Agata P. Ranjabar
The consequences of modernity from an everyday intercultural perspective. An empirical study of international students’ perception and action within the German social system
The impact of modernity is in particular sensitive in the management of social infrastructural systems for which Anthony Giddens has developed the concept of their disembeddedness. At the same time, globalization has triggered international human mobility also in the field of Higher Education. Students coming for studying in Germany from so-called traditional societies (as well as other groups of voluntary and involuntary immigrants) are particularly confronted with these disembedded systems, as they are highly dependent on it. As for those who are locally established or have been socialized within the system, interaction with the social systems is already part of their routine and habitualized knowledge, whereas for newcomers, especially for those from a strongly divergent background it may emerge as a critical issue leading to a multiplicity of more or less viable adaption strategies.
In my thesis these adaption strategies are analysed empirically. The method of research stems from the field of ethnography. Data will be collected from newcomers, mostly from so-called traditional societies, by interviews, participant observations and other documentary evidences, as well as by an autoethnographic approach.
|Laufzeit des Promotionsvorhabens:||seit 01.12.2017|
|Stipendium des Fachbereichs Sozial- und Kultuwissenschaften:||seit 01.01.2018|
|Beschäftigung in der Lehre oder in der Koordination des Fachbereichs:||Lehrbeauftragte FBSK|
Aileen Heid studied Media Communication (B.A.) at Chemnitz University of Technology followed by the master’s program (M.A.) Intercultural Communication and European Studies at University of Applied Sciences Fulda which she successfully completed in 2018. Besides other professional experiences she did an internship at Goethe-Zentrum Brasília (Brazil). Since 2019 she is holding a PhD scholarship at University of Applied Sciences Fulda where she is currently also working as an associate lecturer and program coordinator for the master’s program Human Rights in Politics, Law and Society. Already while working on her master’s thesis she was able to look intensely into the subject of remembrance politics and commemorative culture in post-conflict societies which she analysed based on the example of Northern Ireland. Since then her fascination with this topic has never diminished and in consequence her dissertation deals with forms of remembrance politics, commemorative cultures and different lines of conflict as well, however focussing more on latent conflicts in the European Union and especially on the EU’s role within these structures of conflict.
Remambrance Politics and Identity. An examination of Europe's latent conflicts based on selected case studies
The dissertation will analyse and compare remembrance politics and collective memory constructions of regional lines of conflict within the European Union in terms of their integrative and disintegrative dynamics. In this context the selected cases (Flemish-Walloon conflict in Belgium, Catalonia‘s attempts of secession, Scottish national movement) will be compared to and contrasted with each other, especially focussing on Europe‘s role as shared space and third level within the structure of conflicts, which, besides national and regional level is shaping the respective space of action and memory. Special emphasis is placed on how the different levels interact and to what extend they influence each other. The project is planned as a comparative study based on a mixed design using ethnographic techniques as well as documental analyses.
Mr Andreas Röß took a BA degree in sociology and philosophy between 2009 and 2016 at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and then gained an MA at Kiel University (CAU). He completed his studies with a thesis on emotional sociology from the perspective of governmentality studies. Since 2017, he has been working as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Karlsruhe) in the Foresight Competence Center. The focus of his work and interest is on social theory (in particular system theory and post-structuralism), sociological cultural and contemporary diagnoses, scientific and university research as well as organisational sociology.
He is doing his doctorate externally in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences with a thesis on the transformation of the scientific system and university.
Social responsibility of the business university? Interpreting neoliberal research policy and knowledge production in universities
The planned doctoral thesis attempts two central transformation processes within the scientific system and the university – to analyse, on one hand, the promotion of reflexive knowledge production ('Mode 2', 3rd mission of the universities) and, on the other, the organisational reforms of universities in terms of new public management − from a critical organisational and management research perspective − and to relate them to each other. Based on considerations of governmentality and subjectivisation theory, the thesis conceives the corresponding reform programmes as ‘appeals’ (Althusser) and then asks for the ‘translation services’ of universities to translate these programmes into specific fields of practice. The analysis of the relationship between programme and practice is also intended to shed light − according to the rationale of the thesis − on what other non-hegemonic forms of organising universities might look like, forms that might be more suited to implementing the social mandate of reflective and socially responsible knowledge production.
Anja Julia Habersang · assoziiert
Global crises and local conflicts? Interactions and repositionings in land conflicts in Argentina
Global crises and structural transformations are causing or aggravating local conflicts over land and other natural resources, especially in the global South. Due to intensifying global interdependencies and interconnections, the significance of such global developments for local conflicts will continue to increase. For this reason, it is important to analyse how global crises and superordinate structural influences become relevant for local actors in conflict contexts. This will enable a better understanding of land conflicts.
Based on the observation that in Argentina (land) conflicts – involving parts of the indigenous Mapuche population and movement – are characterized by escalating conflict contexts, different conflicts will be analysed comparatively. The fundamental research interest is a better understanding of both the selected (land) conflicts and how global dynamics and structural influences affect local conflicts. Therefore, the goal is a comparative analysis of the interactions between different actors in connection with global and structural influences.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since April 2018|
|Second supervisor:||Prof. Dr. Heike Kahlert, Ruhr-Universität Bochum|
|Scholarship:||Field research was funded by the DAAD|
|Employment in teaching:||winter semester 19/20 at Fulda University of Applied Sciences|
- Book publication in Chile: Habersang, Anja; Ydígoras, Pamela (2015): El activismo internacional mapuche. Un arma poderosa contra las violaciones de sus derechos humanos.(Der internationale Mapuche-Aktivismus. Eine wirksame Strategie gegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen), Ceibo Ediciones, Santiago.
- Attachment in anthology: Habersang, Anja (2016): Chile: Neoliberales Pioniermodell statt soziale Marktwirtschaft – die sozialen, ökologischen und politischen Konsequenzen eines Freihandels ohne Grenzen. In: Lateinamerika und der Freihandel, Interessen, Diskurse, Perspektiven, connosco e.V., S.115-125.
Annika Schmidt studierte Kulturanthropologie und Japanologie (B.A.) in Frankfurt und Interkulturelle Kommunikation (M.A.) in Fulda. Während dieser Zeit war sie in verschiedenen Funktionen bei einer Frankfurter Unternehmensberatung tätig, u.a. in der Diagnostik. Sie ist zertifizierte Teamtrainerin und Moderatorin für teamdynamische Prozesse, Interkultureller Coach, Reiki-Meisterin und seit 2019 Promotionsstipendiatin der Hochschule Fulda. Fasziniert von der Vielseitigkeit und Vielfältigkeit wissenschaftlicher sowie tagtäglicher Perspektiven, erforscht sie das „Zwischen“ menschlicher Beziehungen: wie dieses körperlich-räumlich erlebt und ausgehandelt sowie sprachlich erfahren und reflektiert wird.
