Forschungsbetreuung

Promotionsprojekte

The Truth of Violence. Domestic Violence against Women and Identity Politics in the Context of Counselling Services in South Africa.

Brand, Melanie

In her sociological, social-anthropological doctoral dissertation project, Melanie Brand analyses the relationship between truth-claims, subjectivization and identity politics that can be observed in counselling services in the area of domestic violence in South Africa. Using ethnographic methodologies, the project focuses on interactions mostly between experts and clients in (A) counselling practices directed at female victims of domestic violence and in (B) rehabilitation programs directed at domestic violence offenders. In doing so, the project asks:

  • which female and male subject-positionings are being constructed in the course of counselling,
  • how specific culturalized realities are negotiated in the interpersonal counselling encounter,
  • which bodily and narrative practices can be observed in the context of proofing violent experiences and which institutional practices are applied in order to validate evidence and proclaim truth(s), and
  • in which manner and to what extent support services in the area of domestic violence that are of European origin and/or funding (try to) influence and refigure South African socialities in respect of gender relations and identities.

The project is part of the PhD program “Europe in the Globalized World” at the University’s Centre of Excellence and is supervised by Prof. Thomas G. Kirsch (University of Konstanz) and Prof. Rijk van Dijk (African Studies Centre Leiden/University of Amsterdam, Netherlands).

In Sierra Leone everybody is a manager

Michael Bürge

In meinem Dissertationsprojekt In Sierra Leone everybody is a manager, das ich seit 2013 am Lehrstuhl für Ethnologie und Kulturanthropologie verfolge (davor am Ethnologischen Seminar in Zürich), interessiere ich mich für Praktiken, mit denen Menschen (v.a. junge Männer) in einem Kontext existentieller Unsicherheit versuchen, sozioökonomischen Wert zu produzieren, um so ihr Leben und ihre soziale Position zu verbessern. Zentral sind für mich dabei lokale Verständnisse von Wohlstand, Wert(en) und Macht und wie diese im Alltag produziert werden können. Das Projekt verortet sich damit an einer Schnittstelle zwischen Wirtschaftsethnologie, politischer Ethnologie und der Ethnologie der Ethik und Subjektivitäten. 

Insular Border Regimes. Constructing, Crossing and Conceiving EU-Borders in the French Caribbean

Corinna Di Stefano

The focus of this research project - which is affiliated to the research field "Migration and Borders in Times of Intensified Mobility" conducted by the Graduate School "Europe in a Globalized World" - is not the heatedly debated borders of the European Union in its southern and east southern parts, but those of the so called 'outermost regions of the EU'. As former colonies of European states, which are nowadays fully or partly integrated in or closely associated with the EU, the geographical location of these regions lies at a great distance from the European continent. Often considered to be islands of great prosperity, some are also well known destinations for immigration from neighbouring countries. Using qualitative methods, the project explores the French oversea departments Martinique and Guadeloupe in order to analyse the multiple modes and levels of constructing and maintaining their borders, as well as the perceptions of the different actors crossing them.

‘What it Takes to Be a Man.’ Christian Activism in the Field of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa

Franziska Duarte dos Santos
The Soft Voice of Activism. Christian Lobbying and Reform in the Fields of Sexual Rights and Domestic Violence in Botswana and South Africa

Taking religious-political activism by Christian organizations in Botswana and South Africa as the entry-point for an ethnographic analysis, this anthropological project explores the relationship between two modalities of religious-political activism, namely ‘lobbying’ and ‘reform’. Comparing these modalities provides important insights into forms of religious-political activism that have different audiences and ‘directions’ of communication. As understood in this project, lobbying is characterized by a ‘bottom-up’ approach (i.e. citizens trying to influence political decision-makers); reform, on the other hand, follows a ‘top-down’ approach (i.e. ‘reformed’ activists trying to influence ‘not-yet-reformed’ ordinary citizens). More particularly, the project explores religious-political activism against rights for sexual minorities (sub-project Botswana) and activism against sexual violence committed against women (sub-project South Africa). This promises important insights into how Christian organizations in Africa are presently entering a new phase of civic engagement as they build on previous forms of religious politicking, as they are influenced by transnationally circulating discourses, and as they shape future developments on this continent.

