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Karim Zafer, M.A.

Short Biography

Karim Zafer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Cologne. He completed the interdisciplinary master's degree "Culture and Environment in Africa" in 2016 at the University of Cologne. He wrote his master thesis on "Perceptions of Sexual Harassment and the Islamic religious discourses in Cairo".

His current research, supervised by Prof. Michaela Pelican, focuses on Arab and Muslim unaccompanied minor and youth refugees in Germany and their "Making a Family" process. "Making a Family" includes the experiences and perceptions of the unaccompanied minor and youth refugees of their changing family structures, their making of a "parallel family" as a replacement for their natal family left behind, and their imagination and expectations for their future families.

Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Forced Migration Studies, Islam, Kinship.

Middle East, Europe.