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Dr. Nevra Akdemir

Dr. Nevra Akdemir is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Migration and Society at IMIS, University of Osnabrück and she is working in the subproject “Loss of Status for Highly Educated Female Refugees””. She studied Econometrics (B.A.) at the Istanbul University, Development Studies (M.A.) the Marmara University (İstanbul) and Urban Studies (Ph.D.) at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in İstanbul, (Turkey). Her PhD-thesis focused on relation between urban dynamics and transformation of working class in shipyards regions. The title is “Accumulation, Crises and Spatial Fix: The Case of Tuzla and Yalova Shipyards Regions”. Akdemir published the field of labour process, economic development and gender with particular focus on the precarization/informalization process of labour and the role of female labour in economic development process. She studies on the concretization of labour practices and capital accumulation processes in urban spaces, thus on 'production of space by human agency'. She also studies on different dimension of development questions by especially focusing on labour geography, gendered space, urban studies and changing production and labour process.

Johanna Elle, M.A.

Johanna Elle, MA, is a doctoral student at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at University of Göttingen, working on gendered processes of reception and arrival in the context of the joint research project. In her research she explores local actors and their interactions with gender and race within the highly dynamic “refugee discourse.” After completing her master studies in 2015, she has since been working for the “Gender&Migration@Niedersachsen” network, as well as lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at University of Göttingen with focus on racism, gender, and migration studies. She is member of the Göttingen Center for Gender Studies (GCG) and the “Network for Critical Migration- and Border-Regime Research” (kritnet).

Prof. Dr. Elke Grittmann

Elke Grittmann is professor of media and society at the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg-Stendal. She studied art history, journalism and communication studies, and political science at University of Hamburg. She received her PhD in Journalism and Communication from the University of Hamburg with a doctoral dissertation on political communication in news photography and photojournalism. She has been a co-investigator in different collaborative research projects, e.g. on gender and leadership, and the media coverage of right-wing violence against migrants. More recently she has turned her attention to gender, refugee and media research. Elke Grittmann is chair of the “Media, the Public Sphere, and Gender” division at the German Association for Communication (DGPuK). Her research areas include: Visual communication/photojournalism; international and transnational communication; refugees, migration, and media; gender media studies; media ethics, and journalism and memory. She was also a co-author, with Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas (Tübingen) and Prof. Dr. Fabian Virchow (Düsseldorf), of 'Das Unwort erklärt die Untat' – Die Berichterstattung über die NSU-Morde – eine Medienkritik" (Frankfurt 2015), a research project funded by the Otto Brenner Stiftung.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess

Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess has been professor at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, University of Göttingen since 2011. Her main areas of research and teaching are migration and border regime studies, the anthropology of globalization and transnationalism, the anthropology of policy with a focus on EU integration and processes of Europeanization, gender studies, and anthropological methodologies. She wrote her PhD thesis on the transnational migration of Slovakian women for domestic work at the Frankfurt institute for Cultural Anthropology, published as “Globalisierte Hausarbeit. Au-Pair als Migrationsstrategie von Frauen aus Osteuropa (Globalized domestic work: Au-pair as a migratory strategy of Eastern European Women)” (2005); she was coordinator of and researcher at “TRANSIT MIGRATION,” a Europe-wide research and film project founded by the Cultural Foundation of Germany, from 2003 until 2005. Between 2006 and 2010 she worked as an assistant professor at the Institute for Folklore Studies and European Ethnology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. She has been the scientific curator of several interdisciplinary research projects and exhibitions on the history of immigration to German Cities, such as “Crossing Munich: Places, images and discussions on migration in Munich” (2007-2009) and “Movements of Migration: A knowledge archive on migration in Göttingen” (2011-2013). Additionally, she has been directing research projects on the European border regime in southeast Europe and Germany alike, funded by national research foundations. She coordinates the interdisciplinary “Laboratory on Migration and Border Regime Studies” at the University of Göttingen, which provides space for regular discussions on theories and research in these fields for 15 PhD students and Postdocs. She is co-founder of the interdisciplinary European-wide “Network for Critical Migration- and Border-Regime Research” (kritnet) and member of the Germanwide “Rat für Migration” (Council for Migration) as well as a board member of the Göttingen Center for Gender Studies.

Dr. Ulrike Lingen-Ali

Ulrike Lingen-Ali (PhD) holds the deputy professorship in Migration and Education at the Institute for Pedagogy at University of Oldenburg since June 2019. Before she was a research associate at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Women and Gender (ZFG) and teaches Education and Migration Studies at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. She studied in Oldenburg Education Science and in Birzeit/Palestine Arabic and Social Sciences. Her PhD thesis focuses on biographies on feminist activists in Palestine and Germany. Between 2012 and 2016 she was a PostDoc researcher in a research project on migrant one-parent families in Lower Saxony (ALMIN). Current research projects are “Shifting Families: Interrogating notions of 'family' in a context of contemporary African migration and diverse urban spaces, using multi-sited case studies in South Africa, Morocco, and Germany” as well as the subproject “Refugee women, family dynamics, and violence. Coping with trauma, intervention, and prevention in the context of reception” as part of the joint research project “Gender, Forced Migration & the Politics of Reception: Processes of Gendered Inclusion and Exclusion in Lower Saxony”. Her teaching and research interests and publications include family dynamics and migration contexts; concepts of identity and belonging; Orientalism and Othering; religious ascriptions; Gender relations and dynamics; structures of violence, prevention and intervention.

