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.
I am very happy to announce that as of July 15, 2015 I have started to work as a post-doctoral research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy (Fellow-Group: “Dis[cover]ability and Indicators for Inclusion”) as well as at the Sociology of Diversity Chair, TU Munich. I am very pleased to be working in such an enriching and stimulating environment, and hope to be able to make a valuable contribution to both the Fellow-Group and the Sociology of Diversity Chair’s research focus.
It focuses on the development of the South Tyrol autonomy regarding various topics; my contribution addresses the impact of Europeanization on European minorities, granting special attention to how such processes may impact the situation in South Tyrol and the planned ‘Autonomy Convent’.
My interview on the roles and perceptions of ‘old’ and ‘new’ minorities with the Rai Sender Bozen Minority Magazine, MINET, was aired on March 11 2015. The full MINET TV episode is now available online (click here). The interview is the last segment of the magazine, starts at around 23:00 mins.
I will be taking part in a workshop on “Protecting and Including ‘New’ and ‘Old’ Minorities: Opportunities, Challenges, Synergies” at the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano on February 27th.
The paper I will be presenting is titled “‘Old’ vs. ‘New’ Minorities – An Identity-Based Approach to the Distinction Between Autochthonous and Immigrant Minorities”, and I am looking forward to a very interesting and varied discussion with researchers from different countries as featured in the workshop program.