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Alumnae_Alumni: PhD programme

Alumnae_Alumni: PhD programme

PhD programme “Educational integration”

Within the framework of the foundation of the Center for Educational Integration (ZBI), the PhD programme on “Educational integration” was installed in April 2014. Between the summer semester of 2014 and April 2017, ten graduate fellows were supported with scholarships. Furthermore, three associated members attended the lectures. The PhD projects highlight important educational issues of an immigrant society, foreshadowing trailblazing results for academic research and educational practice. The PhD programme was headed by Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi and coordinated by Nurten Karakaş (karakas@uni-hildesheim.de).

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Seyran Bostancı

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    Seyran Bostancı studied social sciences (M.A.) at Humboldt University Berlin. After graduating, she received a scholarship within the funding line “Humboldt Research Track Scholarship”, being part of the Excellence Initiative of Humboldt University. During her studies, she participated in many research projects as a student assistant, e.g. an international study concerning the psycho-social health of people with a migrant background as well as a study concerning the intercultural opening of the psycho-social health system at Charité Berlin. She also cooperated on an expertise for the Federal Agency of Migration and Refugees on the topic “Cooperating with migrants’ organisations” and on a qualitative study on the topic “Creating a dialogue. Parents with an Afghan origin and what they expect from the educational system in Germany during their children’s early development”. In addition to these projects, she works as a trainer and advisor for prejudice-conscious education at the specialist unit “Kinderwelten” (“children’s worlds”) at Institut für den Situationsansatz (ISTA, “Institute of the situational approach”). In her PhD project, she examines the potential of school projects to diminish educational inequality.


  • contact

    E-Mail: bostanci@uni-hildesheim.de

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Friederike Dobutowitsch

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    Dissertation project: “Regarding multilingualism caused by migration and its importance for the educational strategies of students” (working title)

    Friederike Dobutowitsch is a certified pedagogue focussing on diversity-conscious and linguistic education. After finishing her studies, she was active in the field of youth work and developing strategies for the intercultural opening of youth association work. As a research assistant at the FÖRMIG centre of excellence at the University of Hamburg, she focused on issues concerning living, learning and teaching in bilingual and multilingual constellations. She was especially active in networks of linguistic education where she boosted the practical transfer of scientific research on cooperating and networking. In her dissertation project, she is examining academic multilingualism caused by migration.

    Research interests and focal points:

    Social and individual multilingualism, consistent promoting of language learning, networks for language learning, intercultural opening of educational institutions

    Salem, Tanja; Neumann, Ursula; Michel, Ute; Dobutowitsch, Friederike (ed.) (2013): Netzwerke für durchgängige Sprachbildung 1. Grundlagen und Fallbeispiele. Münster u.a.: Waxmann. (Networks for consistent promoting of language learning 1. Basics and case studies.)

    Dobutowitsch, Friederike; Neumann,  Ursula; Michel, Ute; Salem, Tanja; in collaboration with Ingrid Deserno,  Manfred Enzinger,  Gabriele Grosser,  Sandra Harder,  Franz Kaiser Trujillo,  Burkhard Leber,  Claudia Schanz (2013): Netzwerke für durchgängige Sprachbildung 2. Qualitätsmerkmale für Sprachbildungsnetzwerke. Münster u.a.: Waxmann. (Networks for consistent promoting of language learning 2. Quality characteristics of language learning networks.)

  • contact

    E-Mail: dobutowi@uni-hildesheim.de

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Sabine Hoffmann

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    “Refugees Welcome?: Self-interpretations of volunteers in the field of refugee aid in Germany” (working title)

    About Sabine Hoffmann:

    Sabine Hoffmann holds a diploma in education from the University of Bielefeld. After graduating, she worked for the initiative ArbeiterKind.de. The cooperation project with the University of Osnabrück was a mentoring project against social inequality among pupils of vocational schools.

    Within the framework of the PhD programme “educational integration”, Sabine Hoffmann examines racism and social power structures from an educational angle. She analyses the meaning of constructions of differences and the according dichotomies.

    In her work, she highlights power asymmetries and their impact on flight, biography, and support by civil movements. The interdependence between discourse and subject is one of her main interests.


    Research interests / Focal points:

      • Volunteer work with refugees

      • Anti-racist pedagogy of differences

      • Discourse and biography research

  • contact

    E-Mail: sabine.hoffmann@uni-hildesheim.de

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Dilek İkiz

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    Dissertation project – working title: What privileged parents do to reproduce educational inequality

    About Dilek İkiz:

    Dilek İkiz studied social sciences (M.A.) at Humboldt University Berlin. After graduating, she received a scholarship within the funding line “Humboldt Research Track Scholarship”, being part of the Excellence Initiative of the Humboldt University.

