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Dr. Fatma Sagir


Habilitandin at the Department of Popular Cultures

Since October 2017 scholarship holder of the CORA scholarship program for junior scientists at the University of Freiburg

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Telephone: 0761 203 3357




  • Since Summer Semester 2017 Habilitation Candidate
  • Focus: Popular Cultures of Islam
  • Chair of Popular Cultures (Prof. Dr. Markus Tauschek)
  • Habilitation project 'Muslim Lifestyle in Digital Culture: Negotiating Religion and New Muslim Identities' (working title)
  • 2019-2022 1st Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer for the University of Freiburg
  • 2017-2018 scholarship holder of the junior scholarship program CORA at the University of Freiburg


Research interests:

  • Digital and visual culture
  • Lifestyle
  • Muslims and Islam in the present
  • Fashion
  • music
  • performance theories
  • media anthropology


Rocking Islam

From September 27 to 29, 2018, the international workshop Rocking Islam took place. Click here for the program, the abstracts, the photos, and the media coverage. I would like to thank all sponsors, lecturers and interested parties for making this event possible and supporting it.


Case studies and subprojects of the Habil research project / post-doc:

Modest Fashion (case-studies)

  • Modest Fashion Shows (London, Dubai, Istanbul, Jakarta)
  • Modest Fashion Blogging: Dina Tokyo
  • The London Shopping Festival


Halal / Food (case-studies)

  • Halal is a Lifestyle! Marketing Muslim Lifestyle
  • The London Halal Food Festival


Religious Knowledge and Self Help


Music / Entertainment and Muslim Youth Culture (case-studies)

  • hip hop
  • Comedy
  • Pop music



  • since 2017 habilitant at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology / European Ethnology
  • Since WS 2016/17 Teaching Fellow at the University College of the University of Freiburg for the study program Liberal Arts Studies.
  • 8/2015 PhD in Islamic Studies at the University of Freiburg
  • 2004-4 / 2017 Workshop leadership and lecturing in the context of the training of multipliers in the fields of education and culture for different organizations
  • since 2005 Lecturer for the Turkish language at the Oriental Seminar of the University of Freiburg
  • 1996-1997 / 2004-2012 freelance journalist (science and culture journalism)
  • 2000-2016 translator and interpreter (English-Turkish-German-Arabic). Certified interpreter and translator for the Turkish language, court interpreter
  • 1998-2001 Studies in Translation for Turkish and Arabic, Islamic Studies. University of Bonn. Degree: Diplom-Übersetzerin
  • 1994-1998 studied Islamic Studies, Romance Studies, Political Science. Albertus Magnus University Cologne. change of subject


Lectures / Lectures and Presentations:


  • #Cozy: Imagination and staging. Leisure and body in the digital culture. Conference of the SFB Muße at the University of Freiburg "Muße und Körper", 14.-16. October 2019
  • #muslimcouples: Islamic Heritage Sites as Lifestyle Content in Digital Culture. ASA19 'Anthropological Perspectives on Global Challenges', University of East Anglia / United Kingdom, 3-6 September 2019
  • Embodiments of Change? Muslim Fashion Bloggers and their Sartorial and Bodily Practices. International Workshop 'Gender, Fashion, and Embodiment in Islam', Hamburg University, Asia-Africa Institute - Languages ​​and Cultures of Southeast Asia, 29-30 June 2019
  • Ordinary Lives, Ordinary People: Muslim Lifestyle Bloggers and the Performance of the Muslim Self in Digital Culture. SIEF 14th Biannual Conference 'Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World', Santiago de Compostela / Spain, 14-17 April 2019


  • 'Wrap my Hijab!' Music and Muslim Female Embodiments of Cool in Digital Culture. International Workshop Rocking Islam: Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities. Freiburg University (KAEE / ZPKM) 27-29 September 2018
  • 'We can see your hair, Dina!' Muslim Female Embodiments of Digital Visibilities. VANDA Vienna Anthropology Days, Vienna University, 19-22 September 2018
  • "Taylor Swift is a Snake!" Narrative of the female self in the media discourse about female pop stars and their fans. A Case Study on the Case Study "Taylor Swift's 'Look what you made me do' - Female Popstars and the Narration of the Female Self", 10th Session Commission for Narrative Research in the German Folklore Society, Bern-Zäziwil, University of Zurich, 05.- 08th September 2018
  • 'Catch me ridin' dirty 'Muslim Female Embodiments of Cool. International Conference 'Camp, Cool, Trash', ZPKM, Freiburg University, 3-5 May 2018


