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Sabine Mohamed



Sabine Mohamed is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg (PhD, 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 Black 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 part of the Black Urbanism Forum at Sheffield. She 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.