The PhD project – with the working title ‘What it Takes to Be a Man.’ Christian Activism in the Field of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa –is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and supervised by Prof Thomas Kirsch and co-supervised by Prof Rijk van Dijk. The other sub-project, carried out by Kim Molenaar, explores the continuous positioning of Christian organizations (especially Pentecostal churches) in political debates in Botswana about sexuality and gendered relationships.

 

‘What it Takes to Be a Man.’ Christian Activism in the Field of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa

The research project explores the intersections between Christianity and activism by focusing on initiatives undertaken by faith-based and non-faith-based organizations that seek to refashion male subjectivities and gender roles in contemporary South Africa. Drawing on ethnographic research in metropolitan areas of Gauteng province, the project analyses the notion of ‘reform’ as a modality of activism to enhance personal and social change. The initiatives that are at the centre of the study aim at the construction of a new self-understanding for men as a means to prevent the occurrence of gender-based violence. The research inquiry is primarily concerned with (1) the pathways, visions and motivations of male gender activists engaging in ‘reform’ undertakings and (2) the relationship between them and their target group, i.e. ‘not-yet-reformed’ men. How do gender activists try to mobilize other men to ‘take action’ and motivate them to re-make themselves? What strategies and spiritual resources are deployed to affect changes in attitudes, life-styles, and, ultimately, gender identities? As ‘personal reform’ promises the prospect to become part of a community that is characterised, among other things, by economic security, non-violent relationships and reliability, the research indicates that there is a link between ‘personal reform’ and ‘social integration’. At the same time ‘reform’ endeavours produce new asymmetries between activists on the one hand and ‘ordinary’ men on the other. Taken together, the overall objective of the research project is to contribute to a better understanding of the interplay between Christianity and gender activism as well as the ambivalent effects of community-building and mobilization in contemporary South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dissident Voices at the European Border: Non-State Actors and Visions of a Different Europe Beyond the Fortress

Larissa Fleischmann

Debates on European asylum and border policies have recently started to question the notion of a 'Fortress Europe', leading to a public critique of the closing and fortifying of the external borders of the European Union. In this situation, 'dissident' voices call for urgent policy changes, and put pressure on the European Union to modify its course of action towards the non-European 'other'. For example, this change in attitude became obvious in the media reaction towards the migrant boat which sank on its way from Libya to Europe near the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013. This incident, which was widely seen as a 'tragedy' and 'drama', and to constitute the result of Europe's failure to deal with this form of migration, caused the death of more than 300 refugees from the African continent and triggered an enormous outcry across Europe. In this context, non-state actors (i.e. actors that claim to operate outside formal politics) have gained an increasing role in contesting the European border and asylum policies - thereby rendering the discourse on "Fortress Europe" increasingly problematic. These actors and agencies include social movements, such as the 'Rote Flora' protests in Hamburg, but also activists and refugees who try to draw attention to their situation through hunger strikes or the occupation of public spaces; as well as non-governmental organizations that work towards a fairer engagement with refugees in Europe. All these voices share an important argument: the European border policies are at odds with what are supposed to be the fundamental values of Europe. Thus, the debate is importantly connected to the question of what constitutes the collective identity of Europe and its place in the wider world. The dissertation project examines 'dissident' voices of non-state actors in order to explore their understandings of European identity and European borders. I am particularly interested in their influence on formal politics and public discourses.

"Criminal Culture? Controversies on Human Trafficking and Begging Quranic Students in Senegal"

