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Advisory board

Dr. Nevim Çil

Taskforce of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Federal Chancellery

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    Dr. Nevim Çil studied religious studies, ethnology, and political science. She obtained her doctorate in political science. After some intermediate steps, e.g. as a post-doc in the sub-project “Verwandtschaftskulturen” (“Family cultures”) carried out by the collaborative research center “Repräsentationen sozialer Ordnung im Wandel (Transitional representations of social order”), she joined the staff unit “Arbeitsstelle Vielfalt” (“Workplace diversity”) established by the judicial authority in Hamburg. Since 2012, she has been an advisor in the taskforce of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration at the Federal Chancellery.

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    Tel.: 030 18400-1637 Fax: 030 18400- 1606 E-Mail: nevim.cil@bk.bund.de

Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan

Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BMI)

By  Frank Nürnberger

By Frank Nürnberger

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    Dr. Naika Foroutan is a social scientist at the Humboldt University Berlin and the representative director of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (www.bim.hu-berlin.de). Her research and teaching focus on the topics of migration, integration and the transformation of immigration countries, Islam- and Muslim representations in Germany, identity and hybridity.

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    Phone: (+49-30) 2093-4416 E-Mail: foroutan@hu-berlin.de

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    Prof. Dr. Eckhardt Fuchst studied at the University of Leipzig from 1983 to 1988. He received his doctorate in 1992, followed by positions as a historian at several academic institutions: the Berlin Historical Commission (“Historische Kommission zu Berlin”), the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University Berlin (FU), the German Historical Institute in Washington, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His research focuses include the global history of modern education, international education policy, curriculum- and school book development, world history, history of science and historiography.

    From 2001 to 2007, Eckhardt Fuchs worked as a research assistant at Mannheim University’s Institute of Educational Science, where he received his habilitation in 2004. He received scholarships from various organisations. He was an editorial member of the magazine “Comparativ” and a member of many expert associations. He was a consultant for foundations and journals as well as an editorial reviewer for the German online list H-Soz-u-Kult. In 2007, he was appointed research coordinator at the Georg Eckert Institute and since June 2009 he has been its representative director. Eckhardt Fuchs is a full professor of historical and comparative educational research at TU Braunschweig.

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     E-Mail: fuchs@gei.de Tel.:+49 (0) 531-590 99 50

Prof. Dr. Marianne Krüger-Potratz

Migration Council (Rat für Migration e.V.)

Krüger - Potratz

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    Prof. ret. Dr. Marianne Krüger-Potratz was a professor of intercultural pedagogy at Münster University until 2010. She studied Romance philology and Slavic languages as well as pedagogy. She obtained her doctorate and habilitation in comparative education on the theory and history of the Soviet Russian education system. From the mid 1970s on, she focused on intercultural education, at first in teaching, later in research. From early on, she gained special expertise in handling mechanisms concerning the national, ethnic and linguistic-cultural heterogeneity in the history of schooling and pedagogy.
    At Münster University, she established the supplementary study programme “German as Second Language/Intercultural Education” and the “Workplace Intercultural Pedagogy” in the early 1980s, in cooperation with scientific peers of other disciplines. She headed both departments until 2009/10. She founded the “Center for European Education” in cooperation with scientists from ten West and South East European universities within the framework of EU-supported (development-) projects, currently located in Zagreb.
    She has been a member of various editorial offices, currently “DDS – Die Deutsche Schule. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, Bildungspolitik und pädagogische Praxis” (“The German School. Magazine for educational science, policies, and practice”). She has been active for different work associations, including her activities as a member of the board of the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE) and at the expert committee for education constituted by the German UNESCO commission. She is active in many scientific and research policy-related (expert-) advisory boards and committees, and she is a member (of the board) of the “Migration Council” (“Rat für Migration”).

    Book publications – selection

    Krüger-Potratz, M./ Domović, V./ Gehrmann, S. et al. (ed.): Europäische Lehrerbildung. Annäherungen an ein neues Leitbild. Berichte aus West- und Südosteuropa. Münster: Waxmann (European teacher training. Outlining a new guiding principle. Reports from West- and South East Europe).