Aufbruch zu alten Ufern: Gewohntes neu denken. Kultur als ge-wohnten Raum begreifen, erleben, gestalten.
In den vergangenen 50 Jahren hat ein Umbruch im wissenschaftlichen Verständnis von Kultur- und Raumkonzepten stattgefunden und ihre Kopplung an territoriale Bezüge aufgehoben. In Alltagsdiskursen hat sich das Verständnis von Kultur im be-wohnten Raum jedoch hartnäckig gehalten. Tatsächlich ist eine enge Verbindung von Kultur und Raum intuitiv naheliegend: Selbst die Beschreibung von Beziehungsgeflechten kommt kaum ohne räumliche Begriffe der Nähe, Distanz und Positionierung aus. Der Aufbruch zu alten Ufern fordert entsprechend dazu auf, die Einheit von Kultur und Raum nicht aufzuheben, sondern aus der Perspektive des Ge-Wohnten neu zu denken: Kultur als ge-wohnter Raum rückt Wohnen als aktive Tätigkeit und kommunikative Praxis in den Mittelpunkt; nonverbal im Sinne des körperlichen Raumverhaltens (Proxemik), verbal im Sinne räumlicher Analogien und Metaphern. Die Analyse einer solchen ge-wohnten Kommunikation der nonverbalen und verbalisierten Proxemik birgt das Potential, durch die semantische Reflexion und den räumlichen Perspektivwechsel ge-wohnte Eindrücke der Wahrnehmung und deren reflexartigen verbalen und nonverbalen Ausdruck zu thematisieren und zu reflektieren, sodass Kultur im Sinne eines ge-wohnten Raumes begreifbar, erlebbar und gestaltbar wird.
|Laufzeit des Promotionsvorhabens:||seit 01/2019|
|Stipendium des Fachbereichs Sozial- und Kultuwissenschaften:||ja|
|Beschäftigung in der Lehre oder in der Koordination des Fachbereichs:||Lehrbeauftragte FBSK|
Proxemik in der Aufstellungsarbeit: Maß-Nahme verborgener Dimensionen. In: Kirsten Nazarkiewicz/Peter Bourquin (Hg.): Essenzen der Aufstellungsarbeit. Praxis der Systemaufstellung. Göttingen 2019, S. 75–84.
Publish or Perish – über die Risiken neurowissenschaftlicher Forschungsprojekte. In: Martin Deschauer et al. (Hg.): Black Box Brain. Frankfurt am Main 2014, S. 121–138.
Bablu Chakma · assoziiert
Bablu Chakma is a PhD student in International Development Studies at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. His study focuses on survival strategies, social movements and identity politics of indigenous peasants. Mr. Chakma comes from the CHT region of Bangladesh and belongs to the Chakma indigenous group.
Survival Strategies of Indigenous Tanchangya Peasants in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh
This PhD project aims at re-imagining marginalisation and survival strategies from the perspective of indigenous Tanchangya peasantry in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh. The main highlights of the study are the survival strategies that Tanchangya peasants employ while negotiating with state as well as market actors at the spaces that are embedded in their everyday life. In unearthing the tensions that take place while negotiating space by the Tanchangya peasants in their everyday interactions, the research project uses the case of peasants of Juropanichara, a culantro growing Tanchangya village, who maintain strong community solidarity even in the context of rapid proliferation of market economy and continues to remain away from conflicts while the CHT region largely remains an epicentre for violence. I argue that while strong community solidarity based on a form of moral economy provides culantro cultivators with protection in times of dearth and distress, they employ non-violent and accommodative strategies while dealing with the local state representatives, business intermediaries and indigenous political.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since May 2018|
|Scholarship:||Development Oriented Scholarship from the Bread for the World|
Bettina Storck began her academic career at Justus Liebig University Giessen, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Language, Literature, Culture. Her particular interest in English language and literature came to the fore during an Erasmus visit to the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. She graduated from Fulda University of Applied Sciences with an international Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication and European Studies (ICEUS) and worked as a graduate assistant in the university communication department. Bettina Storck initially left the academic environment in 2013 to start a career at a major German bank in Frankfurt am Main. She now works there as a project manager in corporate group strategy but will complete her doctorate on a part-time basis. During her university studies as well as in her professional career, she has repeatedly established links between the subjects of diversity and gender, and this was key to her choice of doctorate topic.
Women in the financial sector - What factors are behind the persistent under-representation of women in management positions? An empirical analysis taking account of agile working methods.
Despite various incentive measures, the proportion of influential women in politics and business is persistently low, only exceeding the critical mark of 30 percent in exceptional cases. Women are especially underrepresented in management positions in the financial sector. The doctoral project asks which factors contribute to this phenomenon, and which basic circumstances could lead to an increase in the proportion of women in senior management roles at financial institutions. The digital transformation of the financial sector, which will introduce new, agile working methods, will also be a subject of study. It is hoped that a qualitative analysis, to be carried out both nationally and internationally, will achieve the desired findings.
Biswaranjan Tripura · assoziiert
I hold a Master's Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Dalit and Tribal Studies in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India. Presently, I am also affiliated as a faculty member (on study leave) within the Centre for Social Justice and Governance in the same institute. As a young academic with a regional focus on South Asia, I strive to build a professional academic career in the area of Development Studies as a multi-disciplinary with special focus to North-East India. My study primarily will investigate the relations of Indigenous peoples and the State's response to development in the state of Tripura. Further, the proposed work is also built upon from my previous study of Indigenous peoples that I inculcated while working and teaching in this broad area.
Title-Indigenous Peoples (Politics), State and Development Experiences in Tripura
This study will examine the subaltern imagination and experiences of the modern state in their everyday life in a mundane forms and everyday practices. Subaltern, here referring to communities of Indigenous populations who were previously said to be living a subsistence life/isolated as Zomia within a non-state territory is now experiencing the state in a multifaceted form in their everyday life. With modern state making they are now found to be either resisting state, keeping away state or negotiating state for their own advantage and survival. The focus of this study will be to understand their varied experiences and negotiation in everyday practice in relation to modern development state in post-colonial India taking the case of Tripura.
- Tripura, Biswaranjan (2014): Educational Experiences of Indigenous Peoples, New Delhi-Mittal Publication (Single Author).
- Tripura, Biswaranjan(2013). "International Social Work-An Indian Experience" in Indian Journal of Dalit and Tribal Social Work Vol.1, Issue 3 No.1 pp.1 to 24, October (ISSN 2320-2130).
- Tripura, Biswaranjan (2013): “Tribal Question in Tripura: Dialogue between its Past and Present”, in Journal of Tribal Intellectual Collective India, Vol.1, Issue 2, No.3 pp. 41 to 65, December (ISSN 2321-5437).
