Sarah Lempp

Sarah Lempp

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Research Associate and doctoral candidate (Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm)

Address Landoltweg 9-11
Room 108
14195 Berlin
Telephone (030) 838 59945

since 01/2016

research associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (research area “Anthropology of Global Inequalities”, Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm)

10/2011 - 12/2015

editor and journalist

09/2005 - 09/2011

Magister degree (M.A. equivalent) in anthropology and political science at the University of Leipzig

08/2008 - 07/2009

study abroad at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (DAAD scholarship)

Winter Term 2016/17
'Race' and Racism in Brazil. BA level, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University of Berlin

Summer Term 2016

Methods in social and cultural anthropology. BA level, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University of Berlin

Winter Term 2013/14

Postcolonial perspectives on society and science. BA level, Leuphana University of Lüneburg (with Ana-Cara Methmann)

Summer Term 2012

Who is representing whom? Postcolonial and feminist perspectives on social anthropology. BA level, Institute of Anthropology, University of Leipzig

PhD project: "Of slippery objects and objective facts. Race and genetics in the context of affirmative action debates in Brazil"

In my PhD project, I investigate how the category of race is made relevant in the Brazilian debate on affirmative action policies and take a look at the production of knowledge on inequality in the field of genomics. Against the background of the recent “genetics boom”, the research project critically reflects on the materiality of ‘race’, as well as the conditions required for its production – without thereby asserting that something like ‘race’ really exists. In terms of a material-semiotic approach, the aim is rather  to understand – by means of the Brazilian example – how scientists conceptualize this 'slippery object' and how it is materially reified. Consequently, two 'self-evident' scientific truths are questioned: 1) the supposedly clear division between nature/biology and culture/society; and 2) the representation of the field of genetics as a neutral and apolitical ‘truth machine’ that produces objective facts.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm


“Whitening” and Whitewashing. Postcolonial Brazil is not an Egalitarian “Rainbow Nation”. In: The Postcolonialist, 4.3.2014.


Unterwegs im Black Atlantic. Capoeira zwischen Anpassung, Aneignung und Widerstand. [Travelling through the Black Atlantic. Capoeira between adaptation, appropriation and resistance.] In: Husseini de Araújo, Shadia / Tobias Schmitt / Lisa Tschorn (Hrsg.): Widerständigkeiten im Land der Zukunft. Andere Blicke auf und aus Brasilien, Münster: Unrast-Verlag 2013.


Review of André Cicalo: Urban Encounters. Affirmative Action and Black Identities in Brazil. Palgrave MacMillan, New York 2012. In: CROLAR – Critical Reviews on Latin American Research Vol. 2, No. 2 (2013).


Über den Black Atlantic. Authentizität und Hybridität in der Capoeira Angola. [Across the Black Atlantic. Authenticity and Hybridity in Capoeira Angola.] Marburg: Tectum Verlag 2013.



"Capoeira Angola zwischen Afrika, Brasilien und Deutschland." ("Capoeira Angola between Africa, Brazil and Germany.") Paper presented at the young scientists' forum of the GAA conference (German Anthropological Association), Vienna