Sarah Fuchs

In Senegal's urban centres, many streets and crossroads are crowded by begging children. Often, these are Quranic students, so-called "talibés": Being fostered out at an early age to a Quranic master who does not receive any financial support neither from the student's parents nor from the state, they are forced to beg by the latter and mostly live in extremely poor conditions. Diverging interpretations of the problem, however, lead to controversies between trans- and international child activists and conservative religious actors in Senegal.According to widely spread Senegalese narratives, Quranic education has always been a time full of privation and begging was practised for subsistence, but also for 'educational reasons' by the talibés. Against the background of Senegal's colonial past, during which the French administration sought to control and to contain the Quranic schools in favour of a secular education, any contemporary transnational or state intervention in Quranic education is politically sensitive. What is at stake in this context is not only the role of religion in society and the political power of religious actors, but also what kind of personhood children's education should create.Yet, since Senegal's signing of the UN Protocol "to Prevent, Supress and Punish Trafficking in Persons" in 2003, any "recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation" is legally considered to constitute "child trafficking". Hence, while for some the begging talibés are in continuity with a meaningful socio-religious tradition, others suspect their "exploitation in the name of education" (Human Rights Watch 2014). This further exemplifies how transnationally diffusing categories like "Human Trafficking" are translated, re-interpreted, and subverted in specific local contexts.The research project analyses the discursive field around the begging talibés by following a multiperspectival approach based on approximately 15 month of ethnographic fieldwork in mainly urban Senegal.

  • Funded by the Center of Excellence, University of Konstanz
  • In collaboration with Dr. Julia Hornberger and Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria, both University of Zurich (Switzerland).

Migration und Konzepte zu Grenze und Menschenhandel in Südafrika

 Anna Hüncke

  • Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the

    collaborative research project entitled “The Anthropology of

    Transnational Crime Control in Africa” (SPP 1448 “Adaptation and

    Creativity in Africa”)

  • In collaboration with Dr. Julia

    Hornberger (speaker of the collaborative research project) and Prof. Dr.

    Shalini Randeria, both University of Zurich (Switzerland).

Narratives and Ontologies of faith-based aid workers.

Wie Migranten zu Bürgern (gemacht) werden. Eine Ethnographie transkultureller Identitätskonstruktionen in deutschen Migrationsbehörden und Integrationseinrichtungen

Anna Louban

Vor dem Hintergrund der gegenwärtigen Zunahme transnationaler Migrationsprozesse kommt den Forschungsfeldern "Migration" und "Bürokratie" und ihrer Verbindung eine große Bedeutung zu. In diesem Schnittfeld von Migrations- und Bürokratieforschung verortet sich das Forschungsprojekt, indem es den Blick auf das bürokratische Moment von Migration richtet und Bürokratie an denjenigen Orten untersucht, an denen Migranten administrativ 'adressiert' und 'prozessiert' werden. Im Interesse des Projekts steht folglich die institutionelle Integration von Migranten in Deutschland.

Das Projekt untersucht drei zentrale Stationen der institutionellen Integration, die Migranten im deutschen Inland nacheinander durchlaufenden sollen: (1) die Ausländerbehörde, (2) den Integrationskurs und (3) die Einbürgerungsbehörde.Die Ausländerbehörde (7 Monate Feldforschung) übt unter anderem klassifikatorische Funktionen aus, die für das Leben der Migranten folgenreich sind. In Abhängigkeit etwa vom Herkunftsland der Migranten und vom Zweck ihres Aufenthalts in Deutschland wird hier ihr individueller ausländerrechtlicher Status bestimmt. Anhand dieser Klassifizierung eröffnen sich den Migranten bestimmte Handlungsmöglichkeiten, während sich andere verschließen. Gleichzeitig werden ihnen bestimmte Aktivitäten, wie die Teilnahme an einem sogenannten 'Integrationskurs', von der Ausländerbehörde verpflichtend auferlegt. Die standardisierten Integrationskurse (5 Monate Feldforschung) sind Bildungsinstitutionen, innerhalb derer Migranten ein vorgeschriebenes und vereinheitlichtes Wissen über 'die deutsche Gesellschaft' erlernen sollen. Zum Abschluss ihres Kursbesuchs wird ihnen mittels standardisierter Prüfverfahren ein bestimmtes Maß an gesellschaftlicher 'Integriertheit' zertifiziert. Im Wirkungsraum der Einbürgerungsbehörden (4 Monate Feldforschung) wird der letzte Schritt der strukturellen Integration von Migranten in Deutschland vollzogen, denn hier wird 'der Migrant' unter bestimmten Voraussetzungen aus dem rechtlichen Status des 'Ausländers' entlassen und in den Status des 'Bürgers' überführt.Das Projekt untersucht, in welcher Beziehung diese drei aufeinander aufbauenden Integrationsstationen in der Praxis zueinander stehen, indem es (a) die dort jeweils vorherrschenden diskursiven und nicht-diskursiven Praktiken in den ethnographischen Blick nimmt. Zudem interessiert sich das Projekt gleichwertig sowohl für (b) die Perspektiven von Akteuren der Migration (Migranten) als auch für die (inter)subjektiven Sichtweisen von Akteuren der Bürokratie (Behördenmitarbeiter). Und schließlich vollzieht das Dissertationsprojekt (c) eine multilokale ethnographische Forschung im Kontext von drei systematisch aufeinander aufbauenden Migrationsbehörden und Integrationseinrichtungen in Deutschland.