- Tripura, Biswaranjan (2012): Educational Experiences of Indigenous People with Special Reference to Tripura, North- East India, Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Volume 2 (6), 217-227, June (ISSN:2249-7315).
- Tripura, Biswaranjan (2015):Indigenous peoples question in Tripura: Dialogue between its past and present. In Alex Akhup 'Identities and their Struggles in North-East’. Kolkata-Adivaani Publishers, pp.151-179.
- Tripura, Biswaranjan (2015): “Tribe Centric Education and Pedagogy-From the Lived Experiences of Tribes within a multicultural society” in Vulli Dhanaraju “Debating Tribal Identity: Past and Present”, pp.309-321, Dominant Publishers, New Delhi.
- The Uttarakhand Disaster-Impact Assessment Report”, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, August, 2013, (Contribution in a Report)
- Book Review (2015):Structure, Consciousness and Social Transformation-The Adivasis in Thane District, Maharashtra, by Denzil Saldanha, 2015, New Delhi: Aakar Books, pp 593, Price: 1695/- in Indian Journal of Social Work. Vol.76 (3),481-484, July,2015
Corinna Land · assoziiert
Coping with Displacement: Hope, Despair and (Im)mobility at Contested Agrarian Frontiers
The PhD project analyzes the translocal coping strategies of Paraguayan peasants whose livelihoods are threatened by the accelerating concentration of arable land in the hands of agribusiness corporations. It asks how they deal with an adverse social change by combining migration and apparently immobile strategies. Following an agro-exporting development model, Paraguay is exemplary for many countries of the global south, where the industrialization of agriculture and reduced state support for small scale agriculture expels a part of the rural population towards rapidly growing regional urban centers, neighboring states, and to destinations in industrialized nations.
However, despite harsh conditions, uncertainty, and contradicting aspirations for modernity, some stay in place, trying to adapt to a new environment or raising their voice to halt or soften the ongoing social change. Moreover, many migrants come back from the cities, where they could not adjust or felt expelled again, disappointed by economic crisis or xenophobia. Far from common depictions of a rural exodus, the analysis reveals that rural-out migration is deeply entangled with other, apparently immobile strategies such as resistance, adaptation, and incorporation. Different alternatives are combined in a life course or family network, opening or restricting other options. A multi sited field research assessed the translocal networks between those staying in place and those who have left and revealed how people navigate between different alternatives, pursuing their hopes and aspirations, dealing with disappointment, inner strife, and periods of prolonged waiting for a better future. Developing an innovative analytical framework that conceptualizes the structural change as a gradual, cumulative process of displacement – both in rural areas as well as in crisis ridden urban destinations – allows to rethink the relation between structure and agency that defines the room for maneuver of the translocal coping strategies.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since September 2017|
|Scholarship:||Member of the Sylff Microkolleg "Forced Migration" and scholarship holder of the Tokyo Foundation - https://www.research-school.rub.de/about_sylff.0.html|
- (2019): “Peripherie-Stichwort: Akkumulation durch Enteignung”. In: Peripherie 39(154/155): 292-295, DOI 10.3224/peripherie.v39i2.08.
- (2019): Produktivkraft Partizipation: Neue Potenziale durchBeteiligung erschließen, Literaturstudie im Auftrag der IG BCE.
- (2017):“Uprooted belonging: the formation of a ‘Jumma Diaspora’ in New York City”, mitEva Gerharz. In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI:10.1080/1369183X.2017.1373594.
- (2015): „Akteurskonstellationen in Ressourcenkonflikten“,mit Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop. Tagungsbericht in: Wissenschaft und Frieden 2015(4): 49-50.
- Organisation of the conference “Forced Migration in Transition: Perspectives from Social Science and Law”, ein Event des Sylff Mikrokollegs“Forced Migration” (mit Benedikt Behlert, U K Mong Marma und Robin Ramsahye)
- Poster presentation at “7th PhD Conference on International Development”: “Dealing with Displacement: Mobile Livelihoods at Contested Agrarian Frontiers”
- Lecture at “24. European Conference on South Asian Studies” in the panel “Mobility and Belonging in South Asia”: “Belonging Uprooted: The Formation of a ‘JummaDiaspora’ in New York City” (mit Prof. Eva Gerharz)
- Workshop organisation “The State and Beyond: Actor Constellations in Resource Conflicts” des AK Natur-Ressourcen-Konflikte (mit Nina-Katrin Wienkoop und Dr.Annegret Kuhn)
Dariia Kapinus ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Fakultät für Angewandte Sprachen und Interkulturelle Kommunikation der Westsächsischen Hochschule Zwickau. Im Rahmen des Projekts „Diko 19/20: Angewandte Forschung im Zukunftsfeld Digitale Kommunikation“ arbeitet sie an der Entwicklung einer Online-Wissensbasis für Critical Incidents. Sie schloss ihr Studium an der Kyjiv Taras-Ševčenko-Universität mit dem Titel Magister der Philologie in Deutsch und Englisch ab. Ihren deutschen Abschluss bekam sie 2015 im Masterstudiengang ICEUS (Intercultural Communication and European Studies) an der Hochschule Fulda.
Critical Incidents als Narrationen: eine Analyse von deutsch-, ukrainisch- und russischsprachigen interkulturellen Geschichten
In der interkulturellen Lehre nehmen Critical Incidents eine bedeutende Rolle ein. Sie werden in interkulturellen Trainings als Fallbeispiele für typische problematische interkulturelle Interaktionen intensiv eingesetzt. Dabei unterscheiden sich die erzählten Geschichten, die häufig die Grundlage für Critical Incidents bilden, von den didaktisierten Formaten. In dem Promotionsprojekt werden Critical Incidents als Narrationen betrachtet und aufgrund der einschlägigen Daten aus eigenen Recherchen untersucht. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Analyse von deutsch- und ukrainischsprachigen sowie russischsprachigen Critical Incidents. Es sollen die Fragen beantwortet werden, ob Critical Incidents einem bestimmten Narrationstyp angehören und wenn ja, wie die entsprechenden Merkmale in den verschiedenen Sprachen realisiert werden. Dabei soll auch beobachtet werden, ob kulturspezifische Narrationskonventionen identifiziert werden können.
|Laufzeit des Promotionsvorhabens:||seit 2019|
|Beschäftigung in einem Drittmittelprojekt:||seit 2017 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der WHZ, Fakultät für Angewandte Sprachen und Interkulturelle Kommunikation. Arbeit im Projekt „Diko 19/20: Angewandte Forschung im Zukunftsfeld Digitale Kommunikation“ (gefördert von der Sächsischen Aufbaubank und das Sächsische Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst)|
- Vortrag bei der Jahrestagung des Hochschulverbands für interkulturelle Studien in Kochel am See (31.05–02.06.): Vorstellung des Promotionsprojekts.
