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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Diversity and Social Conflict

WS 2012/13

Vorlesungszeit: 15.10.2012 - 16.02.2013

Am 15.10.2012 findet der DiesAcademicus statt.


Advanced Qualitative Methods

This seminar offers 5 introductory modules to Advanced Qualitative Methods and related mixed methods taught by six experts in their specific fields. Each module will be composed as a workshop in itself, and will be taught independently of the other modules. Students can pick and choose the modules that they find useful for their research projects.

The available modules are as follows:

Introduction, Fieldwork, Interviewing (2 Modules) taught by Prof. Gökce Yurdakul, PhD

Critical Discourse Analysis, Dr. Bernhard Forchtner

Network Analysis, Dr. Karoline Krenn

Visual Analysis, Dr. Irit Dekel

montags 09:00 - 12:00 Uhr, 14 tgl., Lu 56, Room 123


Freitag, 02.11.12, Raum 123

Freitag, 09.11.12, Raum 122

Montag, 10.12.12, Raum 220


Professional Development

This seminar is about developing your scholarly skills and advancing your career prospects in the academia and in research institutions. It is specifically designed to gather information and discuss about finding a job in an international job market, surviving your first job interview, balancing family and academic work, developing your academic networks, rights and wrongs about conference presentations, applying for research grants, how to publish in academic journals and finding a publisher for your book. This seminar is suitable for advanced students who would like to pursue an academic career in a university or in a research institution.

mittwochs, 9:00 - 12:00 Uhr, 14 tgl., Lu 56, Room 123

Prof. Gökce Yurdakul

Research Colloquium: Migration Research

For those of you who are in the research or writing stages of their PhDs and masters, and who chose me as the first supervisor, it is compulsory for you to attend my research colloquium.
The first meeting will be on 22 October from 10-12 in my office. For this meeting, please bring one page description of your research project, and prepare to describe it to the colloquium participants for 10 minutes. 
Looking forward to seeing you in the new semester.

Research and Publishing


Theories of Race and Ethnicity

This seminar is based on theories of race and ethnic relations primarily derived from the theories of the Western social sciences. We will discuss earlier theories of race and ethnicity and also more recent ones (such as intersectionality, feminist Black thought and ethnic boundaries) which we can use as analytical tools to understand the current discussions, practices and policies. We will compare and contrast different conceptualizations of Whiteness, identity politics, racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing and genocide as well as controversial policies such as affirmative action, secularism and multiculturalism. Throughout the course, we will compare settler nation-states (such as Canada and the United States) to traditional forms of nation-states (such as Germany, France and the UK).

dienstags, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr, Uni 3b, Room 001 (wöchentlich)

Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul

Soziologische Studien zur Reproduktion von sozialer Ungleichheit in der Migrationsgesellschaft

Im Seminar wollen wir uns mit ausgewählten soziologischen Studien beschäftigen, die die Herstellung und Reproduktion sozialer Ungleichheiten in Migrationsgesellschaften untersuchen. Pierre Bourdieu steht für die differenzierte Analyse von Klassenstrukturen und Habitus und zeigt in seinen Untersuchungen insbesondere die Veränderungsresistenz bestehender Machtverhältnisse und Ungleichheiten auf. Unzählige andere Studien beschäftigen sich mit der Reproduktion sozialer Ungleichheit in gesellschaftlichen Institutionen wie etwa der Schule oder dem Arbeitsmarkt oder auch im städtischen Raum. Wir wollen gemeinsam ausgewählte historische und aktuelle empirische Studien lesen und analysieren. Fragen werden dabei sein: In welcher Weise beziehen die Analysen Geschlechterverhältnisse und Migrationsgeschichte bzw. Rassismus als Hemmfaktoren des sozialen Aufstiegs mit ein?  Wie werden soziologische Konzepte wie Soziale Milieus, Klassen, Schichten, aber auch Gruppenkonstruktionen wie Migrant_innen oder Frauen empirisch gebildet und untersucht? Welche Vorannahmen und Konstruktionen werden in den Studien gemacht? Welche Wirkmächtigkeit entfalten soziologische Studien und Konzepte in öffentlichen Debatten beispielsweise um Armut und Migration? Gibt es auch Studien, die von der Durchlässigkeit und Veränderbarkeit der Verhältnisse sprechen? Wie wird methodisch vorgegangen und zu welchen Ergebnissen führt dies?

mittwochs, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr, Uni 3b, Room 001, 14tgl.

Dozentin: Dr. des. Birgit zur Nieden


Introduction to International Forced Migration and Refugee Studies

More than 40 million people in the world are currently regarded displaced under UNHCR criteria of which over 10 million are refugees and more than 27 million are Internally Displaced Persons. Despite such large numbers, these forced migrants stay mostly invisible to the majority of the population especially in the West, they often live in protracted situations and despite their dire circumstances are widely regarded a threat. At the same time, international, regional and national mechanisms are in place to support and protect refugees. In this seminar, we will take an international perspective as well as a theoretical approach to understanding forced migration and various forms of flight and refuge. We will ask: what is forced migration and who is a refugee? We will interrogate reasons and forms of forced migration as well as reactions by states and the UNHCR, including asylum, resettlement and border protection. Empirically we will discuss cases from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The course is designed to give a broad overview of the field of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies and by the end of this seminar, participants should have a good understanding of the concepts of forced migration and refuge and be familiar with the major instruments in dealing with forced migrants.


Einführung: Freitag, d. 19.10.2012 von 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr, Uni 3b, Raum 003

danach als Blockseminar am 2. und 3.2.2013 und am 9. und 10.2.2013 jeweils von 9:00 - 18:00 Uhr, Uni 3b, Raum 003

Dozent: Dr. J. Olaf Kleist



Society and Economy in the Era of Globalization

The course responds to the strong “return” of economic focus to sociology, due to the increasing importance of economy in shaping social life in modern societies; it establishes interdisciplinary connection with political economy, anthropology, gender studies, and globalization and transnational studies.


This course will introduce the students to classical and contemporary sociological thought on economic aspects of social life. It will equip the students with theoretical foundations required to comprehend the inter-relations of economy, society and the nation-state, also engaging them with sociological questions emerging from globalization processes. The students are expected to become informed critical readers of academic works in the areas of sociology and political economy, and to gain understanding of economic aspects in sociological research.

montags: 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr, Uni 3b, Raum 005

Dozentin: PhD Inna Michaeli



Migration and Security

The course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of EU migration and asylum policy, especially interesting in the context of the post-Arab Spring human mobility phenomena in the Mediterranean.


The aim of this introductory course is to provide students with a general understanding of
EU-migration and asylum policy-making and its consequences for the migrant individuals as well as third countries in terms of (in)security. The course offers a historical overview of EU migration policy trends from the Treaty of Maastricht to the post-Arab Spring revision of the Global Approach to Migration. Special attention is paid to the externalization of EU migration and asylum policies, regional cooperation on migration and the related (in)security issues/discourses on the both sides of the Mediterranean. Although the main focus is on policy analysis, the course also introduces students to relevant theoretical concepts drawn from the area of ethics, security studies, international relations and critical discourse studies. 


freitags: 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr, Uni 3b, Raum 001

Dozentin: Katarzyna Forska, M.A: