Noemi Steuer

Noemi Steuer is a social anthropologist coordinating the research project 'Construire son Avenir' and heading the scientific communication project 'Longing for the Future', both based at the Centre for African Studies. She is also engaged in managing and scientifically consulting theatre projects in Germany as well as in Mali.

She studied Africanistic at the University of Cologne (B.A.) and completed her M.A. in Basel at the Seminar for Social Anthropology with a thesis (Lizentiat) on AIDS-discourses in Mali. In her PhD-research she focused on the experiences of people living with HIV and their struggles to keep up social recognition in everyday life.

Focus in research/ teaching
  • West Africa (Mali)
  • Anthropology of Youth
  • Academic Life Histories
  • Generations
  • Uncertainty
  • Social Recognition


  • Noemi Steuer & Laszlo Kish 2005. Une maladie qui gâte le nom. Portraits von HIV/AIDS Betroffenen in Mali. Dokumentarfilm (22 min). IAMANEH Schweiz.

Theatre Productions
  • 2013/14 "Hunger for Trade", i.a. Schauspielhaus Hamburg (Germany)
  • 2011 "Requiem" from Verdi, Opera Cologne (Germany)
  • 2010 "Le pays où on fabrique l’argent", Bamako (Mali)