Prof. Dr. Johara Berriane

has been Professor of Flight, Migration and Social Mobility at the Department of Social Sciences and Public Affairs since March 2023.

After studying anthropology, political science and Islamic studies at the University of Freiburg and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, Johara Berriane completed her doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin. She was then a visiting researcher at the International Migration Institute in Oxford and the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, as well as a postdoctoral fellow at the Chaire d'études africaines comparées of the Ecole d'économie et de gouvernance in Rabat. She later researched and taught in Dakar as part of the transnational research group on the bureaucratization of African societies initiated by the German Historical Institute Paris and the Centre de recherche sur les politiques sociales. Most recently, she was a researcher and co-director of the research focus "Mobility, Migrations, Reconfiguration of Spaces" at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin and taught at the Humboldt University Berlin. For the past 15 years, she also worked as an expert consultant for humanitarian aid organizations in West and North Africa.

Johara Berriane's research focuses on African student migration, trans-Saharan relations, migration in African cities, the social production of religious urban spaces, religious bureaucracies, and the humanitarian governance of flight and migration. She has conducted field research in Morocco, Mali, Senegal, and Côte d'Ivoire.

At the University of the Bundeswehr Munich, Johara Berriane will work on the social and cultural impact of African flight and migration movements, as well as on the production of knowledge about flight, migration, and social mobility from an interdisciplinary and transregional comparative perspective. At the same time, she will participate in the development of the cultural studies program.


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