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University of Hamburg, Institute for Sociology (UHH)

The Institute of Sociology at the University of Hamburg is dedicated to gender studies, governance, and migration studies. Several professors from the Institute of Sociology and other units of the Faculty are participating with their international research projects in the Centre of Excellence founded in 2002 have formed a research network on processes of globalisation, comparative analysis of the transformation of social welfare systems and the question of governance. The research team of the UHH focuses on issues of gender, migration, and governance and methods of empirical research and visual studies.

Allende-Platz 1, D-20146 Hamburg, Germany
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Prof. Marianne Pieper (senior scholar) studied sociology, economics, politics, psychology and educational sciences. She is Associate professor of sociology at the University of Hamburg (1991-1992); researcher at the University of Hamburg (1990-1995) and visiting professor in qualitative methods of social research at the University of Kassel (1994-1996). Since 1996 she is Professor of Sociology (Gender Studies, Social Inequalities and Methods of Social Research) at the University of Hamburg, Institute of Sociology. She conducted research on the production of subjectivity under conditions of poverty and marginalisation and on non-adult African refugees. She conducted a project on New forms of Intimacy and Family Life and coordinated two international projects with partners from several European Member States: (a) “From welfare to work-poverty and social exclusion in a migration society” and (b) “Housework and Caretaking: Strategies of reconciliation in different family units (Gender, class and ethnic inequalities)”.

Vassilis Tsianos (senior researcher) holds a BA in Sociology and a MA in Sociology of migration and racism. His PhD thesis discusses the relationship between new Migration and Precarity in the EU. He teaches theoretical sociology and migration studies at the University of Hamburg. He also worked as a Fellow Researcher in the project “Transit Migration” (2003-2005) investigating European border regimes and new forms of migration in South Eastern Europe (financed by the German Federal Cultural Foundation).

Brigitta Kuster (researcher) is artist, author and filmmaker. Her works focuses issues such as the representation of work, gender and sexual identity, migration and (post)colonialism. She was part of the project Transit Migration, a transdisciplinary research, film, art, and sound project that builds on the collaborative efforts of academics, filmmakers, media activists, and artists. It examined the ways in which actual trans-national migration movements are transforming Europe and asked how, and whether, it is possible to represent this reality in academic discourse, in the media, and in art. Actually she is working on a film project together with Moise Mabouna on Cameroon/German/Swiss colonial memories and their respective disrupts.