Das Trauma der anderen. Eine ethnographische Untersuchung.

Pia Maier

Das Promotionsprojekt beschäftigt sich aus ethnologisch-soziologischer Perspektive und mittels ethnographischer Methoden mit den diskursiven und narrativen Ordnungen, wissenskulturellen Praktiken und Techniken sowie den Artefakten und Materialisierungen bezüglich des Konzepts ‚Trauma‘, die in der Vorbereitung auf prekäre Erfahrungen in helfenden Berufen zum Tragen kommen. Dabei soll der Untersuchungsgegenstand des Traumas aus einer befremdenden und agnostischen Grundhaltung in einem Feld untersucht werden, in dem Traumatisierung als ein problematischer ‚Einbruch des Realen‘ verstanden wird und verhindert werden soll. Das Projekt setzt bei der Beobachtung diverser Autoren (Fassin, Rechtman, Bracken & Petty, Neocleous) an, dass der Begriff Trauma weltweit zunehmend verwendet wird, wodurch in paradox erscheinendem Gestus zugleich eine politisierte Universalisierung als auch eine Subjektivierung menschlichen Leidens vorangetrieben wird. Dieser Prozess wird unter anderem durch die Produktion medizinischer und psychologischer ‚Fakten‘ gestützt, die als Belege für die Anerkennung dieses Leidens eingefordert werden. Organisationen, die sich humanitären Grundsätzen verschrieben haben und deren Mitarbeiter in helfender Funktion in der Krisen- und Katastrophenbewältigung tätig sind, werden dabei jedoch nicht nur im Anschluss an Krisen und Katastrophen aktiv, sondern auch vorbereitend im Rahmen von Trainings und Ausbildungen, durch die antizipierend die arbeitsbedingte Traumatisierung dieser Mitarbeiter verhindert werden soll. Anhand teilnehmender Beobachtungen solcher Ausbildungen in vergleichender Perspektive zwischen Deutschland und Nicaragua sowie den sich darin entfaltenden Interaktionen zwischen den Beratern und den Mitarbeitern (nationaler und internationaler) humanitärer Organisationen zielt das Projekt also darauf ab, die soziokulturellen Erscheinungs- und Umgangsformen solcher Bemühungen, eine arbeitsbedingte Traumatisierung zu verhindern, herauszuarbeiten.

 

'Sexual Rights in Botswana: Christian Perspectives and Christian Lobby'

Kim Molenaar

This ethnographic research with the working title ‘Sexual Rights in Botswana: Christian Perspectives and Christian Lobby’ is part of the project ‘The Soft Voice of Activism: Christian Lobbying and Reform in the Fields of Sexual Rights and Domestic Violence in Botswana and South Africa’. The other sub-project, carried out by Franziska Duerte dos Santos, explores activist initiatives undertaken by (faith-based) organizations that promote male involvement in gender-based violence prevention in South Africa.

The two sub-projects aim at comparing and exploring the relationship between two modalities of religio-political activism by African Christians, namely 'lobbying' (Botswana) and 'reform' (South Africa). Whereas 'activism' is here understood as an umbrella term for attention-seeking religio-political activity, lobbying and reform are more indirect, soft-speaking and discretional practice of exerting influence on a clearly demarcated audience in the relevant public sphere. Lobbying addresses decision-makers in order to bring about certain outcomes in the wider religio-political realm, reform aims at the personal and subject-oriented reformation of people belonging to specific target populations who can - but do not necessarily - have to be decision-makers themselves. Comparing these two modalities of religio-political activism therefore provides important insights into two forms of religio-political activism that have different audiences and 'directions' of communication. As understood in this project, lobbying is characterized by a 'bottom-up' approach, reform, on the other hand, follows a 'top-down' approach.

