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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.

 

 

Friedwart Bruckhaus Prize – Some Impressions from the Award Ceremony!

As previously posted here, I was awarded the Friedwart Bruckhaus Prize for young researchers 2015/2016, and I recently went to Berlin to receive the prize during the Schleyer Foundation’s “Forum Berlin” event. The award ceremony was a very illustrous event, held in the Allianz Forum directly at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, just across the square from the Brandenburg Gate.

The atmosphere was celebratory and elegant, but  also very friendly, and during the ceremony and the following dinner I was able to talk to a great number of very interesting people from the world of academia and beyond. Here are some impressions from the ceremony. Photo credit: Axel Joerss

I’ve also done an interview about the prize and my research in general with the colleagues from TUM’s press department (unfortunately, it’s only available in German). You can read the interview here.

“Buddies for Refugees” Kick-Off Event

PresentationIn light of the ongoing refugee crisis, providing prerequisites for inclusion, possibilities for education or even just an interesting and productive way to pass the time constitute very important tasks. The Junge Akademie at TUM has therefore launched an exemplary project called “Buddies for Refugees”: Guest auditors from various countries who had to flee their homelands and could not start or continue their university education are invited to attend classes at TUM; students, scientific staff and professors assist them as “junior” or “senior” buddies, and provide help in navigating the new educational context. The program was officially launched on October 25th, and I was happy to contribute to this highly interesting project by shortly presenting political background information on the refugee crisis, EU asylum and migration policies, and the current situation in Germany. You can find the complete kick-off event program here, more information about “Buddies for Refugees” is available here.