- Präsentation des Promotionsprojekts und Diskussion über die Forschungsmethoden beim Zwickauer Symposium an der WHZ (24.–25. 06.2019).
- Präsentation des wissenschaftlichen Posters „Critical Incident als Kleine Texte“ bei der GAL Tagung 2019 an der Universität Halle Wittenberg (18.–20.09.) im Rahmen der Sektion „Textlinguistik und Stilistik“.
I graduated in law from the University of Coahuila in Mexico in 2013. After that, I completed a Master's degree in European Studies and Intercultural Communication at Fulda University of Applied Sciences, graduating in 2017. I have also completed internships at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium and Strasbourg, France. My membership of the Doctoral Research Centre “Social Sciences Specialising in Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality” now sees me returning to data protection and human rights issues, which were among the focal areas that I covered during my Master’s degree.
Data Protection as a Fundamental Right in the European Union. An interdisciplinary study of the right to be forgotten and its evolution in the context of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation
Two years after case C- 131/12 at the European Court of Justice, the profile of the so-called 'right to be forgotten' within the data protection framework began to take shape in the EU. Four years after that, the General Data Protection Regulation, the GDPR, was released (May 2018) to give individuals control over how their data is processed. The aim of this dissertation is to reconstruct the legislative and political process behind Regulation 2016/679, with a special emphasis on the chronology of the genesis and the codification of the Right to Erasure – the right to be forgotten. Using Kingdon’s Multiple Stream Approach as the basis for the research design, the policy process reconstruction will delve into different factors that co-relate with the policy process: individual actors, institutions as rules of legal venues, networks or subsystems, ideas or beliefs behind agenda setting, as well as the key events and context surrounding each specific situation.
Ms Dorina Dedgjoni is a research associate in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and holder of a doctoral scholarship from Fulda University of Applied Sciences. She analyses biographies and professional careers in the context of the mobility of highly qualified migrants in Albania, Italy and Germany. In addition to a Master’s degree from the University of Nantes in Management – Business Administration, she is a graduate of the international Master’s degree programme Intercultural Communication and European Studies (ICEUS) at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. She was a research associate on the research project ‘Global learning for sustainable development’ sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) (Project manager: Prof. Dr Carola Bauschke-Urban). Her international academic career has included positions at the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Nantes and the Graduate School in History and Sociology at Bielefeld University.
Transnational Migration of Highly Skilled Professionals from and to Italy. The Mediterranean ‘Brains’ on Move: Dealing with ‘Brain Drain’ or a ‘Global Brain Chain’?
Migration of the highly skilled has recently become a major topic of interest to Europe, mainly due to demographic change and skill shortage within the member states’ labor markets. While migration trends used to be from the developing countries to the industrialized ones, those patterns do not necessarily hold today. Recent studies and statistics show that Italy is facing a two-fold process: one the one hand, many young and highly educated Italians are on the move towards other European countries, and on the other hand early-career graduates mostly coming from other Mediterranean countries and living and working in Italy.
This dissertation aims to contribute to a qualitative understanding of causes, means and effects of highly skilled professionals’ mobility from and to Italy. It seeks to explore the complex circumstances influencing the onward transnational trajectories of early-career graduates within Europe – a) the intra-European movements of highly skilled Albanians to Italy and b) the intra-EU mobility of highly skilled Italian professionals to Germany –, but more significantly, also their impact on life courses, professional careers and future mobility prospects.
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Having a background in security practice field, the researcher gained important experience in the law enforcement duties especially in his expertise area in in criminology, terrorism and organised crime. Building on this experience, the researcher has undertaken his master education in MSc Terrorism, Security and Policing in University of Leicester in the U.K during 2014-2015. Conducting interviews with security officials and researching the official documents, he successfully completed his thesis. His recent research area of interest is the implications of the security measures and practices on migration, with a specific focus on social aspects, interpretations and perceptions. In line with this interest, he has started his PhD study in securitisation of migration area in 2018 under the supervision of Prof Dr. Carola Bauschke-Urban in Graduate Centre Social Sciences, Globalisation, European Integration, Intercultural Studies. His PhD focuses on the use of EURODAC as a tool of securitisation of migration and its implications on social understandings amongst migrants.
Securitisation of Migration: Explaining the Social implications
The project will investigate the EURODAC system as a feature of securitisation of migration with reference to the recent migration flows coming towards Europe Having a basic functionality of keeping biometric information of asylum seekers and illegal migrants, the EURODAC system determines which country is responsible for dealing with the asylum application of an asylum seeker, preventing the ‘asylum shopping’ within the EU. Existing knowledge on securitisation is largely based on positive and negative aspects of governmental and technological architecture within regional migration governance. However, moving beyond from merely looking at the political dimension, this project considers the 'social' dimension that could explain the actual dynamics in field. It stresses the importance of analysing EURODAC as a securitisation tool from the perspectives of immigrants to discover its effects on immigrants. Therefore, it highlights the importance of the 'social' dimension in the form of interaction between human (migrants, asylum seekers) and non-human (technology, database, registration) in terms of Actor-Network approach. Throughout the research, an interpretivist epistemology will be adopted in order to elucidate on the ‘socially constructed threat’ created by the interactions of people. Mainly aiming to discover interpretations and meanings towards EURODAC, the researcher will attempt to “establish the meaning of a phenomenon” by the qualitative data gathered from interviews.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||seit 09/2018|
|Scholarship:||Scholarship at Fulda University of Applied Sciences|
- Securitisation of Migration : Social Implications of EURODAC Digital Fortress Europe organised by European Communication Research & Education Association’s (ECREA) Diaspora, Migration & the Media (DMM), Brussels Belgium.
- Securitisation of Migration: Social Implications of EURODAC Refuge Europe – a question of solidarity organised by CEASEVAL Project (Evaluation of the Common European Asylum System), Chemnitz Germany.
Mr Erik Teubner is doing an external doctorate in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences with a thesis aimed at gaining insights into the realm between (academic) identity theory and (industrial) work practice. His interest in the interaction between the two areas is reflected in his career experience. For example, alongside his current work as a project manager at an international automotive group, he has completed a Master's degree in business psychology at the private FOM University of Applied Sciences, with his Master’s thesis addressing the topic of “Alienation in the world of work”. At the beginning of his professional and academic career, Mr Erik Teubner trained as an information and telecommunications specialist. After successfully completing his studies, he received a scholarship from a programme offered by the German government to promote the vocational training of outstanding students, a key factor in his decision to pursue a part-time Bachelor’s degree in business informatics at FOM University of Applied Sciences. Erik Teubner’s primary interest lies in the field of social philosophy having gained interdisciplinary experience in business, IT and psychology.