The main goals of the research I’ll undertake in Botswana, are exploring 1) the continuous positioning of Christian organizations (especially Pentecostal churches) in political debates in Botswana about sexuality and gendered relationships and 2) the process of religio-political lobby in Botswana in the context of on-going public debates about sexuality and gendered social relations. I will pay particular attention to interactions and exchanges that take place between a collective of religious organizations, their leadership and their associations on the one hand, and to the domain of the (public) expression of political power and public opinion on the other.

Die Regierung von Migration in urbanen Asylregimen

 

Philipp Schäfer

Die Aufnahme und Unterbringung von Geflüchteten wird in den Mitgliedsstaaten der Europäischen Union verstärkt als sozio-politische, ökonomische und kulturelle Herausforderung markiert. In meiner Analyse fokussiere ich die Regierung von Fluchtmigration in zwei europäischen Großstädten. Dabei rücken urbane (Aus-) Handlungsprozesse ins Zentrum meiner Betrachtung. Ich frage, welche Akteure an der Regierung von Fluchtmigration in Städten beteiligt sind. Wie bringen sie sich in welche Debatten ein? Wie positionieren sie sich zueinander zwischen welchen Polen und gegen welche normativen Hintergründe? Wie (inter-) agieren sie? Welche Macht- und Legitimitätsvorstellungen kennzeichnen lokale Versuche zur Regierung von Fluchtmigration? Welche Handlungs- und Gestaltungsspielräume haben Geflüchtete hier und wie nehmen sie diese wahr und erweitern sie? Wie haben sich lokale Aufnahme- und Unterbringungspraktiken durch die so genannte 'Flüchtlingskrise' seit dem Sommer 2015 verändert?

Die Forschungsarbeit positioniert sich im Spannungsfeld einer zunehmenden Europäisierung nationaler Asyl- und Aufenthaltspolitiken in den Staaten der Europäischen Union bei gleichzeitiger Lokalisierung der mit der Regierung von Fluchtmigration befassten Akteure, Institutionen und Prozesse. Die ostdeutsche Großstadt Leipzig sowie die französischen Metropolregion Lyon dienen mir als Startpunkte, von denen aus ich rekonstruiere, inwieweit nationale, europäische und globale Akteure, Institutionen und Prozesse die Aufnahme und Unterbringung von Geflüchteten vor Ort bestimmen. Welche Differenzen im Umgang mit Flucht und Geflüchteten lassen sich beobachten und was sind deren Ursachen?

Am Ende der Arbeit steht eine empirisch begründete Theorie urbaner Asylregime. Das ihr zugrunde liegende Datenmaterial erhebe ich im Zuge mehrmonatiger ethnographischer Feldaufenthalte, Experten-Interviews und Dokumentenanalysen in beiden Städten und analysiere es mittels rekonstruktiver Auswertungsmethoden. Mein Promotionsvorhaben liefert einen Beitrag zur sozialwissenschaftlichen Fundierung eines stark politik- bis rechtswissenschaftlich geprägten Forschungsfeldes - die Regierung von Migration -, indem es regimeanalytische mit feldtheoretischen Überlegungen zusammenbringt. Somit kommt nicht nur die Institutionalisierung eines politischen Krisenszenarios in den Blick, sondern ebenso Akteure und ihre auf Differenzierung zielenden Praktiken. Dies erlaubt es mir schließlich, Migration und gesellschaftliche Transformationsprozesse jenseits strikt strukturalistischer oder Agency-zentrierter Konzepte zu lesen.

