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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Sophia Hoffinger

Sophia Hoffinger
Sophia Hoffinger
Social Anthropology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Human rights, Legal anthropology, Germany, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Memory politics, Multiculturalism, Anti-colonial resistance, solidarity, Nationalism and National Identity, anti-racism, critical whiteness studies, anti-muslim racism, antisemitism, Critical race/ethnicity, racism

My project explores the meaning that Israel-Palestine holds for human rights and solidarity activism in Germany, especially within wider anti-colonial and migrant-led struggles. It investigates the role memory, rights, and responsibility play in shaping notions of solidarity and justice. I am currently conducting fieldwork in and around Berlin. 


BA (First Class. Hons) Social Anthropology and Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London 

Awards and Honours

SOAS Anthropology and Sociology departmental prize for best BA Profile Joint Honours, 2015-2016.

Alice-Brown Scholarship recipient, 2018.

Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship, 2020/21.


Social Anthropology 1B: Anthropology Matters (2018/19) at SPS, University of Edinburgh 

People First: The Anthropology of Development (2019/20) at SPS, University of Edinburgh

GTA for Ethnography of the Near and Middle East (2020/21) at SOAS, University of London. 

Knowledge Exchange and Impact 

  • Research Assistant GIAA Project ‘Design for Displacement’ and ‘EVERYDAY – Green Energy Design Residency’ Organiser, University of Edinburgh, School of Design (2019)
  • SPS School Senior Leader PALS Schemes, University of Edinburgh (2020)
  • RACE.ED Network Podcast Producer, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh (2020) - "Undersong - Race and Conversations Other-wise" can be found on:
  • Political and Legal Interdisciplinary Ethnography (PoLIE) Network Coordinator and Founder, University of Edinburgh

Published Work: 

Review of Rosen (2020) 'Fires of Gold', AllegraLab, 07/20: