School of Social and Political Science

Sophia Hoffinger

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PhD student

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My doctoral project explores the ethnographic articulations of and claims to justice, responsibility, and rights within the contested field of anti-colonial and anti-racist Palestine solidarity activism in Germany. Key questions that inspire my research revolve around the construction of memory politics, race, white Germanness, as well as the politics of speech, judgment, and space. 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:

Research interests

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

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