Dr. Simone Pfeifer

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 is a Social and Cultural Anthropologist with a focus on Visual and Media Anthropology. She currently works as a postdoctoral researcher 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 Mainz. She earned her PhD at the University of Cologne with a dissertation on social media practices and transnational everyday life of Senegalese in Berlin and Dakar. In her postdoctoral research, she focuses on everyday life of Muslims in Germany, and gender specific and affective dimensions in the appropriation of Islamic videos and images in Social Media.


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.  ...

Research Project