Thomas Mann Fellows | 2024

May, Jun

Ciani-Sophia Hoeder | Journalist, Author

Ciani-Sophia Hoeder | Image: privat
Ciani-Sophia Hoeder | Image: privat

Ciani-Sophia Hoeder is a journalist and author from Berlin. She studied journalism and politics in Berlin and London. In 2019, she founded the online magazine RosaMag, which addresses a variety of challenges faced by Black individuals in German-speaking countries. In her work, Hoeder celebrates Blackness rather than problematizing it. In 2020, RosaMag was nominated for the Grimme Online Award, and in 2021, Hoeder received the Golden Blogger Award. Her debut book Wut & Böse was published with hanserblau in 2021.

During her time at the Thomas Mann House, Ciani-Sophia Hoeder will explore issues of ecological racism. She will examine if BIPOC urban farming, as a practice of resistance to White Supremacy, can be a tool to improve democracy, empower underrepresented communities, and protect the environment.


2022 | Hans Weisser Fellowship

2021 | “Top 30 unter 30,” Medium Magazin
2021 | Golden Blogger (German digital media award)

Selected Publications

2022 | “Afrohaare als Politikum.” Tagesspiegel (print & online).
2021 | Wut & Böse. Munich: hanserblau.
2021 | “Von uns, für uns.” In Schwarz wird großgeschrieben, edited by Evein Obulor and RosaMag, 171–79. Munich: &Töchter.
2021 | “90 Prozent geben an, dass ihnen ungefragt in die Haare gefasst wird.” Zeit Online.
2020 | “Willkommen bei mir.” SZ Magazin (op-ed).