Current Research Projects

The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences is characterised by committed professors and staff who work on many and above all diverse projects. Here you will find an overview of current research and projects at the department. The projects are arranged in chronological order by duration.


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Transnational Governance and Human Rights

The project promotes the internationalisation and practical orientation in the Department. It aims to improve international networking and the institutionalisation of international cooperation in studies, research and practice. It ties in with previous international cooperations, infrastructure and study programs of the and expands these systematically, therby adressing students, doctoral candidates, employees and teachers. In addition, it establishes a Fulda Centre of Transnational Governance.

  • Project team: Prof. Dr. Carola Bauschke-Urban, Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz, Prof. Dr. Matthias Klemm, Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner, Julia-Sophie Rothmann (IO), Marek Liwoch, Ilka Gersemann, Muriel Cathérine Pluschke and Corinna Land
  • Project partner: GJU Amman; SUNY Cortland; MacEwan University Edmonton; UCL London; Birzeit University Ramallah; Sciences Po Toulouse
  • Duration: January 2021 – December 2024
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Society during Lockdown

The Corona pandemic has fundamentally changed social life. Communication and sociality are increasingly seeking new ways, which research and teaching should address with new concepts. The research project is a social experiment that emerged during the online semester at Fulda University of Applied Sciences and investigates current events and the experience of society. The aim is to negotiate experiences together, without hierarchies, using new resources.

  • Project team: Prof. Dr. Christine Domke and Prof. Dr. Matthias Klemm, Swati Bajaj B.A., Marcela Grisova M.A., Simone Christina Osterwald B.A. and Stefan Rascher B.A.
  • Duration: since 2020
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Normative Challenges of the European Asylum System

In the cooperation group "Normative Challenges of the European Asylum System", lawyers, philosophers and political scientists examine which forms of joint responsibility for refugees are conceivable in the EU and how they must be evaluated from a normative point of view. Therefore, normative considerations of a legal, justice-theoretical and democratic-theoretical nature are put into dialogue with each other.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Anna Lübbe
  • Project partner: Kooperationsgruppe am Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung der Universität Bielefeld
  • Duration: May 2021 – October 2023



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Debating Europe (DebatEU)

The Jean Monnet Network “Debating Europe” uses debate as a methodology for a) spreading knowledge on the European Union (EU); b) gaining knowledge about citizens´ opinions; c) enhancing exchange between citizens, students, academics and EU practitioners. The process of debating enhances the legitimacy of the EU by regaining citizen’s trust in their ability to use political discussions to influence the policy-making process.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner und Dr. Meike Schmidt-Gleim
  • Project partner: Hochschule Fulda, Institute inter.research, Sciences Po Lyon, Université de Lyon II, University of Zagreb, University of Ljubljana, Helsinki University, Aalborg University
  • Duration: September 2020 August 2023
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Realising Community Development Visions in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

This project supports the implementation of local development visions at village level in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.


  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz
  • Duration: April 2021 July 2023




Practising Transnational Politics (PATRAPO)

PATRAPO aims at carrying out virtual seminars and developing teaching kits for transnational Model United Nations simulations (MUN). The teaching kits and an accompanying handbook will be published open access.

  • Project team: Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner, Prof. Dr. Philip Liste, Muriel C. Pluschke, Meike Schmidt-Gleim, Clara Umstätter
  • Project partner: Autonomous University Madrid, Zagreb University
  • Duration:  March 2021 February 2023


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Integration internationaler Pflegekräfte in regionale Einrichtungen der Kranken- und Altenpflege

The aim of the empirical research project is to investigate and analyse the integration of international nursing staff and, based on the research results, to develop, implement, practically test and evaluate needs-oriented and effective concepts for the integration of international nursing staff together with the regional cooperation partners.

  • Project leaders: Prof. Dr. Beate Blättner and Prof. Dr. Matthias Klemm
  • Staff: Dr. Agnieszka Satola, Prof. em. Heinrich Bollinger and M.A. Nadja Noll
  • Project partner: Klinikum Fulda gAG, Herz-Jesu-Krankenhaus Fulda gGmbH, Caritasverband für die Diözese Fulda e. V., AWO Nordhessen
  • Duration: January 2018 December 2022


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Migration and the coordination of social security

EU legislation on social security coordination poses numerous challenges to the institutional structures of Germany's and Greece's social security systems. These challenges and possible gaps in law and in practice will be identified and explored in depth by the study group of the German-Greek project, which is financed by DAAD for a 3-year period.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Stamatia Devetzi
  • Staff: Effrosyni Bakirtzi, LL.M. (Projektkoordinatorin)
  • Project partner: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Duration: January 2020 December 2022

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Transnational Bachelorhood. An ethnography about singleness among migrated men in the European Union

The project investigates four groups of transmigrant single men (Bangladeshis and Romanians in Italy, Syrians and Poles in Sweden) in order to analyse their situation with regard to belonging, personal relationships, kinship, mobility and masculinity.


