Sandro Simon is a PhD student in the DELTA project and focuses on the Sine-Saloum Delta in Senegal.*
He studied History and German at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg i. Br. (DE) and the University of Basel (CH) before enrolling for the Master in African Studies with the main modules Social Anthropology and Environment & Human Well-Being.
In the course of his studies, Sandro also spent a semester at the institutes of Cultural Geography and Development Studies of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (NL). Following his graduation in early 2015, he worked in development cooperation in Quito (ECU) and after returning, went on to teach the course Social Anthropology and the Anthropocene: Perspectives from Latin America and Africa at the Institute for Social Anthropology Basel and to work for an anti-corruption NGO, before joining the DELTA project at the University of Cologne.
Sandro's MA-thesis explores the agricultural- and tenancy practices in the Below Foncha part of the wetlands of Bamenda, Cameroon. By bringing together legal and environmental anthropology, emerged an ethnography of the becoming of place and sociality within a continuously changing set-up, both ecologically (water levels) and socially (users, legal and normative pluralism).
* Sandro previously worked in the Tana Delta, Kenya, but due to the deterring security situation, had to cease his fieldowork there.
Among his releases are
Bidonmondes. 6-channel video installation. 2020. ExtractingUs.
Emotion and Epistemic Murkiness: Fieldwork under the Possibility of Fire. Sentio (1/2019).
mollUScs + MOLLusCS. In: Wüthrich, E. (ed.). Catalogue for the Artbook Fair 'I Never Read', Art Basel, 2019.
Fearing Together, Fearing Alone: Fieldwork Under the Possibility of Fire. In: Krause, F. (ed.). Delta Methods: Reflections on Researching Hydrosocial Lifeworlds, Cologne Working Papers in Ethnology (7/2018).
Fragile Ground, Contested Soil: Dynamics of Tenure and Policy in the Bamenda Wetlands. In: Boehi, M., Ramutsindela, M. und Miescher, G. (eds.): The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Africa. Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel, 2016.
(with Y. van den Berg) Report of the Conference 'Comment penser l'anthropocéne?' of the Collège de France', Paris (05-06.11.2015). In: Somatosphere.com
(with Y. van den Berg) The Anthropocene in the Classroom. In: Newsletter der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Afrikastudien (SGAS), 15/2, 2015.
Work Life | Life Work - A Narration on Anthropological Fieldwork. In: Cargo Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, Vol. 34, 2014.
Report of the Conference 'Future Africa' of the Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland (VAD), Bayreuth (11.-14.07.2014). In: Newsletter der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Afrikastudien (SGAS), 14/2.
Report of the Workshop 'The Politics of Nature and Science in African History' of the Basel Graduate School of History, Basel (15.-16.05.2014). In: HSozKult.de