I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the project “De:link // Re:link – Local perspectives on transregional processes of (dis)entanglements” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. My current work focuses on the role that language and identity play in relations between Africa. China, and Europe. I am particularly interested in how language reflects and influences power relations and the transmission of culture and (cultural) knowledge, as well as in the motivation for language learning and the effects of (broad scale) language acquisition in international relations.
Language is often strongly connected with (individual and cultural) identity, cultural heritage, access to / transmission of knowledge, and power relations. Language is one of the most powerful tools humans have, which can be used to suppress, but also empower people. AGYA, with its interdisciplinary nature, provides the perfect basis and infrastructure to engage researchers from different fields in discussions about how we want to communicate within the scientific community, as well as with the general public when sharing results or giving insight into scientific processes and discussions.
Together with my fellow AGYA members, I would like to identify and analyse communicative challenges in cooperation, discover new ways of a joint communication and a more inclusive language.
|2021 - today|| |
Postdoctoral Researcher in the BMBF-funded project “De:link // Re:link", Local perspectives on transregional processes of (dis)entanglements“, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
|2019 - 2021||Scientific Coordinator (postdoc), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany|
|2016 - 2019|| |
Project Manager, Orang-Utans in Not e.V. (Orangutans in Peril, environmental organization), Leipzig, Germany
|2017 - 2019|| |
Technical Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department for Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture, Leipzig, Germany
PhD, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2009 – 2013 as part of the Max Planck research group on Comparative Population Linguistics led by Dr. Dr. Brigitte Pakendorf), Germany
|2013 - 2015|| |
Project Manager, Klima ohne Grenzen gGmbH, (Climate without Borders, environmental organization), Leipzig, Germany
|2009||Master of Arts in African Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands|
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