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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte


  • Contesting Authorities Over Body Politics: Religion and Secularism in Germany, Israel and Turkey

    Conflicts between religion and secularity (i.e., secular and religious discourses, norms, actors, and institutions) are shaped differently in differing socio-legal contexts in the Middle East and Europe. While current scholarship has often studied this tension by focusing on religious rituals (head-scarf, minarets, animal slaughter, etc.), we claim that new light can be shed on the religion/secularity tension by exploring a broader set of examples concerning bodily politics, that is legal contestations over images of the body and authority over the body. To explore the way secularity and religion shape and are shaped by the legal regulation of body politics we focus on three recent controversies: male circumcision, brain-dead organ donation, and abortion in three different countries Germany, Israel, and Turkey.

    Leitung: Prof. Gökce Yurdakul, Prof. Shai Lavi (Tel Aviv University)

    Laufzeit: 01/2016 - 12/2018


  • EU-Professionalism. A Study on the Professionalization of EU-Expertise, Research group “Horizontal Europenization”

    The second project phase aims to establish how EU professionals negotiate 'European' and 'local' stocks of knowledge in the context of EU-funded projects and how they influence the implementation of such projects, especially the allocation of financial resources. In addition to the aforementioned two countries Spain will be included in the study to also gain further insights about a Member State much affected by the eurozone crisis. Using the example of two selected areas of EU funding - the EU cohesion policy and the research funding 'Horizon 2020' -, the study places the procurement and translation services provided by funding specialists as well as the apparent difficulties encountered during this process under close investigation. By focusing on the practical dimension of EU-funded projects, Subproject 5 takes a close look at one of the central pillars of Europe's current crisis management strategy and explores the 'technical' implementation of EU policy-making from a sociological perspective, placing special emphasis on employment and knowledge. With these objectives in mind the study is meant to provide a better understanding of problems and challenges of Europeanization triggered by increasing expertization and professionalization of EU governance.

    Leitung: Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau

    Projektmitglieder: Lucia Leopold

    Laufzeit: 10/2015 – 10/2018 (2. Phase)

    Förderung: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


  • Umfrage zur Nutzung wissenschaftlicher Politikberatung

    Leitung: Prof. Dr. Friedbert W. Rüb und Dr. Holger Straßheim

    Laufzeit: 05/2015 - 07/2016

    Förderung: Stiftung Mercator GmbH


  • Welfare State Futures: Das Europa unserer Kinder

    How European welfare states will develop is hard to predict. People’s current aspirations, ideas and assumptions will be important drivers of change and persistence and of the extent to which conflict and solidarity surround change. This project uses innovative methods (deliberative democratic forums and qualitative cross-national focus group surveys) to develop an understanding of people’s aspirations for the Europe their children will inhabit. The interactive and discursive methods deal directly with people’s ideas, but are rarely used in comparative welfare studies. The project is essentially forward-looking. It will contribute to theoretical work on the main cleavages and solidarities driving social policy in and to more practical consideration of the parameters of acceptable policy change. It will supply new findings relevant to the politics and sociology of welfare and provide data for reanalysis and as a base-line in future studies. Research teams in six different European welfare states (United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Slovenia) started their work on 1 February 2015. The research consortium will be led by Peter Taylor-Gooby (University of Kent, UK).

    Leitung: Prof. Peter Taylor-Gooby (Universität Kent, GB), deutsches Teilprojekt: Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau

    Projektmitglieder: Dr. Jan-Ocko Heuer

    Laufzeit: 2/2015 – 1/2018

    Förderung: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


  • Elterliches Wohlbefinden im Vergleich Deutschland - Japan

    Demographische, strukturelle und sozialpolitische Parallelen haben in der Wissenschaft vermehrt Vergleiche zwischen Japan und Deutschland angeregt. Die Alterung der Gesellschaft, vergleichbar niedrige Geburtenraten und die Prekarisierung von Arbeit im Kontext der ökonomischen Globalisierung sind gesellschaftliche Trends in beiden Ländern.

    Leitung: Prof. Dr. Hans Bertram, Dr. Barbara Holthus

    Projektmitglieder: Carolin Deuflhard, M.A.

    Laufzeit: 12/2014 - 11/2016

    Förderung: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)




  • Väter in Elternzeit. Aushandlungs- und Entscheidungsprozesse zwischen Paarbeziehung und Betrieb.

