Re-Storying a Past that Lies Between Us. An exploration of German-Russian Family Histories in the Soviet Union.

Submitted as a Master’s thesis, the research emanates from autobiographic uncertainties and questions concerning the German-Russian family history in the former Soviet Union. In the face of assumptions of transgenerational traumatization, the author sets out to explore in what ways second and third generation German-Russians living in Germany today are affected by their families’ past experiences in the Soviet Union. Through in-depth Narrative Research based on interviews with six individuals, the analysis circles around theoretically derived concepts of time, unsayability and victimization. It concludes that, while shadows and ghosts of the past accompany us all, generalized ascriptions of transgenerational traumatization should be avoided, as such work relies on the specific needs of the respective individual.

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Violent Potentials of Ashtanga Yoga.

Based on a research paper from a seminar on transrational research methods (the researcher as a resource) at University of Innsbruck, the contribution reflects the violent potentials that inhabit modern interpretations of energetic practices, Ashtanga Yoga in specific. Using an autoethnographic approach, the author uncovers the dangers that stem from eclecticism in spiritual practices, as well as their prescriptive tendencies. As a result, the author calls for sensitivity and self-reflexivity in any spiritual endeavour that is interpreted from a Western, modern positionality.

In English:
Violent Potentials of Ashtanga Yoga“. In: Many Peaces Magazine, Issue 7 / 2018


Pregnancy as Peacemaking.

Drawing from the toolkit of Elicitive Conflict Transformation, the contribution is about a personal, intimate journey through an unexpected pregnancy. Acknowledging that peace work requires self-examination, the journey itself is seen as a potential for peace and transformation, leading to the insight that peaces are not destinations but pathways on which we creatively explore our possibilities to build inner structures for peace, rather than relying on outer ideas of what peace can or should be.

In English:
Pregnancy as Peacemaking“. In: Many Peaces Magazine, Issue 5 /2017


Guilt and Victimization in International Relations.

Submitted as a Bachelor’s thesis, the research examines the role of the social psychological processes of guilt and victimization in International Relations through the case of Rwanda and the international community. It uses a discursive analytical approach to identify indicators that are associated with statuses of guilt and victimization. Concluding, the research calls for the cultivation of a systemic understanding of conflict in which moral categorizations of guilt and victimhood can be transcended.

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Culture as new Racism. The persistence of postcoloniality in the discussion around the clash of civilizations within a Southeast Asian discourse.

The article is based on a paper submitted within the context of a seminar on Culture and Politics at University of Passau. It examines Southeast Asian discourses around the claimed clash of civilizations (Huntington 1996), along with their implications for a changing world order. Building on post- and decolonial perspectives, the author analyzes the persistence of the colonial condition that is increasingly played out in discourses and categories of culturalism rather than racism, yet rooted in the same idea of historically institutionalized constructions of the West and the rest. Using the concept of differentialist ideology (Taguieff 2010), two central publications from the Southeast Asian epistemic territory are examined via discourse analytical methods. The author concludes that culture has gained prominence as a new racism in modern discourses on identity and power, and needs to be seen in its postcolonial context.

In German:
“Kultur als neuer Rassebegriff. Die Persistenz von Postkolonialität in der Diskussion um den Kampf der Kulturen im südostasiatischen Diskurs”. In: Passauer Journal für Sozialwissenschaften. Studentische Fachzeitschrift, Heft 4 / 2013, S. 24 – 41. (PDF)