Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality
About the Doctoral Research Centre
The Doctoral Research Centre with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality pursues its work according to the underlying concept of social science-based research, theory formation and methodology, as well as focusing on thematic fields and subject areas.
Interdisciplinary in structure, the Doctoral Research Centre enables collaboration and interaction between the fields of sociology, political science, communication studies, law and economics.
The Doctoral Research Centre with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality at Fulda University of Applied Sciences awards the academic degree ‘Dr rer. soc’.
Centre Director: Prof. Dr. Carola Bauschke-Urban
- Prof. Dr. Carola Bauschke-Urban (Zentrumsleiterin)
- Prof. Dr. Stamatia Devetzi
- Prof. Dr. Matthias Klemm (stellvertretender Zentrumsleiter)
- Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Platzer
- Prof. Dr. Angelika Poferl
- Prof. Dr. Norbert Schröer
- Manuel Lebek
- Agata P. Ranjabar
- Prof. Dr. Carola Bauschke-Urban
- Prof. Dr. Gudrun Hentges
- Prof. Dr. Volker Hinnenkamp
- Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Reinhard
- Prof. Dr. Hans-W. Platzer
- Dorina Dedgjoni
- David Muñiz-Hernández
Brief biography: 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.
Abstract: 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.
Brief biography: 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 with focus on 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.
Titel: 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 of 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) with the goal to grant protection in terms of data processing. The aim of this dissertation, is the reconstruction of the legislative and political process behind Regulation2016/679, with especial emphasis on the chronology of the genesis and the codification of the Right to Erasure – Right to be forgotten -. By means of Kingdon’s Multiple Stream Approach as basis of the research design, the policy process reconstruction will delve on different factors that co-relate with the policy process: individual actors, institutions as rules of venues of decision-making, networks or subsystems, ideas or beliefs behind the agenda setting, as well as the key events and context surrounding each specific situation.
Agata P. Ranjabar
Abstract: 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.
Brief biography: Manuel Vieira studied business and economics, sociology and political science (social sciences) at Humboldt University in Berlin, gaining a degree in social sciences in 2005. Between 2005 and 2010, he worked as an assistant in the Department of Sociology at the Universidade Agostinho Neto (Faculty of Social Sciences). From 2006 to 2012 he was a member of the Centro de Estudos Estratégicos de Angola (Scientific Committee of the Centre for Strategic Studies of Angola). From 2008 to 2009 he was Managing Director and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Universidade Independente de Angola, and since 2010 he has been Assistant Professor of Occupational Sociology and Organisational Sociology at the Universidade Agostinho Neto. Since 2013 he has also been a lecturer in urban and regional sociology and organisational development at the Universidade Católica de Angola. Manuel Vieira has held various positions at UBICEF and UNESCO, acted as an advisor to the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung political foundation in Angola and he continues to be a member of the Humboldt-Universität-Gesellschaft (Humboldt University Society), Germany.
Abstract: Quality improvement and quality assurance in university education in Angola
Universities in Angola are in a process of transition. This development and situation are the main, albeit not sole, reason why systematic research has been carried out into the expansion of Angolan universities over a longer period of time at selected locations. Against this backdrop, research work focuses on examining quality improvement and quality assurance at the Universidade Católica de Angola, in connection with the cultural awareness of the effects of learning and teaching, addressing the balance between the interests of teachers and learners without losing sight of the effects of university expansion over the past 15 years. This means gathering data on the development of the Angolan higher education system in the context of its historical and social development, cultural origin, exploratory ethnography on teaching practice in Angolan universities, fundamental information on the fields of study or courses offered, university management, satisfaction levels, etc., and producing descriptions that serve as a basis for analysing the research work.
Brief biography: 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.
Abstract: 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.
Brief biography: 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.
Abstract: 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.
Brief biography: “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 knowledge and the university.
Abstract: Social responsibility of the business university? Interpreting neoliberal research policy and knowledge production in universities?”
Abstract: The planned doctoral thesis attempts two central transformation processes within the knowledge 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.
Brief biography: 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.
Abstract: 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.