    Her first experience in scientific research arose from her time as a student assistant at the Humboldt University Berlin’s Institute of social sciences, in the teaching fields “International politics” and “Sociology of work and gender relations”. She also worked for two research projects at the Charité Universitätsmedizin (Charité Medical School) Berlin.

    She addresses the question if and how privileged parents contribute to perpetuating their own privileged position and the privileged position their children occupy in the educational system.

    Reasearch interests / Focal points

      • Circumstances of social inequality, educational inequality

      • Migration

      • Discrimination

      • Racism

  • contact

    E-Mail: ikiz.dilek@uni-hildesheim.de

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Nurten Karakaş

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    Dissertation project: “Racism experienced by teachers with a migration background in German schools”

    About Nurten Karakaş:

    Nurten Karakaş studied educational science at the Technical University of Berlin. Following her studies, she founded a youth welfare agency which she ran for ten years. The agency’s work priorities are providing inpatient assistance for unaccompanied minor refugees and outpatient assistance for families mostly with a migration background. She was a lecturer at Alice Salomon University Berlin, the Theological University of Friedensau and Hildesheim University Foundation among other institutions. At Free University (FU) Berlin, she took part in the research project “Vielfalt im Lehrerzimmer“ (“Diversity in the staff room”) in her capacity as a research assistant. In her dissertation she discusses the issue of how teaching staff with a migration background deal with (experiencing) racism in schools and which coping strategies they have developed.

    Nurten Karakaş is the coordinator as well as an associate member of the PhD programme Educational Integration

    Research interests:

      • Theories on racism

      • Concepts of diversity

      • Intercultural orientation and the opening up of organisations

      • Migration

    motionskollegs und zugleich assoziiertes Mitglied im Promotionskolleg Forschungsinteressen:

    • Rassismustheorien
    • Diversity-Konzepte
    • Interkulturelle Orientierung und Öffnung von Organisationen
    • Migration
  • contact

    E-Mail: nurten_karakas@hotmail.com

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Filiz Keküllüoğlu

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    Filiz Keküllüoğlu is the coordinator of the Center for Educational Integration – Diversity and Democracy in Immigrant Societies, and a research assistant at the Chair of Diversity Education at the Hildesheim University Foundation. She is completing a doctoral thesis on “Transnational education paths to the university in Germany and Turkey – How people who have migrated become migrants (as a static and hereditary state)“

    She has gained extensive experience in the field of diversity within Heinrich Böll Foundation’s programme “Social participation and fair career advancement opportunities” and at the Department of Migration and Diversity as well as at the Institute of Race Relations in London. She has also been the spokesperson for Amnesty International Germany’s expert commission on gender equality and diversity since 2012. Filiz Keküllüoğlu is a political scientist, studied at the University of Mannheim (BA) and at King’s College London with a focus on international conflict studies (MA).

    Her work and research focusses include diversity (education), social inequalities within the education system, empowerment and anti-racist education in theory and practice as well as the trans-nationalisation approach.

    Filiz Keküllüoğlu is an associated member of the PhD programme.

    Immigrant Societies


    Georgi, Viola B.; Filiz Keküllüoğlu (2017). Integration – Inklusion. In: Marianne Krüger-Potratz et al.: Handbuch. Interkulturelle Pädagogik. (Integration – inclusion. In: Marianne Krüger-Potratz et al.: Handbook intercultural pedagogy).(to be published)

    Keküllüoğlu, Filiz; Deniz Yıldırım (2016). L’accueil des réfugiés en Allemagne : la construction d’une identité collective entre solidarité et démarcation. Migrations Société, 2016/4 (N° 166), pp. 37-52. (The reception of refugees in Germany: the construction of a collective identity between solidarity and demarcation).

    Viola Georgi, Filiz Keküllüoğlu (2016). Was macht Schule: Diskriminierung in deutschen Bildungseinrichtungen muss offener thematisiert werden – auch von Lehrer_innen. Ads aktuell 05 | 2016. Newsletter der Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes 25. November 2016, S. 4. (Setting a precedent: discrimination at German education institution has to be addressed more frankly – even by teachers. In: Newsletter of the Federal anti-discrimination office, 25 November 2016, p. 4.)

    Keküllüoğlu, Filiz (2015). „Partizipationspolitik auf Augenhöhe – Macht Grün einen Unterschied“. In: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (ed.). Macht Grün den Unterschied? Demokratiereformen in den Bundesländern, S. 136-144. (Participation policy among equal partners – Does the Green Party make a difference”. In: Heinrich Böll Foundation (ed.). Does the Green Party make the difference? Reforming democracy in the federal states, pp. 136-144.)