Das Dissertationsprojekt ist Teil des Doktorandenkollegs "Europa in der globalisierten Welt". Es wird gefördert vom Exzellenzcluster "Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration" und von der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

 

A Failure of Privacy? ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ in Johannesburg, South Africa

Julia Scheller

The privatization of public space in Johannesburg and the withdrawal of wealthy sections of the population to privatized gated communities are widely regarded as an obstacle to nation-building processes in South Africa. Given South Africa's history of socio-spatial segregation, spatial practitioners and intellectuals therefore consider it imperative to create new public spaces which can be used by all sections of society. This normative agenda depicts "public space" as something unreservedly desired by the wider public which provides for its general well being. In doing so, this agenda neglects the important fact that, during Apartheid, "black" citizens were not only denied a "right to the public" but also a "right to the private".

Why "privateness" appears merely as a residual category in political, public and scholarly discussions in South Africa and why it consequently, in a manner of speaking, "fails" in its "public" perception, has hitherto been neglected in social science research and is the central question of this research project. Given this background, the project is interested in practices and discourses through which, depending on the situation and socio-spatial circumstances of the social actors involved, "privateness" is made possible. This approach promises to provide important insights into alternative (possibly counterhegemonic) concepts of "privateness". The project starts on the assumption that the ideological critique of neoliberal discourses and practices has up to now impeded an analysis of "the private" in South Africa since these discourses and practices are widely considered a barrier to transparency, participation and publicness. Yet, this critique is voiced by a social elite which, through this action, replicates the very hegemonic structures it aims to eliminate by demanding more transparency and publicness.

Doing Diversity – an ethnographic comparison of ‘Diversity Management’ in German and French organisations

Tanja Thielemann

In her PhD project, Tanja Thielemann analyses discourses about and practices enacted in the name of ‘diversity’ in Germany and France. It starts out on the assumption that the originally US-American concept of ‘diversity’ is applied differently in various European contexts. In order to understand processes of adaptation and translation, actors within the field of ‘diversity’ are interviewed and observed during ‘diversity’-events, like conferences and trainings. Using ethnographic methods, the project asks: (1) which historical, theoretical and sociopolitical discourses do these actors refer to when contextualizing ‘diversity’ on the micro-level of social interactions, (2) in what ways do actors shape the discursive construction of ‘diversity’, and what kinds of social realities are produced in this way, (3) what types of contradictions and paradoxes result from the aforementioned processes for the application of the concept of ‘diversity’ in different social and organizational contexts?  The PhD project is financed by the Center of Excellence and is supervised by Prof. Thomas G. Kirsch (University of Konstanz) and Prof. Andrea D. Bührmann (University of Göttingen).  

Qatar's politics of international development assistance: Giving to the needy between cultural practices, international transcripts and the "politics of branding"

Inken Wiese

Providing international development assistance is no longer the domain of an exclusive community of states from the Global North. Increasingly, development assistance is also provided by states that used to be recipients of aid themselves. The emergence of these new donors – or “partners” as they prefer to call themselves – and new practices of giving assistance challenge long-standing standards and norms set by traditional donors and development actors.

By focusing strongly on donors’ interests behind providing assistance, research on development assistance provided by both traditional and non-traditional donors tends to confine development assistance to an instrument of foreign policy. Not only political science research, but also anthropological studies are heavily influenced by Marcel Mauss’ notion of reciprocity in gift exchanges. They argue that even gifts which cannot or are not expected to be reciprocated encompass elements of reciprocity, such as symbolic reciprocity in the form of recognition of the gift and of the donor, thereby reconfirming the donor’s superior hierarchical status. Debates about best practices of international development assistance are therefore also a reflection of concerns about changing global political and economic power relations. However few insights exist into domestic factors and local dynamics that impact how and to whom financing for development is being provided. Likewise, little is known about how cultural practices and related norms of giving as well as local social dynamics shape development practices and modalities of financing. This bereaves us of a valuable opportunity to deepen our understanding of the cultural construction of politics.

This project analyzes the ways in which Qatar has been contributing to international development assistance ever since it strongly emerged as a donor around a decade ago. This in-depth study contributes to the study of so-called “Arab aid” which is strikingly absent from the literature on non-traditional development assistance. It analyzes Qatari rhetoric on assistance and the practices through which Qatar provides assistance not only against the background of international transcripts, standards and norms, but also against the background of domestic political discourses on and cultural practices of giving. It follows the discursive repertoires employed in Qatar and by Qataris to demarcate and construct development assistance as a policy field which constitutes a central element of the official politics of “branding” Qatar internationally. Thereby attending to the role of specific domestic political and social actors, among them professional expatriates, in shaping Qatar’s politics of development and to their interaction with international actors, the project also aims to deepen the understanding of political decision-making and of building social consensus in the autocratic Arab monarchies.

