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Dr. Sophia Hoffmann

Forschungsgruppenleiterin

Telefon: +49-(0)30-80307-116

Dr. Sophia Hoffmann is a political scientist focused on the international relations of the Middle East. Her current research project "Learning Intelligence: the Exchange of Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab Middle East" focuses on the role that intelligence agencies play for modern statehood. Previously, she spent ten years studying migration and humanitarian aid in Syria and its neighbouring states. Her book Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis before the Storm, published in 2016 by Syracuse University Press, draws on several years of ethnographic research in Damascus.

Sophia holds a PhD from SOAS, London and previous degrees from the LSE and the University of Sussex.

Dr. Sophia Hoffmann
Dr. Sophia Hoffmann

Positions

Since 2017
Principal Investigator for the Junior Research Group (“Nachwuchsgruppe”) : "Learning Intelligence: The Exchange of Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab Middle East 1960-2010". Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin.
2014 - 2016
Post-Doctoral Fellow (Co-Fund/Marie Curie), Institute for International and Intercultural Studies, University of Bremen, Germany. Title of research project: "Humanitarian Action and Security in the Middle East".
2011 - 2013
Teaching fellow and course convenor, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action, Geneva Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.

Degree/ Education

2012
PhD (SOAS, University of London)
2004
MSc International Relations (London School of Economics, London)
2002
BA (1st Class) International Relations with Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Publications

Monographs

2016: Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis before the Storm. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Journal Articles

2021 (forthcoming) 2021 “Comparing the international economic practices of Iraqi and West German intelligence agencies”, Globalizations.

2020 "Arab students and the Stasi: Agents and objects of intelligence", Security Dialogue, Online First, 31st March 2020.

2017: “Humanitarian security in Jordan’s Azraq Camp”, Security Dialogue, 48 (2), 97-112.

2017: „Die politische Gegen-Topographie internationaler Migration“. Berliner Debatte Initial 2017 (4).

2017: „There is no alternative: Der Aufstieg der humanitären Hilfe in der internationalen Politik“, 5(1) Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Heft 1 (mit Kai Koddenbrock)

2016:  “The National Body in Syria and Israel: Comparing Processes of Unity and Fragmentation”, Middle East Critique, Volume 25 (3), 229-247. (mit Katherine Natanel)

2016: “International Humanitarian Agencies and Iraqi Migration in pre-conflict Syria”, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Volume 48 (2) pp. 339-355.

2015: Article (peer reviewed) “Wen schützen Flüchtlingslager? Care and Control im Jordanischen Lager Azraq“. Peripherie, Nr. 138/9

2012: “The Humanitarian Regime of Sovereignty: INGOs and Iraqi Migration to Syria.” Refuge28.1, Spring 2012.

Book chapters

2021 (forthcoming) “The Iraqi migrant experience in Syria after 2003 or: The emergence of international humanitarianism in the Levant” in Knudsen, Are and Berg, Kjersti, eds, SuperCamp: Genealogies of Humanitarian Containment in the Middle East. New York: Berghahn Books.

2021 (forthcoming) "The possibilities and limits of ethnography: two examples from Syria and Jordan". In: Schlichte, Klaus and Biecker, Sarah, eds.,The Political Anthropology of Internationalized Politics. Under review with Rowman and Littlefield.

2020  "Humanitarian Corridor"; "Sovereignty"; "Impartiality"; "International Cooperation". In: De Lauri, Antonio, ed., Humanitarianism: Keywords. Leiden: Brill. Open Access.

2016. "A Sovereign for All: The Management of Refugees as Nation-State Politics". In: De Lauri, Antonio, ed., The Politics of Humanitarianism. London: IB Tauris.

 

Working Papers

2019: “Why is there no IR scholarship on intelligence agencies? Some ideas for a new approach”, ZMO Working Paper Series.

2016: Turkish immigration politics and the Syrian refugee crisis. Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. (with Sahizer Samuk)

2010: Research report “Sovereignty in the Lives of Iraqis in Damascus”, CBRL Bulletin 5.1.

2007: Iraqi Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic: A Field-Based Snapshot, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, DC: Brookings Institution. (with al-Khalidi, A. and Tanner, Victor).

Book Reviews

2018. Book review: Lisa Blaydes, State of Repression: Iraq under Saddam Hussein (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018). 376 pp. $35.00 (hb). ISBN: 978-1-4008-9032-3. In: Journal of Perpetrator Research 2.1..