    Leitung: Prof. Dr. Christine Wimbauer, Prof. Dr. Michael Meuser (Technische Universität Dortmund), Prof. Dr. Ilse Lenz (Ruhr Universität Bochum), Prof. Dr. Katja Sabisch (Ruhr Universität Bochum), Prof. Dr. Karen Shire (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

    Projektmitglieder: M.A. Stefanie Aunkofer (Ruhr Universität Bochum / Universität Duisburg-Essen), M.A. Benjamin Neumann (Technische Universität Dortmund)

    Laufzeit: 02/2014 – 01/2017

    Förderung: Mercator Research Center Ruhr






  • Far-RightEco - Appropriating the 'Legitimate': Far-Right Discourses on Ecology

    Modern societies have increasingly thematised themselves with ecological issues as their basic problems. However, the 'Iegitimacy' publicly ascribed to ecology renders its appropriation possible by groups widely viewed as 'illegitimate', enabling such actors to attract not only their core audience, but also a moderate wider public ...

    Leitung: Bernhard Forchtner, PhD; Prof. Klaus Eder

    Laufzeit: 11/2013 - 10/2015

    Förderung: Marie-Curie-Fellowship, Europäische Union (EU)



  • Transforming Migration: Transnational Transfer of Multicultural Habitus

    The TRANSFORmIG project entails interdisciplinary, multi-method research in selected localities in Great Britain, Germany and Poland. Spanning sociology, anthropology, urban and media studies, the project investigates with the help of a longitudinal qualitative study, individual and group interviews, ethnography and discourse analysis how people’s attitudes and skills to act in diverse societies change over time and in dependence with historical and contemporary conditions....

    Leitung: Prof. Magdalena Nowicka

    Laufzeit: 03/2013 - 08/2017

    Förderung: Europäische Union (EU)





  • Die Symbolik der Demokratie. Inszenierung, Repräsentation und die Konstitution des politischen Imaginären

    Das Projekt widmet sich der Symbolik der Demokratie und untersucht diese in zweierlei Hinsicht: als grundsätzliches Element für die Konstitution des politischen Imaginären und in ihrer Modulierung unter aktuellen massenmedialen Bedingungen, mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Politiker-Inszenierungen ...

    Leitung: PD Dr. Paula Diehl

    Projektmitglieder: Hannelore Demmer, M.A.; Felix Steilen, M.A.; Vera Demmel

    Laufzeit: 09/2009 - 10/2015

    Förderung: Dilthey Fellowship, VolkswagenStiftung



  • The Intergenerational Transmission of Family Formation

    Research about parent effects on family behavior traditionally examines intergenerational transmission: whether children adopt the same family behavior as their parents. In this project, we draw attention to empirical regularities where children follow contrasting family formation trajectories to their parents....

    Leitung: Prof. Anette Fasang; Marcel Raab


  • Sibling Similarity in Family Formation

    Sibling studies have been applied to estimate the effect of family background - everything siblings share - on socioeconomic and demographic outcomes. Recent research on family formation emphasizes that fertility and partnership transitions are embedded in a holistic process of family formation that unfolds over time. The main analytical purpose of this study is to combine the sibling approach with sequence analysis to disentangle the mechanisms that link family background to family formation trajectories....

    Leitung: Prof. Anette Fasang; Prof. Jani Erola

    Projektmitglieder: Aleksi Karhula, Marcel Raab


  • A Permutation-based Test for Sequence Comparison

    Sequence analysis has seen recent advances as well as wider applications in the social sciences.  However, no formal way exists in the literature for comparing groups of sequences to determine whether they are different in a statistically meaningful way.  To fill this gap, in this project we propose a permutation test for comparing groups of social science sequences....

    Leitung: Prof. Anette Fasang; Prof. Tim F. Liao


  • How Men and Women Synchronize Work and Family in Germany and the United States

    How do men and women combine work and family in different welfare state contexts? We use longitudinal data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY), the German Life History Study (GLHS) and the German National Education Panel (NEPS) to study work-family trajectories of men and women in these two institutional contexts....

    Leitung: Prof. Anette Fasang; Prof. Silke Aisenbrey; Prof. Daniela Grunow


  • Internationale Professorinnen und Professoren an deutschen Hochschulen: Eine Untersuchung der akademischen Karrierewege, transnationalen Laufbahnen und Identitätsentwicklung

    Leitung: Prof. Gökce Yurdakul

    Projektmitglieder: Ayla Neusel, Andrä Wolther