Personal profile

Personal information

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.

I have a strong focus on 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 and Stories from Amsterdam.


Ancillary activities

  • FSW | Amsterdam | coordinator | 2016-11-11

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-22)


At the moment I teach:

  • Theorectical Orientation on Mobility, Diversity and Development PART ONE
  • Field Research Design
  • Ethnographic writing and master thesis writings
  • Hands-on Anthropology and Ethnography (Summer School)

Prizes and Awards

  • Nomination for Teacher Talent Prize 2016-2017, FSW, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Petrer Beahr Prize for Best Research proposal 2017

Ancillary activities

Book Review Editor for Journal of Perpetarator Studies

Book Review Editor for Journal of Politics, Religion and Ideology

Education / Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Delhi School of Economics

Research Output 2015 2018

Airplane Reading edited by Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich

Saramifar, Y. 2017 In : Transfer. 7, 1, p. 151-152

Research output: ScientificBook/Film/Article review

Andrew Wakerfuss, Stormtroopers: Families Homosexuality and Community in the Early Nazi Movement

Saramifar, Y. 2017 In : Sexualities. sexualities

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

Book review: How Armies respond to Revolution and Why by Zoltan Barany

Saramifar, Y. 14 Jul 2017 In : Critical Sociology.

Research output: ScientificBook/Film/Article review