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.
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.
I’m delighted to announce that I will be awarded the Friedwart-Bruckhaus-Förderpreis (Friedwart-Bruckhaus-Prize) “Europa neu gestalten?” (New ways of shaping Europe) for young scientists by the very renowned Hanns-Martin Schleyer-Stiftung. As a scholar of European Integration, a prize for research on potential future paths for Europe is an especially big reward and honor, and also represents a commitment to the spirit of a connected Europe in times of national borders being reinstalled.
The award ceremony will take place on December 2nd, 2016, in Berlin. You can find information about the prize on the Schleyer-Stiftung’s website. The detailed program for the evening can be found here.
I’m happy to announce that I will be teaching a political science seminar (Fundamentals of the European Social and Fundamental Rights Policy) at my alma mater, the University of Innsbruck, starting in October 2016.
I’m looking forward to collaborating with the Innsbruck Center for European Research and its international team, and I hope to be able to raise interest for the MPI Fellow-Group’s and the Chair of Sociology of Diversity’s core topics in a new generation of political scientists. You can find my profile and the ICER websitehere.
I was invited to give a talk on “How Independence Movements trigger Flexibility in the EU“, you can watch the video of my presentation here. Additionally you find most of the other very interesting contributions here.
The event will be held in German; it starts at 18:00 and is presented by the EURAC Institutes for Minority Rights and for Studies on Regionalism and Federalism and by Politika, the South Tyrolean Political Science Association. Günther Pallaver, Professor of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck and President of Politika, will be hosting.
The presentation will be in an interactive format, engaging the audience and offering the possibility to ask questions. I’m very grateful for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to discuss my findings with you all! You can find the official event invitation on the left.
On January 27th, the TUM Department of Sport and Health Sciences held its Diversity Day, where researchers from different academic disciplines presented their ideas on diversity related issues, with a special focus on higher education and universities. I’m happy to have been able to participate in this interesting event with a small input on the refugee crisis, and I hope to have made a contribution to the awareness-raising process on these highly relevant topics. The event was held in German, and was titled “Vielfalt an Universitäten: Erforschen, erfahren und gestalten“. To get additional information on the presenters and on the topics covered, click right here.
I’m very happy to announce that the publication process of my PhD-dissertation with Springer VS is now complete, and that the book can be ordered as a softcover as well as an e-book. Further information on my book and its contents can be found here, and it’s available from Springer VS as well as other sites! The process of drafting, researching and writing this publication has taken a couple of years, and it was my first large-scale research project; I’m therefore delighted that it’s now ready to be spread and discussed in the academic community via a renowed publishing house. There are many people who made this endeavour possible: my family and friends first and foremost, so a special thank you goes out to them, as well as to my interview partners, and everyone else who was involved in the various stages of this project. I hope you enjoy reading it and I’m looking forward to your questions or comments!
In 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.