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- Political Sociology
- Cultural Sociology
- Sociology of Migration
- Sociology of Emotions
- Qualitative Social Research
|From 02/2020||Lecturer (Akademische Rätin) at Passau University, Chair of Sociology|
|10/2014 – 01/2020||Lecturer (Akademische Rätin auf Zeit) at Göttingen University, Institute of Sociology, Göttingen, Germany (Department III Cultural Sociology, Professor Matthias Koenig), from 08/2015-12/2016 on Maternity Leave (https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/494650.html)|
|01/2014 – 09/2014||Research Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in London, UK (Affiliated with Monika Krause, PhD, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London)|
|01/2012 – 09/2014||Lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at Bamberg University, Department of Social Sciences, Bamberg, Germany (Chair for Sociological Theory and Comparative Macrosociology, Professor Richard Münch), from 04/2012 – 09/2014 on Maternity Leave|
|08/2007 – 03/2008||Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at Passau University, Department of Philosophy, Passau, Germany (Chair for Sociology, Professor Maurizio Bach).|
Non-Academic Professional Experience
|04/2011 – 12/2011||Project Officer at Eurice (European Research and Project Office), Saarbrücken, Germany.|
Coordination and Administration of EU Funded Research Projects (FP7).
|10/2005 – 09/2007||Manager of ”Perspektive Osteuropa [Eastern European Chances]” at Passau University, Germany.|
Conceptualization, Organization and Realization of Public Events Focusing on Eastern Europe.
Fellowships, Awards, and Grants
|2014-2015||Postdoctoral Research Stipend by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a Research Stay in London, UK.|
Awarded full stipend for the duration of 12 months with possibility of extension (39.816 respectively 79.632 Euro).
|2009/2010||Foreign Exchange Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a Research Stay at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University New York.|
Awarded full stipend for the duration of nine months (top up of 11.700 Euro on the doctoral fellowship).
|2008-2011||Doctoral Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG).|
Awarded full stipend based on academic merit and quality of the research proposal for the duration of three years (39.708 Euro).
|2006||Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).|
Awarded full tuition reimbursement and stipend for participation in the summer school ‘Ukrainian Culture and Language’ at Ivan-Franko-University, Lviv, Ukraine.
|2003||Fellowship of the Socrates Comenius Program.|
Awarded stipend for a 3-month social work project with disabled pupils at a primary school in Racibórz, Poland.
|2002-2003||Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).|
Awarded full tuition reimbursement and stipend for a semester abroad in Poznań, Poland based on academic merit for the duration of six months.
|2012||“Nationale Identität im Wandel. Deutscher Intellektuellendiskurs zwischen Tradition und Weltkultur“ [National Identity Change. German Intellectual Discourse In-between Tradition and World Culture]. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.|
Journal Articles (* peer reviewed; **SSCI-ranked)
|2020**||“Exploring Disjuncture: Elite Students’ Use of Cosmopolitanism”. In Identities, 27(2), 173-190. doi: 10.1080/1070289X.2018.1441691|
|2020**||"Mass-Mediated Discourse on Emotion and the Feeling Rules it Conveys: The Case of the Sarrazin Debate". In Current Sociology 68(3), 390-407. doi: 10.1177/0011392117751574|
|2019**||“Giving Back to the World, the Nation, and the Family: Young Elite Cosmopolitans and Their Notions of Solidarity”. In Young. Online First. doi: 10.1177/1103308818817633|
|2018**||(with Florian Töpfl) "Targeting dominant publics: How counterpublic commenters align their efforts with mainstream news". In New Media & Society 20(5), 2011-2027.|
|2015**||(with Florian Töpfl) "Public Spheres in Interaction: Comment Sections of News Websites as Counterpublic Spaces". In Journal of Communication 65(3), 465-488.|
|2015**||“Claiming the Nation for the People. The Dynamics of Representative Claim-Making in Public Discourse about National Identity and Integration”. In Nations & Nationalism. 21(1), 83-101.|
|2013*||“Latent but Not Less Powerful: The Holocaust as an Argumentative Resource in German National Identity Discourse”. In German Politics & Society 31(3), 1-26.|
|2017||Journal Article: "Ein deutsches Jahrzehnt? Der deutsche Identitätsdiskurs als ein Happy End unter Vorbehalt [A German Decade? German National Identity Discourse as a Happy End Under Reverse]". In Indes 6(3), 83-92.|
|2009||Book Chapter: “Zu den Voraussetzungen kultureller Grenzüberschreitung. Die Briefe der Ermländerin Marta Hermanowska aus den Jahren 1945-1952 in der Perspektive von Alfred Schütz' Überlegungen zum Fremden [Crossing Cultural Borders. The Letters of Marta Hermanowska from 1945-1952 in the Perspective of Alfred Schütz’ Essay on the Alien]”. In D. Gräf & V. Schmöller (Eds.), Grenzen. Konstruktionen und Bedeutungen (pp. 87-110). Passau: Verlag Karl Stutz.|
Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie & Sozialpsychologie, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Ongoing (from 2018): The perception of symbolic borders by Germans with migration background
Within the framework of this project I conduct interviews with three groups of "Germans with a migration background": Germans with Polish background, Germans with Turkish background and black Germans. I am interested in whether, despite their German citizenship (and thus formal membership), they perceive symbolic boundaries between their groups and "the Germans" and how they deal with them. The central question here is what answers they develop when they are discriminated against or stigmatized. In this context I am also and above all interested in the cultural resources (specific discourses and patterns of interpretation, but also emotions, religion and law) that are available to them in dealing with symbolic boundaries (or perceived discrimination and stigmatization) and the factors that influence access to these resources (media, networks, social positions). The project is comparative in nature and ties in with debates on emotional sociology, migration sociology and cultural sociology.