Brief biography: 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.
Abstract: Waste(work) in Pata Rat/Romania: moving towards global waste picker organisations
The subject of the dissertation is research into global waste picker organisations in the form of self-organisation as membership-based organisations of the poor (MBOP), with its starting point and focus on the case of Pata Rat/Romania in an international comparison. In the case of the Pata Rat landfill site on the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca/Romania, debate is largely caught up on the question of an attributed collective identity that threatens to collapse due to issues of sustainability (Vincze 2013). With a paradigm shift away from dealing with the issues of the ethnic identity of the Roma people, who make up a significant proportion of the inhabitants of Pata Rat (UNDP 2012), and the associated racist discourses as well as real forms of marginalisation and discrimination, towards a constitution of Pata Rat as a social space, which the inhabitants appropriate and transform on a forward-looking basis, a route out of entrenched perspectives opens up and, at a higher level, a normative turnaround occurs. The successful self-organisation of Pata Rat’s waste collectors in the form of membership-based organisations of the poor (MBOP) has significant future potential: “The formation of scavenger cooperatives can result in grassroots development, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection” (Medina 2000). The people in Pata Rat thus move away from being “waste workers” and become “waste people”.
Brief biography: 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.
Abstract: 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.
Sanjeev Stani Kumar Thavaranjah
Research Workshop of the Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality
The “Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality ” will hold a regular research workshop in the WS 2017/2018 for the Centre’s own doctoral candidates. The aim is to support junior researchers in the thematic field of globalisation, European integration and interculturality and to help them gain admission to doctoral programmes.
One group-based, 1- to 2-day research workshop will take place every semester for all professorial members and doctoral candidates from the Doctoral Research Centre. In this workshop, doctoral candidates will present and discuss the progress of their respective dissertations. The sessions are based on a peer-based working principle, in which doctoral candidates suggest the discussion of methodological, theoretical, and content-related aspects of their own research. Peer feedback will be presented and discussed in the group under the guidance of the professors. Equally important is the mutual support of the doctoral candidates.
The Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality thus promotes regular meetings and dialogue among junior social science researchers at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. The Doctoral Research Centre plans to invite external academics to give expert presentations at the research workshop, if required.
Doctoral Research Centre with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality
The Doctoral Research Centre with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality will hold a method workshop in the WS 2017/2018 for doctoral candidates at the Centre, students interested in doing a doctorate at the Centre and for other prospective doctoral candidates affiliated with the Doctoral Research Centre. The purpose of this workshop will be to help doctoral students carry out their empirical studies, and to introduce prospective doctoral students to the Doctoral Research Centre. The skills required for carrying out a methodologically-controlled empirical analysis will be refined through a group-based interpretation of the data collected by the participants. We will focus our approach here in line with the following defined processes of social research: hermeneutic structures, narration analysis, grounded theory, discourse analysis, ethnography
Gender and Diversity Studies Doctoral Colloquium
The Gender and Diversity Studies doctoral colloquium takes place under the aegis of the Doctoral Research Centre with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality. The “Doctoral Research Centre Social Sciences with focus on Globalisation, European Integration, Interculturality ” will hold a regular research workshop in the WS 2017/2018 for the Centre’s current doctoral candidates as well as for students interested in doing a doctorate at the Centre. The Gender and Diversity Studies doctoral colloquium is aimed at the doctoral candidates of Prof. Dr Bauschke-Urban, and, upon consultation, other prospective doctoral candidates. The doctoral colloquium will address all questions relating to the planning, execution and completion of a doctoral project, and will discuss the theoretical and methodological approaches to doctoral research. The colloquium enables doctoral candidates to regularly report on the progress of their research and engage in peer-to-peer exchanges with other doctoral candidates.
Reading Group: Sociological Theories
This reading course is designed to expand upon selected sociological thematic areas and theories. To this end, sociological texts will be extensively discussed and reflected upon. The theoretical approaches to be discussed in the course will be collectively selected by the participants at the start of each semester. Selection is based on the topicality and relevance for participants’ research work. The course is conducted like a reading group: regular participation, thorough preparation and active participation in the discussions are considered a prerequisite for insightful collaboration.
