Category Archives: Research

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!

Friedwart Bruckhaus Förderpreis 2015/16

schleyerI’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.

Innsbruck Center for European Research

icerI’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 website here.

Symposium @ European Academy Otzenhausen

R0015330-3-1024x768On April 7-9th, the Symposium “How Much Differentiation and Flexibility Can European Integration Bear?” took place at the European Academy of Otzenhausen.

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 Europeanization of Minority Communities” available now!

coverI’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!

Pre-order links:
–  Springer
–  Amazon

Politika 2015 – scientific yearbook on South Tyrolean politics

Politika15Politika 2015, the scientific yearbook on South Tyrolean politics, is now available via Nomos and Edition Raetia.

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’.

You can find out more about the book and order it on the Edition Raetia and the Nomos websites. To know more about the South Tyrolean political science association Politika, click here.

Workshop on “Old” and “New” Minorities at EURAC in Bozen/Bolzano

eurac call for papers

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.