Andrea Nicolas is a Social Anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher. She received her PhD from Free University Berlin. She has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle and, in the realm of the International MaxNetAging Programme, for the Max Planck Institute for Demographic
Research in Rostock, and has also been affiliated to the Graduate School of “Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship” at the University of Rostock. In recent years, she has carried out extensive fieldwork in Northeast Africa, among the Oromo and Amhara groups of Ethiopia. Her research interests include communication, ritual, age, generation, mediation and conflict resolution, along with issues of discourse analysis, comparative research and research methodology. She is the author of the book From Process to Procedure: Elders’ mediation and formality in Central Ethiopia (Wiesbaden 2011), and co-editor of the volume
Growing up, Growing old: Trajectories of Time and Lives (Oxford 2013, with Ian Flaherty).