Robel Afeworki Abay

Robel Afeworki (Photo)

Robel Afeworki Abay (he/his/no pronouns) is a Black German Disability Justice Activist. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Institute of Sociology at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. He has recently finished his PhD at Humboldt University of Berlin on intersectional colonialities of racism and ableism. Previously, he has studied Sociology, Political Science, and Social Work at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Cardiff University, UK, and University of Kassel, Germany. His research and teaching interests include: Intersectional Disability Justice; Gender & Queer Studies; Racism & Ableism; Migration & Mobility; Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory (Discrit); Postcolonial & Decolonial Theories; Intersectional Black Studies; Climate & Social Justice; Participatory Research.

His consultations and workshops are developed for Universities and social organizations that aims to broaden their thematic focus on diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination. He has done numerous consultations and workshops among others for UNHCR, IRC as well as for several German Universities such as Berlin University of Arts (UdK); University of Kassel; Darmstadt University of Technology; FU Berlin; Leibniz University Hannover; Kiel University; HU Berlin; University of Jena; University of Vienna; Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

In addition, Robel is Co-Speaker of the expert group for „Flight, Migration, and Critique of Racism and Anti-Semitism (Migraas)“ in the German Association of Social Work (DGSA) as well as Founder & Executive Director of the IDJ-Network.

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