Dr. Simone Pfeifer

Associate Senior Research Fellow in the Project „Jihadism on the Internet“

Research Interests
Media anthropology and audio-visual anthropology, migration, mobility and transnationalism, kinship, gender and generations, digital and media ethnography, political Islam, Islam in Germany

Research Area
Senegal, Germany, Hungary, Malta



Simone Pfeifer currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in the DFG Research Training Group 2661: „anschließen-ausschließen - Cultural Dynamics Beyond Globalized Networks“ at the University of Cologne. At the same time she is an associate senior research fellow in the research project “Jihadism on the Internet: Images and Videos, their Appropriation and Dissemination” at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. She holds MAs in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Cologne and in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She completed her PhD at the University of Cologne with a dissertation on the social media practices and transnational everyday lives of Senegalese in Berlin and Dakar.


reCLAIM - Art as Resistance Against Political Violence

Launch Event: Resisting ISIS – Art Against Political Violence

Films, presentations and artist talks on Zoom on 27 February 2021 

Out now: Edited Volume (together with Christoph Günther)

Edited Volume (together with Christoph Günther):

Jihadi Audiovisuality and its Entanglements: Meanings, Aesthetics, Appropriations.

Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

16th EASA  Biennal Conference, 21-24 July 2020,  Lisbon: Panel P160 

EASA  2020 Panel P160: Resisting Populism: Memes, Extreme Speech, and the Aesthetics of Affect and Defiance

Convenors: Simone Pfeifer (Mainz), Lene Faust (Bern), Cathrine Bublatzky (Heidelberg)

At the 16th EASA  Biennal Conference New  Anthropological Horizons in and beyond Europe, 21-24 July 2020,  Lisbon

Book: Social Media im transnationalen Alltag

Simone Pfeifer

Social Media im transnationalen Alltag
Zur medialen Ausgestaltung sozialer Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Senegal

International Workshop: Dark Ethnography, 11 - 12 July 2019

Dark Ethnography
Encountering ‘the Uncomfortable Other’ in Ethnographic Research

International Workshop at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies of the JGU Mainz, 11 – 12 July 2019  ...

Medienpraktiken: Situieren, erforschen, reflektieren

Mark Dang-Anh, Simone Pfeifer, Clemens Reisner und Lisa Villioth Hrsg. Medienpraktiken: situieren, erforschen, reflektieren. In: Navigationen – Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften 17 1.  ...

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