Daniela Müller, M.A.

Daniela Müller studied social science (B.A.) in Marburg and sociology (M.A.) in Frankfurt/Main. During her studies, she focused on gender studies, critical migration and border regime research, and qualitative methods of social research. She finished her master’s degree with a discourse analysis of the knowledge that Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, produced on human trafficking and migration. After the end of her studies, she worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Drug Research (Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main), an institution for social research on the issue of drug use. Since March 2017, she has been working as a research fellow on the “Gender relations and forced migration in the media” project. Her dissertation deals with the discourse on forced migration from the perspective of feminist humanitarianism research.

Dr. Arezou Sade

Arezou Sade verfasste am Fachbereich „Interkulturelle Pädagogik - Erziehungswissenschaften - Diversity Education“ an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg ihre Dissertation unter dem Titel „The same, but different: A transcultural analysis of young protagonists and their space of possibilities as portrayed in migration literature“. Darin befasste sie sich intensiv mit den Konzepten Transkulturalität und Integration insbesondere von Frauen und Mädchen mit Migrationshintergrund mit Fokus auf Intersektionalität sowie die optimale Nutzung ihrer Möglichkeitsräume innerhalb unserer Gesellschaft. Dabei hat sie verschiedene Forschungsprojekte rund um dieses Thema koordiniert und geleitet. Derzeit ist sie als Integrationssozialarbeiterin im öffentlichen Dienst der Stadt Oldenburg tätig und leitet verschiedene Frauenprojekte. Seit acht Jahren arbeitet sie bei der Stadt Oldenburg als Expertin zu Soziale Arbeit, Asylrecht allgemeine rechtliche Angelegenheiten und der Alltagsbetreuung von neu Zugewanderten. Sie setzt sich für die Betreuung gewaltbetroffener Frauen und Mädchen ein und gibt ihnen Kraft und Zuversicht. Themen ihrer Arbeit sind kultursensible Beratung und Kommunikation, Wirkung von Sprache, Unterschiede und Vorurteile, Deeskalation in Beratung und Begleitung, Flucht und Trauma, Frauenrechte und Gewaltschutz für Frauen.

Dr. Carla Schriever

Carla Schriever received her PhD at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Her research focusses on the dimension between ethics and social responsibility for marginalized groups. Her dissertation "Der Andere als Herausforderung. Konzeptionen einer neuen Verantwortungsethik bei Lévinas und Butler" was published in 2017. Since April 2020 she works as a postdoctoral researcher in the framework of the MKW-funded research network “Gender, Forced Migration & Reception Politics: Gendered Processes of In- and Exclusion in Lower Saxony” in Oldenburg . Her reasearch focus combines the topics of diversity, alterity and ethics.

Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken

Prof. Dr. Helen Schwenken is professor of Migration and Society at the School of Cultural Studies and Social Sciences and at the Institute of Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University. She is co-coordinator of the Gender Studies research center at Osnabrück University and one of the coordinators of the international Research Network for Domestic Workers’ Rights (RN-DWR). She has been Assistant Professor of Migration and Decent Work at Kassel University and at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD). She completed her dissertation at Kassel University with a discussion on political mobilization among irregular migration in the EU (“Rechtlos, aber nicht ohne Stimme, 2006, transcript). Before she graduated from her Diploma program in social sciences at Ruhr- University Bochum. Her research focuses on migration studies (especially work and forced migration), gender and social movements. She is and has been principle investigator of diverse projects, amongst others of the research project ‘Taking Sides’, a trilateral comparison of protests against deportation (the German subproject is DFG-funded and runs from 2013 till 2017; in cooperation with the University of Vienna and the Université de Neuchâtel) and the project “Interessenvertretung – Kooperation – Konflikt” on the relationship of migrant self-organisation and trade unions in the 1970 and 80s (funded by the Hans Boeckler Foundation, in cooperation with the University of Göttingen, project term from 2017 till 2020).

Dr. H. Pinar Şenoğuz

H. Pınar Şenoğuz is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology of University of Göttingen and member of the Research Laboratory of Critical Migration and Border Regime and the Center for Global Migration Studies at the same university. She received her PhD from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2014 with her dissertation on the social change and inner stratification in a Turkish town on the Syrian border. She published extensively on the Turkish-Syrian border including topics like shadow markets and illegality, post-migration conflicts and refugee hospitality.

Johanna Ullmann, M.A.

Johanna Ullmann, MA, has been working since April 2017 as research assistant on the subproject “Is there a ‘male bias’ in the early labor market integration of female refugees?” in the framework of the MKW-funded research network “Gender, Forced Migration & Reception Politics: Gendered Processes of In- and Exclusion in Lower Saxony” at the Department of Migration and Society at IMIS, University of Osnabrück. She completed her MA and BA studies in Sociology, Gender Studies, Mass Communication and Modern Standard Arabic at LMU Munich, Birzeit University (Ramallah), and the University of Damascus.