Nadine Sieveking

Nadine Sieveking
  • Senior Researcher (CAS)
    +49 341 97 37 889
  • Nadine Sieveking is an anthropologist working on transcultural practices, mobility, translocal social spaces and urban transformations. After her dissertation on African Dance in Berlin she conducted research on development, gender and Muslim society in Senegal, as well as on migration from and within West Africa. Her current research project examines the border crossing networks of contemporary African dance, focusing on the professionalization of artistic practice and its gendered dynamics. She uses the lens of artistic creation to analyse social transformation processes shaping new urban middle class milieus. Her research links up performance, embodiment, gender, development, and transnational migration, and is based on fieldwork in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Germany.


    Curriculum Vitae


    born in Erlangen, Germany


    Research Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft) at the Department for Modern Languages, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main 


    Magister Artium (MA) in Modern Languages, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Degree: “Sehr gut“


    Fellow of the German Research Foundation Graduate Student Programme “Körperinszenierungen”, Free University, Berlin


    Fellow of the Berlin Programme Promoting Equal Chances for Women in Research and Teaching, Humboldt-University, Berlin


    Doctoral Degree in Political and Social Sciences, Free University, Berlin, Degree: „Summa Cum Laude“


    Researcher (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Sociology of Development Research Center, Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University


    Postdoctoral Fellow, Lise Meitner Programme, Ministry for Science and Research, Nordrhein-Westfalen


    Researcher (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Transnationalisation and Development Research Center, Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University


     Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben) at the Transnationalisation and Development Research Center, Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University

    Since April 2010

    Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig University




    Refereed Articles


    Book chapters


    Online Publications


    Main Research Fields and Current Projects

    Performance, arts, transcultural practice

    Gender, social transformation

    Transnationalization, migration

    Islam in Africa

    Current Project: Contemporary dance in West Africa as a resource for social transformation – gendered perspectives 

    Memberships and Functions


    European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

    Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland e.V. (VAD)

    Sektion Entwicklungssoziologie und Sozialanthropologie (ESSA) der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)


    Current Course

    Summer Term 2012

    „Gendered Perspectives on African Societies"

    Winter Term 2011/12

     “Arts in Africa – stereotypes of ‘African Art’ and alternative perspectives”



    Summer Term 2011

    “Visions of Africa – from Within and Without”

    Winter Term 2010-11

     „Arts in Africa – African Arts?“ 

    Summer Term 2010

     “Images of Africa”