1. The German discourse on national identity since the 1980s (project period: 2008-2012)
Within my doctoral thesis, I dealt with central debates on German national identity (including the Historians' Controversy, the unification debate and the Leitkultur debate) and examined how central ideas about what the German nation is and who legitimately belongs to it, how one should behave towards it and what significance the Nazi era should have for the present, changed. A central result of the work is that the traditional idea of a culturally and ethnically constituted German nation has been replaced by a pluralistic understanding of the nation and that this change has been accompanied by a renegotiated consensus on how to deal with the Nazi era. Furthermore, the change in the German understanding of the nation had important consequences with regard to the legitimacy of national pride and patriotism. Furthermore, I argue that this multidimensional change can be interpreted as the effect of "world culture" (John W. Meyer).
Publications from this project are:
Piwoni, Eunike. 2012. "Nationale Identität im Wandel. Deutscher Intellektuellendiskurs zwischen Tradition und Weltkultur". Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
Piwoni, Eunike. 2013. "Latent but Not Less Powerful: The Holocaust as an Argumentative Resource in German National Identity Discourse". German Politics & Society 31(3), 1-26. doi: 10.3167/gps.2013.310301
Piwoni, Eunike. 2017. „Ein deutsches Jahrzehnt? Der deutsche Identitätsdiskurs als ein Happy End unter Vorbehalt". Indes 6(3), 83-92. doi: 10.13109/inde.2017.6.3.83
2. Online comment sections as spaces for counter-publicity (project period: 2013-2017)
In a joint project with Florian Töpfl (FU Berlin), I did research on the comment sections of online newspapers. Specifically, we investigated the week after the penultimate federal election (2013), in which the AfD narrowly missed its entry into parliament, and collected both the coverage of opinion-leading online newspapers on this event and all comments posted under the articles listed below. With our study, we were able to show empirically for the first time that counter-publics are forming in the commentary sections of online newspapers. Nevertheless, these counter-publics are shaped by the structures of the debate in opinion-leading newspapers, as central frames are taken over. For this project, I co-developed the theoretical framework, created the codebook and coded the data (22 articles, 3154 comments).
Publications from this project are:
Toepfl, Florian and Piwoni, Eunike. 2015. "Public Spheres in Interaction: Comment Sections of News Websites as Counterpublic Spaces". Journal of Communication 65(3), 465-488. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12156
Toepfl, Florian and Piwoni, Eunike. 2017. "Targeting dominant publics: How counterpublic commenters align their efforts with mainstream news". New Media & Society. Online First. doi: 10.1177/1461444817712085
3. Cosmopolitanism and young elites (project period: 2013-2018)
As part of a postdoctoral fellowship (DFG), I conducted interviews with international students at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2014 about their self-image as cosmopolitans. The aim of the project was to understand how they use the dominant (and at the same time elitist) cosmopolitan Leitkultur at a university like the LSE as a resource for their everyday life and what paradoxes arise in this context. I was also interested in the narratives they develop when they argue about where they want to work and live after graduation and the role they assign to national and local affinities. A rather surprising result, against the background of current debates on the phenomenon of elite cosmopolitanism, was the central importance these young elites attach to their nuclear family.
Publications from this project are:
Piwoni, Eunike. 2014. "Myria Georgiou: Media and the City: Cosmopolitanism and Difference". Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture 5(1), 179-181.
Piwoni, Eunike. 2018b. “Exploring Disjuncture: Elite Students’ Use of Cosmopolitanism”. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Online First.
4. The construction of symbolic boundaries in the public discourse on the integration of immigrants (project period: 2013-2018)
In a project partly funded by the Women's Fund of the University of Bamberg, I examined the Sarrazin debate with a view to the question of how boundaries were constructed and modified in this debate. On the one hand, I took a representational theory perspective, which enabled me to show that a central moment within the debate was the perception of Sarrazin as the "voice of the people". This significantly influenced the course of the debate. I was thus able to show a mechanism by which elites and "the common people" jointly construct boundaries.
Furthermore, the Sarrazin debate was characterized by a discourse on emotions that established different "Feeling Rules" for "autochthonous Germans" on the one hand and "Germans with a Muslim background" on the other: Germans were allowed to have emotions, while Germans with a migration background were asked to control their emotions. The argument I am developing in the case of the Sarrazin debate is therefore that "Feeling Rules" are spread through public discourse, which stabilize symbolic boundaries and distribute recognition unequally.
Publications from this project are:
Piwoni, Eunike. 2015. "Claiming the nation for the people: the dynamics of representation in German public discourse about immigrant integration". Nations and Nationalism, 21(1), 83-101. doi: 10.1111/nana.12084
Piwoni, Eunike. 2018a. "Mass-Mediated Discourse on Emotion and the Feeling Rules it Conveys: The Case of the Sarrazin Debate". Current Sociology. Online First. doi: 10.1177/0011392117751574