Solomon Mekonen

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Research interests

Thematic: Visual anthropology, queer anthropology, gender and sexuality, decolonisation, the anthropology of the future

Regional: East Africa, Ethiopia



  • Master of Arts, Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 2018
  • Certificate of Higher Education, Practical Film Making, Met Film School Berlin, 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts, New Media Communications, Assumption University of Thailand, 2014


Lecturer, Visual and Media Anthropology Program, HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft, Berlin, 2020–2021


Ethnographic Film Projects

Emails to My Little Sister (2018): Researcher, director, cinematographer and editor

  • Winner of Student Film, ethnographic film festival Vizanthrop, Belgrade, Serbia, 2019
  • Short Film Audience Choice, San Diego State University’s Africa World Documentary Film Festival, Trinidad Venue, 2019

  • Best Student Film, the 29th International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia, 2020

  • Audience Award for Best Short Film, Afrika Film Festival Köln, Cologne, Germany, 2021

  • Honourable mention for a special look at civilisational dialogue of cultures, OKO International Ethnographic Film Festival, Bolhrad, Ukraine, 2021
  • Honourable MentionTokyo International Short Film Festival, Japan, 2022


  • Mekonen, Solomon (2021). I Am Black Now: A Phenomenologically Grounded Autoethnography of Becoming Black in Berlin. In Kohl, Marie-Anne (Ed.), Under Construction: Performing Critical Identity. MDPI Books. doi: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-500-7-1.



Tags: Visual Anthropology, Gender, Postcolonial studies, Sexuality, Race


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