  • contact

    E-Mail: filiz.kekuellueoglu@uni-hildesheim.de

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Samuel Mund

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    Dissertation project: The importance of music ethnology in the framework of music education

    About Samuel Mund:

    Samuel Mund studied political science, sociology, and German linguistics (M.A.) at Leibniz University Hanover. His work experience includes staff memberships as a student assistant as well as a research assistant on a sound archive digitalisation project in Hanover, Egypt, and Iran, employed by the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media as well as the Center for World Music at Hildesheim University. Furthermore lectureship at the Institute of Sociology at Hanover University and freelance work as social scientist at Arpos Institute Hanover. In his research work, he analyses the academic field of music ethnology, focusing in particular on music educational concepts in transcultural societies.

    Research interests:

      • Methods of qualitative social research

      • Sociology of knowledge and history of science

      • Figurational sociology

      • Cultural anthropology/ethnology

  • contact

    E-Mail: cwm_mund@uni-hildesheim.de

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Anne Piezunka

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    Working title: Development of inclusive quality criteria by school inspections

    About Anne Piezunka:

    Anne Piezunka completed the master’s programme in sociology (M.A.) at the Free University (FU) Berlin. During her studies, she was a staff member at the educational institution SWiM Bildung, working on many educational projects, e.g. “Studenten machen Schule” (“Students shaping school”). During her work, she gained an insight into an everyday school setting. As a scientific assistant at WZB Berlin Social Science Center, she looked into issues of implementing inclusive and integration measures.

    In her doctoral project, she discusses which quality criteria for inclusion at school are commonly considered valid and she questions in how far the German school inspection evaluate these criteria.

    Research interests:

      • Implementing inclusion

      • Education inequality

      • Teacher training

  • contact

    E-Mail: piezunka@uni-hildesheim.de

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Sara Poma Poma

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    Dissertation project: World powers as a topic of political education. An empirical enquiry concerning representations of China and the USA (working title)

    About Sara Poma Poma:

    Sara Poma Poma studied social sciences at the Georg August University in Göttingen. After graduating, she was a junior professional in the programme “Civil Society & Good Local Governance” carried out by Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (“German Development Service”) in Hanoi, Vietnam. From 2008 to 2013, she was the project coordinator East and South-East Asia for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin. Most recently, she managed third-party-funded projects of political education at the Leibniz University of Hanover’s Institute of Political Science. Since June 2014, she holds a scholarship in the PhD programme of the Center for Educational Integration – Diversity and Democracy in Migration Societies at Hildesheim University.

    Research focus and interests

    •    Global learning

    •    Intercultural communication

    •    Political learning and teaching research

    •    Youth and adult education

    •    Development cooperation

    •    Geographical focus: Germany, China, and Vietnam

  • contact

    E-Mail: pomasa@uni-hildesheim.de

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Nicholas Paul Stone

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    Dissertation: An empirical research project accompanying the orientation course “Managing Diversity: teaching tolerance, gender equality, and religious freedom in German civic orientation courses”

    About Nicholas Paul Stone:

    Nicholas Stone studied political science and sociology (Hon. B.A.) at the University of Toronto (2009) and European political science (M.A.) at the City University of Applied Sciences (2013) in Bremen. In 2012, he attended an integration course in Bremen in order to both improve his German skills and learn how to promote culture. His dissertation evolves around the following questions:

      • What does integration as a learning objective mean? In which respect does integration mean that immigrants have to fit into their social surroundings?

      • Is it adequate to say that the course materials are appropriate in regard to theories of “managing cultural diversity” (e.g. assimilation, interculturalism, multiculturalism, etc.)?

      • What does “typically German” mean? Who are the Germans? What is an ideal or a typical immigrant?

      • How are the concepts of human rights, equality, religious freedom, and tolerance constructed by means of the course materials?

    Research interests:

      • Immigration and integration

      • Intercultural competence and cooperation

      • History and development of migration in Europe and Germany

  • contact

    E-Mail: stonen@uni-hildesheim.de

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Lena Tessmer

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    Working title: The perception of physical strain by athletic talents

    About Lena Tessmer:

    Lena Tessmer studied pedagogy in Vechta and Augsburg where she already focused on sports pedagogy and psychology in her diploma thesis titled “Personality and emotion in sporting competitions”. As a student assistant, she worked on several studies in a school and sports environment. In the postgraduate master’s course “Applied sports psychology” in Halle/Saale, she intensified her interest in this research area. Her master’s thesis evolved around the “Analysis of dysfunctional cognitive patterns among adolescents engaged in competitive swimming”. Her research project is located at the residential sports school LOTTO in the association “LandesSportBund Niedersachsen e.V.”.