Subjectivisation of postmodern work realities: Phenomenological reflections on the concept of identity
The doctoral project is intended to provide a critical theoretical comparison of different lines of tradition in the subject-related history of ideas, to identify elementary concepts of identity and to compare these with the real working world today. Ambivalences between theory and (identity-determining) reality in working life shall be reconstructed based on specific phenomena in today’s world of work. The analytical examination will focus on the identification and description of modes of subjectivisation that are phenomenologically peculiar to the postmodern working reality. The aim of the doctoral research is to demonstrate the opportunities and limitations of a body- and socio-phenomenological approach in the context of work for exposing modes of subjectivisation in order to enable contemporary consideration of “identity” within the social sciences. To this end, praxeological knowledge (working practices) as well as case studies will also be referenced.
Farzaneh Esmaeilpour Langeroudi
- University of Guilan - Iran M.A.: sociology (2017) - Dissertation: Women’s Citizenship Rights in Qajar Persia.
- Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Science - Germany Guest Researcher (April – August 2016)
- University of Guilan - Iran B.A.: Social Science (2013) - Dissertation: Comparative Analysis of Women’s Citizenship Rights before and after the Persian Constitutional Revolution.
Female subjectivities in times of Globalization. Case Study from Iran.
Iranian women produce, replace, reinforce or ignore the gender-related meanings and concept of womanhood throughout their active interactions in everyday life. The cultural aspect of globalization mainly characterized by communication technologies and media used for transmission of ideas, meanings and values around the globe, has provided female Iranian scholars with an opportunity to influence and learn as well as to be inspired, seen and heard. Having benefited from the policies and practices undertaken by academic systems and institutions known internationalization of higher education, they are now more engaged in the globalized world, participating in exchange programs abroad. Alongside their western feminist counterparts of the third-wave, Iranian woman put forward their localized experiences of “what it means to be a young educated woman in this part of the world” through their individual life-long stories.
In this study, the qualitative method of narrative inquiry will be applied to interview and listen to young Iranian female M.A./PhD students with the background of being abroad as a guest researcher to reveal themselves as a gendered entity.
After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and German Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Galina Gostrer gained professional experience in the fields of journalism and education. She completed a Master‘s programme in Intercultural Communication and Cooperation while working as a teacher and lecturer of German as a Foreign Language. She taught at various educational institutions in Germany and, after graduating, she continued to teach German at a Chinese University in Qingdao. Galina Gostrer has been a Research Fellow in the field of Intercultural Communication and Cooperation at Munich University of Applied Sciences since February 2020.
Understanding practices in globalized work contexts
Complexity, virtuality and different cultural and professional backgrounds are main features of the modern workplace. Under these conditions, it is necessary to implement new methods and routines when working together, in order to enable and ensure cooperation and understanding. In the field of conversation analysis, these methods and routines are known as practices, which are the focus of this dissertation project. The research is based on recorded audio data from a workplace context, addressing the question of how common ground and interculture are being constructed.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since February 2020|
- Galina Gostrer, Peter Jandok (2018): Digitalisierung des Unterrichts – Potenziale für Personen mit Migrationshintergrund, in Dobler, Ittstein (Hrsg.): Digitalisierung – interdisziplinär. München: UVK Verlag. S. 99-114.
- Galina Gostrer (2014): Chancenwerk e.V.: Lernen auf Augenhöhe. In: Kopf, H., Müller (Hrsg.): Soziale Innovationen in Deutschland. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. S. 45-57.
- Galina Gostrer, Peter Jandok: Digitalisierung des Unterrichts – Potenziale für Personen mit Migrationshintergrund im Rahmen der interdisziplinären Ringvorlesung „Digitalisierung“ an der Hochschule München (Juni 2017)
Hari Purna Tripura · assoziiert
A critical inquiry to understand peace and development from the perceptive of the marginalised indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh
The notions of development are varied and contestant. Generally, its meanings, priorities and practices are defined and determined by the groups, organisation or state, the ones who are in power, based on their own interests. Thus, it could be not being driven by the real needs of the poor. As a consequence, the outcomes of many development projects have shown as negative rather than offering any benefit to the poor. The indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region in Bangladesh have seen many catastrophic events in their lives in the name of development over the last few decades that resulted displacement, suppression, domination, marginalisation, conflict, poverty and many other forms of human rights violation done by the state or foreign donors. However, development interventions have not always shown as the history of domination on the poor but also created an opportunity to reinterpret the dominant views, developing knowledge or voices for their own way of development and survival. From this point of view, the aim of this research is to understand the meaning of peace and development from the perspective of the marginalised indigenous people of CHT based on their experience of life and values of their culture which will help to evaluate the ongoing development and peace process in the CHT region. This research argues that for a meaningful development and for ensuring peace process and human rights in the post peace accord situation, after 1997, it is important to understand the voices and the views of indigenous peoples about the development and peace ensuring process. A qualitative ethnography methodology with unstructured in-depth interviews and focus groups discussions will be employed to carry out this research.
During her studies in Social Security Law, Jana Bub already focused on European law and the European social and employment policy. She wrote her master’ s thesis during a semester abroad at the University of Bolzano (Italy) and considered legal possibilities of extending competences of the European Union to increase intra-european mobility and reduce youth unemployment.
After graduating, Jana Bub worked in the field of employment and youth labour market policy as well as labour migration in the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Labour. She then returned to Fulda University of Applied Sciences and worked as project coordinator in the preparation of international students for higher and professional education.
The employee status. Possibilities of a consistent definition by using examples of selected member states of the European Union.
While the European Union (EU) continues to support integration in the European social and employment policy, the development of some member states is rather declining in these fields of policy. Even Germany has increasingly restricted the rights of EU citizens to non-contributory social benefits. However, these restrictions do not apply to working EU citizens. Accordingly, working EU citizens are entitled to additional social benefits and, in the case of involuntary unemployment, to general social benefits for a period of up to six months. This support is intended to enable EU citizens to maintain their right of free movement and to bridge short periods of unemployment. In Germany a conflict is emerging due to the fact that in German law it is decided on a case-by-case basis whether an employee status exists. In particular, the missing legal regulation on a minimum duration or a minimum amount of income leads to different decisions at administrative level. Therefore EU citizens has no legal certainty whether their employment qualifies them as workers and thus entitles them to (complementary) social benefits in Germany.
This project aims to compare the regulations of other EU member states with the German law. Besides this, it will examine possibilities for Germany or, if applicable, the European Union to establish a consistent definition of the employee status and thereby providing legal certainty for (formerly) employed EU citizens.
Manuel Lebek (MA in Sociology) studied Social Sciences specialising in Intercultural Relations (BA) and Social Work (BA) at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. He then completed an MA in sociology (MA) at the University of Kassel. In his Master’s thesis he addressed discourses and spatial sociological interpretations of the “Pata Rat/Romania” social space. He is a member of the research group “Traditional Peoples and Communities” at the University of Kassel (Dr Dieter Gawora). Focal areas of research are waste sociology, urban sociology and spatial sociology (specialisation: slum research), global waste pickers, sociology of the community, international social work. Mr. Lebek worked as a special needs teacher and social worker after holding a senior position in the telecommunications industry.