    Krüger-Potratz M./Gogolin, I.: (2010/2015): Einführung in die Interkulturelle Pädagogik. 2nd ed. Opladen: Barbara Budrich (UTB). (Introduction in intercultural pedagogy. 2nd ed., completely revised and extended 3rd ed. in 2015)

    Krüger-Potratz M. (2005): Interkulturelle Bildung. Eine Einführung. (=Lernen für Europa) Münster: Waxmann (Intercultural education. An introduction. – Learning for Europe)

    Krüger-Potratz M. (2002): Mehrsprachigkeit macht Europa. Texte und Dokumente zu Mehrsprachigkeit und Schule. (=iks interkulturelle Studien). Münster: Arbeitsstelle Interkulturelle Pädagogik. (Multilingualism constitutes Europe. Texts and documents concerning multilingualism and schools. – iks “intercultural studies”).

    Krüger-Potratz M. 2001. Bibliographisches Handbuch “Migration und Bildung” . 1. Gedruckte und elektronische Bibliografien und bibliografische Reihen. (=iks interkulturelle Studien). Münster: Arbeitsstelle Interkulturelle Pädagogik. (Bibliographical handbook “Migration and education”. 1st printed and electronic bibliographies and bibliographical series. – iks “intercultural studies”).

    Krüger-Potratz, M. (1991): Anderssein gab es nicht. Ausländer und Minderheiten in der DDR. Münster: Waxmann (Being different wasn’t an option. Foreigners and minorities in the GDR).

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    E-Mail: potratz@uni-muenster.de

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Leiprecht

Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg


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    Born in Bad Waldsee in 1955, raised bilingually (Dutch/German), grown up in Rotterdam and Stuttgart. Diploma in social education from the University of Tübingen.

    Many years of practical experience in home education, youth work, family assistance, and debt counselling. Obtained his doctorate in 1990 with an empirical study on racism among teenagers in Germany (Tübingen University). Between 1990 and 2001, residence in Amsterdam, until 1994 guest researcher at Vrije Universiteit (“Free University”), then foundation of the research office Stichting BeeldVorming & Onderzoek Internationaal. Teaching assignments in Cologne, Kassel, Hamburg, Tübingen, and Münster. Concept development, organisation, and direction of model projects concerning international youth exchange and measures of intercultural teacher training. Production of various educational films for the working fields prevention of racism, intercultural pedagogy, social-educational youth research, and international youth work. Received his postdoctoral lecturing qualification at the University of Cologne’s Chair of Pedagogy in early 2001 by submitting a comparative study on racism among teenagers in Germany and the Netherlands. Worked at the Carl von Ossietzky University since October 2001, at first as lecturer, since November 2006 professor for social education, focusing on diversity education. From April 2003 to February 2005 academic dean, then BA-MA-advisor and commissioner at the Faculty of Educational Science. From April 2005 to April 2009 Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Education and Communication in Migration Processes (IBKM). From October 2009 to April 2011 director of the Institute of Pedagogy, then until 2013 deputy director.

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    Tel: 0441 – 7982040 E-Mail: rudolf.leiprecht@uni-oldenburg.de

Prof. Dr. Hacı-Halil Uslucan

Center for Turkish Studies and Integration Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen


Diversity is our future: We have to see, recognise, respect, and appreciate differences.”

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    Prof. Dr. Haci-Halil Uslucan, certified psychologist, M.A., born on 1 January 1965 in Kayseri/Turkey.

    Studied psychology at the Free University of Berlin (FU); studied philosophy and General and Comparative Literature at FU Berlin; postgraduate programme “Semiotics” at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin).

    Habilitation in psychology in 2006. Deputy professorship for educational psychology and motivational psychology at the University Potsdam and the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg (as well as visiting professor at the University of Vienna in the 2009 summer semester).

    Scientific director at the Center for Turkish Studies and Integration Research and professor for modern Turkish studies and integration research at the University of Duisburg-Essen since August 2010.

    Focal points: Intellectual development during childhood, violence among teenagers and youth development in a cultural and intercultural context, intercultural family- and educational research, Islam and integration, health and migration.

    Most recent publications:
    Uslucan, H.-H. & Brinkmann, H. U. (2013)(ed.), Dabeisein und Dazugehören. Integration in Deutschland. Springer: Wiesbaden. (Taking part and belonging. Integration in Germany).
    Uslucan, H.- H. & Halm, D. (2011). Wie steuerbar ist Integration? Essen: Klartext. (How controllable is integration?)

