Research Projects

  • TRANSWEL - Mobile Welfare in a Transnational Europe: An Analysis of Portability Regimes of Social Security Rights. This international comparative and interdisciplinary project is conducted by researchers based in four countries. It addresses one of the most important and controversial issues in the European Union today: the social rights of EU citizens from the new EU member states who move to live and/or work in the old member states.
  • Study: Transnational Families of Refugees in Brandenburg: Social Protection, Forced Immobility and Care Relations (Seed-funded, 2018–2020, with Niklaas Bause). The study examines the role of family relationships in the social protection of refugees. It focuses on the interplay of formal and informal social protection of male and female refugees and their protection strategies in the context of family constellations, which include family members in countries of origin and third countries. The study involves biographical interviews with both refugees and experts in the field of social security in selected cities in the state of Brandenburg.
  • Project: Cottbus Postkolonial und Postsozialistisch (Postcolonial and Postsocialist Cottbus) As a result of the project-seminar "Postcolonial and Postsocialist Cottbus", which was held by the Chair of Intercultural Studies in the summer semester 2018, students and teachers of BTU have conceptualized a historical and political city tour through Cottbus. The seminar was held by Manuel Peters and Miriam Trzeciak and aimed at finding colonial and socialist traces in Cottbus. Together, the participants searched for places of memory that work as examples for the postcolonial and postsocialist history of Cottbus but are not part of the city's collective memory. In a nutshell, approaches of postcolonialism and postsocialism assume that colonialism and socialism are not simply located in the past. Moreover, hegemonic structures still shape existences, practices and forms of knowledge in the present. Against this background, the project is an attempt to better understand the articulations of postcolonial and postsocialist practices and forms of knowledge in the present by reconstructing their history. Our goals are to further develop the tour, to make it available online and to regularly offer it to students and citizens of the city.

  • Was führt dazu, dass Kinder und Jugendliche „schwierig“ werden und bleiben? Über die Konstruktion der Manifestation und der daraus folgenden Status-quo-Erhaltung im Jugendhilfesystem im Kontext gesellschaftlicher Zuschreibung „schwieriger“ Kinder und Jugendlicher in Brandenburg und Berlin. (What Causes Children and Adolescents to Be ‘Difficult’? The Construction of Its Manifestation and the Resulting Maintenance of the Status Quo in the Youth Welfare System in the Context of Societal Attributions of ‘Difficult’ Children and Adolescents in the States of Brandenburg and Berlin) Doctoral Dissertation Project by Kathrin Coobs (2017–2022)
  • Academic support of the practice-oriented Centre „Soziale Arbeit im Feld von Zuwanderung und Integration“ in Brandenburg: Cooperative research project with ISA e. V. (2018–2020) (2018–2020)
  • Wie fühlt es sich an, das Problem zu sein? Innensichten geflüchteter Jugendlicher in Brandenburg (How Does It Feel to Be the Problem? Internal Perspectives of Adolescent Refugees in Brandenburg) (in progress)
  • Evaluation of the transnational project ‘Art of Inclusion’, funded by Erasmus+ (2018 –2020)
  • Empowerment- und Disempowermentkulturen in der Flüchtlingssozialarbeit (Empowerment and Disempowerment Cultures in Social Work with Refugees) (in preparation)
  • Open dialogue events in times of right-wing mobilization – the example of Cottbus' civic dialogues (research project on the trajectories of civic dialogues in Cottbus)
  • Diversity in rural areas of the (new) eastern federal states of Germany: LGBT* in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg – yesterday and today. In-Visibile challenges, discrimination and resistances. A research and exhibition project in collaboration with the club “Lola für Demokratie in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern”
  • (Gender reflective) right-wing extremism prevention: scientific support of the work of the Amadeu Antonio foundation’s department on gender and right-wing extremism
  • Strategies to handle right-wing extremist manifestations at universities for social work
  • (Socio cultural) consequences of the transformation society of East-Germany – approaching the topic within political education activities (in preparation)

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