Waste(work) in Pata Rat/Romania: moving towards global waste picker organisations
The subject of the dissertation is the research of Global Waste Picker Organizations in the form of self-organization as membership-based organizations of the poor (MBOP), with the starting point and focus on the Pata Rat/Romania case in international comparison. In the case of the Pata Rat garbage dump settlement on the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca/Romania, the debate is largely caught up in the question of an ascribed collective identity that threatens to fail due to questions of sustainability future (Vincze 2013). With a paradigm shift away from dealing with questions of ethnic identity Roma, to which a significant proportion of the residents of Pata Rat can be counted (UNDP 2012), and the associated racist discourses as well as real marginalization and discrimination, towards a constitution of Pata Rat as a social space that the residents appropriate and future-oriented transform, opens up a way out of deadlocked perspectives and a normative turn on a higher level. Successful self-organization by Pata Rat's people in the form of membership-based organizations of the poor (MBOP) has future potential: "the formation of scavenger cooperatives can result in grassroots development, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection" (Medina 2000). People in Pata Rat are transformed from "garbage people" to "waste workers“.
Maren Mainx holds a B.A. in *Multilingual Communication* with emphasis on English and Spanish and a focus on culture and media at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, TH Köln – Technology, Arts, Sciences. She obtained her master’s degree at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda, where she studied *Intercultural Communication and European Studies* (M.A.) from 2016 to 2018. After interning at the Goethe-Center Costa Rica in 2017, she composed her master's thesis on German-Costa Rican development cooperation. In 2018, she returned to Central America to conduct personal interviews of experts who greatly contributed to our understanding of Costa Rican and German relations. During the course of her field research, Ms. Mainx was offered a position at the Goethe-Center Costa Rica to begin at the completion of her studies. In 2019 she was designated projects and cultural work leader at the institution, where she also served as a German teacher. During her work experience in Central America, she deepened her knowledge of Costa Rican culture and advanced her field research through qualitative data collection and analysis. At present Ms. Mainx serves as a doctoral student and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda. Her dissertation is primarily concerned with German-Costa Rican relations and to what extent the supranational discourse on climate change influences bi-, tri- and multilateral cooperation practices.
The Impact of the Discourse on Climate Change on Inter- and Transnational Relations and Their Transformation. An Interdisciplinary Case Study on the German-Costa Rican Relationship
More than ever, the international agenda is being shaped and influenced by global awareness of the effects of climate change on humanity. Today, interdependencies between nations are increasing since successive warming of our planet has no boundaries and the goals of the Paris Climate Convention can only be achieved with close alliance. Increased dependence calls for a review and revision of previous cooperative agreements between nations. Examining the model for German-Costa Rican relations, latest research results have pointed out how the collaboration between the two countries has changed in recent years. The dissertation will examine the modern discourse of climate change and its influence upon political, economic and civil society in both countries. The risks and opportunities of emerging cooperation practices for either side will be researched and evaluated, and will offer a theoretical basis for international relations.
Maruf Lutfur · assoziiert
Maruf Lutfur is a young researcher and Doctoral candidate in International Development Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. His research revolves mostly around the areas of social and cultural impacts of international migration. His research interests also lie in religion, rural development and rural livelihoods, labor rights, and social communication. Before pursuing his doctoral studies, he gained his Master of Science degree in International Development and Management from Lund University, Sweden. He also holds another Master degree and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His working experiences include project execution on enhancing public awareness on safe migration, labor migration, social development communication sector, local level development, gender issues, child education and health. His further interest involves engaging himself in the action oriented development process with a strong fundamental understanding of how to work it out in certain social context.
International migrations intensify socio-cultural diversity and generate or accelerate socio-cultural change in societies involved. Most debates about the relationship between labour migration and socio-cultural change have been predominantly privileged north-south transmigrants at the cost of social and ideological dimensions in south-south transmigrants. Moreover, short term migrant workers are hardly included in discourses. Against this backdrop, this project explores, through an ethnographic methodological approach, the increasing effects of international migration in transforming the socio-cultural life of migrants and their sending communities in rural Bangladesh. The subjective experiences of individual short term migrant workers from Bangladesh to the Gulf states, migrants’ families and communities back home are at the centre of this study. This research offers new perspectives on how migration creates a scope for changing and maintaining individual migrants’ status quo and changing Bangladeshi society. Furthermore, it develops new insights on the interlinkages between migration and political Islam. The narratives of migrants open up new avenues for the readers to reflect on the volatility of belonging, issues that constitute mobility exciting for both male and female migrants and the concepts of self, agency, and power that underlie the everyday lives of migrants and their left-behind family members.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since November 2013|
|Second supervisor:||Prof. Dr. Shelley Feldman, Cornell University, USA|
|Scholarship:||DAAD Scholarship via GSSP programm from November 2013 to April 2017|
- Lutfur, M. (2012): Migration, Remittances and Household Development: Contribution of International Migration and Remittances to Migrant Sending Households in Rural Bangladesh, prepared for LUMID, Lund, available at http://lup.lub.lu.se/ student-papers/record/2543654
- Organizing committee member and presented PhD Research project at the 7th PhD Conference on International Development, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 8-9 November 2018
- Presentation of preliminary findings of ‘Doctoral Research Project’ at the 4th Conference on Bengal Related Studies, held at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany, 28-30 October 2016
- Attended a summer school programme “Protest and Social Movements in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” organized by the Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 19-23 September 2016
- “Are Migrants Catalyst for Social Change? Travel of Social Remittances and Transformation in Rural Bangladesh” poster presented at the 5th PhD Conference on International Development organized by the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 5-6 September 2016
- “Stories of Returned Migrants: Renegotiating the sense of Belonging: Migration from Bangladesh to the Gulf” paper submitted and discussed at the 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), held at the University of Warsaw, Poland, 27-30 July 2016
- Poster presented on the PhD project at the 4th Annual PhD Conference on International Development organized by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), RUB, together with the University of East Anglia, UK, and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, NL, held at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 24-25 September 2015
- Attended a discussion on ‘Rohingya Refugees: What does it mean for Bangladesh?’, organized by Bold Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 27 June 2015
- Presentation of a Poster illustrating the ‘Doctoral Research Project’ on the ‘Global Day’, organized by the RUB International Office, Bochum, Germany, 12 June 2015
- “Socio-Cultural Remittances and their Impact: A Study of Migrant Sending Communities in Rural Bangladesh” paper presented at the ‘Ninth European PhD Workshop in South Asia studies’ organized by SASNET on behalf of European Association of South Asian Studies (EASAS), Höllviken, Malmo, Sweden, 18-19 May 2015
- Participated in the conference ‘Reflecting the past – forging the future: Democracy and Human Rights in Bangladesh’s Changing Social Landscape’, organized by Bangladesh Forum Germany, Berlin, 6-7 November 2014
- Organized and attended numerous lectures/conferences on International issues and Foreign policy’ as a member of the Association of Foreign Affairs, Lund University, Sweden from August 2010 to September 2012
