PhD Sadaf Javdani Haji

Sadaf Javdani

Freie Universität Berlin

Institut of Social and Cultural Anthropology

PhD Candidate

Address Landoltweg 9-11
14195 Berlin


PhD in Visual Anthropology (Jan 2011- date of defense: April 23rd 2015)

Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Master of Arts in Visual and Media Anthropology (October 2008–October 2010)

Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany 

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (September 2003–2007)

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

Diploma in Photography  (June 2006–August 2008)

University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.



No Country for Young Man (2010), 30 min. 

24.06.2011   RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival, London, UK.

04.11.2011   Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Athens, Greece.

09.11.2011   Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany.

26.01.2012   Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Quebec, Montreal, Canada.

13.05.2013   Museum of Ethnology (Ethnocineca), Vienna, Austria. 

Choice (2009), 3 min.

10th international Ethnographic Film Festival Göttingen

PhD Project: A Montage Ethnography: Migration, Emotion and Transnationality.

Focusing on the growing trend of skilled emigration in Iran, which is often examined using a conventional textual discourse, I aim to develop a model that is multilingual and interdisciplinary to create a context that allows a deeper understanding of the sensorial implications of the notion of ‘‘transmigration.’’ A methodology based on the premises of visual anthropology that tolerates imagination, communicates metaphoric expressions and prepares a context for transnational interpretations and interactions . This visual ethnographic research is thus conducted through implementation of multi narrative perspectives produced in collaboration with Iranian transmigrants.



Javdani S. 2016. Sensuous Ethnography: A Visual Dialogue with Iranian Transmigrants. Visual Anthropology. 29: 432-450.


Selected Awards and Fellowships

05-08.2012  - STIBET fellowship from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

12. 2011 - Equality Rights for Women in Science award for excellence in research. Department of Politics and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin.