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I take pride in the fact that I begun my higher education in sociology/cultural anthroplogy and remained consistently within the discpline of social sciences while maintaining diverse interests. My research interests begin with the mundane affairs of everyday life and end up in most weird and lesser explored corners of existence. So be aware of the maddness before coming closer.

My work concentrates on questions of subjectivity, violence, materiality and print culture. However, I maintain an academic interest in sexuality, digital presence and gender studies. I explored the question of materiality of guns and bodies while studying militancy and militants in Lebanon. Currently, I am tracing the pleasures of violence and the convergence of the subjectivity of authors and readers within propaganda materials and state sanctioned memoirs.

My theoretical interests are influenced by post-structuralism, critical theory and storytelling. Therfeore, I designed and organize the Summer School in 'hands-on anthroplogy and storytelling'. You can find more information about it here https://handsonanthropology.org/ and Stories from Amsterdam.


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At the moment I teach (this year I am not part of the 2018 teaching program at the faculty of scoial sciences in VU)


  • Hands-on Anthropology and Ethnography (Summer School)
  • Migration, Integration & Diversity at Amsterdam University College
  • City & Politic (TOM 2, Urban Track)
  • Graduate Seminars and Ethnographic Writing

Prizes and Awards

  • Nomination for Teacher Talent Prize 2016-2017, FSW, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Nomination for Teacher Talent Prize 2017-2018, FSW, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Petrer Beahr Prize for Best Research proposal 2017
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles, Post-doc fellow Sept 2018- March 2019.
  • Einstein Junior Research Fellowship Sept 2018- August 2019 (Einstein Foundation Berlin/ fellowship hosted in Humboldt University)
  • Vrije Universiteit Research Fellowship 2019-2020 (Ghorashi Fellow) 

Ancillary activities

  • Book Review Editor for Journal of Perpetarator Studies
  • Book Review Editor for Journal of Politics, Religion and Ideology
  • Book Review Editor for Journal of Anthropology of Middle East & Eurasia 

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Delhi School of Economics


  • H Social Sciences
  • conflict ethnography
  • cultural anthropology
  • Embodiment theory
  • memory studies
  • subjectivity and violence
  • sexuality
  • storytelling
  • Islam
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Afghanistan
  • Millitancy
  • radicalization
  • Political Violence
  • Material Culture
  • Gender and Religion
  • biodiversity
  • sustainability
  • water

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Iraq Social Sciences
Iran Social Sciences
ethnography Social Sciences
political consciousness Social Sciences
anthropology Social Sciences
emotion Social Sciences
photographer Social Sciences
violence Social Sciences

Research Output 2015 2019

Open Access
political consciousness
political consciousness

The south side of heaven: A journey along the Iranian collective memory in Iran-Iraq war memorial sites

Saramifar, Y., Jun 2019, In : Anthropology of the Middle East. 14, 1, p. 125-141 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

collective memory

Chasing some bodies: Tracing the embodiment of female refugees in transnational settings and reading tales of their bodies

Saramifar, Y., May 2018, In : European Journal of Women's Studies. 25, 2, p. 183-197 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Crafting Sacrality from the tensile life of objects: learning about the material life of prayer beads from a Khaksari Sufi Murshid

Saramifar, Y., 2018, In : Contemporary Islam. 12, 1, p. 39–55

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access


Peter Baehr Prize

Younes Saramifar (Recipient), 2017


Press / Media

'Om iets écht te doorgronden, moet je het ervaren'

Younes Saramifar


1 media contribution

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