  • Mipsters, Gummies, Britlims: Social Media and the Emergence of New Muslim Identities. Social Media and Social Order, International Conference. Research Council Norway. Oslo 30.11.-02.12.2017.
  • Strike a pose! Modest Fashion: An idea (l) between visbility and invisibility? Space for Fashion Thinking and Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise. Fashion Research Network Interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition. Coventry University London, 8 September 2017.


Publications (from 2017)

  • 2017 The Koran as Corrective. The mix-and-match hermeneutics of the Asghar Ali Engineer. In: Poya, Abbas (ed.) (2017): Koran exegesis as a mix-and-match. On the diversity of current discourses in tafsir science. Bielefeld: transcipt. Pp. 163-190.


In the show 2019:

  • 2019 "Taylor Swift is a Snake!": Celebrity Gossip as a misogynistic conspiracy narrative. In: Frizzoni, Brigitte (ed.): Conspiracy Tales. Proceedings of the 10th Conference Commission for Narrative Research in the dgv.
  • 2019 Hijabi Makeup? The Muslim Female Face and the Practice of Exposure. In: Clare Douglas Little (Ed.): The Power of Makeup: Evolving Commerce, Community, and Identity in the Modern Makeup Tutorial.


In preparation (2019-2020):

  • (Ed.): Rocking Islam: Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities. Waxmann Verlag.
  • 'Wrap my Hijab!' Music and Muslim Female Embodiments of Cool in Digital Culture. In: Sagir, Fatma (Ed.): Rocking Islam: Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities.
  • A selection (from 2004) of my science journalistic / cultural journalistic publications, reportages, interviews, editorships, and creative non-fiction can be found here. (Https://



2015 Diversity and recognition. (Diss., Bookstore Edition) wvb: Berlin.

  • Conferences / Panels / International Conferences / Workshops / Chair (from 2018)
  • (Conception, implementation, management)



  • SIEF Panel DIGI02 Changing Features? Performing the Self in Digital Culture Co-Convenor Robert Glenn Howard (Wisconsin-Madison University / USA)
  • SIEF Panel BODY03 Fashion Fast Forward: Transforming Body, Fabric and Media in a Changing World. Co-Convenor Marion Lean (Royal College of Art, London / UK)



  • International Workshop Rocking Islam: Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities. Freiburg University, Center for Popular Culture and Music, 27.-29.09.2018.


Foreign funded funds / scholarships (from 2017)

  • (2018) Robert Bosch Foundation
  • (2017) MWK funds through a call for tenders from the Center for Popular Cultures and Music
  • DAAD travel and research scholarships
  • Scientific Society Freiburg Travel Grant


Teaching / Teaching:

  • Liberal Arts Studies (Social and Cultural Anthropology / Religious, Gender and Media Studies)
  • University College Freiburg
  • Winter 2019/2020 Muslim Women in Digital Culture: Body, Dress, Identity
  • Winter 2017/2018 New Media, Muslim Identity and Lifestyle
  • Winter 2016/2017 Introduction to the Qur'an

My teaching in Islamic Studies is here
Note: Unfortunately, I am currently unable to accept BA / MA theses for review.



  • AG Popular Culture and Media - Society for Media Studies
  • dgv - German Society for Folklore
  • dgv - Commissions: Digitization in everyday life; Cultures of popular entertainment and pleasure; Commission for narrative research
  • EASA - European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • GEEF - Society for European Ethnology in Freiburg
  • SIEF - International Society for Ethnology and Folklore
  • SIEF - Working Group Digital Ethnology and Folklore
  • Since 2017 Chair (co-Chair) SIEF Working Group Digital Ethnology and Folklore