Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne, since 2018

Positions held

2012-2018Junior Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne
2006-2012Lecturer, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich
2000-2006Doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale


2006Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in Social Anthropology, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
1999Magister Artium (M.A.) in Social Anthropology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Bayreuth

Fellowships and research grants

2011ASAFAS fellow, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, University of Kyoto
2009-2014Affiliated researcher, "Afro-Eurasian inner dry land civilisations", interdisciplinary project headed by Prof. Yoshihito Shimada, Faculty of Letters, University of Nagoya
2008-2010Post-doctoral research grant, University of Zurich
2007Individual exchange visit, Swiss National Science Foundation
2003Marie Curie fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Kent


2013-2016China (4 months); Research on African migration to China, and on Chinese immigration law and policy
Cameroon (3 months); Research on return migration, research on indigenous rights movement (update)
United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar (3 weeks); Research on migration and labour regimes in the Arab Gulf
Argentina (3 weeks); Exploratory research on afro-descendientes and indigenous rights movements in Latin America
Melilla, Spain (1 week); Research cooperation with the Instituto de las Culturas de Melilla, Participatory Social Action and Research Project 'Kahina'
2008-2011Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa, United Arab Emirates (17 months); Post-doctoral research project on transnational relations of Cameroonian Muslim migrants
2007Cameroon (6 weeks); Collaborative research project with the Department of Anthropology, University of Yaound\E9 1 on local perspectives on transnational relations of Cameroonian migrants
2000-2006Cameroon (14 months); Doctoral research project on interethnic relations and identity politics in northwest Cameroon
1996Cameroon (8 months); Master's research project on gender and economic change among pastoral Fulbe in northwest Cameroon

Professional affiliation

European Association of Anthropology (EASA)
German Anthropological Association (DGV)
Vereinigung f\FCr Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland (VAD)
Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)
Complete CV
Interview with Michaela Pelican
The talk-show moderator Jimla Nene interviews Michaela Pelican in the morning show 'Hello' on Cameroonian national television on the subject of 'Cameroonians migrating to Dubai' (Yaound\E9, August 18, 2009).