dominik (Eds.): Forschen und Arbeiten im Kontext von Flucht. Reflexionslücken, Repräsentations- und Ethikfragen. Wiesbaden: Springer, 2019: 1–17.

Gerettet, aber nicht angekommen. Von Geflüchteten in Malta. In collaboration with Laura Otto and Gabriel Samateh. In: Hess, Sabine/Kasparek, Bernd/Kron, Stefanie/Rodatz, Mathias/Schwertl, Maria/Sontowski, Simon (Eds.): Der lange Sommer der Migration : Grenzregime III. Berlin/Hamburg: Assoziation A, 2017: 137-150.

Stuttgarter Melange – Integrationserfahrungen in der Schwabenmetropole. In: Dauschek, Anja/Kubin-Scharnowski, Sarah/Tschofen, Bernhard (Hrsg.): stuttgarter leben : stuttgart erleben. Kulturwissenschaftliche Erkundungen zur Gegenwart einer Stadt. Tübingen, 2013: 41-56.



Publications in daily newspaper, magazines and media portals

Forschungspraxis als Aushandlung. Kollaboratives Forschen im Wissen(schaft)sfeld Flucht_Migration. In: Kuckuck. Notizen zur Alltagskultur 1(20), Handeln (Summer 2020, forthcoming).

"Malta ist wie ein Gefängnis". Guest Commentary for science.ORF.at, 12 March 2017.

„Living in Malta without documents is like walking in a roundabout all the time“. Nicht abschiebbare Geflüchtete zwischen Selbstermächtigung und Schutzlosigkeit. In: Zeitung GEDENKDIENST, Ausgabe 2/16, 2016: 4-5.

„In Deutschland sieht man Weiß aus“ – Zum Umgang mit kultureller Vielfalt in Kindertageseinrichtungen. In: Faktor 14. Magazin für Forschung und Wissenschaft. Nr. 3, 2010: 24-27.



PUBLIC TALKS, WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

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2021

"Inseln als Aushandlungsräume von Sprache, Identität und Migration. Einblicke auf und aus Malta." Summer School 'Inselromania und Mediterranität', Department of Romance Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany, September 2021.

"Sharing memories. Transgenerational experiences of Jewish exile in the Dominican Republic." ISISA Annual Conference, Memorial University of St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, June 2021.

"Kollaborative Forschungspraktiken in der engagierten Flucht- und Migrationsforschung." Public talk with round table discussion, Chair for European Ethnology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany, January 2021.

2020

"Forced migration to, in and from the island. Contested mobilities and negotiations of belonging in Malta." ISA Regional Guest Lecture. Institute for Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, October 2020.

"Politics of (Dis)Integration.” Book launch (eds. Hinger & Schweitzer 2020) and panel discussion as part of the IMISCOE Spring Conference, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, February 2020.

2019

"Reif für die Insel?! Forschen auf und über Inseln." Kick-Off event of the lecture series "Anthropologie der Insel", Institute Colloquium of the Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna, Austria, October 2019.

"Wissenschaft nur der Wissenschaft? Ein Plädoyer für engagierte, kollaborative Wissensproduktionen" German Congress of Geography 'Umbrüche und Aufbrüche. Geographie(n) der Zukunft', Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, September 2019.

"The island as an imaginary space." IUAES 2019: Inter-Congress, 'World Solidarities', Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan, Poland, August 2019.

2018

"Understanding Island Societies: Ethnological Reflections on Islandscape as an Analytical Tool in the Context of Island Migration." In collaboration with Laura Otto; Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2018: 'Islands, Resources, Tourism, and Society. Sustainable Development under Globalization and New Urbanization', Zhejiang University’s Ocean College, Zhoushan Island (Shanghai), China, September 2018.

"Umkämpfte Mobilitäten. Die soziale Produktion von Nichtabschiebbarkeit im transinsularen Raum." Colloquium of the Institute for Emipirical Cultural Studies: 'Auf der Flucht, nach der Flucht. Kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Positionen, ethnographische Zugänge', University of Tübingen, Germany, July 2018.

2018

"Lost in Limbo? Moving Contours and Practices of Settlements of Non-Deportable Refugees in the Mediterranean Area." In collaboration with Buba Sesay; IMISCOE Annual Conference 2018: 'Europe, migrations and the Mediterranean: human mobilities and intercultural challenges', Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, Spain, July 2018.

