Dr. Melina C. Kalfelis

Research assistant at the CRC 1095 „Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes“

E-Mail: m.kalfelis (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de
Tel: +49 69/798-33959 

Focus of research

West Africa (Burkina Faso), development, NGOs, poverty, asylum procedures at the airport, eritrean diaspora, visual anthropology, development anthropology, organization anthropology

Recent research project

„Flexible because of poverty – Self-description and Strategies of Accessing Resources among NGO-actors in West Africa”


List of Lectures

  • 09/2015Time and Poverty. Local Consequences of an Universal Frame of Existence, ISCH-Conference “Time and Culture”, Bukarest
  • 09/2015C'est finit – Il es parti! Eine Revolution in Burkina Faso: Geschichte, Wahrnehmung und Fragestellung, DGV-Tagung „Krisen“, Marburg
  • 03/2015: Flexibel aus Armut. Lokale NRO-Akteure in Zorgho, Burkina Faso auf der Konferenz „Les relations germano-burkinabé“ vom Goethe Institut der Universität Ouagadougou
  • 05/2016: Flexibel aus Armut – Selbstbeschreibung und Taktiken der Ressourcenerschließung von NRO-Akteuren in Westafrika, ESSA-Tagung, Wien


  • Photography exhibition „Savannah“ at the Palmengarten Frankfurt (05/2016–09/2016)
  • Documentary about NGO-Actors in Burkina Faso (in progress)
  • Stipend of the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at the Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen (10/2014–11/2015) and since 12/2015 Associate of the GCSC