Summer Workshop on Social Systems and Diversity

I’m happy to announce that I was able to organize our summer workshop in cooperation with Prof. Elsen from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in the beautiful alpine town of Brixen this year; this provided us with an opportunity to discussion potential future collaborations, and me with a chance to show my colleagues around my home region.

The workshop titled “Social Systems and Diversity: Research Fields and Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Comparison” took place from September 19 to 21, 2019 in Brixen. The workshop program is available here.

Conference “Health in Diversity, Diversity in Health?”

From March 12th-14th, 2019, the 2nd South-East African and European Conference on Refugees and Forced Migrants: Health in Diversity, Diversity in Health? that I co-organized with Dr. Sellah Lusweti from Pwani University took place in Kilifi, Kenya.

The conference presented African and European perspectives on diversity and health, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach (political science, law, economics, sociology, anthropology, medicine) in order to offer a broad analysis of different health and diversity-related issues. We will be publishing the conference papers in a edited volume with Springer VS at the beginning of next year.

In the meantime, please check out the anthology for the last refugee and migration conference in 2016 that I co-edited with Prof. Ulrich Becker and Prof. Elisabeth Wacker. The book, titled Refugees and Forced Migrants in Africa and the EU: Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Challenges and Solutions, is available following this link or can be accessed via SpringerLink.

Contribution to “EUreka!” Research Blog!

I’m very happy that I was asked to contribute to EUreka!, the research blog on the EU and the European Parliament elections launched by the Eurac Research Institute for Comparative Federalism.

I wrote a blogpost on political participation as a fundamental right, explaining voting rights exclusion and recent developments regarding persons with disability in Germany. My article is available following this link.

Workshop on diversity in modern societies!

From February 20-22, 2019, the Max Planck Fellow Group “Dis[cover]ability and Indicators for Inclusion” and the Chair of Sociology of Diversity at TUM held a workshop on diversity in modern socities at Ringberg Castle, a Conference Site owned by the Max Planck Society.

Prof. Günther Pallaver from the University of Innsbruck and Prof. Max Haller from the University of Graz joined us for two days of discussing diversity issues and the latest findings from our research projects.

You can find the program here

In-House Seminar at Eurac Research!

On July 20th, 2018 I was invited to present my research in the Eurac Institute For Comparative Federalism‘s In-House Seminar!

I was a guest researcher at the Institute from May to August 2018, and the In-House Seminar provided me with a great opportunity to share some preliminary findings with an expert audience.

Thanks to the researchers who came to spend their Friday with me, and for the fruitful discussion and food for thought!

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.

Planet Science Talks at UniBZ!

On May 17th, 2018, I participated in the “Planet Science Talks” Series organized by the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano and by the Südstern Planet Science Network as part of the Studium Generale offered by the university.

My presentation gave a broad introduction to the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in South Tyrol and Bavaria, and I was able to connect with public officials working on the subject as well as with representatives of self-representation organizations after the talk. I’d like to thank Planet Science and the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano for this valuable opportunity to share and discuss my research!