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Planet Science Talks at UniBZ!

On May 17th, 2018, I participated in the “Planet Science Talks” Series organized by the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano and by the Südstern Planet Science Network as part of the Studium Generale offered by the university. My presentation gave a broad introduction to the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in South Tyrol and Bavaria, and I was able to connect with public officials working on the subject as well as with representatives of self-representation organizations after the talk. I’d like to thank Planet Science and the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano for this valuable opportunity to share and discuss my research!

Guest Researcher at EURAC!

I’m delighted to announce that I will be a guest researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism, EURAC Research (Bozen/Bolzano, Italy) from May until August 2018.

I will be conducting field work for my research project on the political participation of persons with disabilities at the regional level, and I’m looking forward to discuss my findings with the experts at EURAC Research!

Presentation at the 2018 “Buddies for Refugees” Kick-Off!

On March 22th, 2018 I gave a presentation at the kick-off event for the 2018 “Buddies for Refugees” program at TUM. I had already taken part in the first program in 2015, so I was very happy to be invited back for another talk, focusing on the political and societal events that took place in the three years since my first presentation in the buddy program.

More information on “Buddies for Refugees” can be found here.

Photo credit: Junge Akademie / Dennis Rivera

New publication!

The article I’ve written together with my former Max Planck colleague, Dr. Laura Dobusch, has now been published by the Zeitschrift für Führung und Personalmanagement in der Gesundheitswirtschaft.

Our paper talks about the challenges posed to health care systems by migratory movements and increasingly diverse societies, and looks at how diversity management practices may be helpful in dealing with these issues. The full issue of the ZFPG can be found here.

New Publication!

I’m very happy to announce that my paper “A Common Commitment: Civil Society and European Solidarity in the ‘Refugee Crisis'” has just been published in a volume edited by Timofey Agarin and Nevena Nancheva titled A European Crisis: Perspectives on Refugees, Solidarity and Europe (Ibidem Press, 2018).

The book analyzes the links between refugee migration and the perception of Europe in crisis, by looking at the construction of crisis narratives and the erosion of European core-concepts like solidarity. My article can be found here. The edited volume is available for purchase in all online bookstores, e.g. here.

Call for Papers – DVPW Congress 2018

My colleague Isabella Bertmann and I are organizing a panel at the DVPW Congress 2018 “Grenzen der Demokratie / Frontiers of Democracy”, to be held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from September 25-28, 2018.

Our panel is called “Demokratie, politische Partizipation und Diversität – Grenzen und Potentiale sozialpolitischer Rahmenbedingungen”; we welcome contributions on the relationship between social policy, diversity (e.g. migrants, national minorities, persons with disabilities) and political participation.

Papers may be presented in German or English. The complete call can be found here. Please send your abstract to both Isabella Bertmann and myself by January 31st, 2018 if you’re interested in participating.

Joint Workshop with EURAC Research

I had the pleasure of organizing a joint workshop for the Fellow-Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, the Chair of Sociology of Diversity, and the EURAC Institutes for Comparative Federalism and for Minority Rights, together with Elisabeth Alber from the Institute for Comparative Federalism.

The workshop took place from September 25 – 27, 2017 at EURAC Research in Bozen/Bolzano, and dealt with issues of “participation and governance”. The workshop program can be found hereWe’re very grateful for the interesting exchange and look forward to possible collaborations, joint publications or research projects!

Commemoration at Schloss Bellevue & Symposium in Berlin

I had the pleasure of attending two very interesting events commemorating the 40th anniversary of the abduction and assassination of Hanns Martin Schleyer by the RAF.

I’m very grateful to the Schleyer Foundation for granting me the possibility to participate in a commemoration ceremony held by the German Federal President at Schloss Bellevue on October 18th, and in a Symposium at the Elisabethkirche in Berlin on October 19th, which tackled freedom and democracy and how to preserve these values in a world of increased security threats.

More information on both the commemoration and the symposium can be found here.