2015. Book review: Al-Ali N. and Al-Najjar, D. 2012. We are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War. Syracuse: SUP. Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 47 (2).

2012. Book review: Kern, K. 2011. Imperial Citizen: Marriage and Citizenship in the Ottoman Frontier Provinces of Iraq. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 46 (2).

 

Academic Conferences and Workshops

2018: ECPR Annual Conference, Hamburg; Workshop, ZMO, Berlin.

2017: Annual Conference, German IR Association, Bremen.

2016: Conference, Forschungskolleg „The Transformative Power of Europe, FU  Berlin; European Workshops in International Studies, Tübingen; Annual Conference “Arbeitskreis Friedens- und Konfliktforschung”, Villigst.

2015: Workshop, University of Bremen: Workshop, University of Hamburg, Workshop, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst; Congress, German Association of Political Science (DVPW), Duisburg.

2010: World Congress of Middle East Studies, Barcelona.

2011: Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington DC; British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, Exeter, UK.

Outreach / Consultancy / Key Notes

2019
Orient Institute, Beirut -- Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Berlin -- German Ministry of Defence, Berlin.
2018
German Association of IR PhD Students, Tutzing -- Refugee Studies Centre, St. Anthony’s College Oxford, UK--
2016
Brandenburg Böll Stiftung, Biesenthal; Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin.
2015
University of Bremen, Bremen; University of Milan.
2014
FU Berlin Summer School, Amman, Jordan.
2013
Overseas Development Institute, London.
2010
Geneva Graduate Institute.
2009
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin.

Media Articles

2018
"Refugee Rights Hit the Wall", Middle East Report and Information Project (MERIP) 48 (286). https://merip.org/2018/10/refugee-rights-hit-the-wall/
2015
“Wem nützt der Islamische Staat?”, Zenith Online, http://www.zenithonline.de/deutsch/politik/a/artikel/wem-nuetzt-der-islamische-staat-004425/ (with Roy Karadag)
2014
„Das Wissen über die Lager ist gering“, Interview with Sophia Hoffmann, taz. (2014) “Die Schutzflehenden: Binnenflüchtlinge im Irak”, Zenith Online, http://www.zenithonline.de/deutsch/home/hausmitteilungenveranstaltungshinweise/artikel/die-schutzflehenden-004144/ (2014) “Nowhere to turn for Mosul's Refugees”, Middle East Report Blog, http://www.merip.org/nowhere-turn-mosuls-refugees
2013
“Does Chemical Weapons Use by the Syrian Government present a Watershed?”, in: E-International Relations, http://www.e-ir.info/2013/05/31/does-chemical-weapons-use-by-the-syrian-government-present-a-watershed/

Teaching Activities

2019
FU Berlin, MA International Relations: The Iraqi Refugee Crisis in International Perspective
2018 - 2019
FU Berlin, BA Politics: Intelligence Agencies and International Relations
2017 - 2018
FU Berlin, BA Politics: Refuge and Migration in the Middle East
2013
Geneva Graduate Institute, MA Humanitarian Action: Humanitarian Action and Armed Conflict Geneva Graduate Institute, MA Humanitarian Action: Humanitarian Action and Development

Grants and Prizes

2017
Volkswagen Foundation, Freigeist Fellowship (EUR 700,400)
2015
Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Junior-Research Fellowship (costs for an international conference)
2013
EU Marie Curie / University of Bremen, COFUND Post-Doc Fellowship (EUR 150,000)
2012
Syrian Studies Association, Prize for best doctoral thesis (USD 100)
2010
SOAS University of London, Ousely Memorial Fellowship (GBP 6,000)
2009
Council for British Research on the Levant, Junior Visiting Fellowship (GDP 2,550)
2009
Central Research Fund Grant from University of London to support field research in Syria. (GBP 900)
2003
London School of Economics Graduate Merit Award from the LSE to outstanding applicants to one of their Master’s programmes. (GBP 500)
2002
Val McNaughton Memorial Prize from University of Sussex for academic achievement in International Relations (highest grade average of all graduating students in 2002).

Memberships

  • German Association of Political Science (DVPW)
  • Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Syria Studies Association
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA)

Languages

  • German: native speaker
  • English: native speaker (bilingual)
  • French: fluent
  • Spanish: fluent
  • Arabic: upper intermediate