    Uslucan, H.- H. (2011). Dabei und doch nicht mittendrin. Die Integration türkeistämmiger Zuwanderer. Berlin: Wagenbach Verlag. (Taking part without being present. The integration of immigrants with a Turkish background).

    Uslucan, H.-H. (2014). Jung, amoralisch und konfus? Fragen der Moral und Identität junger Heranwachsender mit und ohne Zuwanderungsgeschichte. In W. El-Gayar & K. Strunk (ed.), Integration versus Salafismus. Identitätsfindung muslimischer Jugendlicher in Deutschland (S. 11-19). Schwalbach/Ts.: Wochenschau Verlag. (Young, amoral, and lost? Questions concerning the moral and identity of young adolescents with and without a migrational background. In: El-Gayar, W., & Strunk, K. [ed.]: Integration versus Salafism. Shaping the identity of Muslim teenagers in Germany, pp. 11-19).

    Uslucan, H.-H. (2014). Diskriminierung. In Ö. Ezdil & G. Staupe (ed.), Das neue Deutschland. Von Migration und Vielfalt (S. 124-127). Konstanz: University Press. (Discrimination. In: Ezdil, Ö., & Staupe, G. [ed.]: The new Germany. Concerning migration and diversity, pp. 124-127).
    Uslucan, H.-H. (2014). Teilhabe in Vielfalt: Einfluss von Minderheiten stärken und Diskriminierungen abbauen. In M. Krüger-Potratz & Ch. Schröder  (ed.), Vielfalt als Leitmotiv (S. 127-133). Göttingen: V & R Unipress. (Participation in diversity: Strengthening the impact of minorities and dismantling discrimination. In: Krüger-Potratz, M., & Schröder, Ch. [ed.]: Diversity as a guiding theme, pp. 127-133).

  • contact

    Tel.: +49 (0)201 183-4909 E-Mail: haci.uslucan@uni-due.de

Prof. Dr. Ursula Neumann

University of Hamburg


“My main concern in researching and teaching is to consider diversity as a normalcy as well as to take into account that the plurality of languages, educational qualifications, and cultural expressions is a necessary condition for education.”

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    Ursula Neumann was born in 1949. She is a professor at the University of Hamburg’s Institute of Intercultural and International Comparative Education, a member of the research group DiVER (“Diversity in Education Research”), and deputy director at the Academy of World Religions.
    Her work priorities are: education and migration, integration and migration policies, intercultural education, the educational situation of young refugees, law on aliens and the right to asylum, religion and inter-religious dialogue.
    Between 1999 and 2002, Ursula Neumann was the senate’s commissioner of migration policy in the
    Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Since 2004, she is an executive of the foundation “Umdenken” (“rethink”), the Hamburg State Foundation of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. She is a member of the Council of Experts constituted by the German Foundations for Integration and Migration in Berlin.

    Most relevant publications:

      • Neumann, U.: Erziehung ausländischer Kinder. Er-ziehungsziele und Bildungsvorstellungen in türkischen Arbeiterfamilien. Düsseldorf 1980. ( Educating foreign children. Goals and ideas of education in Turkish working class families)

      • Gogolin, I./ U. Neumann: Großstadt-Grundschule. Münster, New York 1997. (Primary school in the metropolis.)

      • Neumann, U. (ed.): Islamische Theologie. Internationale Beiträge zur Hamburger Debatte. Hamburg 2002. (Islamic theology. International contributions to the Hamburg debate.)

      • Neumann, U., H. Niedrig, J. Schroeder and L. H. Seukwa (ed.): Lernen am Rande der Gesellschaft. Bildungsinstitutionen im Spiegel von Flüchtlingsbiographien. Münster, New York 2003. (Learning at the peripheries of society. Educational institutions occurring in refugees’ biographies).

      • Neumann, U.; Niedrig, H.; Schroeder, J.; Seukwa, L. H. (ed.): Learning at the peripheries of society. Educational institutions occurring in refugees’ biographies. Münster, New York 2003.

      • Neumann, U., Gogolin, I. (ed.): Streitfall Zweisprachigkeit – The Bilingualism Controversy. Münster: Waxmann 2009

      • Neumann, U., J. Schneider (ed.): Schule mit Migrationshintergrund. Münster: Waxmann 2011. (School with an immigration background.)

      • Friederike Dobutowitsch, Ursula Neumann, Ute Michel, Tanja Salem: Netzwerke für durch-gängige Sprachbildung 2. Qualitätsmerkmale für Sprachbildungsnetzwerke. Münster: Waxmann 2013 (Networks for consistent language learning 2: Quality characteristics for language learning networks.)

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    Phone: +49-40-42838 2170 E-Mail: Ursula.neumann@uni-hamburg.de

Prof. Dr. Annedore Prengel

Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main


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    Senior professor at Goethe University Frankfurt (half teaching load)

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    E-Mail: aprengel@uni-potsdam.de

Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries

Ruhr University Bochum


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    Born in 1953 in Füchtorf/North Rhine-Westphalia. After graduating from the public high school Laurentianum Warendorf in 1972, military service and training as a mechanical engineer. Worked as a toolmaker until 1980.

    Attended the diploma study programme in social science at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) from 1980 to 1985, followed by obtaining a PhD in 1989. Acquired his habilitation at FAU University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Research assistant at FAU’s Institute of Sociology between 1985 and 1990. At the same time research assistant at Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (“social research facility”). Received a post doc- and habilitation scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) between 1990 and 1994. Worked at the endowment chair Pierre Naville at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 1999 research professorship and stand-in professor. Research project manager at DFG between 1999 and 2001. Professor at Ruhr University Bochum since 2001.

    Focal points: migration sociology and research on transnationalisation, sociology of work and organisation, life course research, international comparative social research applying quantitative and qualitative methods. Research and teaching activities in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and the USA. Competitive acquisition of third-party funds for over 20 projects in the amount of over EUR 3 million, facilitating mainly fundamental research.

    Publications: 15 books (including six as a co-author), over 70 articles in scientific journals (including 50 evaluated in a double-blind procedure), publisher and co-publisher of 22 academic books (including 6 in English and 5 in Spanish), over 110 book contributions (including over 90 as the sole author); co-publisher and council member of 6 scientific journals.

    Member of the board (since 2005) and spokesperson at the German Sociological Association (2009-2011) for the section Migration and Ethnic Minorities; board member of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict/RUB; dean of the Faculty for Social Science at RUB (2004-2006); appointee for the Office of Cooperation RUB-IG Metall (“Industrial Union of Metal Workers”) since 2001; representative of the rector’s office at RUB (2008-2011); member of the Council of Experts constituted by the German Foundations for Integration and Migration since 2011; spokesperson for the committee organising the 36th conference of the German Sociological Association (2011-2012).

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    Tel.: 0234-32-25429 E-Mail: ludger.pries@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

Claudia Schanz

Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and the Arts


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    Tel.: 0511/120-7160 Fax: 0511/120-99-7160 E-Mail: Claudia.Schanz@mk.niedersachsen.de

Dr. Claudia Schneider

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    Claudia is  a Reader in Migration Studies  at the Department of Education and Social Care of Anglia Ruskin University. Her main research areas relate to (i) migration, transnationalisation and education, (ii) European migration from the former EU Accession countries, (iii) asylum policy and (iv) migration theory. She completed her PhD (Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science) in 2006 on German asylum policy and she has led and co-led several national and European research projects on migration and welfare since 2005, e.g. a longitudinal study on migration from the Accession  countries in the East of England (funded by the East of England Development Agency 2008-2011) and a project on migrants’ needs as part of a wider European project (funded by Community Action Dacorum 2007 who had received funding from the ESF). Claudia has recently completed a three-year project (with the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University) on pupils who have English as an additional language (2013-2015; funded by the Bell Foundation). She is leading the FHSCE Core Research Group of Social Inclusion and has published widely on migration.

  • contact

    Department of Education and Social Care, FHSCE

    East Road Campus (Young Street)

    Cambridge CB1 1PT

    Tel. 0845 196 2556

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim


Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Zentrum für Bildungsintegration.
Diversity und Demokratie in Migrationsgesellschaften

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Universitätsplatz 1
31141 Hildesheim

E-Mail: zbi@uni-hildesheim.de
Fon: +49 (0)5121 - 883 10120
Fax: +49 (0)5121 - 883 10121

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