    Research interest / Focal points:

      • Sports pedagogy and psychology

      • Athletic talents

      • Physically disabled people in competitive sports

      • People with a migration background in competitive sports

      • The system of competitive sports in Germany

  • contact

    E-Mail: tessmer@uni-hildesheim.de

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Katjuscha von Werthern

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    Working title: “The participation of parents in democratic school development. An individual case study concerning the conditions of success and limitations of participatory approaches in the collaboration between school representatives and parents.”

    About Katjuscha von Werthern:

    Katjuscha von Werthern holds a diploma in social education. She is a mediator, consultant of school development, and founding member of the “Institut für Demokratieentwicklung – I.D.E” (“Institute of Democratic Development”). Since 2003, Katjuscha von Werthern has worked in and with schools. She focuses on the strengthening and participation of children and parents as well as on mentoring the (democratic) school development.

    In her PhD project, Katjuscha von Werthern examines the possibilities and limitations of democratic school development by tracing the long-term development of an elementary school. Her focus is the difficult cooperation between the school and parents with a migration background.

    Research interest / Focal points:

      • Democratic school development

      • parental distribution
      • (In)Equality in educational opportunities

      • Education

      • institutional discrimination


    Werthern, Katjuscha: Zusammenarbeit von Eltern, Schule, Schulsozialarbeit. In: Ahmed, Sarina; Baier, Florian; Fischer, Martina (ed.): Schulsozialarbeit in Grundschulen. Konzepte und Methoden für eine Praxis mit Kindern und Familien. Verlag Barbara Budrich: Opladen & Farmington Hills. (The cooperation between parents, school representatives, and school social workers. In: Ahmed, Sarina; Baier, Florian; Fischer, Martina (ed.): Social work at elementary schools. Concepts and methods for a children and parents-orientated practise.) (to be published)

    Werthern, Katjuscha (2017): Eltern, Schule, Aushandlung: Chancen und Grenzen demokratischer Schulentwicklung im Kontext von Vielfalt. IDE Online-Journal 4 (1) 2017. (http://www.ide-journal.org/article/2017-volume-4-number-1-eltern-schule-aushandlung-chancen-und-grenzen-demokratischer-schulentwicklung-im-kontext-von-vielfalt/). (Parents, school, negotiation: Chances and limits of democratic school development in the context of diversity).

    Werthern, Katjuscha and Nguyen, Toan Quoc (2014): Kinderrechte im schulischen Alltag wahren und stärken. Eine partizipatorisch-demokratische Perspektive. In: Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (ed.): Reader Schulsozialarbeit – Band 2
    Hintergründe und Empfehlungen zu zentralen Querschnittsthemen eines komplexen Handlungsfeldes. Berlin. (Preserving and strengthening of children’s rights in an every day school environment. A participatory and democratic perspective. In: German Red Cross (ed.): Reader Social Work at School – Volume 2. Backgrounds and advice concerning a complex field of action with substantial cross-sectoral issues).

    Werthern, Katjuscha (2014): Eine Frage der Haltung: Von Elternarbeit zur Zusammenarbeit von Eltern und Schule. In: Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (ed.): Reader Schulsozialarbeit – Band 2
    Hintergründe und Empfehlungen zu zentralen Querschnittsthemen eines komplexen Handlungsfeldes. Berlin. (A question of attitude: from parents’ work to collaboration between parents and school representatives. In: German Red Cross (ed.): Reader Social Work at School – Volume 2. Backgrounds and advice concerning a complex field of action with substantial cross-sectoral issues.

    Werthern, Katjuscha (2007): Knotenpunkt Schulstation. Bildung im Zusammenhang von Familie,     Schule und Jugendhilfe. VDM: Saarbrücken. (School support hub. Education at the junction of family, school, and youth welfare).

  • contact

    E-Mail: werthern@uni-hildesheim.de

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Jolanta Voß

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    Dissertation project: Diversity in German charity organisations

    About Jolanta Voß:

    Jolanta Voß studied social work at the University of Vilnius in Lithuania and at Evangelische Fachhochschule Hanover (“Protestant University of Applied Sciences”) as well as social and organisational pedagogy (M.A.) at Hildesheim University. Her professional experiences include positions as an advisor for voluntary service at the state association Lower Saxony of the German Red Cross and as a research assistant at Hildesheim University’s Institute of Social and Organisational Pedagogy, working on the research project “Equal opportunities in structured doctoral sponsorship”. In her dissertation, she addresses the question: How do charity organisations establish Diversity Management?

    Research interests:

      • Methods of qualitative social research

      • Concepts of diversity

      • Intercultural orientation and the opening up of organisations

      • Gender and migration

      • university research/ structures of scientific talent development
  • contact

    E-Mail: jolanta.voss@uni-hildesheim.de

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim


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

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
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