Institut für Sozialanthropologie



Moslem Ghomashlouyan joined the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern in October 2020 as a doctoral researcher. In his M.A. thesis, which he concluded at the Central European University in 2019, he studied the state relations of high-ranking Iranian bureaucrats, who happened to be sociology professors as well. In that ethnographic stategraphy, he scrutinized how those bureaucrats-cum-sociologists translated their understanding of the link between theory and practice into forms of engagement in the statecraft.

Moslem’s doctoral project, which is supervised by Prof. Dr. Sabine Strasser, centers around his interest in ethnographically describing how the states’ welfare schemes as soft power mechanisms to advance political interests result in unintended consequences in domestic politics. During his time at the Institute, he will conduct this ethnographic research project among the Kurdish people inhabiting the Turkish-Iranian borderlands.

Moslem’s research interests include

  • the anthropology of Iran and Turkey,
  • political anthropology,
  • economic anthropology,
  • welfare, borders.