Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2010
    Full Professor (chair “Religions, Migration, Diasporas”), Faculty of Theology and Sciences of Religions, UNIL, Switzerland

    Member of Centre d’études en sciences sociales du religieux (CéSor)

    UMR8216 EHESS-CNRS Paris

  • 2017 – 2018
    Invited Research Professor, Laboratorio di Sociologia Visuale, Università degli Studi di Genova

  • 2011 – 2015
    Director of the Institute for Social Sciences of Contemporary Religions (ISSRC) and the Observatory of Religions in Switzerland (ORS), UNIL, Switzerland

  • 2014
    Visiting professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan (February-March)

  • 2012
    Visiting professor at Japan Women’s University, Tokyo (May)

  • 2009 – 2010
    Junior Professor of Internationalisation and Development Sociology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; Director of the International Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University, Bochum

  • 2002 – 2009
    Researcher at CNRS-EHESS, Paris/France and Associated member at the Transnationalism Development Research Centre and Institute for World Society, Univ. of Bielefeld/FRG; member of MIGRINTER research group, Poitiers/France; Member of the research group NTIC-Migration MSH Paris

  • 1990 – 1992
    and 1993 – 1996 Studies of Sociology, Social Anthropology/Ethnology, Roman Linguistics and Literature, Psychology and Social Psychology at the Universities of Cologne, Bielefeld and EHESS Paris

Selected publications

Recent peer-reviewed articles

  • Salzbrunn, Monika, 2021 (in press) : « Researching Artivism through the Event approach. Epistemological and Methodological Reflections about Art and Activism », in: Connessioni Remote No. 2, December, Special issue "Artivism: Forms, Experiences, Practices and Theories" edited by Anna Maria Monteverdi, Dalila D’Amico, Laura Gemini, Vincenzo Sansone.

  • Salzbrunn, Monika, 2020: "La caméra comme forme d’empowerment dans la mise en scène de soi. Retournement des stigmates sur la migration par la mode mise en images", in: Revue Française de Méthodes Visuelles, 4.

Books and special issues (selection)

  • Salzbrunn, Monika (Ed.), 2019: L’Islam (in)visible en ville. Appartenances et engagements dans l’espace urbain. Genvève : Labor et Fides/Coll. Religion et Modernités, 280 p.

  • Aterianus-Owanga, Alice, Elina Djebbari, Monika Salzbrunn (Eds.), 2019: Dance, Music and Transnationalisations/Danses, musiques et transnationalisations. Dossier thématique, Revue européenne des migrations internationales, 35 (3 & 4).

  • Amiotte-Suchet, Laurent, Monika Salzbrunn (Eds.), 2019: L'événement (im)prévisible. Mobilisations politiques et dynamiques religieuses. Paris: Editions Beauchesne/Coll. Dédale.

  • Capone, Stefania, Monika Salzbrunn (Eds.), 2018 : A l’écoute des transnationalisations religieuses / Sounding religious transnatonalism. No. spécial de Civilisations, 67.

  • Ortar, Nathalie, Monika Salzbrunn, Mathis Stock (Eds.), 2018: Migrations, circulations, mobilités. Nouveaux enjeux épistémologiques et conceptuels à l’épreuve du terrain. Aix-en-Provence : Presses Universitaires de Provence.

  • Salzbrunn, Monika, 2014: Vielfalt/Diversität. Bielefeld: transcript/Coll. Einsichten. 176 p.

  • Reuschke, Darja, Monika Salzbrunn, Korinna Schönharl (Eds.), 2013: The Economies of Urban Diversity. Ruhr Area and Istanbul. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 265 p.

  • Salzbrunn, Monika, Yasumasa Sekine, 2011: From Community to Commonality. Multiple Belonging and Street Phenomena in the Era of Reflexive Modernization. Tokyo: Seijo University Press. 103 p.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC Project ARTIVISM. Art and Activism. Creativity and Performance as Subversive Forms of Political Expression in Super-Diverse Cities, 2015

  • "Undocumented Mobility (Tunisia-CH)", Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS/SNSF), 2013 – 2017

  • (In)Visible Muslim Practices in Urban Spaces in Switzerland (Lausanne University), Faculty Funds + Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS/SNSF), 2010 – 2017

  • GEMMA Project, FP7/EU Commission, Team Leader France, 2008 – 2010

  • SEPPE Project for regional networking in addition to a European FP7 project, funded by Ile de France region, 2008 – 2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Co-Speaker AISLF Network Urban Sociology


  • Evaluator for the EU (FP 7; Horizon 2020) and several national bodies

  • Member of international PhD juries in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany and Belgium

  • Vice-Dean and President of the Faculty's Research Committee

  • Member of the GIEM (International Expert Group on Migration and Refugees)

  • Member of the SHS Expert group at SBFI Swiss State Secretariat for Research

  • Editorial Board member of Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales; Métropoles; L'Ethnographie

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