Winners of the Irmgard Coninx Research Grant


Steven Kaindaneh is a doctoral candidate in international studies and social sciences at Coventry University, UK. He is currently researching into how the civil war is remembered in Sierra Leone. Although his research explores war memories at all levels, it is more interested in indigenous modes of commemoration and how they are contributing to cohesion and reconciliation in rural communities. During his research stay in Berlin in 2010, Steven will propose the argument that truth commissions in Africa would have been more effective in reconciling divided parties, if they had considered involving indigenous conflict resolution processes in their activities. He will also propose a framework for using international instruments and indigenous justice processes for future truth commissions in Africa.


Sonali Thakkar studies at Columbia University in New York, where she's a doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature. Her research interests include cultural memory, post-colonial literature, gender studies, and human rights.  She holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Berkeley. Her writing has appeared in academic publications as well as in The Literary Review of Canada, where she was the Assistant Editor from 2002-2004. Currently, she's a visiting lecturer at the Johannes Gutenburg University in Mainz. During the period of her Coninx Grant in Berlin, she looks forward to researching Turkish-German interventions in German Holocaust memory, and hopes to make significant progress on her dissertation, which examines the connections between post-colonial/migrant literature and Holocaust memory.


Hadas Yaron is a social anthropologist. She currently works as a lecturer at the School of Government and Society at the Academic College Tel Aviv Yafo. In addition she is an activist researching and operating together with Israeli NGO's and in particular the African Refugees Development Center. Hadas completed her PhD at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2006. Her PhD focused on land settlement and politics in Israel and will be published by academic press in June 2010.  Her current research focuses on African refugees living in Israel, examining the interaction between the refugees, Israeli society, and the state. During her stay in Berlin she will investigate the life of African migrants and forced migrants in the country in comparison to their lives in Israel.


Participants Honoured with Special Distinction

Jennifer Dixon (Political Science, University of Berkeley, California, USA)

Rebecca Clare Dolgoy (Philosophy, University of Montréal, Canada)

Gabriela Fried Amilivia (Sociology, California State University, LA, USA)

Katrien Klep (Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Benjamin Madley (History, Yale University, New Haven, USA)

Elidor Mëhilli (History, Princeton University, USA)