Wiederkehr Sara


Doctorante ERC

Religions, migration, arts

Institut de Sciences sociales des religions (ISSR)

Office: Anthropole 5095
Phone : +41 21 692 47 38 34
Email : sara.wiederkehr<at>unil.ch

Fields of interest :
Sociocultural Anthropology, Audio- visual Anthropology
Migration and Mobilities studies, Social Imaginaries, Intersubjectivity


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Sara Wiederkehr is an Anthropologist from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, a joint MA in Contemporary History from the Universidad de Zaragoza and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and an MA in Media and Visual Anthropology from the Freie Universität Berlin.

Her previous works focused on the construction of social memories, on the use and role of visual images in war and social and political conflicts, and on alternative narratives in anthropological research. She is interested in developing visual narratives that explore perceptions and representations of social realities, by combining ethnographic theories and methodologies with visual anthropology.


Sara has developed research projects linked to the Colombian conflict, and to the tensions between artisanal fishing, local living, and the global market in Colombia and Costa Rica. Her visual work has been presented in Berlin and Bogotá.


In her MA Thesis in Visual Anthropology “Wetland Stories: An Ontological Cartography”, Sara discusses the concepts of territorialities, representations, and social imaginaries in the context of two Wetland areas in Costa Rica. The thesis is a representation of the everyday tensions between the global and the local, the center and the periphery. She reflects and narrates the lived and built environment; the importance of (multi-) locality and (multi-) vocality and the role of social imaginaries in constructing the history of the people. Her written thesis was accompanied by an audio-visual installation. 


Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology and a member of the ERC Artivism project: “Art and Activism. Creativity and Performance as Subversive Form of Political Expression in Super- Diverse Cities”, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Monika Salzbrunn, at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland.