My current focus in teaching is on research methodology, themes of political and social anthropology, and the anthropology of Africa. While working with academic institutions in Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Cameroon and Japan, I have taught the following courses (in German or English):

  • Geflüchtete in und um Köln - Ethnographie vor der Haustür
  • Human Trafficking: Academic and popular debates
  • South-South migration and global African entrepreneurship
  • Research, Action and Art – Ethnographie vor der Haustür
  • Ethnologie der Freundschaft
  • Ethnicity, indigeneity and minority rights
  • "Moderne Klassiker" - ethnologische Beiträge zu aktuellen sozialtheoretischen Debatten: Tim Ingold
  • Labour migration to the Gulf States
  • Islam und Sport - Ethnographie vor der Haustür
  • Methoden der visuellen Anthropologie und Theaterethnologie
  • Ethnicity, resources, conflict
  • Einführung in die Methoden der Ethnologie
  • Hexerei, okkulte Oekonomien und Verschwörungstheorien
  • Regionalmodul West/Zentralafrika: Ethnographie Kameruns und Gabuns
  • Einführung in die Ethnologie
  • Migration und Entwicklung: Perspektiven aus Afrika
  • Ethnologie Afrikas
  • Verwandtschaft und Freundschaft als Solidarformen
  • Anthropological perspectives on transnational migration
  • Ethnizität und Staat in Afrika
  • Visual Anthropology: ethnographic film, collaborative and indigenous productions

Documentary short by Michaela Pelican and Nikolaus Greil, 5:31 min.
'Performing Ethnography': Cameroonian masked performance enacted by anthropology students of the University of Cologne as part of the course on methods of visual and theatre anthropology, 2013.
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Student supervision (BA, MA, PhD)

I have supervised students on Bachelor, Master and PhD level whose research centred on various subjects, including developmental projects of the Mission 21 in Cameroon, religious conversion and social integration in the US, livestock mobility in Ethiopia, Hip Hop in Cameroon, Muslim female migration in Cameroon, the international migration of Hausa in Cameroon, Cameroonian migration to the United Arab Emirates, return migration to Nigeria, the Eritrean diaspora in Switzerland, etc.

While at the University of Cologne, I am supervising / have supervised the following PhD projects:

Karim Zafer: Accompanied minor and youth refugees making a family (start 2017)
Lai Pik Chan: Foreign English teachers in China - opportunities and challenges (start 2015)
Séverin Kaji: African students in China: migratory projects and everyday life experiences (start 2014)
Moritz Heck: Prozesse der Juridifizierung sozialer Beziehungen und politischer Mobilisierung in Bolivien (start 2014)
Yang Zhou: Intercultural marriage, legal status and social belonging in China: Chinese-African couples and families in Guangzhou (defended 2017)
Mira Menzfeld: 'What it means to die.' A participant observation with dying persons in Germany (defended 2016)
Katrin Schaumburg: "So where are we going to get our men? We must share". Bonyatsi als Ausdruck von agency schwarzer Frauen der südafrikanischen Mittelschicht (defended 2012)