This project thereby strives to contribute not only to the anthropology of development, but also to the anthropology of politics and state in the Middle East. Insights into the question how domestic factors and dynamics influence foreign policy strategies and instruments might also allow traditional and non-traditional actors in development cooperation to move international negotiations beyond plainly dismissing practices of the respective “other”.

Abgeschlossene Magister- und MA-Arbeiten (Auswahl):

  • „Repräsentationen körperlicher Behinderung im Film“ (Gabriele Blum)
  • „Service Clubs und Philanthropie in Deutschland“ (Melanie Brand)
  • „Eine Ethnographie zur Integrationsarbeit im Kontext der 'Roma' Zuwanderung seit der EU-Osterweiterung“ (Désirée Ehmann)
  • „Konflikte um den öffentlichen Raum“ (Siri Grunow)
  • „Eine Untersuchung zur Selbstverortung der zweiten MigrantInnen-Generation aus dem ehemaligen Jugoslawien vor dem Hintergrund der dort vollzo-genen ethnischen Grenzziehungsprozesse der 1990er Jahre“ (Alexandra Hassler)
  • „Soziale Netzwerke im Internet“ (Elsa Kämpf)
  • „Postkoloniale Konstruktionen nationaler Identität. Ein Vergleich argentinischer und brasilianischer Selbstrepräsentation“ (Nátali Krick)
  • „Identitätskonstruktionen im deutschen HipHop“ (Angella Laszlo)
  • „Übersetzungspraktiken in Ausländerbehörden“  (Anna Louban)
  • „Das Trauma der anderen. Eine ethnographische Untersuchung in Vorbereitungskursen für helfende Berufe“ (Pia Lorina Maier)
  • „Sprache und kollektive Idenittät in Diskussionen um Sprachpolitik an südafrikanischen Hochschulen“ (Eva Maisel)
  • „Grenzen“ (Markus Manojlovic)
  • „Theorien der Macht“ (Johannes Meinecke)
  • „Stadtplanung und die Transformation ostdeutscher Städte“ (Andrea Metzger)
  • „Sadomasochismus als Lebens- und Sinnwelt“ (Sascha Oswald)
  • „Kultur und Entwicklung. Zur Relevanz des Kulturellen in Entwicklungstheorie und –praxis (Ricarda Schwarz)
  • „Social Stratification and Change in India“ (Harsh Taneja)
  • „Im Namen der Vielfalt: eine explorative Studie zum Umgang mit Diversity-Konzepten aus Trainerperspektive“ (Tanja Thielemann)

Abgeschlossene BA-Arbeiten (Auswahl):

  • „Zeit-Regime. Industrieller Kapitalismus und die Restrukturierung von Temporalität“ (Amelie Baumann)
  • „Sterben und Tod“ (Christine Belzig)
  • „Evaluationspraktiken in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit“ (Leonie Bronner)
  • „Der Verdrängungsdiskurs in der Soziologie von Sterben, Tod und Trauer“ (Janis Detert)
  • “Visuelle Methoden in der qualitativen Forschung” (Kerstin Dold)
  • „Stereotype Konstruktionen von Japan“ (Louise Grams)
  • „Die soziale Konstruktion von Schönheit“ (Daniela Hofgärtner)
  • „Entwicklung und Partizipation“ (Katja Huth)
  • „Strukturelle Gewalt und Gesundheit“ (Inga Maria List)
  • “Partizipation in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit” (Yamila Putz)
  • “Slow Food” (Tobias Scheu)
  • „Das Selbstverständnis westlicher Entwicklungshelfer“ (Ronja Schütz)
  • „Geschlecht und Werbung“ (Maryna Shalamitskaya)
  • „Menschenrechte zwischen Universalismus und Relativismus“ (Sarah Spohn)
  • „Das Verhältnis von Ort und Raum“ (Christiane Traub)