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Dr. Rita Sanders

Short Biography

I am a research project member at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne. Previously, I was a lecturer at the University of Zurich and a researcher with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale. I received my PhD from the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and my MA from the University of Cologne. 

My current project deals with mobility and translocal connectedness in Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad. In particular, I investigate how several generations of migrants from very different parts of the former Soviet Union make a home in the border area and how they establish and use migrant organizations in order to pursue their local and translocal needs. Furthermore, I am especially interested in life stories and network analysis which I have also applied in my previous research on Kazakhstani German identities. I have published on migratory processes in the former USSR, on ethnicity in Kazakhstan, on transnational networks and organizations, and on boundary drawing in Kaliningrad.     

In my teaching, I focus on research methodology, the anthropology of border, and on mobility and translocality in Central Asia and Russia.

Research Project

Translocal Connectedness, Boundaries, and Home in Russia’s Exclave of Kaliningrad (funded by the DFG; 01/2016 – 12/2018)

Teaching

Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne

Seminar: Russia and Central Asia: ethnographies and debates (2015 – autumn semester)

Seminar: Cognitive anthropology (2014 – autumn semester)

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich

Seminar: Anthropology of the border (2012 – spring semester)

Lecture: Introduction to anthropological fieldwork methods (together with Peter Finke 2012 – spring semester)

Seminar: "The story of my life": methodological and theoretical reflections on life stories

Publications

forthcoming "Between 'Western' Racism and (Soviet) National Binarism: Migrants' and non-Migrants' Ways of Ordering Russia's Exclave of Kaliningrad" Special Issue on 'Racism and Transnationality' of the Transnational Social Review.

forthcoming "'Wir werden kleiner und wachsen dadurch innerlich': Gemeinschaft, Moral und Identität im Alltag zweier Luthergemeinden in Kasachstan und Kaliningrad" In Jenseits der "Volksgruppe". Neue Perspektiven auf die Russlanddeutschen zwischen Russland, Deutschland und Amerika, edited by V. Dönninghaus, J. Panagiotidis and H.-C. Petersen. Schriften des Bundesinstituts für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa. Band 68, de Gruyter: München.

Sanders, R. 2017. "Internationalism on the Table: Dining Ethnicity in one’s Homeland Kazakhstan." In Food in Central Asia, edited by A. Alymbaeva. Halle-Zurich Centre for Anthropological Studies on Central Asia (CASCA), Vol. 2.

Sanders, R. 2016. Staying at Home. Identities, Memories, and Social Networks of Kazakhstani Germans. Berghahn Series 'Integration and Conflict Studies'. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.

Sanders R. 2015. "'Wir waren immer fleißig'. Kulturelles Gedächtnis und Identität von Deutschen in Kasachstan/'My vsegda byli trydalyubimym'. Kulturnaya pamyat' i identishnoct' Nemtsev v Kasachstane" Pp.163-172/Pp. 450-458, in Most mezhdu Astanoj i Berlinom. Almaty: АООNК.

Sanders, R. 2014: "Zwischen transnationaler Verstörung und Entzauberung: Kasachstandeutsche Heimatkonzepte" Pp. 293-314 in Zuhause fremd 2.0, edited by M. Kaiser und M. Schönhuth. transcript: Bielefeld.

Finke, P., Sanders, R., und R. Zanca. 2013: "Introduction: Mobility and Identity in Central Asia" Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 138(2): 129-138.

Finke, P., Sanders, R., und R. Zanca (eds.) 2013. "Mobility and Identity in Central Asia." Special Issue of Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 138(2).

Sanders, R. 2013: " Deutsche im ländlichen Kasachstan. Das Streben nach besseren Lebensumständen und die Rolle von Ethnizität." Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 138(2): 195-216.

Sanders, R. 2013. "Cosmopolitanism in Kazakhstan: Sociability, Memory and Diasporic Disorder" Pp. 77-91 in East European Diasporas, Migration and Cosmopolitanism, edited by U. Ziemer and S. P. Roberts. Routledge: New York.