Mong Marma · assoziiert
Forced Migration in South Asia’s Borderland: Living in Displacement in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh
Displacement places marginalised communities in the precarious social position that eventually forces them to migrate either within the geopolitical boundary or beyond. It generally indicates movement from physical place following ‘violent process of land expropriation’ for mega development projects, large-scale agricultural farms and infrastructural installment. These displaced peoples’ exodus currently receives more attention and becomes centre in migration literature. However, it largely ignores the changes in socio-political structure caused by displacement. In particular, ’in-situ displacement’ in which peoples are gradually excluded from security, identity, and rights within the place of origin is dominant in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as a result of coercion such as land seizure, enclosure, and war. As this has not received attention in the research on displacement of CHT, my ethnographic study aims to analyse social changes of CHT resulting from in-situ displacement and contemporary migratory flows in relation to development, nation-building, ethnicity, conflict, and its special geographical and social characteristic as a borderland.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since 2018|
|Second supervisor:||Prof. Shelley Feldman, Cornell University, USA|
|Scholarship:||Brot für die Welt (seit 2019)|
Muhammad Ali Zaidi · assoziiert
Brokering and representing the poor: An anthropologicalunderstating of NGOs in Pakistan
The role of the local intermediary agents become more important due to the geographic, social and cultural differences between international altruistic actors and the people in need (Watkins, Swidler, & Hannan, 2012, p. 288) and the void created by the limited capacity of government structures and institutions or their rigidity proffered (Lewis,2014, p. 295). These intermediary actors may be referred as brokers,translators, fixers (Mosse & Lewis, 2006) and representatives. The representativeness of NGOs can also be questioned because of the fact that donor-funded NGOs often have a weak root in civil society (Banks, Hulme, & Edward, 2015; Doyle & Patel, 2008) The role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and, especially, individuals associated to them as development brokers has received fair attention by anthropologists in critical development studies. This project attempts to provide a thick description howan NGO from south of Pakistan strategically brokers and represents poor and marginalized groups while safeguarding their own interests. The case is an effort to explore how the very local NGO working on ‘sustainable rural livelihood’ translates the local people and brokers between local people and the donor, adhere to the requirements and expectations of both (collective) actors. For this project, the researcher relies on a bi-phased, seven month-long multi-sited ethnographic field research in district Dadu, Pakistan.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since autumn 2016|
Muriel Cathérine Pluschke studied political science and economics (B.A.) at University of Bielefeld (2013 to 2017) and successfully completed her master’s degree (M.A.) “Intercultural Communication and European Studies” at Fulda University in 2019. She has been a doctoral fellow at Fulda University of Applied Sciences since summer 2020 and is continuing her PhD project based on her master's thesis ("Europe in the Local"). During her studies she worked among other things as a freelancer for a local daily newspaper and as a student assistant, as well as a lecturer and research assistant at Fulda University of Applied Sciences, where she continues to work. Her research interests lie in European integration, the emergence of a European public sphere, (local) journalism and research on democracy.
Top-down and bottom-up dynamics of the European public in the local
Local newspapers are rarely the focus of research on the European public. However, due to their important functions at the local level, they should not be neglected and may contribute to the politicisation of the EU by acting as a hinge between the various actors from politics, the mass media and civil society, their strategies and activities, as well as the reporting in the medium itself. To take a closer look at this, the dissertation analyses how politicians, particularly members of the European Parliament, act as top-down actors and civil actors as bottom-up actors on local journalists and their EU reporting in local newspapers. With the help of a qualitative content analysis in local daily newspapers and a comparison of the three case states Germany, Austria and France, it can be determined how these dynamics create, map and Europeanise the local public.
|Employment in teaching:||Scientific assistant with Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner|
Natalie Bella studied sociology at the LFU Innsbruck (B.A.) and the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (M.A.) from 2014 to 2020. She completed her master’s degree with her thesis on "Interactions in Interpreted Interviews". During her studies she was chairman of a works council in the aviation sector, amongst other roles. From her work in a project on co-determination in the digitalised world of work, the podcast "MitMischen" developed which Bella produces and hosts. For the duration of her doctorate she is an external guest researcher in the project "Networks of Integration?" at IEB Nuremberg.
Translation in Intercultural Communication
As globalisation and (forced) migration increases, qualitative social research represents a fundamental instrument of scientific debate. But is the methodological toolkit of qualitative social research up to the challenges of intercultural and multilingual research fields and survey situations? With my doctoral project, I posit that the methodological apparatus must be expanded, to ensure sensitized research of interpreted interviews or other intercultural conversations. Particularly in institutional communication, specific translation requirements manifest themselves and thus a situation of intercultural communication is created that must be considered separately. Accordingly, the planned doctoral thesis examines how the different modes of translation can be traced in specifically framed, multilingual situations of communication.
After studying German and assisting in German research projects in Vietnam, I studied sociology in Munich for several semesters and graduated as a social worker from Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) in 2009. In my undergraduate thesis I addressed the facets of identity of Jews in present-day China. Through my work, which involves offering social pedagogical assistance to Vietnamese families in Munich, I have become increasingly interested in the possibilities and limitations of intercultural understanding, a question I would like to explore further in my doctoral project.
Forms of non-understanding in intercultural communication. A study based on the example of the assessment of child welfare risks with families from Vietnam
The doctoral project examines forms of “non-understanding” and also the lack of knowledge among child protection professionals in the assessment of child welfare risks with families from Vietnam from a culturally reflective viewpoint. The theoretical framework builds primarily on Westerkamp’s theoretical approach to the description and analysis of non-understanding, Nazarkiewicz’s three culturally reflective meta-concepts and Wehling’s theoretical concept on describing non- understanding. The data will be collected in focus groups; this is supplemented by guideline-based interviews with narrative phases and evaluated using methods of hermeneutic knowledge sociology.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since December 2018|
|Scholarship:||Scholarship at Fulda University of Applied Sciences|
|Employment in teaching:||Lecturer department Social and Cultural Sciences|
|part-time promotion:||Ambulant educational assistance for migrant families, Arbeiterwohlfahrt Munich|
Norina Fischer completed her Bachelor's degree in "International Information Management" at the University of Hildesheim from 2015-2018. Her enthusiasm for intercultural encounters was demonstrated by various stays abroad, including a semester abroad in Norway. Thus, she followed her interests with her choice for the Master's program in "Intercultural Communication and European Studies" at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda where she was able to deepen her knowledge. As part of her studies she did a three-month internship at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai in 2019. The topic of her master thesis arose from this stay abroad, which dealt with the motivations for studying German in India and examined the extent to which there is a connection between motivation and migration aspiration. During her studies at the University of Applied Sciences Fulda she worked as a research assistant and had a teaching assignment in the summer semester 2020 in the department ET, where she taught about the basics of scientific work. After her Master's degree in summer 2020, she immediately began her doctorate.