Doctorate Foundation Course
The Doctorate Foundation Course is a block course that covers the initial phase of taking a doctoral degree in terms of theory and practice. It is aimed both at students who intend doing a doctorate, as well as doctoral candidates just starting their doctorate. The first part of the course looks at how a doctorate should be structured and organised and what should be taken into account. Based on the progress of the participants’ doctoral projects, fundamental questions and work activities will first be discussed, including questions of formal organisation and financing. Building on this, the second part of the block course discusses how to plan the actual doctorate, from clarifying the topic and formulating the research proposal, planning subsequent activities and the role of the supervisor. In the third part of the course, the doctoral projects of the participants are presented and discussed in depth. In the discussion, outstanding questions and further required activities are identified and practical research tips given. In the fourth and final part of the course, the participants draw up a schedule based on the work completed over the weekend. This schedule is presented and discussed. Finally, there is a feedback session for participants and the tutor.
Globalisation and Development - Contemporary Debates
Nowadays, we are well aware of the fact that there are very different, often contested notions of development. While modernist notions of progress tend to dominate economic perspectives, social sciences have promoted a wide range of approaches. There are many other alternative ways of thinking about human progress and of envisioning what society should look like in future. These approaches do not simply concentrate on individual desires or preferences, but relate to particular systems of ideas that locate the individual in society. We will work towards a more thorough understanding of how development could and possibly also should be conceptualised in the globalised world and examine approaches that look to move beyond simplifying dichotomies such as coloniser/colonised, developed/underdeveloped, north/south, and so on.
Scholarships and foundations
Friedrich Ebert: https://www.fes.de/studienfoerderung/
Friedrich Naumann: https://www.freiheit.org/promotionsfoerderung
Hanns Seidel: https://www.hss.de/stipendium/bewerbung/
Doctoral degree regulations and statutes
Information for applications
Acceptance as a doctoral candidate requires a relevant completed degree (generally a Master’s degree or a German ‘Diplom’) following study worth a total of 300 ECTS credits and with an awarded overall mark of at least 2.0 or an ECTS grade B or a class of degree classified as equivalent. Acceptance may be subject to further conditions.
Prior to the formal application procedure, contact and consultation with a potential initial supervisor who is a professor attached to the Doctoral Research Centre are required.
For this purpose, an appropriate written proposal for the doctoral project must be put together and an initial timetable submitted.
If the project is approved by an initial supervisor, the formal application will follow in accordance with § 5 of the Doctoral Degree Regulations
Article 5 Acceptance as a Doctoral Candidate
(1) The application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate must be submitted to the chairman of the doctoral committee. The request for acceptance must be accompanied by:
- certified copies of final transcripts of records and certificates for successfully completed university studies in accordance with paragraph (3); foreign certificates must be submitted as officially certified translations into German,
- a summary of personal background and education,
- copy of ID document or passport,
- if requested by the doctoral committee, a current certificate of good conduct relating to suitability for acceptance onto a doctoral programme, if applicable,
- a detailed written proposal for the doctoral project to be undertaken independently; the proposal should consist of the proposed subject of study and research, the current status of research in the subject, the objectives of the proposed work and its contribution to the literature of the field together with a description of the approach and the methods envisaged, resource planning agreed by the supervisors, as well as confirmation of the language in which the dissertation is to be written,
- the written approval by the supervisor in the form of the supervision agreement, which also guarantees compliance with good academic practice in accordance with the relevant statutes of Fulda University of Applied Sciences,
- statement as to whether acceptance as a doctoral candidate was applied for at another university and the outcome thereof, or whether a comparable aptitude assessment procedure or doctoral procedure at another university was failed with no further recourse for appeal,
- in the case of international applicants, proof of language proficiency in German, in particular the proficiency test for German university admission (DSH) at least at level 3, or alternatively for the English language a TOEFL language certificate with at least 80 IBT points.
For more information on the doctoral procedure and completion of a doctoral degree, please refer to the Doctoral Degree Regulations.
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