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The research focus of Deputy Prof. Dr. Simona Szakács-Behling, Dr. Aysun Doğmuş, Dr. Ellen Kollender, Dr. Patrick Mielke, M.A. Lisa M. Rosen, Benjamin D. Wessel 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.


Lecture Series: „Bildungsungleichheiten im Hochschulsystem“


  • 06.06.2023 18:00-20:00
  • 15.06.2023 18:00-20:00
  • 29.06.2023 18:00-20:00

Place: Akademie für Lehrentwicklung, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena

Further information: here

Contributions from our team:

Thursday, 29.06.2023 | 18:00-20:00

Place: HS 6 (CZS 3)

Lisa Rosen (HSU/Uni BW Hamburg)

Internationalisierung als Gegenbewegung oder Reifizierung rassistischer Diskriminierung? Diversity-Policies im Spiegel europäischer Hochschulreformen

Brown Bag Lecturer Series „Bildung in der Migrationsgesellschaft“ Arbeitsbereich Interkulturelle Bildung Prof. Dr. Lisa Rosen


  • 07.06.2023 12:15-13:45
  • 21.06.2023 12:15-13:45
  • 05.07.2023 12:15-13:45

Place:  Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern Landau, AC133 (August-Croissant Straße 5a) as also on Zoom

Further information: here

Contributions from our team:

Wednesday, 07.06.2023 | 12:15-13:45

Deputy Prof. Dr. Ellen Kollender (RPTU – Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern Landau) & Prof. Dr. Dorothee Schwendowius (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg)

Diskriminierungskritische Schulentwicklung im Kontext aktueller Fluchtmigrationen? Verhandlung von Transformationsanforderungen und (neuen) Ausschlüssen in Schulen

Refugee migrations, such as those currently taking place in the context of the war in Ukraine, present schools with the recurring challenge of enabling all pupils to participate on an equal footing. Thus, educational pathways that cross national borders unsettle the still primarily nation-state orientation of schools. In addition, new national-ethnic-cultural boundaries are currently becoming visible in the field of education, which are linked to differential opportunities and risks of participation in education for pupils with refugee biographies. In our lecture, we present first observations and analyses from our study “(New) Inclusions and Exclusions in the Context of Current Refugee Migrations – Practices and Learning Processes in Schools Beyond the Metropolises”. On the basis of guided interviews with school administrators and educators, we ask how schools in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt relate to recent refugee migrations and the associated transformation requirements, which (new) inclusions and exclusions are expressed in them and how these are reflected.

Dr. Ellen Kollender currently holds the professorship for heterogeneity at the Institute of Educational Science at the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau. Her research interests include school development and pedagogical professionalisation in the context of migration and processes of socio-state change, (re)configurations of the relationship between parents and school, as well as racism and intersectional discrimination in schools.

Prof. Dr. Dorothee Schwendowius currently holds the professorship for international and intercultural educational research at the OvGU Magdeburg. Her research focuses on relations of difference and inequality in education and their significance for educational pathways in the migration society as well as the professionalisation of educators from a biography-theoretical and institution-related perspective.

Place: AC133 (August-Croissant Straße 5a) sowie uni-kl-de.zoom.us/j/64532214730 (Meeting-ID: 645 3221 4730, Identification code: 133413)

Wednesday, 05.07.2023 | 12:15-13:45

Deputy Prof. Dr. Simona Szakács-Behling (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität)

Transnationalities of schooling: (Re)mapping border-crossing dynamics in variously privileged German schools

Narratives of transnational mobility and cross-border migration have become common place in describing today’s so-called global condition. Nevertheless, the way in which these narratives permeate education research is discursively fragmented. Transnationality, on the one hand, appears to be relegated to the realm of a globally mobile middle class – for whom crossing-borders constitutes ‘capital‘, ‘advantage‘ and ‘opportunity‘. On the other hand, (trans)migration appears as the diametrical opposite form of border-crossing – one marked by ‘disadvantage’, accumulated ‘deficits‘ and ‘challenges‘ to nationally-organised systems of education. If in the first discursive mode, research most often focuses on international schools, the second usually takes schooling within a specific nation-state into account. In this presentation I aim to challenge this discursive gap and show how transnational mobility and transmigration are two facets of the same coin when one takes a transnational, multi-sited perspective on the phenomenon. 

Drawing on ethnographically-inspired fieldwork in four different schools characterised by heterogeneity (i.e. one German School Abroad promoting global citizenship and three types of schools in Germany promoting interculturalism and multilinguality through an explicit European ethos), I explore how different narratives of ‘diversity’, ‘internationality’ and ‘solidarity’ become apparent or are hidden in everyday schooling contexts that are all marked by transnationality, albeit in vastly different ways. By including schools that are differently positioned in the economic opportunity structure (some private, others public; some attended by children of middle-class professionals, others by children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds; some nationally-, while others transnationally-organised), I draw conclusions about how transnationality is differently configured but similarly legitimised beyond privilege divides. 

Simona Szakács-Behling ist zurzeit Vertretungsprofessorin für Erziehungswissenschaft, insbesondere interkulturelle und vergleichende Bildungsforschung an der Helmut Schmidt-UniversitätUniversität der Bundeswehr Hamburg. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Prozesse der Inter-, Transnationalisierung und Europäisierung von Bildung und Schule, die Darstellung von Vielfalt und Minderheiten in Bildungsmedien, Global Citizenship Educration, interkulturelle Bildung und Solidarität in transnationaler, vergleichender Perspektive.

Place: AC133 (August-Croissant Straße 5a) sowie uni-kl-de.zoom.us/j/64532214730 (Meeting-ID: 645 3221 4730, Identification code: 133413)

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 & Deputy 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? (Deputy 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. 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. Dr. Dorothee Schwendowius, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg & Vertretungsprof.in Dr. 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]

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