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The research focus of Deputy Prof. Dr. Simona Szakács-Behling, Dr. Aysun Doğmuş, Dr. Ellen Kollender, M.A. Lisa M. Rosen and Giulia Navab-Daneshmand and Diana Voß in the area of administration – are issues of intercultural as well as international and comparative education research. In particular, we are concerned with the dynamics of transnationalization, internationalization and Europeanization in and of school(ing) and education, as well as the social consequences of pluralization, differentiation and manifold cross-border mobilities that affect, and are in turn affected by, the life-worlds of all those involved in education.

In this context, we are interested, for example, in

  • the difussion of transnational norms in, and through, education,
  • the proliferation of internationally oriented school typologies and educational contents,
  • transnational biographies and educational trajectories,
  • the meaning of globality, internationality and diversity in variously privileged schooling contexts,
  • manifestations of racism, right-wing extremism and discrimination in society and state (educational) institutions,
  • the role of the education system in the reproduction and modification of social inequality,
  • theories and concepts of education in and for the (post-)migration society,
  • anti-discrimination politics and policies, its implementation in educational organisations and discrimination-critical qualification and professionalisation of teachers and other educationists,
  • critique and further development of methodological and methodological approaches in intercultural and comparative educational research.


Digital Edu.GR Lecture Series “Transnationaler Alltag – Transnationale Bildung? “

Opportunity spaces of European integration in upbringing, education and socialisation.

In the Great Region, there is the possibility of leading a cross-border everyday life. But who benefits from these opportunities and to what extent, and what are the consequences? How are transnational activities taken up in education about Europe? Is there also a transnational European education and how are the European education systems linked? What spaces of opportunity arise from European integration in the field of education, upbringing and socialisation? We will get to the bottom of these questions from March to May in a series of lectures as part of the Edu.GR Colloquium with three guest lectures!


  • 13.03.2023 14:00–15:30
  • 19.04.2023 16:00–17:30
  • 17.05.2023 16:30–18:00


Registration at: [email protected]

Further information: https://edu-gr.eu

Contributions from our team:

Wednesday, 19 April 2023 | 16:00

Schule im Spannungsfeld von Prozessen der Transnationalisierung – Makro-, Meso- und Mikroperspektiven

Prof.Dr. Sabine Hornberg, Technische Universität Dortmund & Vert.Prof.Dr. Simona Szakács-Behling, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg.


09./10.03.2023, Freie Universität Berlin

Transformation(en) im Fokus der SIIVE. Transformationsprozesse erforschen, reflektieren, begleiten.

Annual Conference of the Section for Intercultural and International Comparative Education (SIIVE) of the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE).

Keynotes: Dr. Julia Bentz, Prof. Marc Hill & Prof. Dr. Nelli Piattoeva.

Contributions from our team:



Transformation und Transnationalisierung. Quo vadis Global Citizenship Education? (Vertr.Prof.Dr.in Simona Szakács-Behling, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg & Prof.in Dr.in. Sabine Hornberg, TU Dortmund University).



Symbolische Ordnung in der Krise – Schulische Transformation im Spannungsfeld institutionalisierter Routinen und rassismuskritischer Professionalisierung am Beispiel von Lehrer*innenfortbildungen (Dr.in Anja Steinbach, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg & Dr.in Aysun Doğmuş, Helmut Schmidt Universität Hamburg).


Diskriminierungskritische Schulentwicklung im Kontext aktueller Fluchtmigrationen – Reflexionen zur Produktivität von Transformationskonzepten im qualitativen Forschungsprozess (Prof.in Dr.in Dorothee Schwendowius, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg & Vertretungsprof.in Dr.in Ellen Kollender, Universität Koblenz-Landau).

Link to the event page

Link to the program

You can find further information under ‘Research‘, ‘Academic Staff‘ and ‘Teaching and Study‘.

The former head of the department Prof. Dr. Mechtild Gomolla has taken up the professorship for Intercultural Pedagogy and Educational Equity at the Karlsruhe University of Education on 1 October 2022 and can be contacted at the following address:

Karlsruhe University of Education
Institute for Educational Science with a focus on extracurricular fields
Bismarckstr. 10
76133 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 721 925-4993
Mail: [email protected]

Our homepage is still under construction. If you are looking for more detailed information, we will be happy to answer your questions by e-mail or telephone.