Birgit Althans | project manager

Birgit Althans obtained her diploma in educational sciences at the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität in. In 1999, she wrote “Gossip, Women and Talking at the Work-place” as her PhD dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin. She wrote her post-doctoral thesis on “The Desire of the Female Educator” in 2005 also at the FUB. Early Relations between Gender, Social Work and Management in Germany and the USA (1880-1930)” was published 2007. Between 2008 and 2013 she was a professor for social education at Trier University and is since 2013, a professor of Empirical Elementary Education with a focus on Gender Studies at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. She is a member of the DGFE-Section “General Education
Science”, and holds a seat on the execution board of the DGFE commission Pedagogical Anthropology. She is a member of the divisory council of “Yearbook Women – Gender Research in Educational Sciences  (Jahrbuch Frauen – und Geschlechterforschung in den Erziehungswissenschaften)”. She is on the editorial staff of the “Journal for Cultural Sciences (Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaft)” and since 2016, a member of the editorial board for the journal “Diversitatis – Journal for Diversity-research and -management (Diversitatis – Zeitschrift für Diversity-Forschung und -management)”.


Maier, Carla J. | scientific project coordinator / postdoc researcher

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Carla J. Maier (nee Müller-Schulzke) is a postdoc researcher working at the intersection of sound studies, postcolonial studies and cultural studies, with an interdisciplinary methodology combining ethnography, music analysis and cultural analysis. She received her PhD defending a dissertation on “Transcultural Sound Practices: Urban Dance Music in the UK” from Goethe University Frankfurt/Main in 2013.

Her research interests include: the cultural politics of sound and listening, everyday and functional sounds, the transcultural effects of migration and globalization, Afro-diasporic (electronic) dance music, and sound art.

Recent publications are: »The Sound of Skateboarding: Aspects of a Transcultural Anthropology of Sound«. In: The Senses & Society, 2016; »Sound Practices«. In: Schulze H, Papenburg J (Eds.), Sound As Popular Culture: A Companion. Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2016; »Sound Cultures«. In: Merten K, Krämer L (Eds.), Postcolonial Studies Meets Media Studies. Bielefeld: Transcript; (with Holger Schulze) »Situative Signals in Sonic Conflicts: An Anthropology of Sound Design«. In: Bull M, Back L (Eds.), The Auditory Culture Reader, 2nd Edition. London, New York: Bloomsbury.

In the TraKuBi project, Carla J. Maier coordinates the research processes, works on sound & sensory studies aspects of the project, organizes the exchange with international, interdisciplinary research contexts and coordinates the publication activities.

Maier, Carla J. | wissenschaftliche Projektkoordinatorin / Postdoc Researcher


Elise v. Bernstorff | research assistent, focus of research: School

Porträt Bernstorff s wElise v. Bernstorff (dipl. dramatics) studied applied dramatics at the JLU Gießen and was furthermore scholarship holder of the artistic-academic postgraduate programme „Assemblies and Participation: Urban Publics and Performance“ (HCU Hamburg, research theatre / FUNDUS Theater, K3 Tanzplan Hamburg). There she developed artistic research projects with kids like „Das jüngste Gericht“ (The Last Judgement) and „Das jüngste Gericht – eine außergerichtliche Versammlung“ (The Last Judgement – an extrajudical assembly). They form the basis for her PhD about the „court performances“. Since 2010 v. Bernstorff works as a self-employed dramaturg, performance artist and scientific author and since 12/2016 she is research assistent in the BMBF research project „transcultural practices in postmigrant theatre and school“ at the University of Lüneburg with the focus of research on school.

Focus of work:
– dramatics
– artistic research

Elise v. Bernstorff | wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Forschungsfeld Schule


Janna Wieland |research assistant, focus of research: Theater)

JannaSW1Janna Wieland (Sc. M.) is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on urban research and sociology of space. In her Bachelor programme she studied “culture of the metropolis” continuing with the Master course“Urban design”.

In addition to ethnographic research projects with topics such as “the city as a resource”, “vanishing Lines” and “atypical employments in urban areas”, she coordinated the accomodation of people in private apartments who were living in public shelters within the project “Wohnbrücke Hamburg” from 2015 till 2017.

Her research interests involve: The investigation of transcultural interrelations from a space-sociological perspective with a focus on methods and everyday phenomena. In the analysis of postmigrant and postdramatic theater productions she is especially interested in artistic, exploratoryand documentary processing of sociopolitical and historic conflicts on an esthetically condensed and multimedia-based level.

In this project Janna Wieland works as a research assistant with a focus on theater. For three years she does research on Method Mixing in three different theater productions using ethnographic methods.

Janna Wieland | wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Forschungsfeld Theater