2017

"What if my research partners just don't cross national borders again? Multi-sited research in a single geographic locality." In collaboration with Laura Otto; International Conference - World on the Move. Migration, Societies and Change, University of Manchester, UK, Migration Lab, November 2017.

"'Malta is like a prison' - Islandness im Blickpunkt von Nichtabschiebbarkeit." International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK), Vienna, March 2017.

"Living Liminality. Ethnographische Einblicke in die Lebenssituation nicht abschiebbarer Geflüchteter in Malta.“ Kick-Off Doctoral programme "Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization", University of Innsbruck, Austria, January 2017.

2016

"Living Liminality. Ethnological insights on the life situation of non-deportable refugees in Malta." International Conference on Migration, Irregularisation and Activism, Malmoe University, Sweden, June 2016.

"kritisch: Positionierungen von ForscherInnen im Feld." Institute Colloquium of the Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna, Austria, June 2016.

"Liminalität als Lebensform. Ein intersektionaler Blick auf nicht abschiebbare Migrantinnen in Malta." Interdisciplinary Doctoral Conference Zurich, Vienna, Berlin: Cultural Studies – Historical Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, January 2016.

2015

"Alltag im Dazwischen. Von nicht abschiebbaren Geflüchteten auf Malta." Interdisciplinary Conference: Everyday life of (in)security. Ethnographic-cultural science perspectives on the security society, Unversity of Graz, Austria, November 2015.

"'Being in limbo'. Grenzgänger*innen in Malta." Autumn School: Grenzgänger in Theorie und Praxis. Europe University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, October 2015.

"Alltag im Dazwischen. Porträts von Geflüchteten auf Malta." Talking Anthropology and Wine. Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, Vienna, Austria, October 2015.




ORGANISATION OF CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND PANELS

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2020

"Forschen und Arbeiten zwischen Handlungsdruck und Orientierungsunsicherheit im Kontext von Flucht_Migration", Panel convenor together with Margrit E. Kaufmann, Laura Otto and Dominik Schütte; Annual Conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers: 'Contexts of Displacement, Refugee Protection and Forced Migrants' Lives', Universität zu Köln, Germany (Digital Conference), September 2020.


2019

"Anthropology of Islands. Reflecting islandness from a historical and cultural studies perspective" , Workshop Convenor together with Greca N. Meloni; Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna, Austria, November 2019.

"Anthropologie der Insel." , Organization of the Lecture Series of the Institute Colloquium together with Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber and Greca N. Meloni; Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna, Austria, Winter semester 2019/2020.

"Island Ethnography: Reflecting islandness in the Anthropocene" , Panel Convenor together with Francesco Bachis and Greca N. Meloni; IUAES 2019: Inter-Congress, 'World Solidarities', Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan, Poland, August 2019.

"PhD-Network Meeting" , together with Manuel Liebig and Greca N. Meloni, as part of the Network Meeting of the Institutes of Ethnology and Cultural Studies of Austria at the University of Vienna, Austria, March 2019.

"Escape from Syria. Rania's odyssey. Film screening and talk with Rania Mustafa Ali", Moderation of the Colloquium as part of the Institute Colloquium of the Department of European Ethnology "Begriffe als Probleme: Wortgebrauch in Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft", University of Vienna and in cooperation with the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, January 2019.

TEACHING





IN THE MEDIA


2019


Award of the Theodor Körner Prize for Humanities and Culture. Theodor Körner Fonds, 10 May 2019.




2018


The Winner of the Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award 2018 are: Sarah Nimführ and Buba Sesay. IMISCOE Network News, 4 July 2018.


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2016


Ein Leben im Dazwischen. der Standard, 30 October 2016.


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ÖAW vergibt 82 Stipendien an NachwuchsforscherInnen. DOC-Scholarship Award of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), 4 March 2016.




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SITE NOTICE
Sarah Nimführ

Hanuschgasse 3
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mail [at] sarahnimfuehr.com

Website: Chester – die Agentur mit Hund
Photos: Portraits: Chester – die Agentur mit Hund.
Front page, current research projects, and reception in the Vienna Imperial Palace: Sarah Nimführ.
Scholarship award and Poster Presentation: Reinhard Oehner.
Theodor Körner Award: Christian Fischer.