Crisis and future images: Changes in students' future images in times of Corona in international comparison
The COVID-19 pandemic is omnipresent in both public and private discourse. Many effects can only be suspected at this point in time. However, one consequence is already obvious: A wealth of new research from various disciplines, including the social sciences, is emerging. In this context, the taz speaks of the emergence of "social science corona impact research". The planned dissertation belongs to this field of research.
The aim of the doctoral project is to link the phenomenon of crisis and anticipation of the future or ideas about the future on the basis of the corona crisis and to work out possible interdependencies. On the one hand, this is to be derived in the form of narrative interviews, which serve to reconstruct what has been experienced and to present the students' future images. On the other hand, the individual case-specific findings will be used as the basis for a survey in order to interpret statistically representative statements about the change in students' future perspectives. Thus, a mixed-methods approach (Blasius and Baur 2014/ Kuckartz 2014) is pursued. Data will be collected at two points in time in order to be able to investigate a possible change more comprehensively. In view of the fact that the corona pandemic is a global crisis that is experienced differently, this dissertation is focused on the perspectives of students from different countries and contexts.
The Relations of the European Union with the Republic of India at the Beginning of the 21st Century
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since September 2019|
|Employment in teaching:||Lecturer department Social and Cultural Sciences, Research assistant with degree from Prof. Wiesner and Dr. Liste|
- Thavarajah, S., '¿Es compatible la propuesta de incorporación de Turquía a la Unión Europea con las obligaciones de derechos humanos de la organización?' (2015) (No 13.858) El Derecho Constitucional 6.
- Thavarajah, S., EU Counter-Terrorism Sanctions and International Human Rights Law: A Comparative Analysis of Due Process Rights. (Saarbrücken, AV Akademikerverlag, 2014).
- Thavarajah, S., Indian Foreign and Security Policy at the End of the 20th Century: An Analysis of India's Major Power Ambitions. (Saarbrücken, AV Akademikerverlag, 2014); currently a set textbook at London universities.
Sayyid Mohsen Madani
Sayyid Mohsen Madani is a consultant in the field of renewable energy development and energy policy. After receiving his engineering degree in the field of electricity-power, he continued his master's degree in political science at Tehran University of Science and Research due to his research interests in the field of good governance and policy-making. At the same time, he began his work in the field of SCADA in Electrical field, as well as studying the role of public access to clean energy in good governance. He focused his research on the role of "energy transition" in promoting good governance standards and their impact on the equations of the international system. Through his efforts, the Political Science Association of the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Tehran University of Science and Research was formed separately from the International Relations Association in 2013. After obtaining his master's degree, he seriously entered into SCADA projects and renewable power plants, and also established an educational website (Jahanvatani.ir) in the field of public education with a focus on good governance and cosmopolitan democracy. He also continues his research about the concept of the energy citizen and energy democracy. Sayyid Mohsen Madani in addition to energy studies, he has extensive studies and research in the field of government jurisprudence in Islam and knowledge of the Abrahamic religions. He has a comprehensive knowledge of Persian literature and writes poems in the form of sonnets (Ghazal, غزل) in the classical Persian literature.
The role of the energy citizen in the realization of the layered cosmopolitan system
The aim of this research project is to focus on the consequences of applying energy policies via energy democracy on the decentralization of wealth and power along with the Creating "citizen-energy" in order to more realize the cosmopolitan citizenship who abler to solve and fight with democracy crisis in the international system. It can be said that in the age of globalization democracy is in crisis both domestically and internationally. The current international system simply allows it to not be taken seriously under the pretext of security and job creation, energy transition, environmental protection, and on the other hand the risk of accumulating wealth and power continues as a heritage from fossil fuel economy. this research is to streamline and make more realistic the global efforts in the field of energy transition in a more effective international system and the main goal is the more realization of a cosmopolitan citizen who is empowered through energy citizenship and has the tools who able to participate in global decision making.
- Lecture topic: "Realizing energy citizenship through energy Democracy" at the Conference of Energy and Green Energy Recycling - Berlin - December 2019.
- Speech and presentation with the topic of “Realities and needs of the Energy industry in the Middle East and Iran” in Energy Show 2015 in Seoul - Korea.
- The winner of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon Energy Contest. Paris 2014.
Participation in courses
- Workshop on "The Simulation of UN security Council-Tehran, Iran - 2012.
- Conference: " The Evolution of human Right Concepts Tehran, Iran - 2015.
- Advisor of the 4th International Model OIC, Global Summit Held in Mashhad - 2016.
- Project Navigator Training Workshop of IRENA – International Renewable Energy Agency - 2017.
- Network Analysis in Policy Making - Iranian Political Science Association - 2020.
Ms. Yanglin Guo began her work in Germany with her bachelor's degree. Before she studied German language and literature in Shanghai. After her bachelor's degree she continued her studies at the University of Würzburg in German Studies as Foreign Philology. There she had many contacts with people and companies with a Chinese background. She noticed that many Chinese people are confronted with problems, most of which are not linguistically but culturally based. With this interest, she wrote a master's thesis with reference to ethnology and made Chinese restaurants in Germany the subject of her research. After her master's degree she did an internship at the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei in Munich. She gained deep insights into the problems between Chinese expatriates and German colleagues and noticed that not only internal company reasons caused these problems, but that they were also and above all based on social aspects. For this reason, Ms. Guo decided to continue her research in this area. The research interest is based on cultural differences and the culture of difference. To this end, interactions in the company and interviews with expatriates will be evaluated in the form of Grounded Theory.
Chinese companies in Germany - A social-cultural-anthropological analysis from the employee perspective
In the course of globalization there is more and more short-term mobility in and to Germany. Among the mobile workers there are many people who are sent from China to Germany. However, integration in a new country is a difficult process. In particular, interaction between Chinese expatriates and German colleagues is often problematic and irritating, which can make communication more difficult and reduce performance. In addition, expatriates complained about difficulties in adapting to everyday life in Germany. The aim of this research is to provide a detailed picture of the business world and everyday life of Chinese expatriates in Munich. The topic will be explored from three perspectives, each using one method: ethnography of everyday life in the company, narrative interviews about their private relationships in Germany, and social media to analyze their contacts with their country of origin.
|Duration of the doctoral project:||since August 2019|
|Scholarship:||Scholarship at Fulda University of Applied Sciences|