  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz
  • Staff: Dr. Andrea Priori
  • Duration: November 2019 October 2022


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Akzeptanz und Vielfalt in Fulda und Region

The acceptance of sexual and gender diversity in Hesse differs between larger cities and the predominantly rural regions, where the free development of the personality and an open and discrimination-free life for LGBT*IQ+ persons is still made difficult. The project organises a series of cultural and scientific events with networking opportunities. In addition, scientific accompanying research is carried out.

  • Project leaders: Prof. Dr. Carola Bauschke-Urban and Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz
  • Staff: David Muñiz-Hernández, M. A., Jana-Christina Zentgraf, M. A. and Nicola Diedrich, B.A.
  • Project partner: Hessisches Ministerium für Soziales und Integration
  • Duration: September 2019 – March 2022
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Migration, Diversity and institutional transformation in the Engineering Sciences

Given the acute shortage of highly skilled labor in Germany, this project explores the dynamics and challenges of international student mobility, successful completion of study programs, and transitions to the engineering labor market.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Carola Bauschke-Urban
  • Staff: Dorina Dedgjoni, M.A. and Stephanie Michalczyk, M.A.
  • Duration: September 2018 August 2022
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Constellation work as interactive construction: resources, effects, structures

The project aims at analysing patterns of systemic constellation work as an interactive construction. Video recordings of real settings are investigated with the help of conversation analysis and studies of work.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Kirsten Nazarkiewicz
  • Project partner: Dr. Frank Oberzaucher (Universität Konstanz) and Holger Finke Dipl. (Universität Bielefeld)
  • Duration: since 2016


Bridging the gap to EU citizens (BridgE)

The Jean Monnet Chair project “BridgE” has the aim to help bridging the gap between the European Union and its citizens by enhancing active debates on the EU with a) students and b) citizens that are neither engaged in EU-oriented civil-society organisations, nor in political parties.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner
  • Duration: September 2019  August 2022
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(Un)typisch utopisch. Zukunftsvorstellungen von Jugendlichen

How do young Muslims in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Rome, Italy imagine their futures? How do these images relate to broader utopian visions within the respective societies?

  • Project leaders: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz and Dr. Max Stille
  • Staff: Dr. Andrea Priori and Abantee Harun
  • Duration: October 2018  August 2022
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Teaching research project: Growing up with several languages

BASIB students conducted guided interviews with 16 parents and educators. The data collected will be analysed by students of BASIB, ICEUS and MAHRS on the following topics: communicative needs of children, promotion of children's language acquisition, relative importance of German and other languages, and family and daycare centres as fields of action.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Almut Zwengel
  • Staff: Jakob Wachter
  • Duration: since 2019


Collective Awareness Platforms for Quality Internships

Fulda University of Applied Sciences is working together with the inter.research e.V. institute in Fulda and five European partners in the EU-funded CAPQI project on the quality assurance of internships throughout Europe. In this course, a Europe-wide platform with an online rating system for the evaluation of internships in Europe as well as a quality label for companies is being developed.

  • Erasmus Coordinator for Internship in Europe: Carina Dingeldein
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Jugendbewegungen und der Wandel des Politischen

This collaborative research project investigates new forms of political protest in relation to changing political culture in Bangladesh and Senegal.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz
  • Staff: Dr. Hosna Shewly
  • Project partner: Universität Konstanz
  • Duration: April 2019 – March 2022
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Completed Research Projects

Die Bedeutung von Übergangsritualen in reflexiver Beratung

This empirical study deals with the relevance of Rites of Passage in transformation processes in (business-)coaching. It is a doctoral research study at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg in cooperation with Fulda University of Applied Sciences.

  • Project leader: Dr. Antje Pfab
  • Project partner: PhD-project FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg in cooperation with Fulda University of Applied Sciences
  • Duration: November 2016 2021

Accessible information technology for people with disabilities

A disability can exclude people from recognising and participating in digital offerings on the internet. Accessible information technology should ensure participation. The current regulations and their legal framework are presented, their knowledge disseminated in disability associations and their enforcement improved in practice.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Christian Schrader
  • Project partner: Deutscher Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband e.V.
  • Duration: January 2020 – February 2021


Ökodörfer als gelebte Utopien

Ecovillages are experimental sites where sustainable lifesyles, solidary economy and alternative modes of decision making are tried out. This research project investigages processes of transformation in relation to the utopian visions of the village community members and their realisation here and now.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz and Dr. Antje Daniel
  • Staff: Dina Falten and Konrad Fentzloff
  • Project partner: University of Vienna
  • Duration: October 2020 – July 2021
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Project Media Communication

As part of the Media Communication project, coherent strategies and instruments in analogue and digital forms of marketing communication are developed and implemented. Tasks include optimising and redesigning digital and analogue forms of communication (website, print media, videos, etc.) as well as supporting the digitisation and internationalisation process at the department.

  • Project leader: Prof. Dr. Christine Domke
  • Staff: Julia Schellhaas (M.Sc.) and Hannah Rehberg (B.A.)
  • Duration: October 2020 – March 2022


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