Monika Salzbrunn holds a full professorship in „Religions, Migration, Arts“ at Lausanne University. She is the first female scientist in Switzerland to receive the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant in Social and Human Sciences, for her project on ARTIVISM. Art and Activism. Creativity and Performance as Subversive Forms of Political Expression in Super-Diverse Cities. The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.
Prof. Salzbrunn was director of the Research Institute for Social Sciences of Contemporary Religions (ISSR) from 2011 until 2015. She was also the principal investigator of the projects „(In)visible islam in the city: material and immaterial expressions of muslim practices within urban spaces in Switzerland“ and “Undocumented Mobility (Tunisia-Switzerland) and Digital-Cultural Resources after the ‘Arab Spring'”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Furthermore, her team hosts an FNS Ambizione project, two FNS doc.ch projects as well as three FNS doc.mobility fellows. Professor Salzbrunn was principal investigator of numerous research projects (Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation DFG; CNRS; Région Ile de France) and has lead the French team in the European GEMMA project on policymaking, gender and migration in the 7th framework program of the European Union at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. As an ERC grantee with a deep experience in international project leading, Professor Salzbrunn was nominated member of the Social and Human Sciences Support Group of Horizon 2020 – European Union, by the State Secretary for Research and Innovation. The SHS support group, composed of international top-level-researchers, discusses future project calls on a European level and defends the interest of scientific research lead in Switzerland at the European Commission.
She was principal investigator of numerous research projects (Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation DFG; CNRS; Région Ile de France) and has lead the French team in the European GEMMA project on policymaking, gender and migration in the 7th framework program of the European Union at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Professor Salzbrunn is co-chair of the urban studies section at the International Association of French-Speaking Sociologists (AISLF) and funding committee member of the Commission on: Anthropology of Music, Sound and Bodily Performative Practices at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). She is associated member of the CéSor laboratory at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales à Paris and has set up an advanced research seminar with Stefania Capone and Nathalie Luca.
Monika Salzbrunn is a former EmmyNoether Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG). She has published her work in international peer-reviewed sociology and anthropology journals (Social Compass, Identities, Journal of Religion in Africa, Revue Européenne des Migrations internationales, Afrique Contemporaine, Journal of Urban Anthropology, Soziologische Revue, afriche et orienti, Textos escolhidos de cultura e arte populares, COMPASO Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, Sociétés Plurielles, Women’s Studies etc.). Her work is published or translated in English, French, German, Italian, Portugese and Japanese.