Sarah Wessel recently submitted her PhD thesis The Making of Political Representation: Processes of Claim-Making and Receiving During the Egyptian Transformations (2011-2014)
at the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. Her research explores the political and cultural transformations in the Arab region following the popular mass uprising in 2010/11 with a particular focus on Egypt. The study is an in-depth qualitative, empirical political ethnography with long-term encounters, spanning the duration of the manifold political events in Egypt prior to and after the January 25 Revolution until 2015. The work draws upon a comprehensive, empirical set of qualitative data, including interviews with diverse socioeconomic groups. The analysis provides an answer to the question how the massive uprisings demanding freedom and socio-political justice regressed into the reproduction of an authoritarian, repressive military regime just three years later. In theoretical terms, the study advances thinking regarding the complex political and societal mechanisms and dynamics that enable or undermine the emergence of stable representative political relations.
Sarah Wessel studied Economics at the University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt as well as Cultural Anthropology, Political Science and Arabic at the University of Münster. After completing her studies, she worked as a Project Manager of the funding program German-Arab Transformation Partnership at the German Academic Exchange Service in Cairo (2012-2013). From 2013 to 2015 she was a Research Fellow at the Orient Institute Beirut in Cairo. In addition, she worked a trainer for scientific writing and research methods at the Cairo Academy of the DAAD (2013-15). Currently, she is working as an independent scientific consultant in Berlin and is planning a new research project on investigating contemporary economic practices in the Arab world.
Focus & topics: Relations between Europe and the Arab region with particular focus on Germany and Egypt, political representation, dynamics of legitimation, political anthropology, economic anthropology, gender diversity, poverty
Grey-Scales. Negotiating the Civil State in Post-Revolutionary Egypt, CARPO Study 03 (2016). Online available.
“Wahl und Kampf in Ägypten“, in: zenith. Zeitschrift für den Orient (2013). Online available.
“Political representation and legitimacy in Egypt. The making and the reception of claims during the parliamentary elections 2011“, in: C. Steuer (eds.): Les élections de la révolution (2011-2012). Cairo (2013). Online available.