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Webinar series on “Minorities and Covid-19”

The Institute for Minority Rights at Eurac Research is organizing a webinar series on “Minorities and Covid-19”.

For more information on the series, the contents and topics of each individual webinar session, as well as the corresponding Zoom registration links, please check the Institute for Minority Rights’ Facebook page.

In case you can’t enter the Zoom webinar, as there is a limit on the number of participants, you can also stream the webinar via the Institute for Minority Rights’ Facebook page, or re-watch it at a later time on our YouTube channel.

New blog post on health and mobility in times of Covid-19!

Eurac Research has launched a new research blog, titled “Covid-19 and Beyond – How we can reboot the world after the pandemic”, which takes an interdisciplinary look at developments during and future scenarios after the coronavirus crisis. I’m happy to be able to contribute to this great new platform with a post on the interconnectedness of health and mobility.

New paper on the empowerment of female migrants through self-organized networks!

I’m happy to share a new open access paper I’ve co-authored with Susanne Elsen from the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano.

It’s titled “Empowerment of female migrants through self-organized network structures in Bavaria: A best-practice model for South Tyrol?” and has just been published in the journal soziales_kapital.

You can read it online here.

Paper in the European Yearbook of Minority Issues!

I’ve had the pleasure of writing an article titled “The Minority Safepack Initiative – A European Participatory Process Supporting Cultural Diversity” for the latest edition of the European Yearbook of Minority Issues.

The edited volume has been published with Brill Nijhoff at the beginning of March 2020, and can be purchased here.

New job!

I’m very happy to announce that as of March 1st, 2020, I will be working as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights, Eurac Research, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy. My research project, titled MinMigAccommodating Linguistic, Religious and Cultural Diversity Through A Comparative Analysis of Minorities’ and Migrants’ Claims is funded by the Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano. Its aim is to look at national minorities’ and migrants’ claims, analyze similarities and differences, and investigate whether some protection measures designed for national minorities could be applicable to migrants as well. I’m very much looking forward to working on this new interesting topic, and to enjoying the atmosphere and the collaboration opportunities of yet another renowned international research institute!

Workshop on Diversity in Science!

The Max Planck Fellow Group held a joint workshop on Diversity in Science with the TUM Chair of Sociology of Diversity and the University of Innsbruck.

The workshop took place in Innsbruck from July 16-18th, and focused on diversity-related contexts (e.g. migration, disability) that were analyzed from different interdisciplinary perspectives (law, political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education science).

The workshop program (in German) 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.

“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

“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.